The Café Culture
As one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, San Telmo claims some of the most storied Buenos Aires
cafés, where it’s common to find locals gathered, fervently reading the country's La Nación newspaper over milky cortados. Café Rivas and Bar El Federal in San Telmo are both bar notables, protected landmark cafés due to their cultural and historical significance. In nearby Centro, Los Galgos is history reimagined. The restored bar notable revives the Spanish-born, Argentine-adored la hora del vermú (literally, “vermouth hour”), when you can expect negronis, vermouth aperitifs, and charcuterie spreads. Another not-to-miss café is Lattente, a Palermo Soho institution and the first to reinvent Buenos Aires café culture for the next generation. Order flat whites, drip coffee, and homemade pastries to your heart’s content.