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“dance floor”(11 reviews)
“live tango”(3 reviews)
A sense of nostalgia pervades this aging but elegant club where the tango brings locals and tourists together. Afternoon lessons are a prelude to evening dance parties.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Suipacha 384, Buenos Aires, Argentina
San Nicolás
+54 11 5265-8069
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

Various attempts to visit this place has been unsuccessful. The word is that it was shut for renovation and then was bought and sold by speculative investors. Who knows when it will reopen.

5  Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 30 June 2017

This Belle Epoque-style eatery/dancehall has seen better days, but there is no better place to experience the classic tango at this milonga. Afternoon (tea time) and evening milongas attract locals and tourists. But watch for the locals and watch their feet. That is where the...More

2  Thank GayleyPablo
Reviewed 13 December 2016

To enjoy Confiteria Ideal, you have to understand the history of Buenos Aires, the Tango, and the Confiteria. This Confiteria you don't go simply for the food!! Appreciation of Confiteria Ideal comes with the historical ambiance of understanding you are sitting in living history. The...More

1  Thank Malik W
Reviewed 27 September 2016

La Confiteria Ideal is an oasis of old-time class. The splendour of its highly marbled interior takes you back to a vintage era that exuded class and excess. My trips to "La Confiteria Ideal" have been purely to attend social tango events/dances... the marbled dance-floor...More

Thank Daniele I
Reviewed 26 June 2016

One of the headlights of our Buenos trip was supposed to be a tango show. We were asking many people where to go and La Confiteria Ideal was one of the two places mentioned (the other being famous Cafe Tortoni). Well, I must say that...More

2  Thank Jacek_Polska
Reviewed 28 April 2016

We wanted to see a "milonga", a gathering of tango dancers, and were told to go to La Ideal, a block south from the Obelisco. It was a Friday evening, the milonga ended at 8:30pm and the admission was aprox. USS 6 (starts at 3pm)....More

1  Thank Maria A
Reviewed 26 April 2016

After reading reviews and having seen this milonga on a t.v. programme we decided to visit it. Convinced that we were going to see the real thing rather than the staged glitzy tango shows we were disappointed to discover that it is now closed for...More

2  Thank StCheron
Reviewed 6 April 2016

This appears to be a century old European-style coffee house. Milongas are held here in the afternoons. My husband and I had five tango lessons before visiting Buenos Aires. This was the perfect place to experience real Argentinian tango, which differed quite a bit from...More

Thank Cheryl P
Reviewed 14 March 2016

First I waited FORTY FIVE MINUTES for the waiter to acknowledge me so I could get the cup of coffee I'd already paid for. Then the manager told me that I was "the problem," not his staff, and that I needed to "learn to wait...More

3  Thank Hubert T
Reviewed 24 February 2016

When visiting Buenos Aires, by all means go to one of the many tango shows targeted exclusively at tourists. Such shows are generally glitzy spectaculars well worth a one-off visit to see 'strictly' tango. However, if you have a couple of hours to while away...More

1  Thank MichaelS714
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San Nicolas
Immersed in the sound of honking horns and the
footsteps of busy office workers, the Microcentro area
of San Nicolás is where visitors will encounter the
true hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires, walking down
streets lined with office buildings and banks. The
financial district is well-known for its vibrant
atmosphere and unstoppable rhythm during office hours.
After dark, the hubbub and migrates to Corrientes
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13 January 2017|
Response from Malik W | Reviewed this property |
It was open last year when I was there. There are always rumors that it is closed or closing...best thing is to find a way to check for yourself. It is definitely worth it!!!!!
2 December 2016|
Response from Daniele I | Reviewed this property |
It's a cafe-restaurant. No fee to get in. You can go in whenever you want. If you want to go to a function/event though... that would cost an entry fee to the upstairs ballroom. Events vary as to start time etc.