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La Confiteria Ideal

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San Nicolas
As featured in A day in Buenos Aires
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Address: Suipacha 384, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number:
+54 11 5265-8069
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

A sense of nostalgia pervades this aging but elegant club where the tango...

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.

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Milonga Dance Lesson and Tango History Tour in Buenos Aires
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A Marbled Enigma

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 September 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Savannah, Georgia
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 memorials to Carlos Gardel, the marble, the lighting, this old world charm where people still... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 enclosed by marbled pillars standing like sentries on duty. The only real criticism I can... More 

Thank DanieleIannarelli
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 the place itself looks like its best time passed long time ago. When we entered... More 

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles 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). The milonga etiquette is very interesting, from the way men and women look at each... More 

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Paris, France
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 what would appear to be restauration work. No re-opening date was indicated

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 what we learned back in the states. Most dancers obviously had far more experience than... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles 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 with a smile." I work with the public and NEVER IN MY LIFE have I... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 in the afternoon/evening in Central Buenos Aires, take a step back in time and visit... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Lonely planet captured my attention on this café in Buenos Aires as one of the top destination to watch a tango show. I went there two times: the first for a dinner+show evening (concert of a feminine sax quartet with 4 couples dancing tango) and the second for taking classes of tango. Both times were really enjoyable, especially when learning... More 

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Lightwater Uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

Most tourist sights in the city lay on some form of tango display to entice you, this however, is the real deal. Situated not far from Florida street pedestrian mall in the heart of the city's shopping district. This delightful old building is full of history and charm. There is a small entrance charge, and once inside don't expect speedy... More 

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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 Ave., where theatre lovers might start their evening at a play and end it in one of the many traditional pizzerias nearby. During the day, Corrientes is known for its many bookshops and classic cafés, which are located just minutes away from some famous landmarks, like the Obelisco, Avenida 9 de Julio, and the Teatro Colon.
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