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Cafe Tortoni

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Montserrat
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Address: Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4342-4328
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08:00 - 01:00
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This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango...

This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.

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It of a let down

We ducked in here on our last day in BA and had coffee and churos as we had heard that was what it was good at during the day. We had to line up out front like a night club and... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
CBRJoshG
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Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ducked in here on our last day in BA and had coffee and churos as we had heard that was what it was good at during the day. We had to line up out front like a night club and the windows were all covered. Once inside we saw that 75% of the place was empty and the wait... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifull place with nice food. I have visited to eat breakfast. Try the Tortoni breakfast. Its very tasty.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a genuine blast from the past in grand style. Beautiful colums in this grand old building that has a history of great service to the diners - coffee drinkers. The entrance is not over noticeable, and you may need to know the address to find it, as there is no major advertising outside. We had only coffee and... More 

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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was very disappointing from the poor quality, overpriced food to the trite tango performance and singing. The cafe is a wonderful old building where you should enjoy a coffee but don't order food. Spend your money on Esquina Carlos Gardel for a magnificent, high quality tango evening.

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Perth
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First day in buenos aires. Decided to go to cafe tortoni for a late lunch as read it's the place to go. Nice decor and delicious hot chocolate. But that's about it. Service was terrible. Unfriendly. We had a pizzeta and salad which was ok/average. We then ordered churros and hot chocolate. The hot chocolate came out but not the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a nice service and overpriced. The place can do with a bit of dusting. It is recommended so you go but I was not impressed.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Wonderful. One of the oldest cafes in Buenos Aires. Full of history and mementos from world famous people. The old world charm is great; terrific photo ops. There are several rooms, and one in the back was a barbershop. Don't miss it. There will be lines outside waiting for it to open.

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Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I was looking for a moderately priced tango show that did not start at 11pm and I came across this one. It's 350 Pesos and starts at 8pm. The show lasts 1 hour. This was the only tango show I saw while in Argentina, so I don't have a comparison, but I was entertained throughout. The theatre only seats 65,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place full of history and tradition of Buenos Aires. Location is good to have a walk before or after your visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

So many people had recommended this place for the charm and the food and I had read several reviews saying that the food was not good but the place was very fun to visit. We expected the food not to be great, as it is a busy tourist trap, but we ended up finding the food to be a step... More 

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Montserrat
As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires, Montserrat is defined by the historical events that took place there and the landmarks that have stood the test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of this connection to history: countless public demonstrations have passed through this square, going back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos Aires may have looked like in the past: the Cabildo takes us back to the late 16th century, while the Palacio Barolo and the traditional cafés carry us to the early 20th. Nowadays, the neighbourhood is inundated every day by office workers, buses, and taxis; still, the cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, and subway stations from the 1910s remind us that we are surrounded by history everywhere we look.
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