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Cafe Tortoni

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Address: Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
Phone Number:
+54 11 4342-4328
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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Nice stop on Avenida de Mayo. Very authentic atmosphere. Friendly service. Lots of art on the walls. To do when in the neighbourhood.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marc C
Genk, België
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Portland, Oregon
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived late afternoon and had coffee, hot chocolate and churros. We did not do the Tango show in the evening. We had heard it was a tourist trap and very expensive. It reminded us of an old San Francisco establishment with lots of dark wood and interesting art and memorabilia on the walls. Our waiter was quite indifferent but... More 

Thank acnona
Doha, Qatar
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

An old establishment frequented by famous people in the past. It seemed popular on a Saturday morning. Very traditional decor, has history (seems Hillary Clinton visited, or more to my taste, Gabriela Sabatini), and considered a necessity for tourists to visit. Coffee was good, overall food OK but not wonderful. The churros with chocolate were a disappointment.

Thank FizzicJim
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's very touristy but the cafe itself is quite fun to visit. There are many posters and photos showing its history. We had to queue to get in even though there appeared to be plenty of free tables. The show is a bit curate's egg - some excellent tango dancers and a good house band, marred by a dire Maurice... More 

Thank Discowilly
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came her after seeing the reviews and our guides recommendation. Have to disagree with some of the negative reviews. Forget the shows etc. Just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Wind and cheeseboard are all you need. Enjoy the photographs and the quiet library room at the back. Food was good though. All friends ate so much had to cancel dinner... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pizza was bread with cheese and the burger felt like it was made in a factory and smells not good .

Thank Nadav B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for churros, and just to get the landmark ticked off. Nothing special (would recommend getting a coffee/churro and not lunch/mains). We were in and out in 15 minutes, and service was just OK.

Thank xSunflinex
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

But the tango show seemed expensive compared with other options in BA. So we decided to stay for a drink & despite the obvious tourist attraction, the menu seemed quite reasonable in terms of price. What put me off somewhat was the attitude of the staff who obviously didn't care about service because they knew there would be a long... More 

Thank Sarah B
Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The show is roughly organized as a history of tango from rough times in bordellos through more genteel taxi-dancing to the modern dance that many people enjoy and some make careers of. The dancers are athletic, coordinated, and skillful. Good fun. In the middle of the show there's some terrific gaucho drumming and a dramatic show of spinning bolas in... More 

Thank Putnam B
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited as part of tour from cruise ship for coffee and churros. Yes it was crowded with both locals and tourists but this created a great atmosphere. Plenty of space within main café and side rooms. The photographs, artwork and lifelike waxworks tell the story. Don't miss the old barber shop! The coffee was great and the steaks looked wonderful.... More 

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Genk, België
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice stop on Avenida de Mayo. Very authentic atmosphere. Friendly service. Lots of art on the walls. To do when in the neighbourhood.

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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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