Palermo’s Top Cafe Spots
Along with street art, cervecerías and ‘Nicolo Helados’, Palermo is chock-a-block with gloriously hip cafes. The cafe circuit is a hub in itself, as owners and baristas knowingly compete with each-other to serve you the best flat white they possibly could for under 100 pesos. As a melting pot for generations of immigrants, with this in mind, the city has the absolute best to offer from all over the world, with café culture firmly embedded in the psyche of the city. Free from the risk of burnt milk or paying a premium for pretentious baristas, here I present you the top cafes in Palermo, Buenos Aires.
El Salvador 4580
With the barista-staff looking like an iconic indie-girl band, Cuervo is an aesthetic-coffee-shop lover’s dream even at first glance. Wrap up warm and pick a sunny day to sit outside, and I promise you’ll feel a huge wave of Palermo-on-a-sunny winters day appreciation. Their smashed-avocado is a must have, so good I oh-so-indulgently had another on my first visit here. Everything tastes so fresh and delicious, making Cuervo a great place to head for a coffee pick-me-up. It’s good for the soul, so I hear.
Relatively new to the coffee-shop scene, Duca stole my heart as soon as I looked up from Google Maps to see it dreamily placed on the corner, appearing as a millennial’s doll’s house. Their Guatemalan coffee is certainly one to beat, especially for those who enjoy it fuerte, sourced from a local tostadora here in BA. There’s a funky terrace too, so you can enjoy your delectable delights elevated from Palermo’s constant hustle and bustle.
3. Libros del pasaje
A seemingly splendid bookshop for those strolling past Libros del pasaje, it takes word-of-mouth to find out that inside sits the dreamiest little cafe. Reaching a new level of content as I sank into one of their leather arm-chairs, Leon Bridges playing soulfully on the stereo, I picked out the feta, avocado and pecan nut salad to try. And oh, was I glad that I did. After a few too many late nights and quilmes, an afternoon at Libros del pasaje boosts your immune system more so than a Lemsip ever could.
The Rebelion ethos of ‘Comida, cultura y comunidad’ all under the same roof is what makes this cafe/bar a special one. My pals and I were drawn to the huge stencilled painting outside, for which its customers were encouraged by staff to help fill in the gaps. Old men and little girls paid the utmost attention to their arty contribution, fiercely committed to staying within the lines. What a lovely sight. The menu has a huge variety of brunchy-lunch options, as well as Rebelión’s own artesanal beer. Gurruchaga is a great place to people watch, too. Whatever ‘it’ is, Rebelión has it, with extra brownie points for the iconic boiler suits worn by staff. Where can I get one of those?
4. Ninina Bakery
Perhaps the priciest option on my list, Ninina prides itself on the simple and the excellent. With an older clientele than the average coffee-shop-lover, Ninina’s high ceilings and simply aesthetic decor makes it the ideal place for a work interview – when the boss is paying. My houmous, tabouleh and baba ghanoush was stunning, but the stoicism of the staff and higher-than-most price list made me less inclined to visit Ninina Bakery again.
5. Full City House
Full City House, the first cafe I visited when coming to Buenos Aires, set the bar high for Palermo’s cafe culture. With their own brand of Columbian coffee as well as a menu which guarantees to adhere to the cravings you didn’t even know you had, Full City is refreshingly good at what they do. With a constant buena onda and a funky garden area filled with plants and happy coffee-customers, FCH’s popularity comes with no surprise. If you’ve had enough caffeine for the day, try their passion fruit juice and you’ll consider of ditching coffee altogether.