Best Breakfast Spots in Buenos Aires
Where to eat breakfast in Buenos Aires?
Many Porteños don’t care about breakfast. Many sleep through it. Others are willing to settle for a cup of coffee and croissant. But if you’re an Aussie, a Brit or North American, a proper breakfast with either eggs or griddle cakes is a required start to the day. And many Argentines are joining the band wagon, reveling in the joy of a well-prepared Eggs Benedict or Croque Madame. We peddled and walked our way across the city to find the restaurants with the best breakfasts in Buenos Aires.
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Ninina Bakery’s popularity is no accident. There’s so much that’s done right at this restaurant and breakfast is a prime example. The world’s favorite breakfast dishes are all available here. And they’re all well executed with fresh ingredients. Whether you’re seeking Eggs Benedict, an omelet, pancakes or waffles, you can find it at Ninina Bakery. They even serve the Eggs Benedict on real English muffins, prepared on site. There’s no better place to be on a Saturday morning than that sunbathed room, sipping on a Colombian cappuccino, with a plate full of pancakes topped with fresh fruit.
Las Cañitas – Palermo
Pit Deli is our favorite spot in Las Cañitas for breakfast. The clean, cheery atmosphere with the pastel colors and the white subway tile walls and chalkboard menu make for the perfect spot to enjoy a late-morning breakfast. We usually do the French toast, smothered in syrup and berries. But they have croissants and scrambled eggs too.
Recoleta, Palermo Soho and Palermo Botánico
With around 250 restaurants worldwide on three continents, Belgium-based Le Pain Quotidien has had plenty of practice at getting it right. The Buenos Aires franchise locations execute the game plan perfectly. Fresh ingredients in healthy, well-conceived dishes, expertly prepared in a quaint and comfortable setting make LPQ popular with locals and tourists to boot. With two locations in Recoleta, two in Palermo, and one in Belgrano, there’s likely a Le Pain Quotidien close by that can meet your morning meal desires.
Did you ever have a lover that wasn’t your type but you just couldn’t get them off your mind. That’s sort of the way it is with Oui Oui. These cutesy bakery cum café restaurants are a dime a dozen in Buenos Aires. But there’s something about this place that makes us return again, and again, and again for breakfast. Whether it’s the friendly staff that gets to know you after just a single visit, or the consistent high quality of the simple, yet flawlessly prepared breakfast dishes, we’re not sure. It’s not as alluring for lunch, but it’s our favorite place for breakfast in Palermo Hollywood.
Barracas (weekends only)
The breakfast and brunch menu at Club Social, loaded with a variety of egg dishes, is only available on weekends. But if you’ve got the urge for Eggs Benedict, they have a better than acceptable version. And dining out on the sidewalk in this pleasant location at the cusp of Barracas and San Telmo is a great way to spend a Saturday morning. Whether to do brunch here or at nearby Hierbabuena is a tough decision. Do what we do. Flip a coin.
Coffee blends from faraway places
Just a couple of years ago the only coffee you could find in Buenos Aires was locally produced Cabrales using low-quality beans from Brazil and roasted with sugar using the "torrefacto" method of roasting (called "torrado" in Argentina). Higher end cafes might have used imported Illy, roasted in Italy, and using various varieties of arabica beans. But about the only Illy coffee available in specialty shops was dark roast, which is a bit bitter for many palates. But the past half-decade has seen the introduction of high-quality beans imported from various parts of Latin America and Africa. Read more about these locally roasted coffees and where you can buy them for home brewing in Buenos Aires.