Café Tortoni–A Glimpse into the Past


The Avenida de Mayo offers a beautiful promenade between the Congress Building with the Pink House. Along its streets, the most sophisticated buildings of the beginnings of the 20th century flaunt their art nouveau, neoclassic and eclectic styles. A true reminder of the Argentinian Belle Époque, Café Tortoni stands among themas one of the most iconic cafés of our city and a proud keeper of our past. If you want to learn about this part of the city you can take a Free Walking Tour.

A bit of History

Café Tortoni was opened in 1858 by a French immigrant called Touan, who named his store after a coffee shop in Paris where the elites used to meet. Towards the end of the century, the café came under the management of Don Curutchet, who made sure the café achieved all its splendor. In 1918 the characteristic iron façade, designed by the Norwegian architect Alejandro Christophersen, was installed; and by 1926 it had already become one of the most popular venues among famous artists. Personalities such as Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel, Luigi Pirandello, Federico García Lorca, Julio Cortázar and Carlos Gardel used to sit at its wooden and marble tables to discuss arts and politics. They certainly brought their fame to the café.

Nowadays, the Café Tortoni hosts jazz and tango shows. Check the shows schedule here!

Facts & Tips

cafe tortoni1) The “churros con chocolate” is a must-try whatever time of the day you decide to drop by. You can also get the typical latte with “medialunas” or a “tostado”. The Tortoni also serves cider on tap if you are craving something refreshing in the evening.

2) The café opens from 8 am to 1 am, but it gets really busy between 5 and 9 pm, especially during the summer. You may need to queue outside.

3) Don’t just sit and eat. We locals like staying in cafés reading, working, talking with friends… We like taking our time. Enjoy your visit and explore this café full of memories of the country’s past.

Contact Details

? Avenida de Mayo 825 (CABA)

?+54 (11) 4342-4328

✉️ tortoni@cafetortoni.com.ar

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