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"Montserrat - Cafe Tortoni" Cafe Tortoni Tip by ptitetoile

Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires: 7 reviews and 16 photos


The Cafe Tortoni is the oldest and the most famous coffee shop in Argentina, situated on the prestigious Avenida de Mayo.

This cafe is like a history museum : it contains a lot of pictures, paintings, paper articles and furnitures dating from the glory time of the Cafe : the end of the XIXth century.
The Cafe was opened by a Frenchcalled Touan in 1858 was named after the cafe in Paris where the meeting of the elite of the parisan culture took place.
At the end of the century, the cafe was purchased by another French Celestino Curutchet and the Cafe became the meeting place of famous artists, poets and painters like Federico García Lorca.

The decoration is mostly Art Deco : sculptures and busts line the walls, massive columns compliment the vast wood-panelling with built-in antique mirrors, Art Deco lamps and dark wood give a warm atmosphere...

Captivated by this wonderful old atmosphere, I loved to drink there my fresh orange juice...and I completely agree with
José Gobello who wrote : "Tradition is the offering of the best of the past to the men of the present and the future... The tourist who arrives in Buenos Aires has the entire city in the Tortoni: the past, in its walls; the present, sitting at its tables; the future, in the enthusiasm of the people who work there for the sake of culture."

Address: Avenida de Mayo 825
Phone: +54 11 4342-4328

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 3, 2005
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