Sunday, 19 October 2014

Cafe Tortoni

One thing that is very noticeable about Buenos Aires is that everyone is very child-orientated. It might not be a great place with few green spaces and busy roads, but people are very tolerant of the McBaby's various noises and it's simply not possible to get onto the bus (collectivo) or underground (subte) with the McBaby without people immediately giving up their seat and INSISTING you take it. It's amazing. We even caused a mini riot when we got on one bus and a group of younger women didn't give up their seats.

I've decided to make a note of the places that were nice to the McBaby. The first place was Café Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo (825). This café, open since 1858, is the oldest in the whole of Argentina. It's a bit touristy and we had to wait to get in, but I was charmed by it, as was the McBaby who enjoyed an omelette and a chocolate milkshake. Even the likes of Gabriela Sabatini are former customers although I doubt she stayed to watch the tango show. The décor doesn't appear to have changed since it opened and the menu is a little on the 1970s side, but it's full of history and the service is old-school.

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