Brunch in Buenos Aires

Wives and Girlfriends of club members: Are you feeling lost now the season has started and your man is spending all his spare time on the field?! Or (more likely) are you in need of some time alone now all you hear about is how he “nearly” got that goal?!

Brunch is the ideal opportunity to catch up with friends over a glass of champagne, and in Buenos Aires you are spoilt for choice with restaurants and cafes serving up this traditionally north american meal. Here are some of our favourite brunch spots for you to try.

1) Oui Oui

Address: Nicaragua 6068, (Dorrego and Arevalo) Palermo Hollywood

Phone: 4778-9614

Website: www.ouioui.com.ar

Onda: A Palermo favourite, this kitsch little French cafe is heaving on weekends with a mixture of stylish portenos and expats.

Top Tip: Arrive early and get one of the cute wooden tables outside.

Order: A jug of old fashioned lemonade.

2) Bartola

Address: Nicaragua 5935, (Arevalo and Ravignani) Palermo Hollywood

Phone: 4777-6183

Website: www.bartolaba.com.ar

Onda: The concept of this cafe was born out of 3 friends’ idea to give new life to some old furniture. The design background is obvious the moment you enter, from the bright yellow bike hanging on the wall to the colourful picnic benches.

Top Tip: Brunch service closes at 1.30pm so get in early to enjoy the breakfast menu (although sandwiches are served all day and make for a great alternative!)

Order: The “Manhatan” will feed hangovers while the “Bartola” makes for a healthier start to the day with yogurt, granola and fruit.

3) Café Crespín

Address: Vera 699 (Gurruchaga and Malabia) Villa Crespo

Phone: 4855-3771

Website: www.cafecrespin.com.ar

Onda: Venturing away from the usual neighbourhood brunch spots pays off with a trip to Cafe Crespin. Having opened last year, its bright airy interiors, delicious menu and American diner concept, have turned this into one of BA’s most popular brunch venues.

Top Tip: At weekends, there is only one set brunch menu (although portions are huge and it includes a mimosa!)

Order: The onsite bakery whips up tasty cakes and biscuits which are perfect for taking home.

4) L’Orangerie at the Alvear Hotel

Address: Avenida Alvear 1891 (Ayacucho and Callo) Recoleta

Phone: 4808-2100 (ext 1643)

Website: www.alvearpalace.com

Onda: For a more formal affair, head to L’Orangerie on a Sunday to relax and unwind in the luxurious surroundings.

Top Tip: Make an effort, there is a dress code.

Order: Buffet service means you can feast from the range of food stations including seafood, game meats and a huge selection of dessert pastries.

5) BA Brunch Club

Address: San Telmo

Email: babrunchclub@gmail.com

Website: www.babrunchclub.com

Onda: For brunch with a difference, head to BA’s first and only puerta cerrada (closed door) restaurant serving brunch. The Irish and English hosts create a great atmosphere for people to relax and socialise in providing the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

Top Tip: It’s a Puerta Cerrada so be sure to email in advance for reservations! Brunch Club currently runs 2 sittings on both Saturdays and Sundays so get in early to secure your place.

Order: The set menu changes each month and includes a mixture of international favourites such as granola, foccacia bread and spanish omelette.