Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

Our last trip in 2013 before our move to Singapore was to Buenos Aires to visit family.  It was the tail end of winter in the Southern hemisphere and although the sun was shining on most days, it was still chilly so we lucked out on a nearby cafe which was two blocks away from where we were staying.  Le Pain Quotidien has been a favorite for years.  I remember spending so much time there in the late 90’s when my stepsister was living in New York.  The Madison avenue branch was our local cafe and we whiled away hours with our bowls of cafe au lait reliving our Paris days.  Since then, Le Pain Quotidien has become a global brand recreating their bleached wood interiors with the standard communal table and their selection of amazing bread all over the world. 
We were pleasantly surprised with the Buenos Aires outpost – same bleached wood interiors, a large oval communal table, the usual open-faced tartines (sandwiches), the big bowls (not cups) of milky coffee, the daily blackboard menu and the same friendly service.  We had breakfast there almost every day and since it was located in the mostly residential neighborhood of Palermo chico, it was superb for people watching and hanging out.  As they say, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
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Jerónimo Salguero 3075
Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, Argentina
+54 11 2073-1866
*Open all-day daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
*Other branches in Palermo Viejo and Belgrano

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