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Café Crawl - Buenos Aires

Café Tortoni A trip to Buenos Aires would not be complete without a visit to at least one of its "cafe notables".  When in Paris you make a pilgrimage to its famous cafés on the Left Bank like Café de la Paix and Deux Magots or to Fouquet's on the Champs Elysees, you do the same in Buenos Aires.  Wax figures of Jose Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel and Nadia Café Tortoni is the oldest café in Buenos Aires. It has been around since 1858 and its regulars included  Jose Luis Borges - the  poet and short story writer, the poet Nadia and Carlos Gardel, the singer and actor who made tango music famous worldwide. Their wax figures stand in one corner of the main dining room.  There's a theatre at the back of the café where tango shows are presented nightly. When I visited recently, there was a line at the door. The Tortoni is on Avenida de Mayo, a short walk from the Casa Rosada. The Bar at Florida Garden I would not order lunch nor dinner at these cafés. The food