After reading about the generous lunches of pizza and pasta and hearty dinners of steak, I thought breakfasts in Argentina would follow suit. Before we got here, I pictured heaping portions of sausage, eggs, and bread — maybe even some potatoes or ham.
Alas, to my disappointment, a typical breakfast in Argentina is a cup of coffee with milk (café con leche), a few croissants (medialunas), and a shot glass of carbonated water. Not exactly gut-busting, or even filling.
After two months in Argentina, I’ve gotten used to supplementing my hostel breakfast with fruit or yogurt to satiate my American desire for something more substantial.
It’s not just in cafes where I’ve found the breakfast a bit lacking. We’ve eaten at enough breakfast-included Argentine accommodations to know it’s universal. In hostels you’re lucky if the pastries or rolls are somewhat fresh, and you’ve really struck the jackpot if there’s cereal and milk, too. Even in a nice bed and breakfast we only got fresh rolls, jam, and coffee. It’s completely different from breakfast in Europe or the States; breakfast just isn’t a big deal here.
But with only 4 days left in Argentina, we decided to hit a cafe for one more typical breakfast. We went La Puerto Rico, a famous Buenos Aires cafe that’s been around since 1887 and is just a block away from the president’s offices (Casa Rosada). The medialunas were amazing — soft and fresh with just a hint of sweetness. The coffee was quite good, too, and the shot glass of water was slightly larger usually. The breakfast ended up costing about $10 US, which is twice as much as it would have been around the corner. But for the quality of the food, it was worth it.
Although it was far from well-rounded, my last Argentine breakfast was satisfyingly delicious.
Want to try your hand at Argentine cooking? Check out Argentina Cooks! Treasured Recipes from the Nine Regions of Argentina. Or if you’re craving Argentine coffee, you can buy genuine coffee from Argentina for less than $12.
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