Are you familiar with those mainstream travel guides that dedicate a few pages to some bars, cafés, and restaurants that are considered authentic representations of a city’s energy and spirit? Well, Gabriela Kogan has taken that concept and wrote a book listing various establishments in Buenos Aires titled, “The Authentic Bars, Cafés, and Restaurants of Buenos Aires.”
If you are looking for price scales and extensive reviews on service and cuisine, look elsewhere. The purpose of this book, in my view, is to enlighten the reader of the personality and charm of each restaurant, café, and bar in Buenos Aires that have stood against the test of time. From small family-operated restaurants with kitschy interiors that have been turning out dishes of pasta for decades to hundred-year-old cafés where intellectuals hunch over their coffee and debate politics. There is no general structure with each listing and that actually makes the book an enjoyable read whether or not you will visit, or have already visited, any of these locations.
The book’s small size allows it to be carried around easily in a purse or pocket–depending on pocket size of course. Also, a handy map page is included that displays the location of each destination around the city of Buenos Aires so that you can plan out your own little tour. Address, phone number(s), and hours/days of operation are in the heading of each listing. Practically all of the listings include a photo of some part of the establishment or food.
Remember, eateries always have their ups and downs. The food, service, or atmosphere of any of the establishments listed in this book may have changed slightly or drastically, for better or worse, since the time of writing.
At Amazon.com: The Authentic Bars, Cafés, and Restaurants of Buenos Aires
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge for review.