Cafe Los Galgos, a Buenos Aires classic

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Three generations of porteños have enjoyed a morning cup of coffee or a light lunch and a drink at Café Los Galgos. The space was part of a family home, then became a pharmacy until 1930, when a Spanish immigrant opened an “almacén y despacho de bebidas,” a cross between a grocery store and bar.

Los Galgos Cafe

Loa Galgos was given a new lease on life in 2016, when a young energetic couple in their mid-thirties acquired and recycled the almost derelict café. They tried to maintain as many original features as they possibly could and replace what they couldn’t with something as close to the original as possible. They did a fantastic job. The café is located on a corner, so the windows on two walls let in lots of natural light. I loved the fileteado details on the window panes and the marquee. The original bar is so beautiful. The greyhound theme –galgo is Spanish for greyhound-  is subtly included everywhere.

Los Galgos Cafe

The previous owners, the Ramos family, lived above the shop. The current owners are planning to recondition that space and it use it for poetry readings, book presentations and the like.

The food deserves a special mention. The current owners are old hat at this, they owned one of the most successful closed-door restaurants in the city before embarking on this project.  They added a parrilla, or grill, that runs along the back wall and brought new life to a tired menu. I started with the most delicious and creamiest of coffees, which came with some tiny heavenly cookies. Then, I had a tostado, a ham and cheese toasted sandwich. My husband chose the pork sandwich, which was cooked for 8 hours. It was perfectly delicious. The food as well as the cocktail menu were revamped but still kept porteño traditions, like the vermú con ingredientes, a Campari or Cinzano-based drink accompanied by cheeses and cold cuts.

Los Galgos Cafe

Los Galgos has become one of my favourite cafes in Buenos Aires. I can’t wait to g aback.

Los Galgos is one of the many historic cafes of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was founded in 1930 and recently revamped and reopened. Edit snippet

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14 Comments

  1. Bespoke Traveler

    Can’t wait to try it when I visit…hopefully it will still be around.

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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      I’m sure it will still be around!

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  2. Rob+Ann @TravelLatte(.net)

    Hi Ana — Thanks for shining some light on this cafe! One thing we love when traveling is finding the cafes that are local traditions! These are always the best places to see, hear, and taste the culture. Definitely adding a stop at Cafe los Galgos to our Buenos Aires To Do list!
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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      I’m glad that you found it useful. Enjoy your trip!

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  3. Prateek

    It’s good to see industrious entrepreneurs turn around a dying business. The pork sandwich looks delicious!
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  4. Mindi Hirsch

    It’s good to see new life in this classic cafe. I hope to visit one day and have a drink at that beautiful bar.

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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      I love places with history!

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  5. Evelyne CulturEatz

    Wowo love the history of this place and it looks like they did a great job of it now. Lovely food too!

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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      They did!

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  6. 76sanfermo

    Love it!
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  7. Sahar

    That sounds quiet exquisite! The plans to make spaces for reading in a cafe is ultimately the best.

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    1. Ana O (Post author)

      Coffee + culture, perfect combo!

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  8. Nathan

    I love super authentic places like this! I would love to stop in here when I was visiting. It’s so cozy and looks amazing.

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  9. Jennifer

    The pork cooked for eight hours sounds really delicious! What kind of sauce did they put with the pork?
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