Cafe Margot, Boedo

Soak in the atmosphere of San Juan y Boedo Antiguo


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The corner of San Juan and Boedo, made famous by the tango singer Homero Manzi in the opening lines of his song Sur (‘San Juan y Boedo antiguo, y todo el cielo‘ – ‘Old San Juan and Boedo, and all the sky’) is the site of the café (now the Esquina Homero Manzi tango show by night) that was a gathering place for local left-leaning writers and intellectuals in the 1920s. Close to the corner are a number of cafes and restaurants well worth the 20 minute trip from downtown or 30 minutes from Palermo, including Cafe Margot.

Boedo: Barrio on the rise

Boedo has a burgeoning arts scene, old school milongas (Tango dance halls) and is claimed by its residents be the bona fide birthplace of the Tango (the residents of San Telmo and La Boca make the same claim on behalf of their neighborhoods). And for now, at least, this traditional barrio has retained an authentic, residential feel.


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Mingle with the locals at Café Margot

Café Margot was first opened in 1904 and recently completed renovation work has restored the café’s exterior to its former glory. Inside, Café Margot is enchanting, with whole hams hanging from the ceiling, exhibitions by local artists on the walls and waiters in waistcoats swerving around closely packed wooden tables, balancing trays of coffees and medialunas (croissants) or bottles of beer and baskets of monkey nuts.

But forget the inside. On a warm summer’s evening in the city there are few better places to be than sitting at a pavement table outside Margot drinking a cold beer and eating picadas (a shared plate of food to pick on such as olives, salami, ham and olives). Also recommended are the sandwiches de pavita (turkey, the house special) and, when they have them, the empanadas de parrilla (empanadas filled with slices of steak).

For more reviews of Cafe Margot, check out this blog post by Foodie in BsAs and Dan at Saltshaker’s turkey-tastic review.

Location of  Café Margot in Boedo, Buenos Aires

Café Margot, Avenida Boedo 857 (corner with San Ignacio), Boedo
Telephone: 4957-0001

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2 Replies to “Cafe Margot, Boedo”

  1. This is our neighborhood, and Cafe Margot–along with El Mirasol down the street–are our favorite places to eat out (even though we rarely do). Cafe Margot is a “Bar Notable” and a sister-cafe to El Federal in San Telmo. Even though Margot claims to have invented the turkey sandwich (!), I’d pass that up for my favorite dish there, Brochette Mixta. Buen provecho!


  2. […] strip” and the street where you will find other notable bars like Cafe Osvaldo Pugliese and Café Margot.  This corner is so infamous for representing the cultural center of Boedo that it was […]


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