You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to brunch in Buenos Aires. Palermo Soho and Hollywood are often seen as the trendiest areas to be for brunch, though Palermo Botanico has had a sudden surge in popularity (with places like Birkin heaving on the weekend).
If you’re in Recoleta however, there’s one place you must go for the brunch of all brunches. L’Orangerie in the five star Alvear Palace (the ‘Grand Dame’ of Buenos Aires) offers both guests and non-guest the ultimate Sunday feast. I’ve seen quite a few buffet breakfasts in my life, but none quite as opulent and mouthwatering as the one at L’Orangerie.
After a late Saturday night out in BA – which is usually unavoidable – the buffet is a table of your dreams. It has everything and anything you may want. All kinds of eggs, bacon, sausages, smoked salmon. The cappuccino will help cure the worst of hangovers, as will the constant topping up of freshly squeezed orange juice.
I am a sucker for anything sweet, so the rows of cakes, trays of pastries and delicate puddings, meant that I found myself just staring at the vast array of choice for quite some time. They were all so beautifully presented you didn’t want to touch a thing. But I made sure I tried a selection, which certainly did not disappoint.
The Alvear Palace itself is somewhat of an institution in Buenos Aires. It is the iconic five star hotel, one of the original five star hotels where all the royals,presidents and celebrities used to (and some still do) stay. While newer, and more contemporary five star hotels are cropping up in the city (Park Hyatt, Four Seasons), and while the grand and traditional style may not be to everyone’s tastes (it can be seen as a bit stuffy), I would still highly recommend it for its Sunday Brunch or Afternoon Tea.
Having said that the bed I slept in was one of the most comfortable I slept in during my travels in Argentina. And the service was impeccable. So, if you’ve got the budget – try staying here on the Saturday night, so you can enjoy a luxurious night here as well as an unforgettable brunch the next day.
Avenue Alvear 1891
Photo credit: Alvear Palace