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Concierge.com's insider take:
If there's a spiritual, intellectual, and historical epicenter to Buenos Aires, this is it. The Belle Époque Café Tortoni, on the bustling Avenida de Mayo, is the oldest (dating to 1858) and most celebrated café in town. It also happens to brew a fine cortado, the traditional shot of espresso cut with a smidgeon of milk, which makes an ideal accompaniment to the Argentine breakfast staple, the medialuna (like a croissant). The lengthy menu also includes churros with chocolate, sandwiches, and cocktails, including Tortoni's signature potation of sherry and champagne. If after all that you're too full to order more food, there's nightly tango in the Sala Alfonsina, all-day pool-hustling in the well-appointed billiard parlor, and wireless Internet access for the laptop-toting. Don't be surprised if you run into Jorge Luis Borges. The famed Argentine writer may have passed on in 1986, but his wax effigy is still hanging out at Tortoni every day, sharing a corner table with wax renditions of tango great Carlos Gardel and poet Alfonsina Storni.