Photo: Celeste Najt

Photo: Celeste Najt

If you did not know which country you were in and you reached the Mayo Avenue, you could be led to believe you were in Paris or in Spain5月大通りを歩いていると、まるでパリかスペインにでもいるような気分になり、その周辺に流れる空気は他の地区よりもゆっくりと流れているかのようである。そんな5月大通りの中心に見える、レトロな赤い字体の看板を掲げた「カフェ・トルトーニ」。



Cafe Tortoni
住所:825 Avenida de Mayo, Downtown, Buenos Aires
TEL:+54 11 4342 4328

Text: Celeste Najt
Translation: Yuki Mine
. The restaurants, the hotels and the buildings all disconcert the passer-by, thus creating the illusion that time on that avenue has gone by at a slower pace than in the rest of the city.

At 800, Mayo Ave. in the middle of the block, a sign in antique red lettering strikes those walking by: “Café Tortoni”. Legend has it that in 1858 a French immigrant whose surname was Touan named the place in remembrance of a site in the Boulevard des Italiens, where the elite of the Parisian culture of the 19th century used to gather.

At the turn of the century it was purchased by Mr. Celestino Curutchet. From then onwards the bar has become the meeting place for writers, painters, musicians and journalists of considerable fame – Jorge Luis Borges, Benito Quinquela Martin, Alfonsina Storni and Carlos Gardel.

Nowadays, you can savour a good serving of snacks while enjoying a show of tango — the Argentinean dance per excellence — or a complete dinner with all the spirit of antique Buenos Aires.

It is usually populated by foreigners and typical Buenos Aires characters, those who wish to live with the illusion that time has not gone by.

Cafe Tortoni
Address: 825 Avenida de Mayo, Downtown, Buenos Aires
Tel: +54 11 4342 4328

Text: Celeste Najt
地址: 825 Avenida de Mayo, Downtown, Buenos Aires
电话: +54 11 4342 4328

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