When it comes to sweet little cafés, hidden in the back streets of arguably the smartest neighbourhood in the city, Florencio could not climb any higher. Recoleta’s ‘Isla’ is built north of Puyreddon avenue, a 5-minute walk from the Recoleta cemetery on raised ground – hence the term ‘island’ – overlooking the Evita monuments and the city’s national library with its arborescent architecture.
The library will confuse you at first glance, but Florencio’s teatime rogels – an Argentine dulce de leche specialty – or chocolate devils are as honest as they come, and as delicious as they are fattening. Florencio is also supposedly just around the corner from the Buenos Aires home of pop star Shakira.
The diminutive Florencio has a capacity of around ten, which means Nicolas the waiter treats customers as though they are ‘en casa’. English china, English tea, delicious cakes and a warm Anglo-Argentine atmosphere await customers. Early dinners are also served.