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Cafe Oui Oui in Buenos Aires

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There are a-thousand-and-one things I love about Buenos Aires, Argentina. I lived there until I was merely five years old—not long enough to remember much, but long enough that Spanish was my first language, and I still speak it with the quintessential Argentine accent. However, my family returned regularly—keeping in touch with old friends and old traditions like parilla, mate, tango and more.

I was back in BA in March for research for my master’s thesis in renewable energy at GWU’s Elliott School. I won’t bore you with the intricacies of eolic energy and methanation, but rather get to the good stuff—brunch, but of course.

So what are those thousand and one things? For starters, beautiful, tall, dark and handsome men who wear button-downs, loafers and play polo. Sexy sultry tango dancers in the street. Media lunas and dulce de leche (croissants topped with caramel) are considered a normal, routine breakfast. Parillas with all you-can-eat grass-fed steak with sides of provoleta—grilled provolone cheese with spices—on the side. Old world architecture. Dinners that last until late into the night and nights out dancing that last until the wee hours of the morning. It’s European; but more dramatic and different.

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Best of all, as we discovered when we stumbled upon Café Oui Oui, brunch is served all week long. Oui Oui is a corner café that is nearly entire pink, with the menu spelled out colorfully on chalkboards across the restaurant. There are fresh-baked pastries of every size and shape imaginable—from waffles to media lunas (read: croissants) and pan au chocolat. The tables are pastel pink picnic tables, which is strangely apropos for this restaurant.

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Beautiful, relaxed Argentines chit-chatting on pale pink wooden chairs as remixed Regina Spector plays in the background. Even on a Tuesday morning, the Portenos, or Argentines, seem calm and glamorous—brunching and reading newspapers as if they didn’t have a care in the world.

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We opted for cappuccinos and coffees while we did work between research meetings. We shared the yogurt and granola. The dish arrived with a bowl of sweet, crunchy nut-filled granola, a jar of plain yogurt and a bowl of fresh fruit that included pears, apples, oranges, peaches and more deliciousness.

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Juan opted for the traditional breakfast of coffee and toast, which was served with jam and dulce de leche, of course.

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It would be remiss to not have a full brunch—and unfair to you, dear readers—so we also ordered a waffle. The waffle was dense, unlike a Belgian waffle, and served warm. Again, it was to be slathered with dulce de leche. It was quickly devoured without complaint.

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All in all, delicious café cuisine in a perfectly precious ambiance.

The Bitches say: Delightful pink café in Buenos Aires filled with college kids and intellectuals. Must-to if you’re in the city and love brunch—or a good pastry.

Cafe Oui Oui
Calle Nicaragua 6068
Buenos Aires, Argentina
(0)11 4949 6444

Cafe Oui Oui serves brunch all week long.

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