I lived in Villa Crespo for 6 weeks last year, and it is one of my favorite neighborhoods.
You are steps away from trendy Palermo Soho, but you are in a non-touristy area with a real neighborhood feel. The carnicerias and verdulerias are cheaper simply because you are on the other side of Avenida Cordoba.
Because Villa Crespo is an up-and-coming neighborhood, some great restaurants and cafés have sprouted up in the past few years.
My favorite brunch spot in Villa Crespo is Malvón, and I think you will agree when you see these photos.
Malvón has a bright, cozy café atmosphere.
The décor is eclectic with random odds-and-ends that could have been scavenged from someone’s great aunt’s attic. There is a lovely patio in the back, and a few tables on the sidewalk in the front.
The menu is huge and diverse. You can get breakfast, sandwiches (on their delicious fresh-baked bread), meriendas, pastries, wine and cocktails.
But my favorite is the weekend brunch.
First of all, it is massive.
Unless you are a rugby player or haven’t eaten in 24hours, I recommend splitting one brunch between two people and order an extra side or two.
You choose from one of the 10 brunch options.
The popovers are amazing.
But then again, this is the best eggs benedict I have ever had.
So good luck choosing. Maybe it is best not to share.
Then you choose two sides.
The sides are pretty substantial and equally yummy.
The blueberry pancakes are a must.
But wait… there’s more!
And all of this food comes with a basket of fresh-baked bread, including a corn muffin, a granola and fruit concoction, a coffee or tea, and the cocktail of the day.
I told you it was a lot of food!
When you’ve indulged and are ready to go, good luck making it past the bakery without picking up some fresh bread to take home with you.
Or something sweet.
These are my kind of alfajores.
A reasonable amount of dulce de leche, and a cookie with some grains… because that makes it healthy, you know.
You can check out the menu on the Malvón website. They are located in Villa Crespo (near the outlet shopping on Aguirre) at Serrano 789. Open daily 9am-10pm. Brunch is served 10am-430pm Saturdays, Sundays, and feriados (holidays).
Living in or visiting Buenos Aires?
Check out my previous posts in the Eating My Way Through BA series for tips on excellent dining experiences.
- Eating My Way Through BA Part 1: Making Dinner a Social Event
- Eating My Way Through BA Part 2: Argentine Food and Middle-Eastern Flavors
- Eating My Way Through BA Part 3: The Food Tour