With a legacy dating back to the 1890s, Café de los Angelitos is one of the most historic and atmospheric tango venues in Buenos Aires. Once a favorite hangout of tango legends Carlos Gardel and José Razzano, the café was immortalized in their 1944 song “Café de los Angelitos.”
Though daytime visitors stop by for lunch or coffee in the café, the highlight of a visit is attending an evening tango performance, held in the auditorium. It’s a spectacular show, with a cast of around 30 tango dancers and live musicians, dazzling costumes, and a variety of tango styles. Visitors can opt to attend the show with drinks included, enjoy a 3-course pre-show dinner at the venue, or watch from the VIP balconies.
Things to Know Before You Go
- There is no dress code for the evening tango shows, but most guests wear smart-casual attire.
- The main café area serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and live music is often performed in the afternoons.
- Free Wi-Fi is available on-site.
- The café and auditorium are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get to There
The café is located on the corner of Rincon and Rivadavia, three blocks west of Plaza de Congreso or about a 5-minute walk. The closest metro (subte) stations are Pasco (Line A) and Congreso (Line A), both around 2 blocks away.
When to Get There
Tango shows are held nightly year-round and typically start late (after 9pm), so it’s worth opting for a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
Tango in Buenos Aires
The Argentine tango became popular in the bars and brothels of Buenos Aires’ working class neighborhoods during the 19th century, and today, the traditional dance is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Tango is everywhere in Buenos Aires, whether dancers are performing at San Telmo’s Sunday market, a glamorous tango dinner show, or a local milonga. Buenos Aires also hosts the International Tango Festival each August.