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A Saturday Stroll in Palermo

One of the things I enjoy most of living in Palermo is the amount of cool shops and cafés that are within walking distance of my flat. Saturday morning is usually reserved for cleaning and maybe an hour or two of work. But after lunch, I need to go for a walk with a podcast for companion (soon, a post on my podcast recommendations).
I have a routine that I change very little. I first walk towards Libertador towards Plaza Alemania, do a lap or two around the plaza, and head back down towards Santa Fe, and keep walking. I don’t make any stops during this first part of my Saturday stroll.

Red brick and trees in Plaza Alemania.

Red brick and trees in Plaza Alemania.

If it’s after 4 pm, my first stop is the Origamiteca. I love to make origami stars, so I acquire strips of lovely origami paper here and enjoy the smell of paper and ink before heading out in search of a cup of coffee.
Next stop is Lattente. I love walking the tree-lined streets on my way there. If the weather is not too hot or too cold, I order a flat white and my mandatory fustuca (I love pistachios) and sit outside to enjoy some people-watching. If don’t feel like staying, I order my flat white and my fustuca to go.
Then, I devote about half an hour to wander about the streets of Palermo. I sometimes walk past the street fair at Plaza Armenia, but only if I am in the mood. Sometimes there is live music, but if not, I try to avoid the crowds (plus the only stall I like is La Botanique).

Sunset in Plaza Armenia

Sunset in Plaza Armenia

Door in a condemned builiding in Palermo.

Door in a condemned builiding in Palermo.

I try to replicate this routine of coffee and wandering about everywhere I go. I find that it is the best way to get a sense of any city and its people. Go grab a cup of coffee and get lost in your city!

Best cafés in Palermo

Capuccino and cookie at Lab

Capuccino and cookie at Lab (yes, my camera does not make it justice)

Porteños love coffee, and all the rituals that it implies. We like our coffee hot, and served at our table, and spend hours reading or debating with a friend over café con leche with medialunas. The line “¿Un cafecito?” is a must after every meal. But, let’s face it, coffee in Buenos Aires is usually horrible. I’ve yet to find out why. Thankfully, a wave of exquisite Colombian coffee and talented baristas rolled in Palermo for a very necessary caffeine kick. I live in Palermo and I’m the first one to admit I should give other barrios‘ coffee a chance, but as all writing courses teach, it’s best to stick to what one knows.  All these four places have excellent brews, and you should definitely try them out.

Full City Coffee House: Great coffee and friendly atmosphere. My favourite place when I need to work or study with a Britpop soundtrack, or have a long chat with a friend. My favourites: the Flat White and the coconut lemonade. Serves an English Full Breakfast on Sundays, haven’t tried it yet but looks promising. Thames 1535. https://www.facebook.com/fullcitycoffeehouse

Lattente: Smaller place, ideal for take-away or a quick cup of coffee if you happen to pass it by.  My favourite order is a macchiatto with a mouth-watering fustuca. Every Saturdays after lunch you can find Cannoli di Palermo selling their delicious cannolis and sfogliatellas and other Italian treats outside the shop. On Sundays Sheikob’s Bagels makes an stellar appearance after 11:30 am for an ideal Sunday brunch. Thames 1898. https://www.facebook.com/LATTEnTEArgentina

Lab Tostadores de Café: Open space, ideal for an informal work meeting or a casual chat with friends. I loved the chocolate chip cookies, and the cappuccino I had was perfection itself. I’m yet to try the iced coffee. Humboldt 1542. https://www.facebook.com/labtostadores?fref=ts

Ninina Bakery: Lovely space with an open kitchen. Perfect for brunch/tea with family members or a group of friends.Their scones and muffins are to die for. It’s usually very busy and a bit noisy, so not ideal for work, unless you go very early (what I usually do on the weekends). The staff is a bit slow sometimes. Gorriti 4738. https://www.facebook.com/labtostadores?fref=ts

Image by Nathan Snider under a CC license https://www.flickr.com/photos/nathansnider/476559398 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

Image by Nathan Snider under a CC license https://www.flickr.com/photos/nathansnider/476559398 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

 

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