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Nov 22, 2018
“November 2018 - closed for renovation ”
Dec 3, 2017
“Permenantly shut”
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A sense of nostalgia pervades this aging but elegant club where the tango brings locals and tourists together. Afternoon lessons are a prelude to evening dance parties.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in A day in Buenos Aires
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Suipacha 384, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Theater District
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+54 11 5265-8069
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

CLOSED - Actually giving mid rating cos the building is nice - however I wanted to go here on a recommendation from my sister and it was not clear in various areas on web whether it was open or not - on November 22nd 2018...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Majella K
Reviewed December 3, 2017

Various attempts to visit this place has been unsuccessful. The word is that it was shut for renovation and then was bought and sold by speculative investors. Who knows when it will reopen.

Date of experience: December 2017
7  Thank Joseph M
Reviewed June 29, 2017

This Belle Epoque-style eatery/dancehall has seen better days, but there is no better place to experience the classic tango at this milonga. Afternoon (tea time) and evening milongas attract locals and tourists. But watch for the locals and watch their feet. That is where the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
2  Thank GayleyPablo
Reviewed December 12, 2016

To enjoy Confiteria Ideal, you have to understand the history of Buenos Aires, the Tango, and the Confiteria. This Confiteria you don't go simply for the food!! Appreciation of Confiteria Ideal comes with the historical ambiance of understanding you are sitting in living history. The...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Malik W
Reviewed September 27, 2016

La Confiteria Ideal is an oasis of old-time class. The splendour of its highly marbled interior takes you back to a vintage era that exuded class and excess. My trips to "La Confiteria Ideal" have been purely to attend social tango events/dances... the marbled dance-floor...More

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Daniele I
Reviewed June 26, 2016

One of the headlights of our Buenos trip was supposed to be a tango show. We were asking many people where to go and La Confiteria Ideal was one of the two places mentioned (the other being famous Cafe Tortoni). Well, I must say that...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Jacek_Polska
Reviewed April 27, 2016

We wanted to see a "milonga", a gathering of tango dancers, and were told to go to La Ideal, a block south from the Obelisco. It was a Friday evening, the milonga ended at 8:30pm and the admission was aprox. USS 6 (starts at 3pm)....More

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank Maria A
Reviewed April 25, 2016

After reading reviews and having seen this milonga on a t.v. programme we decided to visit it. Convinced that we were going to see the real thing rather than the staged glitzy tango shows we were disappointed to discover that it is now closed for...More

Date of experience: April 2016
2  Thank StCheron
Reviewed April 5, 2016

This appears to be a century old European-style coffee house. Milongas are held here in the afternoons. My husband and I had five tango lessons before visiting Buenos Aires. This was the perfect place to experience real Argentinian tango, which differed quite a bit from...More

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Cheryl P
Reviewed March 13, 2016

First I waited FORTY FIVE MINUTES for the waiter to acknowledge me so I could get the cup of coffee I'd already paid for. Then the manager told me that I was "the problem," not his staff, and that I needed to "learn to wait...More

Date of experience: March 2016
3  Thank BertT_12
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NormalGirl13
January 12, 2017|
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Response from Malik W | Reviewed this property |
It was open last year when I was there. There are always rumors that it is closed or closing...best thing is to find a way to check for yourself. It is definitely worth it!!!!!
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ellen2016598
December 1, 2016|
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Response from Daniele I | Reviewed this property |
It's a cafe-restaurant. No fee to get in. You can go in whenever you want. If you want to go to a function/event though... that would cost an entry fee to the upstairs ballroom. Events vary as to start time etc.
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EROSS2
Miami
Tango Show Question (4 Replies)
Hi, I am coming to Argentina in March with my sister for two weeks and will spend 5 days in Buenos Aires. We are in our mid twenties. My sister has been dancing since she was a little girl, so seeing a tango show and going to a milonga is a must during our trip. After looking on the forums I saw great reviews for all of these places: Complejo Tango , La Querandi, Cafe Tortoni, El Viejo Almacen, Esquina Carlos Gardel, Cafe Torino, Bar Sur, La Ventana, Esquina Homero Manzi, Centro Cultural...More
February 20, 2010|
Response fromVladMI|
Cafe Tortoni is only approx. 30-40% dance and the rest is music/songs.