Cafes Notables -- Buenos Aires

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Late-night patrons at El Preferido de Palermo. The cafe opened as an almacen, in 1952 when owner Arturo Fernandez arrived from Asturias, the province on Spain's lush north coast. Still teeming with shelves of canned eel, olives, and good wines, the grocery shares tight space with trendy orange and green tables where a limited menu is served to Palermo's young and hip. A photo of Francis Ford Coppola graces the counter, but the barrio's real luminary, Jorge Luis Borges (the street bears his name), lived across the way from 1901 to 1914. (Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)
Late-night patrons at El Preferido de Palermo. The cafe opened as an almacen, in 1952 when owner Arturo Fernandez arrived from Asturias, the province on Spain's lush north coast. Still teeming with shelves of canned eel, olives, and good wines, the grocery shares tight space with trendy orange and green tables where a limited menu is served to Palermo's young and hip. A photo of Francis Ford Coppola graces the counter, but the barrio's real luminary, Jorge Luis Borges (the street bears his...
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