Originally called Bar Rivadavia, this cafe was once the haunt of poets, musicians and even criminals, which is why a police commissioner jokingly called it los angelitos (the angels) in the early 1900s. As well as being an elegant hangout for a coffee or tea, come evening time Los Angelitos puts on one of the best tango shows in Buenos Aires.
The performers dress in top-notch costumes and use interesting props, such as drapes and moving walls. They also dance to modern tunes, including those by local band Bajofondo, and despite a nightclub feel at times – especially due to the lighting – it’s all tastefully and creatively done. The stage is well set up (the musicians are on a different level, out of the way but well in sight) and everyone gets a good view.