I must confess that at first glance, Capisci was not the sort of place I was expecting to see on the list of Notable Bars and Cafes of Buenos Aires. Situated in busy and upscale Belgrano, barely a block from Avenida Cabildo, with its faux-Italian name and a small army of waiting staff in smart trendy uniforms, I didn’t see much to differentiate it from dozens of other cafes round the city.
And whilst the cafe itself didn’t do anything to dispel that notion, it turns out Capisci does indeed merit its spot due to the building in which it is housed. Built within the old stables of the controversial historical figure Juan Manuel de Rosas, the cafe has kept large chunks of the original building intact from the large arched windows on the front, to the brickwork and tunnels in the cellar (now the toilets).
From a cafe point of view, nothing really stands out in Capisci but the restoration and the historical significance of the building makes it worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Capisci: Vuelta de Obligado 2072
Subte: Juramento, Line D
This page is part of a series examining the Notable Bars of Buenos Aires.