Freddo Coffee . Buenos Aires
I walked by this glass plated establishment called “Freddo” a number of times before I eventually wandering in late one night. It was only a block away from our hostel and blended in with all the other fashionable stores. I didn’t think of it, but must of subconsciously deduced it was a jewelry store of some sort, with the long light countertop and people peering over.
Later Paul, the proprietor of the El Sol hostel, told us it was a gourmet coffee and ice cream shop with wealthy owners who made a point of constantly remodeling their chain of stores. We enjoyed great coffee and ice cream there, and a great place to visit after a good steak dinner. And true to Paul’s word one night we walked by later at 2am and they were painting the inside.
edit to add in ’07: My Spanish has vastly improved since first visiting, however my appreciate should be noted to the staff always selecting the a different flavor of ice cream upon every visit. Knowing I wasn’t the best communicator they took the initiative to ensure we were happy – and we were.