Malvón: Villa Crespo’s Perfect Café

Breakfast, lunch, merienda, brunch – yet another quality café has made an appearance in the up-and-coming culinary neighborhood of Villa Crespo. Situated near Buenos Aires’ outlet store central, BA meets New York in Malvón, the bread haven coffee shop.

From the owner of Palermo ethnic powerhouses Green Bamboo and the former Bereber, Malvón was created to resemble a New York-inspired deli and café.  Housed in a refurbished casona, this comfortable and beautifully designed coffee house is equipped with two dining room areas, garden seating in the back patio, outdoor tables on the sidewalk and a bakery displaying wonderful breads and other baked goods.

The menu consists of an eclectic mix of cuisines, a bit random, offering daily breakfasts, lunches and meriendas, with brunch specials on the weekends.

Think pancakes, chicken club, eggs, ribs, corn bread, salads, hamburgers, pastrami sandwiches, guacamole, cheesecake, bread – very random indeed.

One of the best thing about Malvón: the bread basket. Killer bread, they make a mean focaccia, rye and multigrain – all available to take home.

Every café de moda and their mother seems to be offering some form of bread with a hole in the middle that disturbingly passes as a bagel.  Bagel-mania (pronounced BAAAY-gul) has hit the city, with variations of this doughnut shaped baked good popping up around town.  

Every time I see bagel & lox on a menu, I have a hard time not ordering it.  True, the outcome is generally disappointing, but some part of me hopes the next one will be the real deal.  This NY Bagel homemade gravlax salmon, cream cheese and dill is one of the best out of the Buenos Aires bunch.  The bagel had the right chewy consistency and no oily outside. It was cooked right: boiled and baked.

Brunch fit for champions – eggs Estrellados: fried egg served over roasted potatoes with panceta and greens.  The egg a bit overcooked, but overall a star.

Malvón also does a mean Eggs Benedict – served on an English muffin with ham and topped with a strip of some of the crispiest bacon I’ve tasted at a Buenos Aires restaurant.

Fluffy and sweet, these berries and cream topped pancakes were mighty sweet.

The awesome space.

On your way out, don’t forget to grab a slice of passionfruit cheesecake or carrot cake, a loaf of NY rye, pumpernickel or French baguette.

While the food can be somewhat hit or miss – sometimes I walk away with a great Malvón food experience, and other times it’s just mehhh, it’s always a great choice for a Villa Crespo café. Beware on the weekends: get there early (or late) because this place gets bizzzaaay. (It’s not worth to wait 20 minutes+ for a table, you are better off going to Café Crespín, La Crespo or any of these Villa Crespo spots).

Serrano 789, Villa Crespo
Tel. 4774-2563
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm




  1. Anonymous says

    Is this place still worth a visit? (I love how your writing style has developed since then, I thought you were British to start with, sarcasm central ;) love it)


  1. […] MALVÓN – Serrano 789, Villa Crespo // Lafinur 3275, Palermo Botánico THE LOWDOWN: Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays 10am – 4:30pm Malvón makes a special brunch menu which comes with a whole gang of sides and drinks. Service can be slow and the wait long so make sure to get there early, or arrive late. If you are a weekday bruncher, they also serve breakfast every morning. While they have two locations, there’s something about the Villa Crespo patio that’s extra special.THE BRUNCH DETAILS:  Order the eggs benedict (huevos benedictos), fritatta, or popover Noruego for brunch. If you go for weekday breakfast, the eggs & brioche or French toast make for a good start to the morning. […]

  2. […] Villa Crespo brunch hotspot Malvón now brings their New York style café charm to Palermo Botántico, opening a second bread loving location. The space, which doubles as the bakery production camp, features the same Malvón favorites: English muffins, rye bread, monkey bread, and maracuyá cheesecake. The back garden is prime, with a front row view to watch the bakers at work in the open kitchen. […]

  3. […] In other news, I did brunch today at Malvón with a good group of people (two girls from work, a roommate of one of my friends, and all of her friends). I feel like brunch isn’t exactly the Argentine thing to do, but it seems to be an up and coming concept. The place was jam-packed, and it offered lots of New York type dishes (bagels with cream cheese and lox, pastrami sandwiches, cheesecakes, etc) but with an Argentine twist. We did some walking around the neighborhood after our three hour brunch before taking the bus back to Recoleta. Here are some photos from this afternoon. If you find yourself in Buenos Aires and in Palermo Soho, I would definitely recommend this spot. It’s a bit pricey (around $100 pesos per person with tip, minus dessert). Read a more thorough review here! […]

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