The good folks behind Ninina Bakery, have strengthened their foothold in Buenos Aires by opening a second outpost in the city. Located off the beaten track, in Barrio Parque Donado Holmberg, an up-an-coming neighbourhood now sprinkled with low-rise residential buildings from top architects including Carlos Ott, Mathias Klotz and Edgardo Minond, the new site, outfitted once again by local firm Estudio Verardo, depicts traces of the flagship café, but with a more industrial look.
As such, white-painted bricks, cement floors, exposed ceiling pipes and oak wall panels create a foundation for leather Chesterfield sofas, old public school-style chairs, recycled Brazilian pine tables and copper lamps that lend a soft glow over the marble counter that displays the brand’s signature cakes and pastry.
The space’s focal point is the Coffee Roastery, where patrons can peer down on the action of trained baristas searching for the best blends of coffees.
The kitchen meanwhile, churns out classic café fare made with 100 per cent natural ingredients. Expect crowd pleasers such as the vegetarian sandwich made from homemade herb bread stuffed with squash, zucchini, eggplant, caramelised fennel and fior di latte; and the fresh shrimp salad with avocado, wild arugula, grapefruit and watercress and tossed with a mango and jalapeño dressing.