No one can ever forget their first taste of an alfajor. With smooth dulce de leche sandwiched between two biscuits, it tastes like you are taking a bite out of heaven.
Served at every café in Argentina, your toughest choice may be choosing between alfajores with chocolate biscuits (alfajores negros) and those with almond biscuits and a coconut dusting (alfajores blancos). A tough choice with a very simple solution: you must try them both.
Alfajores can be found dipped in dark and white chocolate but as the dulce de leche filling is already very sweet, chocolate puts the sweetness factor off the charts. First try them au naturel, with only the soft biscuit and dulce de leche to please your palate, before deciding if you want an extra dose of sugar.
A well-brewed cup of coffee makes the perfect partner to an alfajor, and they go hand-in-hand at Coffee Town in Buenos Aires.
Located in the middle of the historical San Telmo Market, Coffee Town brews what is probably the best coffee in Argentina, and their alfajores are excellent too.
The San Telmo Market was built in 1897 following the design of Italian architect Juan A. Buschiazzo. Its soaring atrium is a mixture of imposing wrought-iron beams and delicate glass skylights, and the market stalls are great places to unearth vintage household goods and clothing, or to brush up on your Spanish with the proprietors.
The market is a wonderful relic of years gone by and a nice setting to enjoy your first taste of an alfajor.
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