Coffee vendors are a familiar sight in every city. You can find them pushing their cart down the street, calling at certain shops where they have a steady clientele; at taxi ranks, where they cater for the drivers; at parks and squares; even at the beach, except they carry the thermoses with coffee on their backs.

Coffee vendors don’t sell just coffee but snacks like sandwiches and empanadas and maybe cold drinks. They are supposed to register with the local council and abide by the food health code.

This photo was captured in Plaza Dorrego, in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires. This lady was very friendly and seemed to know many locals.

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Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.