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San Telmo

San Telmo (Argentina)

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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
15min walk from central Buenos Aires
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

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Reviews of San Telmo

Fanny Dumond Seasoned Traveller
64 written opinions

Situated in Buenos Aires San Telmo is an historical and artistic neighbourhood that you must visit during your holiday in Argentina.

My suggestion:
Apart from visiting San Telmo for its famous Sunday market, I suggest you also come here during the week, when you can enjoy its calmer side. It's better if you want to take photos!
My review

San Telmo is an historically fascinating neighbourhood, with paved streets and beautifully restored, colourful period houses. An artistic quarter where visitors from all over the world flock.

The Sunday San Telmo market attracts loads of visitors and is lined with craft stands and antique dealers. Head to the famous milonga on Dorego Square, where tango dancers get together at the end of the afternoon. A lively atmosphere guaranteed! 

San Telmo is a great area for shopping, be it at local antique dealers or trendy boutiques that sell the latest fashions and home decor. Make sure you take cash as debit/credit cards are rarely accepted.

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

Birthplace of the tango, San Telmo is a hip area that attracts a lot of touristsas well as being home to a permanent flea market.

My suggestion:
If you come on a Sunday to tour the antique shops, you'll also find musicians and tango dancers livening up the streets.
My review

On arriving at Buenos Aires during my trip to Argentina, I got off the tube in the typical neighbourhood of San Telmo. It was here that I laid my hat for a few days.

San Telmo was home to the Spanish before becoming a high class neighbourhood and, later, the part of town where Italian immigrants settled. Today it's a hip area, full of artists, antique dealers, tango dancers and flea markets. Indeed, it was here, in the bars around Dorrego Square that the most sensual dance of them all was born.

Today it's a lively hub. Between a stall on the open air flea market, a guitarist, standing on a wooden box, strummed, whilst a couple danced the tango, surrounded by wide-eyed tourists. I suggest you explore this quarter by heading up Calla Defensa and along the lanes where the market is lined with numerous antique shops.

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