- Encounters with locals
- Place or Historical Monument
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.
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.