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San Telmo

Address: Carlos Calvo esquina com Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ranked #28 of 438 things to do in Buenos Aires
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Owner description: Architectural landmarks in the city’s oldest neighborhood have been...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Historic walking areas, Other, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Owner description: Architectural landmarks in the city’s oldest neighborhood have been restored, and this revitalized area is distinctly artistic, with cafes, antique shops, cobblestone streets and lots of artists and dancers.
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Plettenberg Bay
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went to the lovely market on Sunday and we were blown away with the variety of stalls and goods available, with the added bonus of watching impromptu tango dancing in bars and on the streets , we bought some beautiful antique cut glass , the bars and restaurants in this area are quaint and not aimed at tourists therefore... More 

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Having read about the famous Sunday market in San Telmo we were really looking forward to visiting this attraction. How wrong can you be. Lots of tourist tat and thins that are available in markets all over the world. There one or two stalls selling more unique products but they were certainly few and far between. We saw little street... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Our very first day in S. America we took a taxi to this amazing, bustling, crowded market - a mix of 'antiques' and junk and souvenirs in the square and then all down Defensa street. We bought 3 or 4 items, but restrained ourselves from buying any more thinking this is just day one and we have almost 4 weeks... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The famous flew and antique Market in San Telmo (Defensa Street) on Sundays is a multicultural and colored mixed market. You may find a lot of different things, from real antiques to modern, alternative handy crafts, as well as food and drinks. Even tango lessons on the street. On the corners of Defensa and Chile, you may take a photo... More 

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Perth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Don't miss this! Step back in time to the old cobbled street and enjoy the hand craft markets. Get the spirit of the very friendly people and you may even get your bottom pinched ha! Have a Tango lesson in the street. Buy some Tango music. We loved this visit - a great was to be a local.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A Sunday in Defensa Street was a bevy of noise , heat, accents, crowds and music. A browse here would bring the reward of a present for someone or yourself. A place to watch your purse but definitely experience.

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Bodenheim, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

San Telmo is the proof of what happens when global economy hits a neighbourhood that has so far been sitting in the Basement of global growth: some streets and some squares go: "booom!" and grow like crazy, around the Corner nothing happens. Interesting quarter however and I'm sure it will look very different in a year or two.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Apart of the fair, which has some interesting things to see, the art presentations atracted me much more. Watch people playing and dancing tango was quite interesting. The main market, the one that is in door, had also some good things to see. Just be aware that it only happens on sunday.

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Oakland, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We stayed in an old, beautiful home in this district and really enjoyed the wonderful restaurants and shopping. We didn't get to a Tango show, which I regret...but this gives me another reason to go back. The Sunday market is really great. Interesting shopping, musicians and if you're into people watching, sit down at one of the many cafes and... More 

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London
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You need great stamina to walk to whole length of the market. It's worth it. We saw street Tango, artists, musicians, the lot! The roads off the market are a little dicey with loads of street people and run down buildings. I wouldn't advise to walk there at night.

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