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San Telmo

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Address: Carlos Calvo | Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: 30243616880
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Architectural landmarks in the city’s oldest neighborhood have been...

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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Great area to wander through during day

On Sunday there is a street market in the area but it's very busy and means you miss the lovely shops on either side so it's worth visiting twice. There are plenty of cafes to eat... read more

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Birkenhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On Sunday there is a street market in the area but it's very busy and means you miss the lovely shops on either side so it's worth visiting twice. There are plenty of cafes to eat and drink, with couple paid to tango outside to draw the crowds. Our favourite area in BA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very nice and safe neighbouhood. People are very polite. Bohemia place. El Federal is a must. We (two girls) used to come back to the hotel on foot later like 4am and we were safe and sound. We never get a taxi cause it's not necessary.

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Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's not just about shopping at the markets, but about the street life as well. Everyone is out, walking down the middle of Defensa with hundreds of stalls all the way down to the antiques market. On Sunday night (before 11, at least) groups drum on various corners throughout the neighborhood, and people come out, listen, and dance. I was... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Six of us visited the Sunday market on a recommendation. Lots of clothes, trinkets, jewelry. Maybe because we had heard so much about it we had great expectations. It was nice but we found nothing unique about it. It was safe and interesting nothing remarkable or notable, at least for us. If we were staying nearby with nothing else to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

San Telmo was an exciting experience. Lots of street venders and street artists. Popped into a few of the markets to scout out antiques... Some good finds if you're looking. Lots of great Tango to enjoy too. Sunday's are great days to explore this area.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

San Telmo is a nice area with lots of restaurants. On a Sunday one of the streets is transformed into a street market. It's about 3k long. Give yourself 4 or 5 hours for the market. Lots of interesting things to buy. Tourist stuff, antiques and street food. There is also a bench where you can have you're picture taken... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we weren't in town on a Sunday so missed the big market and festivities. Despite this, it was an interesting historical neighborhood. We visited the market and many of the stalls were still open (best fresh produce we saw in Buenos Aires). Other than that many restaurants, antiques shops and some tango on the streets for those who appreciate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Large bustling Sunday market including antique and vintage stalls, small independant shops, bars and restuarants with bands and buskers. Great for a perusal and great atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Experience the Buenos Aires rhythm through its music, street artists, artisians and flea market. Be ready to walk.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Make sure to visit on a Sunday to experience the artisan market. It goes on and on! Really fun to walk through. Colonial architecture is a must see. Lots of great restaurants, shops & bars.

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San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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