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San Telmo

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Address: Carlos Calvo | Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Description: 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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A nice area to spend the weekend

This is the old part of Buenos Aires and is a nice area to spend a day. The artisan's market on Sunday 's is very lively and interesting . There is a subway station about six... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is the old part of Buenos Aires and is a nice area to spend a day. The artisan's market on Sunday 's is very lively and interesting . There is a subway station about six blocks from the square. Interesting local food is also available .

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Love love love the San Telmo street fair. It's the largest street fair I've ever seen, everything from arts and crafts, jewelry to antiques. It's a must see and do on a Sunday afternoon!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Small streets lined with interesting shops and restaurants are most entertaining in San Telmo. I believe working people live here and it is a good chance to see what Buenos Aires is all about on a normal day. The people were friendly and helpful in every way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

If you visit Buenos Aires city, you must go to San Telmo neighborhood on a Sunday. You can start by having a continental breakfast in one of the old and traditional coffee shops around San Telmo Square. Then go for a walk around the neighborhood where you'll see very old buildings, some of them almost 200 years old, churches and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We visited this market at Sunday lunch-time, early afternoon and there were lots of stalls with Antiques and hand-made crafts. There were some interesting stall holders with a lot of Art Deco styles of glass and an interesting Soda Bottle Stall! We were worried about pick-pockets so kept an eye on our bags, were extra vigilant. There are a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Rented an apartment in San Telmo for three months. San Telmo is perfect if you like little independent coffe shops, art galleries, antique shops etc.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The Sunday market offers so much to see, and it's worth the visit to walk around the neighborhood. The architecture is amazing, but the neighborhood needs a lot of restoration. Clearly the economic set back has hurt the city. There are many restaurants, antique shops and interesting side streets. We went during the week this visit and were a little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Nice area for a walk on a sunny day. Lots of antique shops etc. If you don't like crowds, don't go on a Sunday. On the other days, it's more relaxed. Prices to buy something are high as they know you're a tourist but hey, look for something you really want and try to negotiate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very cool neighborhood in central BA with a ton of character. We stayed in the San Telmo area for 4 days and couldn't get enough, the restaurants are great, the cobblestone streets are classic and the people are very nice. Would definitely recommend staying in this area as your home base to see the rest of the city, an easy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

San Telmo on a Sunday is a great way to experience Buenos Aires and it's inhabitants. There are street vendors selling all kinds of stuff, tango dancers and musicians playing. It gets quite crowded so it's good to keep your wallet and possessions close by.

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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.