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San Telmo

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Address: Carlos Calvo | Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: 30243616880
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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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Established street market on Sundays worth a visit.

Perfect Sunday, walk from the south end northwards, and stop at the square for a coffee and soak up the antique market ambience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Perfect Sunday, walk from the south end northwards, and stop at the square for a coffee and soak up the antique market ambience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A very fun place to visit. Vibrant and historic. Try to go on a flea market day. Tango dancers abound.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I loved the atmosphere and the shops in there. Food was amazing! Specially in Cafe Town, in one of the markets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

In the San Telmo area, there is a great street market on Sundays. It covers street after street with colourful "artisanal" goods. Hand painted shoes, jewellery, leather goods, knitted goods, even antiques, to name a few. All at reasonable prices too. Lots of cafes and restaurants to sit in and soak up the atmosphere. Live shows and musicians too on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a nice area to visit but the goods for sale at the street fair on Sundays was disappointing. It was pretty much the same old stuff you see at home. There are some very nice antique stores surrounding the fair, but not really worth the long taxi ride from our hotel in Palermo Soho.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A hub of very exotic antique stores coupled with cobblestone streets that will delight the senses regardless of season!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Leave the subway (Subte) at Catedral and walk to Defensa street. For about 5 blocks there is an open air street fair every Sunday from 10-5. Most of what you find there is pretty high-quality local crafts. These include hand-made papers, books, leather goods, purses, belts, etc. and various forms of art. There is also quite a bit of "one-of-a-kind"... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Still with a lot to recover in terms of buildings and businesses, but with a lot of potential for expansion and development within artists community and design stores. Please do go on a weekday, crowds on Sunday are unbearable and won't let you enjoy the neighbourhood

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Perfect neighborhood for exploring on a weekend. Cobblestoned sreets, huge crafts and antiques markets (biggest on Sundays), locals doing tango, friendly neighbors, a variety of restaurants, bars and cafes, and boutiques to shop in. Easy walk to many art museums, Plaza de Mayo/Catedral area, subway, etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This place is awesome on a Sunday. (I haven't been on a Saturday). Start of by going to the Plaza at San Telmo, there are an almost infinite amount of stalls for Antiques, Art, handcrafts, you name it, you'll probably find it there! People from all over gather to sell there wares, and collectibles, I have found old Beatles Albums,... More 

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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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