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Address: Carlos Calvo esquina com 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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Great Sunday Market!

After arriving from the U.S. on an overnight flight, we decided to go the Sunday market / fair in San Telmo. The streets are closed from Plaza Dorrego to Plaza de Mayo down 10... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Cypress, Texas
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San Pedro
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

There is not much to see in San Telmo but with a guide to show you around you can find very nice and different places to visit. The market, the comic street with Argentinian characters as Mafalda which I love. Antique stores and plenty of artisans and artists selling their good. Don't miss the Cofffee Town place in the middle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

After arriving from the U.S. on an overnight flight, we decided to go the Sunday market / fair in San Telmo. The streets are closed from Plaza Dorrego to Plaza de Mayo down 10 blocks of Defensa street with temporary booths lining the streets (plus Plaza Dorrego is full of booths). We started at Plaza de Mayo, but you could... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We stayed in the area of BA. we always felt safe in this part of the city, no problems at all. The area is also very beautiful and it's in a great location to find anything

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Boulder, Colorado
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Let me preface by saying this is our 5th staycation in BA for 2-3 months at a time. In 2008 we DID come down here on a Sunday........and perhaps once again in 2012. We actually took the bus to San Telmo yesterday to go to the BA Museum of Contemporary Art on San Juan Avenue. Due to the elections, the... More 

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Henley on Thames Oxfordshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I walked from my hotel through Retiro to Defensa in San Telmo. It was lovely as I went past the Cathedral Metropolitana and then into this huge street lined with small stalls selling everything from leather goods to hand painted shot glasses, jewellery and handbags. I did lots of shopping for the family but it was a lovely place to... More 

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Florida
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Stayed several nights at the Patios de San Telmo Hotel, and enjoyed this area immensely Plenty of sights to visit, restaurants, cafes, hide-away bars, historic buildings, museums, and the list goes on and on. Go out and soak in the culture, enjoy the Sunday street market, tasty food in simple places. Safe to walk the streets at night, but don't... More 

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Redland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Thought this would be a great place for interesting finds like European flea markets, but it turned out to have a lot of vendors selling the same type of items. Many things were tourist wares, not many original or one of a kind pieces. Dedicated a Sunday morning to visit, but an hour would have been enough.

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Cairo, Egypt
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

nice old part of the city. on Sundays there is an open market in the whole area full of cool things.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Antique shops with quality (and expensive) stuff. Artists, musicians, shops, cafes, and a tree covered park with cafes. This was the first and last time I ever heard a street band (or professionals) play what sounded like tango/reggae/ska. Nice little cafes of which one I had a beer and lunch under a tree at their table. So many antique shops... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Nice part of the city, you can find a lot of art here. The market of San Telmo is crowded and they sell awesome things.

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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.