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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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Unique shops in San Telmo

San Telmo is teeming with lots of restaurants, bars and antique shops. The architecture is interesting and a lot of older buildings still stand. One of the oldest bars in BA can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Courtenay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

San Telmo is teeming with lots of restaurants, bars and antique shops. The architecture is interesting and a lot of older buildings still stand. One of the oldest bars in BA can be found here. You will also see a few murals on the sides of buildings which are quite moving! There is also the large inside mercado.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you love antiques, coffee, tango, arts and crafts you have to go on the weekend to San Telmo, it one of the nices places to visit in Buenos Aires!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Around every corner there are cool details dating back to early 20th century. Cool little antique shops everywhere. Relaxed vibe with some cool parks. Not too touristy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw them live at a milonga (place where people meet to dance tango) and they were excellent. Lively, vibrant... A must see if you want to experience true Argentinian culture.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked my hotel in San Telmo neighbourhood as it was highlighted as one of the best options to stay for travellers. However, I was a little disappointed. Maybe, because I was visting BA in the weekdays there was not much happening in the neighbouhood. However, it would be one of the cheaper neighbourhooda to stay for travellers as the others... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

it is worth walking the streets of Defensa quarter , i have listen to at least 3 street orchesters - amazing feeling to see that musicians play , that tango couples dance as it is Covent Garden and not a simple Buenos Aires street. and it is not just 2-3-5 musicians, there are at lest 12-14, a whole orchestra, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Bohemian, chick, filled with people from all over the world, home of the true Buenos Aires café. Cobblestone streets, tunnels connecting different sectors, classy antique shops. A must-see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in San Telmo for a few days and really felt at home here - very friendly with great bars and shops. The market on Sunday is huge and full of the usual, and not so usual, stuff, and generates a great atmosphere in the area. Well worth a visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not the same vibe with street tangoers etc when the entire plaza is dug up and dusty. A lot of atmosphere with narrow crowded streets and buses barreling by. Sitting at a corner cafe the view is not what I remembered from previous visits.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is famous for antique shopping. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to visit the Sunday market.

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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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