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Address: Carlos Calvo | Defensa, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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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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Taconeando Tango Show with Optional Dinner in Buenos Aires
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San Telmo Neighborhood Tour with Tango Lessons
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Dorrego Plaza (Street Tango Show)

If you're in B.A. And don't get to a street tango show in San Telmo then you are simply missing out! This experience is wonderful, grass roots talent at its best. Enjoy watching... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This area is very colourful and has a Sunday market. Sells lots of bricbrac type goods as well as more artisan goods. Bars and restaurants also there. Cobbled paths.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I spent a lot of time walking the streets of Buenos Aires and I eventually reached this area. The most prominent thing about this area to me was the amount of grafitti on the walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you're in B.A. And don't get to a street tango show in San Telmo then you are simply missing out! This experience is wonderful, grass roots talent at its best. Enjoy watching the performances with a coffee or vino, soak it up!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If one enjoys artisan markets, you must attend on Sundays. There are probably a thousand booths. A lot of creative pieces of artwork and items from Argentina. Stop at one of the neighbourhood bars, very quaint.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent most of a Sunday morning strolling around the San Telmo markets, an amazing collection of booths selling everything from t-shirts and clothes to leather goods, coins, stamps, and antiques. The stores surrounding the square, and up streets in every direction, were also open - huge number of antique stores. Also featured is a tango demonstration - fun to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Plenty of cafes and bars nearby, resale shops and places with old stuff they call antiques abound too, but to me the must-see in San Telmo is the old market. Every decent-sized Latin American town used to have an indoor market like the Mercado San Telmo. Catch this one while it's still there. Have the butcher carve off a 2-inch... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Shopping, sightseeing, or just hanging out in one of the many parks in San Telmo you will not get bored.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although very touristy check out the sunday markets along the length of Defensa Ave A number of museums but we found just wandering the cobble stone streets was fasinating

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed in this neighbourhood during our latest visit to Buenos Aires. Quite an older area, with a mix of architecture and buildings. Colourful residents, always happy to stop for a chat. We did walk to and from downtown BA a number of times, but it is also easily accessible from the excellent subway network. On sundays there is a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Plaza Dorrego in Sam Telmo at midday on a Friday. It starts to liven up at about 12.30. We had a few beers in a rustic old bar that had been there forever. We then had lunch in the plaza. We also walked on the cobbled streets and looked at some of the antique stores. The area has... 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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