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“Fun Sunday afternoon out”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of San Telmo

San Telmo
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Taconeando Tango Show with Optional Dinner in Buenos Aires
Ranked #15 of 724 things to do in Buenos Aires
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Owner description: 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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“Fun Sunday afternoon out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

Given the centre of BA can be quiet on a Sunday we caught the subte blue line to Independencia and then made the 10 minute walk down to San Telmo. It is very busy street market that sells everything from tacky imports through to fine antiques oh and fruit & veg if you need something to go with your dinner. In amongst all of this are magicians, tango dancers, music bands, mime artists and just about every conceivable type of life imaginable. A very long street which got very crowded but at all times it felt safe & fun. Lots of street food or restaurants to eat in - or just sit & watch the world go past. Look out for the antique jewelry shops - sheer amount of stock is glitteringly impressive. By chance we happened on Museo Penitenciario - 378 Humberto Primero - museopenitenciario.spf.gov.ar which couldn't find in Tripadvisor listings. Free and worth a look to see what was a working prison dating back to the 18th century looks like.

Visited September 2012
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“Enjoyed the market!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2012

San Telmo is a very nice neighborhood in BA. The popular thing here is the street market on Sundays. You can walk for quite a ways enjoying the weather and architecure of the city as well as the culture and vendors. At the end of many blocks is a square where there is a little Tango going on in the street as well as more vendors. We sat and had a beer and burger at El Dorrego on the square and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Its definitely a place to check out in BA.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice street market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

San Telmo is a huge street market that works on sundays. It's nice to walk around and check out all the hand made staff and gastronomy around.
It's nice but the first 2 blocs looks really turistic (not hand made staff, but chinese staff... :/)
Walk a little bit more and you gonna find parrillas, choripans, cafes... tango on the street... and second hand market!

Visited September 2012
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“Sunday Market”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband and I just returned from BsAs and of course spent Sunday afternoon at the San Telmo Market. We love to see all the variety of items for sale. Be prepared for crowds, it can get a bit congested in certain areas.
I have to put in a BIG recommendation for the most incredible empanadas being sold there by a darling couple, Anna Marie and Martin! They are in the same location every Sunday selling their empanadas. The empanadas are large, stuffed end to end with a wonderful ground beef filling. Their empanadas are fried (but not greasy) rather than baked as you will find everywhere else. I think this is Tucuman style. Don't miss out on these!

Visited August 2012
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“Very unique market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Market itself (that is in the building) is a flea market of antiques that gets old within the first 10 minutes. If you're into antiques, it's great -- otherwise, kind of boring after a few minutes. However, if you go on Sunday, and get out of the flea market, there are stalls as far as the eye can see. We ended up buying some decorative pieces from here at reasonable prices. Definitely something to see on Sunday, outside in the streets. We actually walked all the way to Casa Rosada without realizing it. Watch your stuff as it's a narrow street, and probably an ideal place for pick pocketers. There is so much going on that you almost miss the building facades and can be sensory overload. Overall, worth the visit, but you don't have to walk the whole thing to get the gist of it. Interesting but very touristy.

Visited August 2012
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