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“Best market in Buenos Aires!”
5 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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“Best market in Buenos Aires!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

I've been here for a month now and visited the Sunday San Telmo market 3 times! There are endless number of kiosks with INTERESTING items - not just things made in China. Everything from wall art to jewelry, leather goods, mate galore, shoes, antiques. Prices are good (I inquired about similar items at different stalls and got the same quotes). Pablo Salvado is a painter there whose work is unbelievable - Highly recommend him. There are also plenty of restaurants intermixed. Great way to spend the day!

Visited October 2012
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“Good to feel the nostalgic atmosphere of Buenos Aires’ bygone days”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

San Telmo is the smallest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires.

Originally it was inhabited by people working at the port. Later on, the Jesuits founded the Our Lady of the Rosario Church. After that, rich families occupied the place, but the 1871 yellow fever epidemic made them leave the neighbourhood. It was then when the old beautiful houses began to be rented to the arriving European immigrants. These people used to live in what is known as conventillos (big houses whose bedrooms where hired separately to different families who shared some common areas, such as the kitchen, the bathroom, the yard, etc) (Similar to the idea of a Hutong in China).

A long time passed and by 1970 Plaza Dorrego was created with its characteristic Antique Fair (Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

There are many places to visit when in San Telmo:

Buildings from the XIX and XX century around the main square, Casa Mínima, built by freedmen following the 1813 abolition of slavery in Argentina, Defensa Street, Humberto I Street – The Jesuit Church of Betlem., Mafalda Statue (on the corner of Chile and Defensa), Nuestra Señora de Belén Church, The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, San Pedro Church, The Prison Museum (Museo Penitenciario), San Telmo Market, Pasaje La Defensa (ex Casa de los Ezeizas on 1179 Defensa Street), a typical criolla house built in 1880, and one of the best kept examples of a house of those times with two floors and bedrooms around a lovely garden).
Make sure you visit one of the old houses (of which Pasaje La Defensa is an example), now turned in Art Galleries, antique shops or commercial galleries.

Luckily, you will be able to see street performers and Tango dancers on the cobblestone streets of this lovely neighbourhood.

Restaurants and bars in San Telmo are not that expensive so it would be a good opportunity to have something there and relax, while you feel the nostalgic atmosphere of Buenos Aires’ bygone days!

A good website to take into account: http://www.feriadesantelmo.com/menu.htm

Visited July 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“I love San Telmo!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

San Telmo is a great place. It is the oldest and one of the smallest barrios (neighbourhood) in Buenos Aires.

If you come here just as a tourist passing through, San Telmo can seem like nothing more than a typical tourist spot with old churches, old buildings and tons of antique stores.

Now I've lived in San Telmo with my girlfriend for two months, and we both really love it here. There are so many great bars, restaurants and cafés surrounding the place, and really get that "Buenos Aires feeling" when you spend your day walking though the old streets, enjoying some of that terrible beverage that passes for coffee here at a nice café, or having some drinks or a couple of beers in one of the many unique and original bars found around here.
There are also a lot of cool clothing shops around here, with unique clothing.
What I love about San Telmo is that you are not too shielded from what is the reality for many people in this country. You see young students, old people, poor people, wealthier people and tourists together.

The sunday fair in Defensa is really nice, but very crowded. Here you can buy everything from chili paste, clothes, shoes, leather belts and art to tacky articles and gifts. What is a real treat though is the indoor Mercado (market). Here you find a lot of the things you find in the sunday feria, slightly cheaper and without the extreme crowd. And most of the antique shops with tons of different things are mostly open every day. If you hit the indoor mercado, be sure to have a cup of coffee at Coffee Town, the small "pavilion" in the center. They are one of the few places in Buenos Aires with good coffee.

San Telmo is also a place where you can cacth some decent tango shows while having a glass of wine or a meal.

The atmosphere in this barrio is something you really should experience while in Buenos Aires, and try to give it a couple of days to walk around here and try some different cafés, restaurants and bars. It's as great as Palermo, slightly cheaper and with a more neo-bohemian crowd than the rich kid hipster crowd.

Visited October 2012
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“oola la!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Everything - St Telmo's ambience, the square, the little cafe's, AND the Tango dancers are without question the best entertainment out. One can easily sit in the Square cafe's all day and watch life go by XXXXXXXXX

Visited October 2012
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Topanga, California
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“Fun outdoor market”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

We went to San Telmo three times in our month-long visit to BA. Go on Sunday when the antique market is happening. We also went once to more of a craft market, but couldn't find it again when we went back. Do be aware of pickpockets especially when talking with merchants.

We were lucky enough to see some tango while walking around, even saw the older couple who are featured on the cover of Lonely Planet Buenos Aires there dancing cheek to cheek.

The buildings are lovely there too. It was a bit painful to see Starbucks in an old building on a prime corner when all the other businesses around seem classic and far more traditional. Oh well...I guess if you're looking for a familiar latte in an unfamiliar place Starbucks is there for you!

Visited September 2012
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