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San Telmo
San Telmo

San Telmo

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Defensa 1200, LANúS 1065 Argentina
+54 11 4312 2232
https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/en/busqueda/san%20telmo%20contact%20number
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San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires, is a multicultural, charismatic part of the city that attracts locals and tourists alike. Its main square, Plaza Dorrego, hosts an ongoing antique ... Read more
fair; for a more organized setting, antique stores also line the streets. Visitors can test their dance skills by stopping by a tango parlor, then wander around the cobblestone streets before a mid-afternoon cafe break. San Telmo's 19th century architecture has been well-preserved, and an entire day can be spent admiring the area's unique buildings.

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San Telmo is a must on Sunday for its famous street fair. Go around noon and plan to spend the day. Bus #29 which you pick up on Corrientes in front of the Carrefour supermarket takes you there. It's also a 30 minute walk. I would get off at Plaza de Mayo and walk along Defensa street to get a full view of the fair. Favorite restaurants: Desnivel for budget and the quirky aand La Brigada for less concern for budget and a more traditional atmosphere. I also do Desnivel!

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Our home is located in San Telmo, so you can simply walk out the door and start experiencing some of San Telmo. Pop-up art galleries, late-night bars and street murals lend old San Telmo a bohemian vibe. Lined with antiques dealers and raucous steakhouses, Defensa street (which begins 3 blocks from our home) cuts through Plaza Dorrego, where a flea market and street performers attract tourists every Sunday. In Parque Lezama, paths wind around tall jacaranda trees and the Italianate Museo Histórico Nacional. Upscale tango dinner-show venues dot the neighborhood.

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Mexico City, Mexico

A fashion and very popular place to be, lots of antiques and flee markets , safe and lot of bars

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They have a fun antique fair during weekends, It is also one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city with lots of history.

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Foster City, California, USA

Nice area of town to walk or scroll around, and you will see Tango performances in parks or public areas in the evenings.

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This is a cultural gem. Sundays they host a street fair that goes on for blocks...and blocks.

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San Jose, California, USA

Come for the Sunday antique fair; stay for the tango. Although this isn't one of the posher neighborhoods (take Palermo, for instance), it's got a lot of history. And between the cobblestone streets and the rustic doorways, it can be quite photogenic. You can get a very artsy rental for a bargain if you're comfortable staying in this neighborhood (it's that kind of district where the same group can be split by opinion). From here, you can walk to countless landmarks (if you like walking). If you're averse to being on foot, the cabs are abundant. If you're wary of the cab drivers, you can take the metro.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

One of the older neighborhoods this part of own is known for tango in the streets.

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Santa Cruz, California, USA

Great place to hang out on Sundays. There is a huge flea market there which is very famous and also some good restaurants around. A must see spot in Buenos Aires.

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Sao Carlos, Brazil

Every Sunday there's a amazing fair. People dancing, singing, and selling great manufactured stuff.

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Reading, UK

Pretty and bohemian part of BA which feels almost like a little world of its own.

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Cocoa, Florida

San Telmo is where the first European (Pedro de Mendoza of Spain) came ashore in 1536. It was here and a little farther south in LaBoca, that most people settled down to live. Now most of the Portenos have moved on to tonier neighborhoods such as Recoleta, Belgrano, and Palermo. When visiting San Telmo you must stop and visit the very heart of this area....Plaza Dorrego.

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San Telmo is an old aristocratic area of the city. The wealthy deserted it in the XIXth century after an epidemic and took refuge onto the slightly higher ground of Recoleta where the apartment is. Over the past Decade or so, San Telmo has become increasingly fashionable so old houses are being restored, antique stores are being replaced with clothing stores, and several good restaurants have opened their doors. On Sunday, the main square hosts an antiques fair. It is a great area to stroll around. Take a taxi from the apartment, 15 mns.

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Santiago, Chile

For us, this neighborhood had some kind of wonderful, strange gravitational pull that we couldn't escape. Our hotel was on the northern edge of the neighborhood, and the first day we were in Argentina we went out to explore it. We found a barrio full of antique shops, cafes, tango bars, parrillas, dogshit, and magic. Every day after that, we had big plans – check out Recoleta, Palermo, the Boca, Colonia – and we did some of that. But every single day, we wound up hanging out in San Telmo much longer than we'd planned, it's relaxed charm making us reluctant to leave, and eager to come back. Some of our favorite places: San Juan Cafe (one of the best meals I've ever had), and the Coffee Town Cafe in the antiques market (the best coffee in Buenos Aires).

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New York City, New York State, USA

In my opinion, San Telmo is the most beautiful district in Buenos Aires. It is filled with wonderful sites, old buildings, great graffiti murals, amazing shopping, cafes, restaurants, ice cream shops, souvenir shops. It is the home of the Ferria De San Telmo, which is an incredible display of local arts, antiques, and much more. You can catch tango dancers here, especially on weekends. The cobblestone streets and antique look of the area make it all a really delightful experience.

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Berkeley, California, USA

San Telmo has to be the most beautiful neighborhood in Buenos Aires. In some ways, it seems separate from the rest of the city -- probably because it is the oldest barrio and the best preserved. I love going there on Sundays for the outdoor market where you can buy everything from an old victrola to a second hand Gap sweatshirt.

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São Paulo, Brazil

Important and old known district of Buenos Aires close to the Caminito where people go to buy gifts, drink a cup of coffee, restaurants and Tango show.

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Charleston, South Carolina

A great area undergoing gentrification. The architecture is interesting and there is a fantastic street market on Sundays. Crowded but well worth a visit. Good antique stores plus more.

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Cotati, California, USA

San Telmo is an area of Buenos Aires that everyone says to see. To me it was just an average neighborhood. It has old street feel and some older buildings. The big drawback is it that is destroyed by all the graffiti around.
The area DOES have a great sense of feel and has a few good places to eat around the area, but also expect the prices to be a bit higher as well.
Over all, the places is perfect if you want to get some good photographic experiences and explore some of the tourist spots in Buenos Aires. Not so great who like a clean city, nature or budgetting.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Though there are not many specific tourist sites to visit in Buenos Aires' first neighborhood, it's rich history, cobblestone streets, and tango infusion made it one of my favorite areas in which to wander in the city.

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