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San Telmo

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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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Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango Show

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Lovely flea market

A few years back the San Telmo Fair was known as a flea market. Today the streets that lead to the San Telmo square are filled with craftsmanship and souvenirs to buy. It's a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A few years back the San Telmo Fair was known as a flea market. Today the streets that lead to the San Telmo square are filled with craftsmanship and souvenirs to buy. It's a place I like to go whenever I can (I love antiques). The fair is open on Sundays.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

San Telmo was reconstructed to show tourists what it once was. It was an amazing place that the rich ones left because of the yellow fever. Architecturally speaking, it is still interesting. And there is a funkie feel to the neighbourhood. Coming from Québec where Mafalda was popular in the 60s and the 70s, it was good to see the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went on sunday and I was not impressed, it is like a huge market where people sells craftsy, art and antiques. However I could not find anything interesting in the 10 blocks I walked. The visit its worth justo to discover the neighborhood and restaurants.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good place to look for unique knick knacks or artisan works to bring back as souvenirs or gifts for friends back home. ( I bought an antique sterling silver soft boiled egg holder for a friend who is a collector). There are also artisans and street performer artists that make the festive mood enjoyable as an afternoon adventure during... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Come on. It's worth it. If you are in Buenos Aires, jump in a taxi and go. We doubted the wisdom of this whilst sitting in a taxi in slow traffic, that clocked up the pesos, but that all melted away at the sight of San Telmo, a dock side, bohemian district where every house is colourfully painted, tango dancers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a great place to walk and wander. Shops and markets galore - with the real people. Great places to grab a bite or grocery shop. Even the selection of wines is tremendous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking forward to a leisurely stroll through San Telmo in the sunshine enjoying street entertainment, tango dancers and craft sellers on the Sunday we were there. We woke to grey skies, gusting winds and rain. We dressed accordingly and the weather probably limited the number of entertainers( certainly tango dancers who fled to nearby cafes) but it certainly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice part of town to visit. Markets, numerous antique stores, restaurants and free tango demonstrations in the square. Walk from Plaza Mayo along Defensa st. about 20 minutes. Just before you get to the square, on the right side of Defensa, is an archeological site which outlines the history of the area, as well as tunnels which run underneath the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

San Telmo started as a wealthy neighbourhood of the city which have changed the status over years and now become the bohemian court plenty of activities related to art and restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

San Telmo is a super cool neighborhood with lots to see and explore. Go on a Sunday for the market and you'll not be disappointed. Walking straight in from Plaza Mayo is the best route, you'll end at the main market square. People watching and plenty of chances to purchase souvenirs for yourselves or others. Also, lots of yummy food... 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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