San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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    San Telmo Sunday Fair/Market

    by TexasDave Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    Plaza Dorrego is the epicenter for the Sunday Fair and Market in San Telmo, although it spills out on neighboring streets, particularly Calle Defensa, that are closed to vehicular traffic and the entire area becomes an immense pedestrian mall. In and right around Plaza Dorrego the emphasis is on antiques, from old spoons and door hinges to vintage clothing and seltzer bottles. As you wander farther along it becomes more of an arts and crafts fair with people singing and playing all types of music, the inevitable people pretending to be statues, etc. Exploring this area could easily take up your entire Sunday if you want it to.

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    by frankworldtour Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Relax after a long tango night - check out the yoga studio of Rosy Ramirez.
    She is teaching Iyengar style yoga which is also great for beginners. Classes are very small, so there is a lot of individual attention. Rosy is also an excellent shiatsu-tai therapist, i had a couple of massages and it was just great. Always call her to ask in advance whether there is space in a class, but usually you can just drop in. Shiatsu sessions you should arrange in advance.
    Try it and enjoy!

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    SAN TELMO'S FERIA (Street Fair/Flea Market)

    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 4, 2008

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    Here we are bargaining at the Feria!

    The San Telmo Feria is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon. The street fair/flea market is from 10 am-5 pm and draws a respectable crowd! Booth after booth of antiques, jewelry, silver pieces, glassware, linens, handmade crafts and other items are offered for sale. This is one place in Buenos Aires where bargaining is expected.

    On a street nearby, people pose in entertaining vignettes offering to have their photos taken with the tourists for a contribution. Children play accordions in the hopes of receiving a small tip for amusing the visitors.

    San Telmo is said to be the barrio most connected with the Tango. There was a Tango demonstration at the feria when we visited. It was a passionate display!

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    A Must Visit!

    by PierreZA Updated Oct 12, 2007

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    Street artist in San Telmo

    San Telmo on a Sunday is a great experience. There is a antique market on the square. Many mime artists, tango going on in the streets and a lot of fun. There is a great atmosphere and can spend several hours here.
    There are several coffee shops and restaurants around the square.

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    Open Air Market

    by fachd Updated Sep 19, 2007

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    On Sunday we decided to go to San Telmo flea market. When we arrived they were large crowd at the market. We started to stroll along the cobblestone street and absorbing the atmosphere. The area is full with vendors selling art and handicrafts, stall selling copperware and brassware, interesting souvernier shops. They are clown with stilt, big band playing tango music, tango dancer doing intricate steps, buskers trying to get your attention, musician selling original CD. Local artist selling paintings. All the activities are happening at the market open areas. They are tourist having lunch at many of the sidewalk café, restaurants and bars. They are antique shops at Plaza Dorrego. It is a perfect place to shop.

    San Telmo Sunday Flea Market certainly is quite festive, vibrant, colourful with carnival atmosphere. It is a place you must visit when you are in Buenos Aires.

    The surrounding area has interesting old buildings. Once upon a time San Telmo was district for wealthy people, so I was told.

    Make sure if you are entertain by the busker's throw in 2 to 5 pesos to the empty hats. In my opinion the buskers makes the San Telmo Flea Market much more interesting.

    Oh yeah be aware of clever pickpockets.

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    Bar Plaza Dorrego - San Telmo's best known cafe

    by trvlrtom Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Bar Plaza Dorrego.

    Despite the flood of visitors to this popular cafe on the plaza, Bar Plaza Dorrego still maintains much of its charm and character. Wood panelled walls, dim lighting and a good cafe cortado draw in old timers and tourists from all over.

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    Visit the pasaje la Defensa

    by trvlrtom Written Aug 8, 2007

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    pasaje la Defensa

    At calle Defensa 1179 there is the entrance to this old pasaje, or courtyard. Once an old aristocratic house, later a tenement for immigrants, it now houses a series of shops selling antiques and curiosities. Even if you have no interest in shopping, it is worth a few moments to take in the historic atmosphere.

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    Walk calle Defensa to Plaza Dorrego

    by trvlrtom Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Antique store on calle Defensa

    Plaza Dorrego is deservingly a top destination in Buenos Aires, especially on Sunday morning for the open air market. Since there is no subte (metro) stop in the immediate area, I'd suggest the walk from Plaza de Mayo along calle Defensa. Along the way, from Belgrano to the square, there are a lot of street vendors and musicians, as well as antique stores to explore. It is a little shorter walk from the San Juan station on Avenida 9 de Julio, but the walk isn't as interesting.

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    Classic bars in San Telmo

    by trvlrtom Written Aug 8, 2007

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    El Hipopotamo

    The Bar Plaza Dorrego is, of course, a classic that shouldn't be missed. While you are in the neighborhood, however, it is well worth it to stroll a little further toward Parque Lezama to spend some time in two other wonderful old bars: Bar El Britanico and the El Hipopotama. They stand on either side of calle Defensa facing the park. Here you are likely to sit alongside elderly locals as much as worldly travelers. It's as good a place as any to take in the flavor of Buenos Aires.

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    Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church

    by trvlrtom Updated Aug 8, 2007

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    Facing the Parque Lezama is this Russian Orthodox Church, a unique historical and architectural treasure in Buenos Aires. It was inaugurated in 1904, and has retained its style and color. The interior is supposed to be quite beautiful also, but it was closed when I went by.

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    Old San Telmo

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 7, 2007

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    One of Two Convent Towers & Magnolia Trees

    When we again returned to Buenos Aires, after spending the previous 8-days split between Iguazu Falls and the Andes Mountains near Mendoza, we spent our last time in the City properly exploring the historic San Telmo district! This district is one of the oldest in the city and originally housed the elite, until an outbreak of Yellow Fever in 1871 drove them further afield to Palermo. However, the narrow streets and interesting houses of this 'protected' area are well worth a stroll.

    After finishing a great pub meal in nearby Plaza Dorrego, we came upon the mid-1700s Baroque-style Jesuit convent Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Belen. Part of the old convent was later turned into a prison for women, which has since become the Museo Penitenciario Nacional.

    Because the steets are so narrow here, and with the old Magnolia trees in full foliage, I could only manage to capture one of the two identical steeples in my shot! The prison museum is attached to the right of this view of the convent.

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    Great San Telmo

    by rodrigonp Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    San Telmo is exactly the place where you can find whatever are you looking for. Yes, it's an old bazaar with all types of antiques and peculiarities stuff that cannot be found on the stores, only in the bargain bazaars like that.

    It's very traditional and a typical tourist trip, very nice and funny!

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    Cafe Tortoni

    by elpariente Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    Durante el día es un café donde puedes imaginarte que vas a charlar con Borges , Alfonsina Storni , Quinquela , " Carlos"... , pues aquí es donde ellos se reunían y tenían su tertulia Tomar un café , ver la barbería , el teatro y el salón te transporta a otras épocas
    Por la noche en el teatro tienen un espectáculo de tango
    During the day it is a coffee where you can imagine that you are chatting with Borges , Alfonsina Storni , Quinquela , " Carlos"... , because here is where they met and had their gathering
    To take a coffee , to see the barbershop , the theater and the main salon it takes you to other days
    At night in the theater they have a Tango show

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    San Telmo - Casa Mínima - Minimal House

    by elpariente Updated Apr 23, 2007

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    En el pasaje de San Lorenzo está la Casa Mínima, una de las más llamativas y pequeñas viviendas de la Argentina
    El frente mide tan sólo tres metros , pero las paredes que miden 0,45 m reducen el espacio interior a 2,10m . La casa , que conserva el más auténtico estilo colonial , tiene una puerta de entrada y una solo ventana con un pequeño balcón en la planta alta . Agradable, cuidada y llena de plantas , su dueño Cesar Otero dice que "la casa fue construida en 1813 y que un patrón se la concedió a su esclavo cuando éste, por ley, consiguió la libertad"
    Está enfrente de los apartamentos Aire San Telmo.
    In San Lorenzo passage it is the Minimum House , one of the most curious and smaller of Argentina
    The front measures three meters , but the walls of 0,45 m reduce this internal width to 2,10 m . The house , that maintains the authentic colonial style , has an entrance door and only one window with a small balcony in the upper level. Nice , well kept , and full of flowers .
    His owner Cesar Otero says that " the house was built on 1813 and that a patron gave it to one slave when , by law , he became free
    It is in front of the Aire San Telmo apartments

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    Feria de - SanTelmo - Fair

    by elpariente Written Apr 23, 2007

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    Los fines de semana se llena de vida el barrio de San Telmo , especialmente los domingos en que se monta alrededor de la plaza Dorrego una feria de antiguedades en la que se puede encontrar aparte de todo tipo de cosas , gente muy simpática y como no los hay que se dedican también a bailar tangos
    The week ends San Telmo District becomes full of life , mainly on Sundays that around Dorego square they install an Antiques Fair where you may find besides all kind of things , very curious people and of course some of them are also dedicated to dance tango

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