San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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    Fiesta en San Telmo / Festival in San Telmo

    by elpariente Written Apr 22, 2007

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    En San Telmo siempre hay alguna fiesta . Cuando llegamos por primera vez al apartamento nos asustamos , pues debajo de nuestra ventana había una gran "movida" , pero afortunadamente se prepararon allí y luego estuvimos muy tranquilos
    En San Telmo there is always some festival . When we arrived first time to the apartment we were surprised , as under the window there were a big movement , but luckily they prepared there and later on they move and we were very quite

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    BUENOS AIRES: SAN TELMO & CALLE DEFENSA

    by swesn Updated Jan 5, 2007

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    Carlos Gardel lives on in San Telmo!

    The way to San Telmo's Plaza Dorrego, to me, is best experienced by walking there.

    From Plaza de Mayo, you can find Calle Defensa and take a slow walk along it. After crossing Avenida Belgrano, you will enter the relatively charming neighbourhood of San Telmo. Along this road, you will find countless antique shops selling all things old (and somewhat tacky) - from someone's antique furniture to faded posters to cheesy half-broken toys. Besides shops, there are some market-areas as well. To me, it is really quite fun to soak in the nostalgic mood here.

    It is around this area that you can find more of the charming old-style traditional cafe-bars. My favourite one here is Bar Seddon at Defensa 695.

    After enjoying the Sunday market at Plaza Dorrego, suggest that you, why not, press on down Defensa til you reach Parque Lezama. Although not the prettiest park, it is a very local park, sometimes, there is a simple handicraft fair but most of the time, you will find elderly portenos enjoying a game of chess or some chit-chats and families out for a weekend picnic.

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    San Telmo ... Calle de Tango

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    Calle de Tango - Mariano Mores

    San Telmo is a special highlight whenever visiting "Paris" of Latin America.
    At the edge there is a plate : "Republica de San Telmo - refugio de la Amistad y la alegria"
    In many travel guides, the Tango dancer and his group of dancers and musicians are shown.
    In other words, a legend

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    Plaza Dorego and San Telmo

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    San Telmo is a pitoresque part of Buenos Aires, one of them, next to "La Boca" of course. Cobblestoned streets and colonial buildings set the atmosphere for an array of shops and boutiques of antiques, tango dancers and cafes. I visited this place twice. The first time thx to Werner, our guide, on our first day giving the occassion to smell BsAs atmosphere,
    a second time during a bicycle trip in this beautiful city, the so called "Paris of Latin America"

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    This is a real must, San Telmo/Plaza Dorego

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    Portobello in BsAs
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    Music and Tango dancing, artists, street workers, antique shops, flea shops
    Unique experience and a real thing to do
    The flea market is open on Sunday, no cars allowed, pedestrians and bikers only, just for you to feel BsAs in the heart.

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    more than Plaza Dorrego

    by vtveen Written Aug 15, 2006

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    San Telmo - Pasaje de la Defensa
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    After visiting the Russian Orthodox church opposite Parque Lezama, we walked back to the crossing with Defensa. The heart of San Telmo – Plaza Dorrego – is just four blocks away. Well known for its antique market on Sundays. We couldn’t visit because we had other plans for that day (see tip about Feria de Mataderos).

    But also on a Saturday the square was completely occupied by several craft and bric-à-brac sellers (never saw any customer …). The whole area is is crammed with antique shops, galleries and craft ateliers. Totally unexpected was the so called Pasaje de la Defensa with a couple of antique shops and a lovely patio; just nice to browse.

    This neighbourhood is also the birth place of the tango and we saw people dancing tango on the square.

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    San Telmo Antique market

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jul 19, 2006

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    San Telmo is a barrio in Buenos Aires that was a popular residential area in colonial times until a Yellow Fever epidemic broke out in 1871 and forced the Upper Classes to move to another neighbourhood called Recoleta. The area is quaint with 19th and 20th Century buildings and cobblestone streets.

    I went to San Telmo on a Sunday to see the Anitque Market that is here every weekend. If you want peace and quiet to stroll the streets of San Telmo then you would be best to come during the week but if you like people watching, antiques and a semi-carnival type atmosphere then come on a Sunday. Other than the regular anitque sellers in the square antique shops and tango restaurants abound.

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    Antiques Street vendors

    by jpizquierdo Written Jul 10, 2006
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    Snatelmo is a neightbohood, where you can find old furniture, glassware, silverware and many other antique items, also nice olaces to eat and of course some street artist, a place full of live....but prices go hight for foraigners.
    If you are an antique lover you will be sourprised, art deco furniture, galle´s, freres lalique, here youn can see that 100 years ago Argentina was omne of the richest countries on earth...

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    Indepencia area

    by DPando Written May 22, 2006

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    Independencia avenue its q wide boulevard that cross 9 de Julio boulevard and open San Telmo quarter to the visitors in the easternmost part of the boulevard ...its a subte hub and afterwards you get off you have to walk down the avenue for 5 blocks to get Plaza Dorrego and San Telmo district...no doubt the most attractive spot in that area

    Walking by independencia its a little nit depressing... you can see a lot of beggards and homeless ...well thats the same to other places in the city but mostly buildings are quite collapsed and dusty.. besides my impressions were that it was better dont walk so much at night over there lol

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    El Espacio Biazzi

    by aladin99 Written May 13, 2006

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    The Biazzi Space in San Telmo
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    It is located in the heart of the San Telmo neighborhood, on Defensa street. In a store with access to the street, Biazzi paints, reads, listens to his favorite music, exhibits his works an attends to all those who shows interest in his paintings and objects.

    Miguel Angel Biazzi explores the roots of indigenous culture and re-creates its images with renewed vigour.

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    Fall in Love with San Telmo

    by aladin99 Written May 9, 2006

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    In its beginnings, San Telmo was inhabited by the wealthiest families of Buenos Aires until 1871's Yellow Fever epidemic forced them to move North. With the passing of time, San Telmo's appearance changed and it became a sightseeing must' in which old time's value architecture can be appreciated.

    It contains the oldest part of the city and its narrow, often cobbled streets are lined with some of the capital's finest architecture, typified by compact late nineteenth-century town houses with ornate Italianate facades, sturdy but elegant wooden doors and finely wrought iron railings. From the cultivated charm of San Telmo, setting for the city's popular Sunday antique market, to the passionate atmosphere of La Boca on match days, when the neighbourhood seems to drown in a sea of blue and yellow, the south offers an appealing mix of tradition and popular culture. It's also home to one of the city's most unusual green spaces, the unexpectedly wild Reserva Ecológica, which lies out to the east, beyond the chaotic rumble of lorries which trundle along the city's dock area.

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    San Telmo street

    by DPando Updated May 8, 2006

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    My last evening in Bs Aires ... i wanted to enjoy one more time of San Telmo quarter and i met with a local friend there ( Abril VT member ) we drank some beers in Dorrego quarter and chilling a lot with his boyfriend and a girlfriend of her...
    San telmo take refuge to the Bohemian feelings and its like a small city inside a huge one....its a shelter for those who love a quiet life into a big one and crowded city wherever
    you go !

    on the second pic ...its a local map typed on the street wall representing San Telmo independent republic... with all the streets and highlights

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    San Telmo

    by Dabs Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    We visited the San Telmo neighborhood, Buenos Aires' oldest, on our tour with a Cicerone, Veronica, a local from Buenos Aires. At one time this area was home to the wealthy of Buenos Aires but a yellow fever epidemic in the 1870s drove the rich folks north and the poor immigrants moved in and the mansions were converted to tenements (conventillos).

    San Telmo is being gentrified and is now home to terrific restaurants, loads of antique shops along Calle Defensa and old mansions that you can just imagine the glory of when the rich folks lived there.

    If we had been there on Sunday, we would have saved San Telmo for then as the Plaza Dorrego turns into the San Telmo Antiques Fair on Sunday between 10-5. During the rest of the week you can instead visit the San Telmo Market at 961 Defensa at Bolivar or shop in the antique shops along Defensa.

    We ate lunch at La Brigada, the other place we were considering was Desnivel at Defensa 858 at Indepedencia that was recommended to us by some foodies.

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    Cafe Tortoni

    by sabrina_florida Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Cafe Tortoni

    Located in one of the most important streets in Buenos Aires, Avenida de Mayo, this place is a must if you would like to have a taste of old Buenos Aires.
    It is one of the oldest cafes in Buenos Aires, and time seems to have stopped when you're there, as they preserve the furniture, lamps,atmosphere, an even the waiters! in the way it was when this place was opened, in 1858. What made this cafe so important was the fact that it was frequented by artists, writers (Borges was one of them) and such.

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    San Telmo: tango, music, shopping, and, and...

    by ellielou Written Dec 22, 2005

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    singing for his supper
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    While San Telmo on the weekends is a big tourist destination, it's definitely worth getting to this lively area when it's weekly "feria" is going strong. During the week, there are still tourists, but it is quieter.

    The market is really something. Street performers compete for your attention, tango dancers, tango singers, people selling everything from old seltzer bottles to new (I hope) bras.

    In addition to the market, antique stores abound, as do restaurants and bars. A fine place to spend a better part of a day or an evening. And, this is the area where tango was "invented." It's really not to be missed.

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