The best time to walk around San Telmo is either on Saturday or Sunday, as the main streets become pedestrian. During the week there's traffic and many people rushing in the streets. It's true that at the weekend it becomes a tourist spot, but you'll also get to see one of the best antiques markets in town, as well as buskers singing and dancing tango.
It's the cobbled-stoned streets and the old buildings which make this place unique and a must-see.
BTW, at night the place is very nice too (lots of lights). It's got some good restaurants and bars.
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!
La calle EE. UU. es un buen lugar para empezar a recorrer San telmo, hay muchos bares y mercados de antiguedades hasta llegar a la calle Defensa, que es la calle peatonal y donde se hospedan todos las tiendas de antiguedades y bares y la plaza Dorrego.
USA Road is a good place to begin your tour of San Telmo. There are many bars
and antique markets through to Defense Street, which is the pedestrian street
where all the antique stores, bars and Dorrego Square are located.
La plaza Dorrego ubicada en San telmo es una feria donde se puede conseguir antiguedades, es un lugar muy hermoso y antiguo.
Dorrego Square, located in San Telmo, is a very beautiful and old place noted
for its antique fair.
San Telmo is the oldest district in Buenos Aires and is perhaps also the most atmospheric. Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza in the 16th century and his statue in Parque Lezama in San Telmo marks the spot where the city began. Nowadays this park marks the divide between Boca and is a good spot to visit on a summer's day.
There is wonderful nightlife in San Telmo, and with some of the city's best bars and restaurants, especially parrillas serving delicious Argentinian food, it´s a busy place every night of the week. The biggest crowds are here on Sundays for the famous markets on Plaza Dorrego and the surrounding streets. This is well worth visiting if you´re in the city as you´ll see free tango and many stalls with items well worth buying. Even if you´re not here on a Sunday San Telmo is a great district to visit. It's always lively and there's a much more down to earth feel than in neighbourhoods such as Recoleta or Palermo.
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.
En el corazon de San Telmo se encuentra la Plaza Dorrego la cual los Fines de semana se arman ferias de antiguedades y ropa usada, muchos bares y artistas callejeros.
In the heart of San Telmo, Dorrego square is the one, which at the weekend, features antique and used clothes fairs, many bars, and street artists.
A lo largo de 7 cuadras aprox. se extiende la calle defensa peatonal los fines de semana, se pueden ver shows de tango, musicos, etc.
Along about 7 blocks is the pedestrian street Defensa where, at the weekends, tango shows, musicians, etc. can be seen.
La parroquia de San Pedro González Telmo se ubica en la calle Humberto 1º 340, entre las calles Defensa y Balcarce, y es de donde se dió origen al nombre del barrio, en honor a San Telmo, protector de los navegantes y los pescadores. En su interior se encuentran valiosas reliquias de las invasiones inglesas, como un reloj dado por los ingleses que recibieron asilo y otros objetos de valor histórico.
San Pedro González Telmo's parish is located in the street Humberto 1º 340,
between the Defensa and Balcarce streets. San Telmo, patron saint of navigators
and the fishermen, is honoured by the naming of the parish and the eighbourhood. Inside the church, there are valuable relics of the English invasions, such as a clock given by the Englishmen that received asylum and there are other objects of historical value.
Caminando por San telmo se encuentran muchos pasajes, este es un pasaje dev 30 mt aprox. y solo hay locales de antiguedades.
You find many passages in walking through San Telmo. This passage is only about
30 m. long and, here, there are nothing but antique stores.
Sobre la calle defensa entre humberto 1 y Carlos Calvo se encuentra un Paseo de Artesanias muy hermoso, del cual se puede comprar una gran variedad de cosas, muy bien decorado.
On the calle Defensa between Humberto 1 and Carlos Calvo is a very beautiful,
well-adorned, Crafts Walk, at which can buy you a great variety of things.
Final del pasaje Dr. J. R. giuffra donde se aloja la feria de ropa usada, de fondo se puede ver la facultad de ingenieria.
The end of the Dr. J. R. Giuffra cul-de-sac is where you find the used clothes
fair. At the bottom, you can see the engineering school.
My first time here was on Sunday afternoon late in the market day. But with enough time to stroll through and enjoy the neighborhood and its weekend market. What a madhouse! I loved it.Great idea and thanks for the tour Pilar.
On this past visit we ventured into the markets. It was very crowded and full of activity. Tango dancers in the street, vendors, food....so much to see.
En todo el barrio de San Telmo se pueden encontrar locales de antiguedades, este es un local ubicado sobre la calle Defensa.
All over San Telmo, you can find all manner of antique stores. The one in my photo is located on the calle Defensa.
Después de Plaza de Mayo es la más antigua de la ciudad de Buenos Aires
Hacia 1586 ya existía.
Primeramente se conoció como Plaza de la Residencia por su proximidad a la instalación jesuítica Altos de San Pedro González Telmo.
After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the oldest in town. It was already here in 1586. It was originally known as Plaza de la residencia by its proximity to San Pedro González Telmo's High Jesuit installation.