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San Telmo

Buenos Aires

San Telmo

Known for Dining, Shopping and Cafés

Thrift shops, flea markets, bookstores and a cinema museum make this colonial neighbourhood one of Buenos Aires’ most vibrant.

How do you get to San Telmo?

A bygone Buenos Aires is on display in San Telmo, one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. With its origins in the colonial city of the 17th century, San Telmo has been enriched over the centuries by waves of European immigrants, dockworkers and artists. Tour flea markets, watch street dancers tango and browse the area’s thrift stores and galleries.

Plaza Dorrego stands directly in the centre of San Telmo. Here you will find an open-air marketplace shaded by trees and lined with restaurant terraces. Sit on a park bench and watch professional dancers tango for the tips of passing tourists. Walk east to the San Pedro San Telmo Church, an 18th-century relic.

Passing along the east side of Plaza Dorrego is Defensa Street, San Telmo’s most popular stretch. Galleries, shops and bookstores attract tourists with their antique charm. Shop for vintage goods at a thrift store or the San Telmo Market. Visit on a Sunday to find an extensive fair with food stalls and street performers.

Step into the San Lorenzo Passage, which lies just off Defensa Street. This alley features street art and historic architecture, including an unbelievable 2.5-metre (8.2-foot) wide house, La Casa Minima.

Museums are located throughout the neighbourhood. Learn about the history of Argentine film at the Museo del Cine or the history of Argentine independence at the National Historical Museum. The Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA) features modern and contemporary works, including paintings by Wassily Kandinsky.

At the very southern edge of the neighbourhood lies the Parque Lezama. Take a break in the shade of palm trees in this large urban park, which features many sculptures.

Visit San Telmo after dark to see it livelier than ever. Pubs, cafés and steakhouses stay busy late into the night.

San Telmo is located a short walk south of the Plaza de Mayo. Arrive in the neighbourhood on foot or by public transit from anywhere in the city centre. Ride the hop-on, hop-off tourist bus through the neighbourhood to get an audio tour of its attractions.

Activities near San Telmo

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Embark on a comprehensive and fun small-group tour featuring Buenos Aires’ most popular landmarks. Visit the world’s widest avenue and discover the unique contrast between the capital’s most distinct neighborhoods.

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See the attractions of Buenos Aires on this guided bus tour that takes you through the heart of downtown and allows you to stop to explore Plaza de Mayo and the La Boca neighborhood. Your expert guide reveals fascinating commentary as you pass by major landmarks like the Obelisk and the Cabildo.

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Enjoy Señor Tango, a spectacular Broadway-style performance that's one of the biggest and most popular in town. This sizzling show features outstanding dance routines and visual effects, as well as the main theme of the acclaimed musical Evita, with a fantastic food spread to go along with it.

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Escape to the countryside with a day spent at the Santa Susana ranch. Experience the daily life of the gauchos—the cowboys of the fertile Pampas lowlands—as you're introduced to their rural traditions, folk culture, and culinary delicacies during an authentic barbecue.

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Escape the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires for a day spent watching rugged horse-riding gauchos, tucking into a delicious barbecue lunch, and strolling around the historic town of San Antonio de Areco. Get up-close looks at traditional living in the pampas on this immersive excursion.

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Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the world's largest waterfall system on a conveniently arranged day trip to the Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires. Enjoy easy flights from Buenos Aires and a private guide to show you the natural wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site deep in the rainforest.

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