San Telmo

Buenos Aires
San Telmo showing street scenes and markets as well as a large group of people

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

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.


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Patios de San Telmo
Patios de San Telmo
3.5 out of 5
Chacabuco 752, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is AU$33 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Located in San Telmo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Casa Minima, Plaza de Mayo and Florida Street. Obelisco and Casa Rosada are also within 1 mile ...
4.3/5Excellent! (319 reviews)
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"We stayed for 2 nights. The bed was exceptionally comfortable! The hotel is within walking distance to many attractions. The room is a little bit dark and water splashes out when you shower. We stayed in a room facing the front and the balcony door doesn’t shut completely (not sure if it made any ..."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Patios de San Telmo
CH Madero Urbano Suites
CH Madero Urbano Suites
4 out of 5
Azopardo 770, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires
The price is AU$73 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Puerto Madero, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza Dorrego and Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum. Casa Rosada and Women's Bridge ...
4.2/5Excellent! (449 reviews)
"Wish there was a closer 24 hr parking. It was far away and weren’t the best blocks to walk at night."

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2021

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Anselmo Buenos Aires Curio Collection By Hilton
Anselmo Buenos Aires Curio Collection By Hilton
4 out of 5
Anselmo Aieta 1069, Buenos Aires
The price is AU$85 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
Located in San Telmo, this hotel is steps away from Plaza Dorrego and Parroquia San Pedro Gonzalez Telmo. Casa Minima and Casa Rosada are also within 1 mi (2 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (130 reviews)
Hilton
"Friendly staff and very good service from the team at the hotel"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Anselmo Buenos Aires Curio Collection By Hilton
San Telmo Flats
San Telmo Flats
3 out of 5
Piedras 990, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
Located in San Telmo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of 9 de Julio Avenue and Florida Street. Luna Park is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away. Independencia Station (Bernardo ...
3.4/5 (109 reviews)
"The air conditioning was on full all the time and there was no way of turning it down, the patio doors didnt close as the air conditioning has a pipe whoch sticks through it so all you hear is the cars all night and it rained very badly and the rain basically flooded the room because of this. The ..."

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

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Lemon Apartments
Lemon Apartments
3 out of 5
Chacabuco 1072, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
Located in San Telmo, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of 9 de Julio Avenue and Florida Street. Luna Park is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away. San Juan Station is 7 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (144 reviews)
"Hidden Gem!!! What a lovely feel good place in the heart of San Telmo."

Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2020

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America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires
America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires
2 out of 5
Chacabuco 718, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is AU$34 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Located in San Telmo, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of 9 de Julio Avenue and Florida Street. Luna Park is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away. Independencia Station ...
4.2/5Excellent! (110 reviews)
"The staff was friendly. Everything was good! I would stay here again!"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2020

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