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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Draper Startup House for Entrepreneurs
Draper Startup House for Entrepreneurs
2.5 out of 5
680 Chile, Buenos Aires, CABA
The price is AU$23 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in San Telmo, this hostal is within a 15-minute walk of 9 de Julio Avenue, Florida Street and Museum of Modern Argentine Art. Cafe Tortoni and Plaza ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
Quite good hostel! :)
"Overall Monita Hostel was pretty good! The staff who works there are the best part. Super kind and knowledgeable! We stayed in a private room, which was quite nice and comfortable. The only thing that in my opinion needs to be improved is cleanliness and operatibility of the shared bathroom."

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2020

Draper Startup House for Entrepreneurs
Patios de San Telmo
Patios de San Telmo
3.5 out of 5
Chacabuco 752, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is AU$39 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in San Telmo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of 9 de Julio Avenue, Florida Street and Museum of Modern Argentine Art. Cafe Tortoni and Plaza de ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (319 reviews)
Nice hotel
"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$70 per night from 21 Oct. to 21 Oct.
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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (450 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

CH Madero Urbano Suites
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$84 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (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
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 19 Oct. to 19 Oct.
Located in San Telmo, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of 9 de Julio Avenue, Museum of Modern Argentine Art and Florida Street. Cafe Tortoni and Plaza ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (116 reviews)
Excellent
"An amazing staying, for every single day I spent here"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2021

America del Sur Hostel Buenos Aires
L'Adresse Hotel Boutique
L'Adresse Hotel Boutique
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$69 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in San Telmo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lezama Park, Argentine Cinema Museum and 9 de Julio Avenue. Puerto Madero Casino and La Bombonera ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (58 reviews)
"A one night stay during the troubled times surrounding the Corona Virus. The staff were friendly and helpful but the hotel is a little tired, although for the price, I am not complaining."

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

L'Adresse Hotel Boutique
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