San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

The neighborhood of San Telmo, in Buenos Aires, is a charming corner full of history, culture and curiosity that calls for a visit when in the city.

Visiting the neighborhood of San Telmo, in Buenos Aires, is a guarantee of a rich historical-cultural tour. There is a lot of history, works of art and antiquities to admire in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires.

The region surprises with its friendliness and ease of getting to know its tourist attractions. Walking through the neighborhood is possible to discover great museums, antique shops and good art galleries.

San Telmo de Buenos Aires starts on a street off Plaza de Mayo and is easily accessible by bus and subway. To top it off, hotels here usually have good prices, friendliness and lots of history. In the restaurants, they serve classic, contemporary and modern cuisine, not to mention the lovely cafes.

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San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

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Where is San Telmo?

San Telmo Buenos Aires is further south of the capital. It is close to one of the ends of Puerto Madero and Plaza de Mayo and goes to Parque Lezama. The closest subway stations to Plaza Dorrego, the center of the neighborhood, are San Juan and Independência.

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History of San Telmo

Currently, the neighborhood reflects some of its heyday with historic houses, which have become the setting for one of the most bohemian areas of the city.

Until 1971, the Buenos Aires aristocracy lived in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, but that year there was a strong epidemic of yellow fever. The rich fled to the north of the city, a safer area, and European immigrants took advantage of the colonial buildings in the region. The new residents invested in the classic conventillos. Have you ever heard a similar story?! Well, the same thing happened to the neighbor. La Boca , neighborhood where it is Caminito.

San Telmo Buenos Aires reached the level of being almost completely demolished. But everything changed when in 1979, Plaza Dorrego won an Antiques Fair.

The importance of local memory and neighborhood preservation was reactivated. Currently, the fair takes place every Sunday in Plaza Dorrego. The Antiques Fair remains one of the most important in the Buenos Aires capital.

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

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Things to do in San Telmo

The intense history and high cultural-historical content of San Telmo Buenos Aires invites for peaceful walks. Explore the cobbled streets and admire the houses, antique shops, tango dancers in the streets and important attractions in the small neighborhood. The main tourist attractions are close together

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

Lezama Park | Photo: Jennifer Yin, via Flickr

Antiques Fair

A Antiques Fair, the most important point of San Telmo, is quite extensive. It starts at Plaza Dorrego, enters Calle Defensa and gets close to Casa Rosada. c Which is very interesting because it connects the two oldest squares in Buenos Aires.

Because the course is very long, the courts end up dividing into sessions. For example, on one block you see an infinity of artists with paintings, on the other, pieces of clothing. On the other antiques and so on. 

In the streets of Feira de San Telmo Buenos Aires you feel a lot of good vibes. Listen to live music and watch a tango show. It is the ideal place for those who want to buy more creative travel souvenirs that look like Buenos Aires.

Remembering that it only takes place on Sundays, from 10 am to 18 pm. For the other days of the week, it is worth visiting the antiques of the San Telmo Market.

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

Antiques Fair Store | Photo: Denise Mayumi, via Flickr

San Telmo Market

The San Telmo Market is open daily and has been in San Telmo, Buenos Aires for over 120 years. In addition to selling old utensils, it is possible to enjoy a good coffee, eat something local and even buy vegetables and fruits. It's the place that has a little bit of everything. 

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

San Telmo Market | Photo: Christian Roland, via Flickr

Museum of San Telmo

Taking advantage of the rhythm of stories, the museums of San Telmo, Buenos Aires, are very interesting. In front of Parque Lezama, the greenest area of ​​San Telmo, is the National Historical Museum. O Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMBA) yes Museum of Contemporary Art are on Avenida San Juan. already the curious National Museum of the History of Costume located on Chile street.

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

National Historical Museum | Photo: Verovera78, via Flickr

Mafalda and Museum of Humor

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

Photo: Freddy Donckels, via Flickr

Go to the corners of Calle Chile and Calle Defensa and meet with Mafalda and your friends. The little girl who discusses politics in a tone of her own is the creation of Argentine Quino.

This is an 80 cm statue sitting on a bench with his friends around. On weekends it is almost impossible to take a picture. If you like comics, take the opportunity to follow the cartoon walk until the Humor Museum, in Puerto Madero.

Church of San Telmo

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

Parish of San Pedro Telmo | Photo: Mariano Mantel, via Flickr

The churches of San Telmo, Buenos Aires, are also tourist attractions in Buenos Aires that deserve your attention. THE Parish of San Pedro Telmo is a National Historic Monument, from 1734, it has an eclectic and neo-colonial style. But, it's the Russian Orthodox Church that usually attracts attention, because of the Russian style and its blue domes from the XNUMXth century. 

Where to eat in San Telmo

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

Coffee Rivas | Photo: Disclosure, via Facebook

In San Telmo, bars and restaurants offer typical cuisine, with meat and lots of wine. the surprising My Wine Collection serves a unique experience combining the best wines with incredible dishes. already in The Baqueano, taste the best of contemporary Argentine cuisine. 

To be with family and friends, the Javi's Grill Restaurant It has well-served dishes, with the famous Argentinian parrilla. It's a simpler, but cozy environment. in the classic Cafe Rivas, in front of Plaza Dorrego, the charming Cafe conquers by its friendliness and exquisite breakfast.

Hotels in San Telmo

Hotels in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, are very cozy, in historic buildings and full of small details. the charming Holidays San Telmo it is an old building in a secluded alley. It follows a rustic style and has a restaurant with divine dishes. 

No Courtyards of San Telmo experience the experience of being in a completely restored XNUMXth century building. The hotel also has a swimming pool and some rooms have a whirlpool and a balcony overlooking the central garden.

O The Boutique Hotel Address is close to Parque Lezama, they have comfortable rooms with bathtub. In the decoration, a happy balance between colors and wood. already the San Telmo Luxury Suites it is near the beginning of Paseo de La Historieta and has spacious suites with two floors and a balcony. 

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Getting around

San Telmo in Buenos Aires – What to do, where to eat and where to stay

Antiques Fair | Photo: Gustavo Rada, via Flickr

The entire trip to San Telmo is easily done by bus ou subway. There are many options floating around the region. Even the subway stations have others besides the ones close to the Dorrego SquareLike Belgrano e Moreno. In San Telmo, it is worth mentioning that it is better walk on foot same.

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