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"Bohemian-chic" San Telmo Tip by mircaskirca

San Telmo, Buenos Aires: 81 reviews and 113 photos

San Telmo is one of the oldest city's neighbourhoods. You can see it from the faded elegance that this area was once one of the most wealthy parts of Buenos Aires. The yellow fever epidemic at the end of the 19th century caused many to die and many others to move to parts north of the city what is now Recoleta. This left San Telmo with empty mansions that soon became home to the struggling Italian and Spanish immigrants, transforming the district into mosaic of diversity and culture. Today San Telmo has been beautifully restored, fusing the old with the new, and making it a microcosm of true porteño culture.

The labyrinth of cobblestone streets, containing traditional local cafes, book shops, antique shops and art galleries all lead to Plaza Dorrego, the oldest square in Buenos Aires which becomes an outdoor antiques market on Sundays. Tango music and dance can be enjoyed in this square or at a venue such as El Viejo Almacen, devoted to this melancholy art form. There have been some efforts to regenerate this historic district and the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires houses experimental artwork in an old tobacco warehouse.

Due to an inexplicable sense of sensuality, colour and passion, San Telmo with Plaza Dorrego can be easily called the 'Paris of South America'.

Directions: a small, almost square-shaped barrio, bounded by Av. Chile, Av. 9 de Julio, Paseo Colon and Parque Lezama; bus 152
Phone: 30243616880

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 4, 2008
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