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Guidebook to San Telmo and Buenos Aires

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Guidebook to San Telmo and Buenos Aires

Shopping
Walrus is a good option if you run out of reading material and you want books in English. Estados Unidos 617 Ph: 4300-7135. http://www.walrus-books.com.ar
Walrus Books
617 Estados Unidos
Walrus is a good option if you run out of reading material and you want books in English. Estados Unidos 617 Ph: 4300-7135. http://www.walrus-books.com.ar
The famous San Telmo Street Fair is held every Sunday from 10 am until sundown all along Defensa street, with its center at the Plaza Dorrego, on Defensa and Humberto 1° streets. Expect to see many street performers, antiques, leather goods, artisanal souvenirs, street food, different cultural performances and many many people. Not to be missed, but please be careful with your personal belongings.
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San Telmo Antiques Fair
401 Humberto 1º
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The famous San Telmo Street Fair is held every Sunday from 10 am until sundown all along Defensa street, with its center at the Plaza Dorrego, on Defensa and Humberto 1° streets. Expect to see many street performers, antiques, leather goods, artisanal souvenirs, street food, different cultural performances and many many people. Not to be missed, but please be careful with your personal belongings.
One of the few open markets (with a roof, in this case) left in Buenos Aires, where you can purchase anything from antiques and vintage objects to arugula and salami.
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Mercado San Telmo
970 Bolívar
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One of the few open markets (with a roof, in this case) left in Buenos Aires, where you can purchase anything from antiques and vintage objects to arugula and salami.
Getting Around
Probably the best bike rental in BUE also happens to be in San Telmo: Biking Buenos Aires, Peru 988, Ph: 4300-5373 https://bikingbuenosaires.com/
Biking Buenos Aires
Probably the best bike rental in BUE also happens to be in San Telmo: Biking Buenos Aires, Peru 988, Ph: 4300-5373 https://bikingbuenosaires.com/
La Bicicleta Naranja Tours & Rentals
308 Dr. José Modesto Giuffra
Arts & Culture
Interesting art collection of one of the foremost Argentine collectors.
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Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat Art Collection
141 Olga Cossettini
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Interesting art collection of one of the foremost Argentine collectors.
Great art collection if you're interested in Argentine modern art.
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Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art
350 Av. San Juan
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Great art collection if you're interested in Argentine modern art.
Great collection of Latin American Art, in a very cool building, with interesting (and sometimes quite unique) exhibits. Worth a visit.
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MALBA
3415 Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta
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Great collection of Latin American Art, in a very cool building, with interesting (and sometimes quite unique) exhibits. Worth a visit.
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Teatro Colón
628 Cerrito
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An old factory and warehouse turned cultural center, it has great concerts and exhibits, and everything is free. You can reserve tickets online. Be careful not to walk away from the building, the neighborhood can be dangerous.
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Usina del Arte
1 Agustín R. Caffarena
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An old factory and warehouse turned cultural center, it has great concerts and exhibits, and everything is free. You can reserve tickets online. Be careful not to walk away from the building, the neighborhood can be dangerous.
The old Post Office headquarters turned into a cultural center, it has very good concerts and exhibits and everything is free.
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Centro Cultural Kirchner
151 Sarmiento
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The old Post Office headquarters turned into a cultural center, it has very good concerts and exhibits and everything is free.
Parks & Nature
A bit raw and unkempt, but that is precisely its charm, and probably the only place in Buenos Aires where you can experience what the first Spanish conquistadores saw when they landed in the Rio de la Plata basin.
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Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
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A bit raw and unkempt, but that is precisely its charm, and probably the only place in Buenos Aires where you can experience what the first Spanish conquistadores saw when they landed in the Rio de la Plata basin.
If Buenos Aires is the only part of Argentina you're visiting, but you still want to experience nature, this is the place for you. One of the biggest deltas in the world, you will find yourself in a wild environment less than an hour from downtown Buenos Aires. If you have the time, hire a local guide to explore it, the popular catamaran rides don't really show much of its richness.
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Delta del Tigre
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If Buenos Aires is the only part of Argentina you're visiting, but you still want to experience nature, this is the place for you. One of the biggest deltas in the world, you will find yourself in a wild environment less than an hour from downtown Buenos Aires. If you have the time, hire a local guide to explore it, the popular catamaran rides don't really show much of its richness.
Sightseeing
First church in Buenos Aires, built in 1675.
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Parroquia San Ignacio de Loyola
225 Bolívar
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First church in Buenos Aires, built in 1675.
Great place for people watching and antique shopping.
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Plaza Dorrego
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Great place for people watching and antique shopping.
A fascinating trip into the bowels of colonial Buenos Aires, this site allows you to walk through tunnels in San Telmo that were restored and opened to the public in the 1990s. Check out the daily hours: not always open.
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El Zanjon
755 Defensa
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A fascinating trip into the bowels of colonial Buenos Aires, this site allows you to walk through tunnels in San Telmo that were restored and opened to the public in the 1990s. Check out the daily hours: not always open.
A moving experience if you want to delve into a tragic and relatively recent period of Argentine history. If you also planned to take a bike ride around Buenos Aires, this would be a good spot, the bike lanes are safer than other parts of the city, the landscape, including the river drive, is unique, and the air a bit more breathable.
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Memoria - Monumento a las Víctimas del Terrorismo de Estado Park
6745 Av. Costanera Rafael Obligado
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A moving experience if you want to delve into a tragic and relatively recent period of Argentine history. If you also planned to take a bike ride around Buenos Aires, this would be a good spot, the bike lanes are safer than other parts of the city, the landscape, including the river drive, is unique, and the air a bit more breathable.
Gastronomía
Gran Parrilla del Plata has some of the best asado (barbecue) in San Telmo (or the city, for that matter) with great vegetarian options and sticky sweet desserts, a great alternative if you want to please everyone in the group. They have a great selection of wines and service is old-school, you’ll be able to experience that classic porteño flair. The Obamas had lunch here during their visit to Buenos Aires.
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Gran Parrilla del Plata
594 Chile
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Gran Parrilla del Plata has some of the best asado (barbecue) in San Telmo (or the city, for that matter) with great vegetarian options and sticky sweet desserts, a great alternative if you want to please everyone in the group. They have a great selection of wines and service is old-school, you’ll be able to experience that classic porteño flair. The Obamas had lunch here during their visit to Buenos Aires.
El Baqueano is mainly for meat lovers, you can experience unique South American cuts you haven't even heard of (yacaré anyone?). Rated as one of Latin America’s top 50 restaurants.
El Baqueano - Cocina Autóctona Contemporánea
El Baqueano is mainly for meat lovers, you can experience unique South American cuts you haven't even heard of (yacaré anyone?). Rated as one of Latin America’s top 50 restaurants.
Café San Juan has very good food at affordable prices, but it fills quickly and is a little on the noisy side. If you get there and the place is full, there’s a little bar in the front where you can have a drink while you wait for your table.
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Café San Juan
474 Chile
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Café San Juan has very good food at affordable prices, but it fills quickly and is a little on the noisy side. If you get there and the place is full, there’s a little bar in the front where you can have a drink while you wait for your table.
Aldo’s, near Plaza de Mayo, is a great place to try Argentine wines, they have one of the best selections in town. Good food too.
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Aldo's Restoran Vinoteca
372 Moreno
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Aldo’s, near Plaza de Mayo, is a great place to try Argentine wines, they have one of the best selections in town. Good food too.
El Banco Rojo is good for a quick, spicy and delicious bite when you’re feeling like big sandwiches and kebabs from a cool, foodie hipster food-truck vibe.
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El Banco Rojo
866 Bolívar
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El Banco Rojo is good for a quick, spicy and delicious bite when you’re feeling like big sandwiches and kebabs from a cool, foodie hipster food-truck vibe.
El refuerzo is building a reputation in San Telmo among locals and expats. It has good, fresh food at reasonable prices in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Fills up pretty quickly, so arrive early.
El Refuerzo
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El refuerzo is building a reputation in San Telmo among locals and expats. It has good, fresh food at reasonable prices in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Fills up pretty quickly, so arrive early.
There is a growing food court in the Mercado de San Telmo, a lot of it take-out, but some seating places as well. It’s a fun place to grab a bite, meet other tourists (the stands are usually packed) and you have specialties from all over the world, including, of course, local classics like choripan (chorizo sandwich) and empanadas.
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Mercado San Telmo
970 Bolívar
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There is a growing food court in the Mercado de San Telmo, a lot of it take-out, but some seating places as well. It’s a fun place to grab a bite, meet other tourists (the stands are usually packed) and you have specialties from all over the world, including, of course, local classics like choripan (chorizo sandwich) and empanadas.
If you want to have breakfast near the apartment, I would suggest La Poesía. It's the quintessential “porteño” coffeeshop, but it’s also a great place for breakfast, lunch or even a good beer and cold cuts (or a picada, as porteños call it).
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La Poesía
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If you want to have breakfast near the apartment, I would suggest La Poesía. It's the quintessential “porteño” coffeeshop, but it’s also a great place for breakfast, lunch or even a good beer and cold cuts (or a picada, as porteños call it).
Lugares emblemáticos
Café Tortoni is walking distance from the apartment, and is the most famous “café” in Buenos Aires. Worth a visit just for the history.
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Café Tortoni
825 Av. de Mayo
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Café Tortoni is walking distance from the apartment, and is the most famous “café” in Buenos Aires. Worth a visit just for the history.