• Patricia Etchehun

Love at first sight. San Telmo attractions

Updated: Apr 23


San Telmo, one of the most unique neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. It stands out for its colonial architecture with cobbled streets, where tango breathes. Take the time to loose your feet from Cassa Lepage following the the narrow streets, enjoy the bohemian atmosphere, try the best grilled meat ever and do some shopping. You won't regret, moreover you will probably experience the love at first sight.



Solar de French

Visit the shops on this historic site originally owned by Argentine patriot Domingo French.



The front part of this historic site dates back to the early 20th century and now houses several shops and a restaurant with a view of Plaza Dorrego.

The rest of the building was built in the 1930s with a neo-colonial style of architecture. The site originally belonged to Argentine patriot Domingo French and in the entrance, you can see an image in ceramic tiles that depicts Domingo French and Antonio Luis Beruti taking part in events leading up to Argentina's 1810 revolution of independence. Legend has it that these two men distributed the blue and white bands that the supporters of the independence movements wore on their lapels to differentiate them from the Royalists in the doors of the Cabildo, the colonial town hall. 

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Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art

More than 7000 works of art by Argentine and international artists




The Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires showcases more than 7000 works, covering important movements in modern art. There are works by important Argentine artists from 1940s, 50s and 60s,as well as pieces by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Henri Matisse. The museum also hosts touring exhibitions and has a bookstore with publications on local artists. The building belonged to the Nobleza Piccardo tobacco company, and an outstanding example of British-designed brick and iron industrial buildings from the 19th century. The museum was re-launched in 2010 following a restoration project.

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San Telmo market

Historic indoor market offering everything from antiques to great coffee.



This large indoor market has stalls offering everything from antiques to fresh fruit and spices. With a typical Italian facade and large interior spaces, the Mercado de San Telmo opened in 1897 to cater to the needs of the new wave of immigrants arriving from Europe. The stalls have since been updated but the market conserves its original structure of metal columns and beams, so a visit is still like stepping back in time. There are stalls selling food, antiques, crafts, records, and toys, making for an eclectic mix, while the coffee stall is said to have some of the best coffee in town.


The market's open from Tuesday to Sunday, but some stalls may be closed during the week. Sunday is the busiest day, with the biggest number of stalls open, but also large numbers of visitors, so the best day to visit might be on a Saturday. The market's open 10.30am to 7.30pm from Tuesday to Friday and 9am to 8pm on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.


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Plaza Dorrego

Old neighbourhood square hosting an antiques fair every Sunday.


Plaza Dorrego is the historic square in the heart of the San Telmo neighborhood, surrounded by bars and cafes. Every Sunday, the square is the focal point for a bustling arts and antiques fair that has something of a carnival atmosphere. Almost 300 antiques sellers set up shop in the square and along Calle Defensa, offering a mix of old furnishings and ornaments - some that belonged to the historic mansions in the area - plus old advertising signs, vinyl records, soda siphons, musical instruments, clocks and more.


The fair has become such a success that stalls now extend around the surrounding streets, in Calle Defensa, Humberto Primo and part of Pasaje Giuffra. Most of the stalls in Plaza Dorrego itself sell antiques, while those in Calle Defensa sell more contemporary crafts and oddities and in Pasaje Giuffra you can also find clothing.


Several restaurants in the area have tables on the street, while historic bars sometimes offer shows, artists open their ateliers and the streets have a lively atmosphere, with tango, organ players, mime artists, clowns, and more.

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House of Esteban de Luca

18th century home of writer and soldier Esteban de Luca.


This 18th century house was the home of Esteban de Luca, a soldier, poet, journalist and author of "Marcha Patriótica", Argentina's first national song.

His military career included an important role in the defence of Buenos Aires against the British invasions of 1806 and 1807. The house has been restored and preserves period architectural elements.

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San Pedro Telmo Parish

One of the city's oldest churches.



The church Nuestra Señora de Belén in the Parish of San Pedro Telmo, after which the San Pedro neighborhood is named, is one of the oldest in the city. Work began in 1735 under jesuit architects Andrea Bianchi and Juan Prímoli, alongside laymen Antonio Masella and José Schmidt.

After the expulsion of the Jesuits, the Bethlehem religious order continued the work. Restoration work was carried out in 1942 and the cloisters were restored in the year 2000.

The current museum has pieces dating back over 200 years.

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Santísima Trinidad Russian Orthodox Church

Church in the 17th century Muscovite style, opened in 1904.





This church in the 17th century Muscovite style opened in 1904. The original project was designed by the architect of Russia's Holy Synod, Mihail Preobrazensky, and later adapted in Buenos Aires by Alejandro Christophersen, who designed many other buildings in the city, including the Palacio San Martín in Retiro. Each of the church's blue domes is topped with a cross facing East and supported by chains, as is the custom in Russia. The facade shows three biblical scenes, and the frontispiece features a mosaic image of the holy trinity brought from St Petersburg

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Review from Gob. Bs As Travel Tourisim: https://turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/es

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