San Telmo

Old world treasures, contemporary restaurants, real Argentinians, and visiting travelers collide in San Telmo, BA's original barrio.

In spite of its age, San Telmo feels timeless. The site of Spain's 1536 South American settlement, San Telmo survived revolutions, epidemics, renewal projects, and protests. Since then, its character has only continued to enhance the core of Buenos Aires. Antique hunting, art appreciating, Tango dancing, and street food sampling offer an immersive experience of Buenos Aires' best, all along centuries-old colonial pathways and cobblestone promenades.

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On the Map

San Telmo is bordered by Constitución, Monserrat, La Boca, Puerto Madero, and Barracas

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 15 minutes by cab or 20 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 25 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 10 minutes by cab or 10 minutes by public transit

Buenos Aires' First Barrio: The Look of San Telmo

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Just south of Monserrat, San Telmo stands at the center of Buenos Aires history.

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Originally populated by dockworkers and brick makers in the 17th century, Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhood still retains its colonial charm.

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Locals, travelers, artists, and historians are attracted to San Telmo's preserved buildings and antique atmosphere.

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San Telmo doesn't act its age.

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Despite its years, the neighborhood's street life remains vibrant and unpredictably charming.

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Its sidewalks are the stage for impromptu demonstrations and movable feasts.

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Churches, spires, parks, and plazas tell of San Telmo's history.

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San Telmo Pierini

Its buildings redefine elegant decay.

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You have to know that San Telmo is the oldest neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Cafes, tango parlors, and antique shops line the cobblestone streets, which are often filled with artists and dancers."

Féria San Telmo: A Neighborhood Bazaar

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Every Sunday, San Telmo hosts Buenos Aires' most famous flea market, Féria San Telmo.

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Hand-crafted goods and uncommon collectibles fill the stalls that line the fair.

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Live music, dancing, and eclectic performances infuse la fería with a carnival-like charisma.

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Without the magic of the market, San Telmo's streets would feel rather sleepy on Sundays.

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Amid the activity, you'll feel like all of Buenos Aires has come to spend Sunday in San Telmo.

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Casual Fare and Contemporary Cuisine

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From refined to relaxed, San Telmo is known for its profusion of cafes and restaurants.

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Like most of Buenos Aires, diners prefer the outdoor patio to the indoor booth.

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San Telmo Pierini

Rich in tradition but readily embracing of contemporary trends, San Telmo boasts chic restaurants to complement its informal cafes.

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They tastefully blend Argentine flavors with international customs.

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Second rounds and third courses are common in San Telmo.

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San Telmo: Classic and Cultured

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San Telmo's history provides fertile soil for a flourishing arts scene. Here, history and high-culture coincide.

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San Telmo Pierini

Whether at Buenos Aires' Museum of Contemporary Art or the clean-walled corridors of an upstairs gallery, San Telmo celebrates immersive creativity.

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Performance arts get their own place in San Telmo's Tango clubs and dance halls.

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San Telmo doesn't shun its age.

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The passage of time allowed neighborhood proprietors to amass mountains of antiques.

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Curiosity shops and ephemera boutiques thrive in San Telmo.

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Historic Relaxation In Parque Lezama

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Parque Lezama grew from the site of Buenos Aires' founding by 16th century Spanish conquistadors.

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What they planted took root and transformed into a cultivated city.

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Several centuries later, the park still serves Argentinians on warm afternoons and placid weekends.

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San Telmo's Living History

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San Telmo's agrestic facades and romantic streetscapes ensure the neighborhood a top spot among Buenos Aires' most sought-after locales.

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Rich in history and full of life, San Telmo sets itself apart.

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It's the eternal sunshine.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Javier Pierini studied in Argentina in the creative workshops of Gabriel Valansi and Juan Travnik. He also studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy, and at the Santa Fe Workshops in the U.S. His work has been published in various media print worldwide including: The NYTimes Style Magazine, Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Fortune, and Condé Nast Traveller. His artwork has been exhibited in Argentina, USA, Italy, and Poland.

Javier Pierini

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