(Photo by J)
1- Browse the San Telmo Antique Market. Every Sunday over 10 000 visitors from all over the world stop by this world famous market where treasures and trinkets abound. Sundays on Plaza Dorrego and Defensa Street.
2- Visit the many museums in the area and find out more about modern art, puppets, fashion, and the penitentiary. Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA)– Av. San Juan 350. 4342-3001/2970. Puppet Museum (Museo Argentino del Titere)– Piedras 905. 4304 4376. Clothing Museum (Museo Nacional del Traje)– Chile 832. 4343 8427. Penitentiary Museum- Humberto Primo 378. 4361-0917.
3- Take a tour of archeological relic El Zanjon de Granados. Its mysterious hallways and tunnels date back to the 1500’s and were discovered under layers of constructions from other historical periods. El Zanjon de Granados– Defensa 755, 4361-3002.
4- Discover the local art scene by taking a Juanele San Telmo Art Walk- The tour, lasting three hours will show you graffiti, street art, galleries and museums of this colorful neighborhood which so many artist are inspired by. The walk starts at Balcarce 1150 on Tue-Thur 3pm. Book in advance at 4038 6180. More information here.
5- Stop for a cup of coffee at one of the charming Bares Notables. The ornate wood and glass, tiled floors and suggestive creaks will transport you to a different time and place. Try Bar el Federal–Carlos Calvo 559. 4300-4313, El Hipopotamo-Avenida Brasil 401. 4300 8450, and Cafe Dorrego–Defensa 1908. 4361-0141.
6- People watch at Plaza Dorrego. Live music, sensual tango dancers, artisans and all surrounded by cobblestones and cafes are the reason why this Plaza is one of the San Telmo landmarks.
7- Eat local food at a traditional restaurant. Try homemade meals at Lezama, which has been a neighborhood classic for 80 years Brasil 349. 4361-0114, share a table in Cafe San Juan, famous for its top quality food and friendly atmosphere Av. San Juan 450. 4300-1112, or have a big tasty “milanesa” in soccer-flag clad Manolo- Bolivar 1299. 4307-8743.
9- Go for some live music to La Trastienda, a small intimate music theatre with great acoustics where local and international talents play jazz, classical, reggae, blues, and rock. Balcarce 460. 4342 7650.
10- Bar hop until the early dawn. Try Doppelganger for top quality cocktails and glamour –Av. Juan de Garay 500. 4300-0201, Gibraltar for draught beer, great curries and a laid-back atmosphere –Peru 895. 4632-5310, or La Puerta Roja for boisterous lat night partying –Chacabuco 733. 4362-5649.