San Telmo, Buenos Aires

Introduction to san telmo

Plaza Dorrego
While San Telmo is a bit more bohemian and gritty that high fashion Recoleta and Palermo, it also maintains a more neighborhoodly feel. It has a long history – one of the first neighborhoods in Buenos Aires – and the architecture reflects it. The nieghboorhood feel into decay after a yellow fever epidemic in 1870 caused much of the population to move to Retiro and Recoleta. But in recent years the neighborhood has made a comeback and today is one of the most visited areas of the city.

San Telmo is well served by buses and the Subte passes by one side of it on Avenue 9 de Julio. But since it is so close to the microcenter, walking might be just as easy.

Where to stay in san telmo

Hotels in San Telmo

Twenty years ago the only accommodation in the neighborhood was rundown pensions and rooms in private houses. Today there are hotels and hostels of every category. To check availability and prices of hotels in San Telmo on the Expedia network, Click here.

How to get to san telmo

The subway line C that runs between the Retiro and Constitución train stations will let you off at the corner of Independencia and 9 de Julio. From there you can walk just about anywhere. Alternatively take one of the many buses that run down Ave Colòn towards La Boca, such as the 152 which also passes along Santa Fe in Recoleta and Palermo. For more info on local bus services get a Guia T from any kisko.


Restaurants in San Telmo

Desnivel has long been a haunt for travelers and Porteños alike. Despite its popularity it has maintained competitive prices, quality meat and, unfortunately, horrible service. Very popular on weekends, expect to wait up to an hour if you get there after 10pm. The house wine is cheap and drinkable and the Vacio is cheap and mouthwatering. Don’t expect anyone of the staff to speak English though.

Bars in San Telmo

The Red Door (La Puerta Roja) is a great bar if you really want to get drunk and don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb. Its located on between Chile and Ave. Independencia on Chacabuco. No sign, but We’ll give you one guess on what color the door is. Ring the doorbell to get buzzed in.

Try there Chili bombs shots if you have the stomach for it. Pool table and darts. Surprisingly good food too.

Things to do in san telmo

A walk down Defensa towards Plaza Dorrego during the weekend is a must. Many street vendors and performers and overpriced antique shops. The San Telmo maket, along the route, is a great place to take photos and people watch, but watch out for tourist prices.

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