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The San Telmo Market

It is located in a picturesque district that invites tourists to walk along the cobbled streets, peep into bohemian and historic coffee houses, spend a wonderful day in this place, and fully enjoy its atmosphere.
The story goes that the market opened in 1897 to meet the needs of another wave of immigrants who came from Europe. It was designed by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo. The market is declared a National Historic Monument. This status was gained in 2000.

Locals and tourists repeatedly return to the market to admire antiques, and purchase handicrafts, food, toys, postcards, coins, jewel boxes and much more. Here, everything that, as it might seem, is no longer needed by anyone acquires a second life. You can find various marriage certificates, driver's licenses, IDs, and even passports in this market. In San Telmo, you can notice one unspoken rule: the older, the more expensive!

Coffee nerds say that the market-based Coffee Town kiosk makes the best coffee in Buenos Aires.

On Sundays, the San Telmo market is transformed beyond recognition. Each trader on the square tries to decorate his pavilion in a more beautiful way than the others. There is an atmosphere of robust competition and fun.

Here you can see street performers, who are one of the market’s attractions. One puppet expert even found the perfect character to tell the story about this district. This character is called a "drunkard", and both adults and children are happy to see him. Locals also feast their eyes on tango and milonga dancers who gracefully perform movements for the public and actors dressed as characters from the past. Many of them go with a hat, where you can throw coins for their performance. However, there are those who do it for the sake of an idea. People gather in a company, go out, sing, and dance, waiting for other market visitors to join them.

In the afternoon, the San Telmo market takes on new colours. Friends come here to spend the evening with beer and local snacks. La Cantora is one of the small shops that welcome a considerable number of people to their doors every Sunday.

At 10 pm, when it gets dark and fewer people are on the streets, you can move around and dance the milonga until dawn – a vivacious Argentine dance similar to tango.