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  • Address: Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires 1064, Argentina
  • Admission: Free
The central barrio of San Telmo is one of Buenos Aires’ tango haunts. Formerly an upmarket residential area, the area’s “old mansions and faded glory” vibe set the perfect scene for the artists and musicians who now call this enclave home. The streets here are picturesquely cobbled, and the fascinating little shops are well worth a browse.
 
The Basics
As one of Buenos Aires’ most colorful and quirky neighborhoods, San Telmo features on just about every sightseeing tour, along with La Boca, the Obelisk, La Bombonera soccer stadium, Plaza de Mayo, and Puerto Madero.
 
San Telmo is also one of the best places in town for dinner and a tango show. For something more casual, stop at one of the cafes surrounding Plaza Dorrego to take in the sights and sounds, including a possible impromptu tango performance right on the street.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • San Telmo is a must-visit for tango lovers, shoppers, and all first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Remember to bring cash if you plan to shop at the antiques market.
  • Dinner and tango show tours in San Telmo typically last about four hours and often include hotel pickup and drop-off.
 
How to Get There
San Telmo is six blocks south of Plaza de Mayo and a few streets north of La Boca. The closest metro stations are Independencia and San Juan, a few streets to the west near Avenue 9 de Julio.
 
When to Get There
If possible, try to visit San Telmo on a Sunday when the Plaza Dorrego antiques market is in full swing and tango buskers are performing for onlookers. The neighborhood has a completely different vibe after dark, so it’s a good idea to plan a couple of visits.
 
Attractions in San Telmo
While San Telmo is all about soaking up the atmosphere, there are a couple of noteworthy attractions in the neighborhood as well. History buffs shouldn’t miss the National History Museum (Museo Histórico Nacional) that tells the story of Argentina’s independence. The neighborhood is also home to an 18th-century convent, Santo Domingo convent (Convento de Santo Domingo), where Manuel Belgrano, a hero of the independence movement, is entombed.

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Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango Show, Buenos Aires, null
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Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 137 Reviews

Take part in a can’t-miss Buenos Aires tradition – a night out at the tango! This dinner and show experience combines a three-course dinner with the exciting ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.10
Buenos Aires City Tour, Buenos Aires, Dinner Packages
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Buenos Aires City Tour

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See the symbol of this amazing city, the Obelisk. Visit different city squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, and Plaza Congreso, and ride along ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $16.14
Piazzolla Tango Dinner and Tango Show with Optional Private City Tour, Buenos Aires, City Tours
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner and Tango Show with Optional Private City Tour

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Enjoy a splendid dinner and tango show in which you will be able to see a top-quality show with professional tango singers and dancers, in one of the most ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Dinner at 'Cabaña las Lilas' and Rojo Tango Show, Buenos Aires, Dinner Packages
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Dinner at 'Cabaña las Lilas' and Rojo Tango Show

Enjoy the best Argentine meat at Cabaña las Lilas combined with the best tango show of Buenos Aires, Rojo Tango! An experience that you can not miss in ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Dinner at 'Mizuki sushi' and 'Rojo Tango show', Buenos Aires, Dinner Packages
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Dinner at 'Mizuki sushi' and 'Rojo Tango show'

Mizuki Sushi: The highest quality of seasonal ingredients and the expert hand of our teacher and chef Ricardo Hirano come together in harmony to bring to ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Dinner at 'Mizuki Teppanyaki' and 'Rojo Tango show', Buenos Aires, Dance Lessons
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Dinner at 'Mizuki Teppanyaki' and 'Rojo Tango show'

Mizuki Teppanyaki: Dining experience unlike any other! Our guests are seated at communal tables in groups, where your personal chef will perform the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Buenos Aires Craft Beer Walk in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Dance Lessons
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Buenos Aires Craft Beer Walk in San Telmo

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Craft Beer is booming in Buenos Aires. This walking tour visits three local breweries, where you will try 8 locally made beers throughout the night. We will ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour and Navigation by Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires, Beer & Brewery Tours
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Buenos Aires Sightseeing Tour and Navigation by Río de la Plata

This is a 3 hour tour going through the past and the present of Buenos Aires City. Enjoy a navigation with lunch by the Rio de la Plata overlooking the best ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.99
Buenos Aires Architecture Bike Tour, Buenos Aires, Day Cruises
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Buenos Aires Architecture Bike Tour

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The Buenos Aires Architecture bike tour is a presentation of Buenos Aires' buzzing culture of arts through the beauty of its buildings. You will hear how and ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group City Tour of Buenos Aires

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This service is unique due to its specific characteristics: small groups of people per tour, one language per vehicle and an excellent profile and preparation ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.50

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