Attractions

Top Choice Plaza in San Telmo

Plaza Dorrego

After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the city’s oldest plaza. It dates to the 18th century and was originally a pit stop for caravans bringing supplies into BA from the Pampas. At the turn of the 19th century it be…
Top Choice Market in San Telmo

Mercado de San Telmo

This market was built in 1897 by Juan Antonio Buschiazzo, the same Italian-born Argentine architect who designed Cementerio de la Recoleta. It occupies the inside of an entire city block, though you wouldn’t be able…
Top Choice Market in San Telmo

Feria de San Telmo

On Sundays, San Telmo’s main drag is closed to traffic and the street is a sea of both locals and tourists browsing craft stalls, waiting at vendors’ carts for freshly squeezed orange juice, poking through the antiq…
Archaeological Site in San Telmo

El Zanjón de Granados

One of the more unusual places in BA is this amazing urban architectural site. A series of old tunnels, sewers and cisterns (built from 1730 onwards) were constructed above a river tributary and provided the base fo…
Museum in San Telmo

Museo Histórico Nacional

Located in Parque Lezama is the city’s national historical museum. It’s mostly dedicated to Argentina’s revolution of May 25, 1810, though there is some coverage of precolonial times. There are several portraits of …
Park in San Telmo

Parque Lezama

Scruffy Parque Lezama was once thought to be the site of Buenos Aires’ founding in 1536, but archaeological teams have refuted the hypothesis. Today’s green park hosts old chess-playing gentlemen, bookworms toting m…
Church in San Telmo

Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Marking the approach into San Telmo, this 18th-century Dominican church and monastery has a long and colorful history. On the left tower you’ll see replicas of cannons launched against British troops holed up here d…
Museum in San Telmo

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Buenos Aires

Art lovers shouldn’t miss this fine museum, which specializes in geometric abstraction drawn from the technology-driven world that surrounds us today (think architecture, maps and computers). So rather than traditio…
Museum in San Telmo

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires

Housed in a former tobacco warehouse, this spacious, multistory museum shows off the works of (mostly) Argentine contemporary artists. Expect exhibitions showcasing everything from photography to industrial design, …
Notable Building in San Telmo

Pasaje de la Defensa

Originally built for the Ezeiza family in around 1880, this building later became a conventillo (tenement house) that was home to 32 families. These days, it’s a charmingly worn building with antique shops clustered…