One of the best things to do in any city in the world is to stroll through its markets, and Buenos Aires is no exception.

 

Every weekend there are many markets held in various barrios across the city, and one of the most famous is held in the bohemian barrio of San Telmo. This barrio has a long and interesting history which can still be seen in its beautiful buildings, some of which have crumbling facades.

 

On any day, San Telmo is the place to visit for antiques, but on Sundays the barrio comes alive as locals, expats and tourists alike step out to wander through the more than 15 blocks of stalls featuring arts and crafts, local souvenirs, clothing and all sorts of bric-a-brac from days past.

 

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Beautiful architecture in San Telmo, Buenos Aires

 

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I love these colourful glass bottles used for soda water

 

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Old medicine bottles

 

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The San Telmo market is famous for antiques of all types

 

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Copper kitchen ware

 

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Old signs for sale at the San Telmo market

 

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In among all the antiques and souvenirs for sale, there is also live music and tango dancing

 

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Sweet snacks for sale

 

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Rock n roll puppets

 

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The view from above in El Patio de los Eseiza

 

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Soft drink crates for sale

 

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El Patio de los Eseiza

 

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Sweet peanuts for sale

 

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Iglesia Nuestro Señora de Belen

 

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San Telmo street view

 

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Old typewriters

 

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More signs for sale

 

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You can buy beautiful antique chandeliers in most of the antique shops

 

The deets

The San Telmo market is held every Sunday along Calle Defensa. Porteños don’t start their Sundays early, so I recommend heading to the market around midday when all the stalls should be set up and people will be milling about. There are plenty of options for food: choose from any of the restaurants lining Calle Defensa or one of the many street food sellers.