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San Telmo: The oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires

The Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires is famous for many reasons. The art, history and nightlife all bring people to the city during their tour of Argentina. Buenos Aires is also well-known for its many distinct neighborhoods, each with something unique to offer. While visitors can fill a whole trip exploring these different areas, San Telmo is one of the best.

Located in the easternmost portion of Buenos Aires, San Telmo has gained notoriety for being the oldest neighborhood in the city. It's lengthy history is evident in the cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings found around every corner. Yet despite its antique feel, there are still many sites that attract the modern traveler, including the popular San Telmo Flea Market.

The flea market is held every Sunday in  Plaza Dorrengo, and attracts a wide variety of locals and tourists. Some people estimate about 270 booths spring up along the street, and even if you're not planning on buying anything in particular, the atmosphere is well worth the trip. However, be sure to be prepared for large crowds, the fair can attract as many as 10,000 people each Sunday.

San Telmo's flea market may be one of the most popular destinations in the neighborhood, but there are many other reasons to make it a stop on your tour of Argentina, not the least of which is its wide variety of cafes, like the Plaza Dorrego Cafe. This famous establishment is the embodiment of the rich history of San Telmo, as its interior hearkens back to decades past, and its atmosphere is ideal for travelers seeking a coffee or a beer.

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