Visit San Telmo for your multicultural Sunday in Buenos Aires
The opportunities to relax and visit interesting places in Buenos Aires are almost endless, for our Spanish students in Buenos Aires. If you have decided to to take a Spanish course in Argentina, don’t worry about feeling bored not a single afternoon. The opportunities for activities in the Argentine capital are endless.
The well-known Feria de San Temo, may very well be one of the nicest markets in Buenos Aires. Every Sunday the elegant neighbourhood San Telmo, particularly Defensa street, transforms into a big gathering of little stands filled with antique trinkets, paintings, wine holders, maté cups, vintage clothes and much more. The streets are filled with a variety of people, such as tourists who are trying to find the cheapest treasures or locals who are just walking around for a while and taking in the crowded little streets.
This market makes you feel like you are in the famous neighbourhood Montmartre in Paris, France. You are surrounded by artists trying to sell their artistic work such as handmade rings, necklaces and earrings and other street artists that look like they come straight from the circus. Moreover, there are countless musicians playing local music and people are dancing the tango in the middle of the street.
When you need a break from the bustle around you, you can relax in one of the many little restaurants or cafés that are located throughout the area. However, if you just need a quick refreshment and a snack, you will find many vendors who are selling fresh orange juice and homemade sandwiches.
Walk a bit further in the direction of Plaza de Mayo and you will see a little courtyard where local people are usually grilling all kinds of meat (in big portions, so beware). There is also a band playing jazz or soft rock music. This is a great place to experience an “asado” like the porteños – the local people of Buenos Aires – do.
Close to the main square, the Plaza Dorrego, you will find an indoor food market that is called Mercado de San Telmo. Here, you can have a coffee when it´s raining outside or even have dinner in one of the small restaurants. Inside, you will not only find delicious fruit and vegetables, but also a nice variety of vintage shops. The vintage shops literally sell everything, from old Spanish books to old Spanish clothes that were once high fashion items in Buenos Aires.
So, if you are looking for a lovely, unique atmosphere on your Sunday afternoon, go to the San Telmo market. It is a beautiful place to spend your lazy Sunday and to witness the gathering of the countless creative people of Buenos Aires. And tomorrow.. back to Spanish classes again!