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“San Telmo is the oldest barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is a well-preserved area of the Argentine metropolis and is characterized by its colonial buildings. Cafes, tango parlors and antique shops line the cobblestone streets, which are often filled with artists and dancers. A street named the "Illuminated Block" is where many of these important historical buildings can be found. San Telmo's attractions include old churches, museums, food halls and stalls, antique stores and a semi-permanent antique fair (Feria de Antigüedades) in the main public square, Plaza Dorrego. Tango-related activities for both locals and tourists are in the area. San Telmo began to improve particularly after Rosas' removal from power in 1852. The establishment of new clinics, the installation of gas mains, lighting, sewers, running water and cobblestones and the opening of the city's main wholesale market led to increasing interest in the area on the part of the well-to-do and numerous imposing homes were built in the western half of San Telmo. This promising era ended abruptly when an epidemic of yellow fever struck the area in 1871. The new clinics and the heroic efforts of physicians like Florentino Ameghino helped curb the northward spread of the epidemic; but as time went on it claimed over 10,000 lives, and this led to the exodus of San Telmo's growing middle and upper classes into what later became Barrio Norte. At first hundreds of properties became vacant. A few of the larger lots were converted into needed parks, the largest of which is Lezama Park, designed by the renowned French-Argentine urban planner Charles Thays in 1891 as a complement to the new Argentine National Museum of History. Most large homes, though, became tenement housing during the wave of immigration into Argentina from Europe between 1875 and 1930. San Telmo became the most multicultural neighborhood in Buenos Aires, home to large communities of British, Galician, Italian and Russian-Argentines. The large numbers of Russians in San Telmo and elsewhere in Buenos Aires led to the consecration of Argentina's first Russian Orthodox Church in 1901. Expanding industry to the south also led a German immigrant, Otto Krause, to open a technical school here in 1897. San Telmo's bohemian air began attracting local artists after upwardly-mobile immigrants left the area. Increasing cultural activity resulted in the opening of the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art by critic Rafael Squirru in 1956, as well as in the 1960 advent of the "Republic of San Telmo," an artisan guild which organized art walks and other events. San Telmo's immigrant presence also led to quick popularization of tango in the area: long after that genre's heyday, renowned vocalist Edmundo Rivero purchased an abandoned colonial-era grocery in 1969, christening it El Viejo Almacén ("The Old Grocery Store"). This soon became one of the city's best-known tango music halls, helping lead to a cultural and economic revival in San Telmo. A great number of contemporary art galleries, art spaces and museums are located in this area. In 2005 the gallery and artist-run space Appetite opened and the Argentine public and media immediately noticed the crowds attending its openings and parties. Other art galleries began setting up in this neighborhood and it became a Mecca of contemporary art. The first to talk about it was Rolling Stone magazine which said in late 2006: "When all the movement seemed to be getting installed at Palermo, the Daniela Luna tornado opened the appetite with an art gallery in San Telmo and little by little is monopolizing the neighborhood and transferring the scene." A few months later the New York Times said that "To find Appetite, an avant-garde gallery that everyone I met recommended, I had to return to one of San Telmo's less atmospheric blocks. Many media remarked the transformation of San Telmo into a destination for contemporary art lovers, such as the newspaper La Nacion which counted around 30 galleries and art centers in 2008.Later that year, the same newspaper published another article that started: "Contemporary art moved into the neighborhood. San Telmo Art District is born"”
  • 211 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
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“This is a San Telmo restaurant at its best: tightly packed tables, patrons knocking elbows, suited waiters, a sweaty asador and great meat. It started with one floor but now has three, including a rooftop terrace. Order your meat jugoso (rare) and the waiter might just cut it with a spoon. Like La Cabrera, it’s a bit pricier but the whole experience is a good value.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Café
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“A slightly smaller, more intimate version of its 'brother' El Federal. A varied menu, relaxed atmosphere and traditional/vintage decor. Great to while away the hours on a relaxing morning.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“Along with it's 'sister' La Poesia, this is one of two traditional restaurants, very typical of old Buenos Aires. Having the same owner, they both have the same varied menu, including burgers, pastas, salads, sandwiches and some very good sharing platters (‘picadas’) . Both have a great atmosphere and interesting antique/vintage décor, without being super ‘touristy.’ Try a craft beer accompanied by a traditional ‘picada.’ A great option any time of day.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Argentinian Restaurant
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“El Desnivel is a typical neighborhood grill (parrilla) that has always been popular with locals. In the past few years, it has also become a favorite place for tourists.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Bar
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“Go tango dancing When in Argentina, try out tango dancing, or at least watch the professionals. While undoubtedly a touristy experience, the tango show at Bar Sur in San Telmo features top-notch dancing and a small, cozy venue, making the entire experience feel authentic and intimate.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
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“Based on the cider-houses and taverns of the Basque Country, Sagardi is the meeting point between the past and the present.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Veggie gourmet restaurant, cafe, bakery & next door market with smoothies, cocktails, breakfast, lunch and dinner. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“El Banco Rojo is good for a quick, spicy and delicious bite when you’re feeling like big sandwiches and kebabs from a cool, foodie hipster food-truck vibe. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Gourmet Restaurant with very tasty food. Good recommendation in city downtown.”
  • 26 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Eat as much grilled meat, salad and fries as you want for a fixed price (usually less than USD20). Very popular restaurant. 1 wine/beer/soda included. Get here early to avoid standing in line. Open 12:00-16:00 and 20:00-01:00. Beefs included in the price, but must be ordered and takes 20 minutes to cook. Probably best to go here with a local (to explain the different types of meat).”
  • 30 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Bar de cocteles. This is not for everyone! Uncompromising, Classics & Forgotten cocktails.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Cool british style pub. Excellent for groups, pool games, and watch soccer matches.”
  • 28 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Gran Parrilla del Plata has some of the best asado (barbecue) in San Telmo (or the city, for that matter) with great vegetarian options and sticky sweet desserts, a great alternative if you want to please everyone in the group. They have a great selection of wines and service is old-school, you’ll be able to experience that classic porteño flair. The Obamas had lunch here during their visit to Buenos Aires.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
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“Iconic, historic, fun! Typical Argentine cuisine for brunch, lunch or dinner in a historic setting. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“San Telmo traditional bar. Declarated Bar Notable de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Main attraction in not food but the historical value of the place”
  • 22 locals recommend