Calle Defensa
Calle Defensa
4.5
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Architectural landmarks in the city’s oldest neighborhood have been restored, and this revitalized area is distinctly artistic, with cafes, antique shops, cobblestone streets and lots of artists and dancers.
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The area
Neighbourhood: San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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  • RCraigCollins
    Temple, Texas217 contributions
    Crazy Sunday market on Defensa
    Sundays, from Plaza Dorrego all the way to Plaza Mayo, there is the busiest street market you have ever scene. Stalls on both sides, with gifts of all sorts. Note, pedestrian only street during the market, so you may not be able to get to some hotels on Defensa directly
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Try2TravelSustainably
    Hamilton, Canada285 contributions
    Sunday Fun day Market - Wow
    We spent the whole afternoon in this area on a Sunday the streets were FULL. We were able to visit the tourist booth to get our subway cards for free with copies of our passport and also get money exchanged. Lots of walking on cobble stones. At the end of the crafts market there is an antique market. There are also lots of expensive stores and alleys to check out.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    A fun Sunday flea market in San Telmo along Calle Defensa
    Calle Defensa is a continuous flea market from Plaza Dorrego to Plaza Mayo. It must be a mike of stalls that my wife and it seemed like my wife looked at half of them. It was a fun Sunday weaving our way through the crowds and looking at the crafts. It reminded me of El Rastro Flea Market in Madrid.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
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jamiepdx
Portland, OR76 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The bohemian vibe feels manufactured for tourists and the stores are not filled the special finds. This was all before we were robbed. Same story, a guy came up from behind, grabbed my wristwatch and hopped on a waiting motorbike. It look like 3 seconds. I didn’t think my watch was that great and had no other jewelry on. Walking around holding your bag for fear of losing your phone next was no fun. I head about this type of crime and felt prepared, but they are professional thieves. My husband ran after them, but they were gone in a flash.
Written 9 February 2024
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Calle Defensa is a continuous flea market from Plaza Dorrego to Plaza Mayo. It must be a mike of stalls that my wife and it seemed like my wife looked at half of them. It was a fun Sunday weaving our way through the crowds and looking at the crafts. It reminded me of El Rastro Flea Market in Madrid.
Written 29 October 2023
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Try2TravelSustainably
Hamilton, Canada285 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We spent the whole afternoon in this area on a Sunday the streets were FULL. We were able to visit the tourist booth to get our subway cards for free with copies of our passport and also get money exchanged. Lots of walking on cobble stones. At the end of the crafts market there is an antique market. There are also lots of expensive stores and alleys to check out.
Written 14 October 2023
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Ectoplasm Fantasia
Birmingham, UK1,421 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
So interesting and fun to explore.

Lots of cafes, shops, buildings and places on interest.

Fascinating graffiti and things to see and feel!
Written 22 August 2023
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RCraigCollins
Temple, TX217 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Sundays, from Plaza Dorrego all the way to Plaza Mayo, there is the busiest street market you have ever scene. Stalls on both sides, with gifts of all sorts. Note, pedestrian only street during the market, so you may not be able to get to some hotels on Defensa directly
Written 9 August 2023
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brandasa
Centerville, OH1,365 contributions
Jun 2023
Sunday market is a packed tourist trap. Wall to wall people. La Boca is way better. Not interesting to us.
Written 2 July 2023
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Michael A
Nassau, New Providence Island1,899 contributions
Mar 2023
With its ersatz Bohemian vibe, San Telmo is a typical tourist trap that is not worth a visit especially since Buenos Aires has so much more to offer.
Written 7 April 2023
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Cultured_Jewel
Las Vegas, NV178 contributions
Dec 2022
The cobblestone streets and old buildings are picturesque. But, the area has some problems. Overall, it is not that clean. Because of the many tourists that are attracted to the area, one must constantly be cautious of pickpockets and thieves. A friend was given fake counterfeit money as change when she bought sandals at the San Telmo Market at the Plaza Dorrego. You need to be alert and keep your eyes open in this area.
Written 26 March 2023
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Skaramoosh
Edmonton, Canada3,970 contributions
Mar 2023
We were lucky to be in Buenos Aires on a Sunday as we got to experience the San Telmo Sunday Market along Calle Defensa. The entire street, probably about 14 blocks in length, teeming with artisans and others selling their craft and wares.

It starts from 9:00am till around 6:00pm. It started to get real busy from about 11:00am when we were there.

There's lots of eateries and pubs along Calle Defensa to stop and people watch. Another great spot to stop for a bite or a drink is at Plaza Dorrego.

Don't forget to stop for a Kodak moment with Mafalda sitting on a bench with a couple of her friends. Be warned....there's a long line up on Sundays.

Who is Mafalda?

'Mafalda is an Argentine comic strip written and drawn by cartoonist Quino. The strip features a six-year-old girl named Mafalda, who reflects the Argentinian middle class and progressive youth, is concerned about humanity and world peace, and has an innocent but serious attitude toward problems.' - Wikipedia

Recommended especially on Sundays.
Written 26 March 2023
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Rochelle F
Randolph, NJ1,046 contributions
Feb 2023
Nice to walk around while in BA. Cobblestone streets, lots of shops and restaurants. Interesting architecture.
Written 26 March 2023
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