The neighborhood San Telmo is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It has a really cool vibe to it. It is hard to explain it to you if you have never been there. I couldn't wait to get back to see if anything had changed since the last time I was there two years ago. After attendingng the Thumbs Up Fest on Saturday night Jared, Hayden, and I slept in until about two PM on Sunday afternoon. We were all definitely still tired from the night before, but I made sure that Hayden and Jared got up to do some sight seeing, because the best day to go to San Telmo is on Sunday!
Every Sunday there is a Feria (street festival) that runs up and down the street Defensa in San Telmo. It starts very close to the Plaza de Mayo on the cross street Venezuela, and goes all the way to Avenida San Juan (about 9 blocks long). Up and down Defensa there are people selling jewelry, art, paintings, posters, clothes, etc. My favorite part about the Feria is the street performers! There are bands, guitarists, tango dancers, and other crazy people acting like statues that you can take pictures with if you give them a tip. picture of map from Pocket Map Buenos Aires)
It was really easy to get to San Telmo from Palermo. We took the Subte from Estacion Bulnes all the way to Estacion Catedral which is located in the Plaza de Mayo. It was only 1 peso to take the subte, and we were able to skip all the traffic that was on Sante Fe...too easy. Once we walked out of the subte we walked across the Plaza de Mayo, and onto the Calle Defensa. Defensa is located directly across the Plaza from the Catedral.
As soon as we walked 2 blocks down Defensa we started to hit the crowds of people. There were so many people that it was a little hard to walk down the middle of the street. We started weaving in and out of groups of people. We stopped in a couple local stores, and looked at some things that people were selling but Jared, Hayden, and I are not the best shoppers in the world. So we decided that we would make little pit stops in bars and restaurants along Defensa to make the day a little bit more interesting.
The day definitely got more interesting in a hurry! Here is a quick summary of the events from the Feria:
- We ate a Fugazi Pizza (at Continental which is located on Mexico y Defensa)...probably our last Fugazi Pizza ever. This thing was laced with so many onions you couldn't even see the cheese on the pizza. I can still smell my onion breathe.
- Hayden's leg was pinched by a solo guy traveler at Bar Seddon. Definitely made things akward to the point Hayden stood straight up and said it was GO TIME! I think this Swed is still walking around the streets of Bs As looking for Hayden.
- Jared got pooped on right outside Plaza Dorrego by a pigeon that was on steroids! Check out the Video of the Week.
- Had a steak dinner at my favorite restaurant in Buenos Aires...Des Nivel. It is located on Defensa in between Estados Unidos y Carlos Calvo.
- We ended up hanging out with a local that was a Keith Richards look a like! Jared ended up meeting a random guy with his girlfriend at Des Nivel. This guy looked and acted like Keith Richards. We ended up going back to Bar Seddon for 2 hours to hang out with this guy. Too funny!
We ended up staying in San Telmo for about 11 hours that Sunday! This random day of fun reinforced why I think San Telmo is one of the best places to hang out in Buenos Aires. Every time I go to San Telmo I have a great time. Check out the Feria if you are ever in Buenos Aires on a Sunday! It runs all day until about 7 pm.
How to get to San Telmo
- Subte - The easiest and cheapest way to get to San Telmo is by taking the Subte to Plaza de Mayo. The beginning of the green, blue, and purple line all start in the Plaza de Mayo. You can walk less than 5 minutes to end up in San Telmo from the Plaza.
- Taxi - The easiest and fastest way to end up in San Telmo is by taking the taxi. The taxi can drop you off any where on Defensa, and you will be right in the mix. This is definitely the most expensive option of the 3.
- Bus - It is only 80 centavos (20 cents US Dollars) to take the bus from almost anywhere in Buenos Aires to San Telmo. This option could also take you the longest to get there depending on where you are starting in the city.