Every Sunday the street Defensa is lined up with stalls beside stalls throughout the old porteño neighbourhood, San Telmo. It is time for the weekly Feria de San Telmo. Or the San Telmo market as it is called in English.
Ever since I was young and travelled to different countries with my mum, I have enjoyed visit street market. I recall that my mum and I when in Australia always looked in the guide book for street markets and tried to fit in as many as possible.
So, when I arrived to Buenos Aires, I (of course) had to visit Feria de San Telmo.
Feria de San Telmo is probably one of the most colourful markets that I have ever visit. Take a look at the pictures below, and you will see what I mean!
No matter whether you are looking for a new pair of shoes, a souvenir to take with you home or a piece of chic antique you will be able to find it here. Feria de San Telmo is packed with handcrafts, antiques, second hand… and everything in between.
However, the quality is in some case questionable. For example, I just had to have the shoes in the picture above. They are adorable, aren’t they?
Well, being adorable or not, the sole didn’t last long! Now you are warned, in case you want to purchase something!
When, where and how to get to Feria de San Telmo
Feria de San Telmo takes place every Sunday from around 10 am until 6 pm. It starts by Plaza de Mayo, and runs all the way through the street Defensa ending at the square, Plaza Dorrego. At this square, you can usually find couples performing small tango sessions.
If you are staying in other neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires, the easiest way is to take the subway (which in Buenos Aires is called el Subte, read more about phrases you should know before visiting Argentina here) to the stations:
- Catedral (the green D-line),
- Bolívar (the purple E-line), and
- Plaza de Mayo (the blue A-line).
Different buses can also take you there if you live far away from el Subte.
I usually just use Google maps to find my way around. However, the municipality of Buenos Aires has also established the the web site Como llego (e.g. How do I arrive) which helps finding your way around the city.
Other points of interest nearby
A perfect fit to do on the same day if you are visiting Buenos Aires with a tight schedule, is to do the guided tour of the iconic Casa Rosada. The guide tours are only available on weekends and public holidays. You can’t miss this huge pink-painted mansion when you get off the Subte and make your way towards Feria de San Telmo, so why not take advance of being in the area on a weekend? But! Remember, that you have to book tickets for the Casa Rosada beforehand! Read more about Casa Rosada and its free tours here.
Located in opposite end of Defensa from Plaza de Mayo is Buenos Aires’ museum of modern art, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. Truth is that this is still on my list of things to try in Buenos Aires. However, it is differently worth keeping in mind if you are around and the portenño weather suddenly shows itself from its rainy side!