San Telmo Sunday Market

San Telmo Sunday Market

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I love markets!  The palpable excitement of commerce in action and the incessant search for a deal paired with the sights and sounds unique to only that place make markets the place to get a grasp on the local culture. The crowds, colors, and collection of handicrafts and antiques make the San Telmo Sunday Market in beautiful Buenos Aires one of my favorite markets in the world.

As we made our way through the sea of people perusing the wares and the smell of meat wafted through the air, urging you to try a choripan (chorizo sausage sandwich) I declared to thinkCHUA ” I love this place!”  I couldn’t stop taking photos and I wanted to purchase ten of everything in sight.  The market brought the streets of San Telmo alive in a way that I couldn’t resist.  We spent nearly four hours wandering through the market and I could have spent four more.  Below is a sampling of what made the market so great:

The original art is beautiful and you can talk with the artist while you  browse.  If I weren’t so shutter happy myself I could have easily picked up a collection of these prints.

The bohemian feel of the market made me want to grap a blanket and set up shop myself, just to hang with the barefooted vendors peddling their hand made treasures.

Everything is made better with music and there is plenty of live music to entertain you as you shop.  Each corner features a new artist, band or couple dancing to lively tango music.

The setting of the San Telmo Sunday Market is enough to attract hoards of people even without the antiques and art as the buildings are beautiful and the sidewalk cafes some of the best in the city.  I may be a market fanatic, but the San Telmo Sunday Market is not to be missed while you’re in Buenos Aires!

WHEN YOU GO:

Bring only the cash you need, unfortunately pick pockets are everywhere in Buenos Aires and the crowds at the Sunday Market make it an easy place to be relieved of your money

Make a day of it, plan a whole day to wander the streets of San Telmo, there is lots to see and beautiful cafes for people watching

Bring water and a bag for carrying your souvenirs safely home and to stay hydrated while browsing.


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LOCAVORista: A curious adventurer exploring the culinary delights and local traditions around the world. Currently on a 3 year round-the-world trip discovering amazing cultures, must-eats and off-the-beaten-track destinations.

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