Its cobbled streets, slums, markets, antique shops, and neighborhood feel make San Telmo one of the most popular areas for tourists arriving in Buenos Aires.
The fair in San Telmo, with more than 200 stalls on Dorrego Square every Sunday, is clearly the main attraction. There, Hostelling International offers its Tango City Buenos Aires hostel, on Piedras Street, and the Hostel Inn, a Buenos Aires hostel on Humberto 1º Street. Both of them invite you to plunge into that fascinating world of history and characters of San Telmo. One of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, it offers the mythical 2x4 step tango shows as well as live music shows in the streets and bars. Some of its main attractions are the incredible Casa Mínima (Minimum House) of only a 2.2 meter façade; museums such as Museo Histórico Nacional, Museo del Cine and Museo Penitenciario; Parque Lezama; the famous Bar Británico; mansions that once belonged to rich traditional families of Buenos Aires; narrow streets, markets and churches. New designer clothes and furniture stores have lately added to the attractive choices San Telmo offers, as a consequence of the tourist boom in the neighborhood.