Plaza Dorrego and the surrounding neighborhood of San Telmo, among Buenos Aires’ most atmospheric quarters, almost always feature on city sightseeing tours. For a closer look at the neighborhood, opt for a biking or walking tour of San Telmo, which will typically include Plaza Dorrego, as well as La Boca’s colorful Caminito, Parque Lezama, and the Mafalda statue. Many nighttime tours of Buenos Aires also stop in the plaza for a nightcap at a local bar.
Things to Know Before You Go
Plaza Dorrego is a must-visit for shoppers, tango enthusiasts, and first-time visitors.
Bring cash if you’re shopping the Sunday market, as not all vendors accept credit cards.
Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over the uneven cobbled streets and sidewalks.
How to Get There
Plaza Dorrego is situated at the corner of Defensa and Humberto Primo in the San Telmo neighborhood. The easiest way to get there is to take the subway to Catedral (line D) or Plaza de Mayo (line A).
When to Get There
Try to plan your visit to Plaza Dorrego for a Sunday, when the famous San Telmo market spills out into the surrounding streets. Stay through the evening to see tango dancers perform in the square and along the sidewalks.
San Telmo Market
The San Telmo Market ranks as one of the city’s best shopping opportunities and a highlight for many travelers. Each Sunday, some 300 antiques sellers set up shop in the plaza and along Calle Defensa, selling antiques and curios alongside handicrafts, souvenirs, leatherwork, silver, tango memorabilia, and local artworks.
- Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires)
- San Telmo Market (Mercado de San Telmo)
- Parque Lezama
- Madero Tango
- La Ventana Tango Show
- Puerto Madero
- El Querandi
- Rojo Tango
- San Ignacio de Loyola Church (St. Ignatius Church)
- Cabildo de Buenos Aires
- Casa Rosada
- Cafe Tortoni
- Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
- La Boca
- Guemes Gallery (Galeria Güemes)