For the majority of our stay in Buenos Aires, we stayed in the neighborhood called San Telmo. Every Sunday in this neighborhood, the streets are filled with vendors selling antiques, collectables, lots of leather goods, souvenirs, street food and people play their instruments, sing or dance.
The San Telmo Market is a must visit, where it is packed with tons of people, mostly tourists on Sundays. We started to explore the market at around 11 am and didn’t leave until around 4 pm and it really didn’t seem like that long because there was so much to see!
There were several of these carts where roasted and sugar coated mani (peanuts) and almendras (almonds) were sold for 3 and 5 pesos respectively. My aunt bought one and we snacked on them while walking.
While walking, we stopped by a table with a vendor that was making and selling these soccer cleat keychains with different teams on them. My brother is a Chelsea fan, so he picked one with the logo and team colors. Since we were in Argentina, he also got the two most famous teams in Argentina, River Plate and Boca Juniors and one for the national team, which we saw the man finish making.
We stopped by a Havanna Cafe (a chain store which I’ve seen all over Argentina and Uruguay and one that I think and dare say is almost better than Starbucks!). I got a refreshing maracuya y durazno (passion fruit and peach) frappe, which is pretty much a smoothie.
They also give a little chocolate cookie with each drink.
We explored some more and one vendor that sold watches and leather bags caught my attention. I’ve been wanting to get a watch that I’ve seen from Swatch and at the San Telmo Market, I saw the woman happened to be selling ones that look very similar. And the best part was it was handmade in Buenos Aires!
I’m trying not to buy anything because we’re traveling long term, meaning I have to carry all my belongings with me wherever I go which can be a pain if I have a lot of things. But this watch was an exception. I asked the woman if she had it in a white leather strap and she ended up making one right in front of me and customizing it to my size.
Next, after walking down several streets, we saw this vendor selling hundreds of mate cups!
Obviously when traveling, you have to be aware and watch out for people that try to steal your stuff. We’ve been warned about Buenos Aires from people who have traveled there already and even locals in Argentina and Uruguay. So it was weird because while walking and talking to my brother, some random guy walked behind me and made this weird noise really loudly right by my ear. I thought ok whatever, weird people these days.
But then we were on this other random street and the same guy was there and looked at me and I could only hear a few words but he gave me a warning saying in Spanish cuidado (careful) about my jacket that I was wearing.
In other words, be careful and watch out for your stuff when in this touristy market.
Lastly on our way out of the market, we stopped by a cart where this man was squeezing oranges to make orange juice.
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