It took me a while, but yesterday I finally overcame my dislike of flea markets and people in general and took a stroll south in search of some good shots and possibly a deal or two. None of that materialized, of course, but the atmosphere I found was reasonably festive.
The flea market itself normally happens in the stretch of Defensa between Ave Independecia and Ave San Juan with the highest concentration of vendors, buyers and onlookers around Plaza Dorrego (Defensa/Humberto).
Naturally, you don’t have to buy anything. The flea market attracts a typical Sunday crowd interested in strolling, lunching and listening to street bands perform. Well over a quarter of the Sunday mob seemed to be tourists enjoying the atmosphere of one of Buenos Aires’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
P.S. A note of caution (as of 2004): be alert for pickpockets and try to stay within the market’s boundaries. The blocks between Calle Bolívar and Ave de 9 Julio south of Ave Independecia may be a little sketchy.