Sunday Flea Market in San Telmo
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.
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The best way to explore the neighborhood is by walking from Plaza de Mayo (Microcentro) down that very street. Because of the regularity of the flea market, most of Calle Defensa is closed to motor vehicles on Sundays.
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.
A note of caution: 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.