The best shops in Buenos Aires can be found in Calle Florida Street, which is, by the way, a pedestrian zone. However, the street, which is home to numerous boutiques and shopping centres, will be of a great interest not only because of its shops, but also because of its architecture.
Once San Telmo, the oldest district in Buenos Aires, used to be the place, where the elite lived. In 1870, during the epidemic of yellow fever, the aristocracy left San Telmo and moved to the north of the city. A lot of emigrants rushed into this area and the houses of the rich were turned into «conventillos». In 1970 some of these historical buildings were restored. Nowadays, San Telmo is a picturesque area with antique shops, Colonial architecture and plenty of ancient churches (for example, San Pedro Telmo). Some streets are still cobbled. Visiting San Telmo on Sunday is a great idea, because on this day Plaza Dorrego, the heart of the district, turns into a flea market and the streets are crowded with jugglers and tango dancers. Travellers, who are fond of tango, should definitely visit famous tango cafes, such as El Viejo Almacén, Michelangelo, La Casa Blanca and La Casa Rosada.
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