In the heart of San Telmo, Plaza Dorrego was once the centre of the city's main residential area. Formerly known as Hueco del Alto de las Carretas ("Corner of the Carriage Stop"), in reference to the oxcarts, this name changed several times before it was given its current name in 1905 and became a National Historic Monument. Today the square is characterized by its antique shops, set up all around, but especially for its cafés and bars whose tables invade the square during the week and between which the tango dancers sneak in. It's nice to stroll around the square on the terrace of a café. The Dorrego Bar, of course, is one of the most famous in the city. It is an old "notable bar", with its wooden tables and chairs and its walls haunted by the great figures of the city. All around, several buildings proudly display their early 20th century architecture. Not far from the square, several picturesque galleries, such as the Pasaje de la Defensa, also deserve your attention. The place is obviously very touristy, and is not unlike the famous Place du Tertre in Montmartre. On Sundays, the Plaza Dorrego hosts the San Telmo feria (market), a busy and unmissable antique market that extends to the adjacent streets, which were closed to traffic at the time, with hundreds of stalls selling both modern and antique objects to the rhythm of the strolling onlookers. Don't forget to take care of your stuff, as it's crowded!
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