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Here’s what you’ve been missing out on by not hanging out in San Telmo:

While a lot of you were heading to Vicente Lopez for the much-awaited Feria Raiz, something big was happening in San Telmo. A food fair was taking place in Pasaje Giuffra last Saturday. Luckily, it was only the start of Florece el Casco Historico‘s 10 days of activities, and we’re here to tell you all about it so you don’t miss out on anymore of the fun.

San Telmo and Monserrat may be, for many of us, something of a no-man’s land, but comrades from the Casco Historico Commerce Association are here to prove us wrong. Cuisine, design and culture come together in one single and fabulous program to guide us through two of the city’s most history-rich neighborhoods.

Nearly 20 local restaurants have joined Florece el Casco Historico to offer special dinner menus at AR$180 and AR$270. Best of all is all menus include a bottle of wine for two. Here are some of the most interesting options:

  • Casa Borja: If you’ve been looking to indulge in some Spanish treats, you’ve found the right place. Chef Borja Blazquez and his team have prepared a Basque-inspired menu offering some promising rabas (calamari) as a starter, followed by a tempting Spanish seafood rice. As a dessert, Casa Borja will be serving a nuts-based Basque specialty.
  • Pulperia Quilapan: This San Telmo emblematic bistro is joining the neighborhood’s festivities with a AR$180 menu offering a special vacío served with a fresh seasonal salad and a glass of Marco Zunino’s Malbec.
  • L’Atelier de Celine: Yes, there had to be a French option among our picks and this particular one is well known for its down-home flavors and chill atmosphere. Celine’s six-course menu was actually developed for two so it might be ideal for that weekend date you’ve been planning. A brie-based crème brûlée or pears & Roquefort tortellinis are some of the menu’s highlights.
  • Chochan: We couldn’t get our hands on Chochan’s special menu, so we’ve figured the only way to find out what their offerings are is to venture out there ourselves. In the name of research and for the sake of our readers, we will rise to the challenge and will visit this all-pork culinary heaven sometime this week.

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A full list of participating restaurants can be found here and all the menus’ details are available on San Telmo Online’s Facebook Page. San Telmo Online will be giving away free dinners through its social media platforms, so keep up with their daily posting.

But of course, it’s not all about the food. A design and fashion circuit has been set up for the occasion. San Telmo Vidrieras gathers over 20 local shops which will try to seduce you with special promos until next Monday. Good news for newcomers to this area of the city is that we’ve managed to get our hands on a practical little map.

Florece el Casco Historico has just the right amount of history, style and food to make it worth the trek. Thursday at 8 PM, Collective #54bares will be holding a free conference on Buenos Aires’ classical Bares Notables at Café La Poesia, and yes, there will be food. Saturday at 6 PM, graffiti will be the honored guest at Pulperia Quilapan. Graffiti artists and connoisseurs will offer an open talk on the neighborhood’s graffiti scene. Reservations are highly recommended.

There you go! A bunch of carb- and art-based reasons to finally get on a bondi and make your way down to San Telmo. You’re welcome.