El Federal

El Federal in San Telmo

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If you’re roaming around San Telmo in this heat, you’ll surely want to stop off for a fresh drink. The most visited cafe in the area is Cafe Dorrego on Plaza Dorrego, but it’s often hard to find a seat. Instead try El Federal on Carlos Calvo and Peru. Built in 1864 and incredibly well-kept, the bar itself is stunning, as are the cash registers.While there two weeks ago, a tango trio played a few songs before passing a hat, a young couple snuggled in a dark corner, a table of four elderly women laughed and drank lemonade, and my friend and I had a refreshing beer before heading back out into the crowds and sweat.   

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