A perfect Day in San Miguel
From the top to the bottom
By Jesús Aguado
One way for visitors to take in the sites of San Miguel is to start at the top, on one of the highest vantage points in the city, Salida a Querétaro. There are many things to see and do on and near this busy thoroughfare that leads out of town toward the city of Querétaro.
Located on Salida a Querétaro, El Mirador is the city’s only officially designated scenic overlook. This public space offers one of the most beautiful views of San Miguel and is a good place to watch the sunset. From this vantage point people can see San Miguel’s many churches, the former city hall, the bull ring, new developments and even some rural communities. This is a good starting point to decide which places to visit.
Walking to Centro
Close to El Mirador on Salida a Querétaro, you will find the house of the internationally renowned Mexican singer Pedro Vargas, who was born in this city in 1902. A few meters further, you will find a large hotel that originally was a house belonging to the Mexican actor Mario Moreno, better known as “Cantinflas.”
La Sirena Gorda (The Fat Mermaid) Barranca 42, open daily 1pm–1am
Walking down toward Centro from Salida a Querétaro, you could opt to take a narrow, stair-lined street near El Mirador that intersects with calle Barranca. Close by you will find La Sirena Gorda, one of the oldest cantinas in town, originally named El Manantial. Decorated inside with a mermaid motif, the bar offers a variety of seafood snacks and specialty drinks, including a delicious ginger margarita.
Las Cuatro Milpas
Another path down to Centro off Salida a Querétaro will take you along calle Montes de Oca. At the corner of calle Barranca you will find Las Cuatro Milpas, an eatery that offers snacks and seafood and is decorated in a style that transports its patrons to a time in the past. Old radios, microphones, mirrors, tricycles and other objects hang on the walls. Often there are special events with artists.
The local hero of Mexican Independence, Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, “El Pípila,” was born in this house, which is currently for sale.