Walking along Zacateros
By Jade Arroyo
A vibrant street that is worthwhile getting to know for all the services it offers. Only a couple of blocks from the Jardin, this is a fabulous shopping zone.
Artesanías Búfalo, Zacateros, 15 2-22-71, lun-sab 10am-2pm 4-8pm, dom 11-2pm
A large variety of handmade leather goods: belts, bags, wallets and custom-made jackets. You can have a leather belt made for a buckle or a special-sized belt. Open since 1975.
Abrazos, San Miguel Designs, Zacateros 24,15 4-85-80, lun-sab 9am-7pm
Shirts, aprons, napkins, handbags, robes, ties and pyjamas; everything is 100 percent cotton, made locally by San Miguel hands using Mexican themed prints: Day of the Dead, Frida Kahlo, Mexican pin-ups, chilis and more. You can find the perfect Mexican gift.
Magenta Gallery, Zacateros 26, 15 2-16-94, lun, mar, jue, vie, sab 10am-5pm
Artistic cooperative formed by eight members from different nationalities. At the gallery you can see many different media: painting, encaustic, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramic and jewelry.
La Mesa Grande, Zacateros 49, 15 4-08-38, lun-vie 8am-7pm, sab 9am-7pm
A modern, cozy bakery and cafe that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Excellent artisanal bread and beer. Thursdays are “pizza night”; delicious wood oven pizza and live music.
La Unión Packing and Shipping, Zacateros 37, 152 56-94, lun-vie 9:30pm-7pm sab 10am-4pm www.launionsanmiguel.com
Packing and shipping services, available for all Mexico and the world. To ship home that fabulous art piece you just bought.
Camino Silvestre, Zacateros 46, 122-31-57, lun-sab 10am-7pm dom 10am-5pm
This store focuses on birds and nature themes. Their specialties are the hummingbird feeders but there are also home accessories, books, jewelry, glassware, art and gifts.
Xochi Flores y Casa, Zacateros 48, 152-04-70, lun-vie 10am-5pm sab 10am-3pm
Besides flower arrangements, this shop has a large variety of home accessories to dress up the house and the table, and many ideas to make the perfect gift for the host of the next party you go to: napkin holders shaped like roses or churches, trimmings for the table, scented candles and lamps.
TIP: *At the street’s end, on the corner with Nemesio Diez, there is a cute street stand selling fresh flowers: roses, sunflowers, lilies, etc. Walking past (and if you’re in a hurry), here you can pick up a pretty bouquet to take home or to a friend.