A suggested route through this magical town
By Jade Arroyo
Andanza, Hospicio 35,
For breakfast you can try some of the specialities of this place, which is elegant and warm at the same time. There are several options for breakfast or you can order from the menu and choose from a range of dishes: eggs, fruit, and muesli, regional and international specialties. During November, a complementary orange, celery and beet juice along with pan de muerto are offered.
Insh’ala, Aldama 30, 152-8355
In this shop you will find beautiful things from Morocco, Turkey and the Middle East to dress up your home. Antiques, architecture, furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, cushions and carpets. Also little decorating items filled with personality like brushes and paper weights.
Café Rama, Nemesio Diez 7, mar-dom 11am-12pm
This trendy cafe is one of the town’s favourites. The place is very cozy and a visual experience in itself (there are prints hanging on the walls featuring Mao Tse Tung telling you not to smoke). All the food is good — try the chicken curry. Thursday from 7-9pm is ladies night: free margaritas and tequila for women. Brunch on Sundays from 11am-3pm.
La Victoriana, Hernández Macías , 152-6903
This place exudes peace and femininity. There’s a large variety of natural cosmetics and medicinal products like soaps, essences, lip balm and drops and herbal teas, plus delicate pearl jewelry, lace night gowns, baby clothing and home accessories. A good place to find gifts.
La Sirena Gorda, Barranca 78, mar-sáb 1pm-12am, dom 12pm-11pm
This bar is one of the oldest in town, open since 1920. Traditionally known as “El Manatial,” a few years ago it was remodelled and traded its name for an overweight water nymph. There’s always a fun mood and it is a good place to make friends and chat with the locals. The speciality here is seafood — the fish tacos are a favourite.