Perfect Day in San Miguel

By Jade Arroyo

Some fun options to spend a cool day in town

This autumn mood, with clear mornings and early sunsets, invites us to take cover inside cozy places, enjoying something sweet and warm. Why not try El Petit Four? A French-style café and patisserie, it offers great coffee, pastries and sandwiches to delight the most demanding palate. Located at Mesones 99, across the street from the Angela Peralta Theater.

If you’re a lover of folk art and you still have a child’s heart, you will love the Mexican Popular Toy Museum “La Esquina.” It is currently showing prize-winning pieces and a selection of other entries from the second Popular Toy Contest. There are 80 artisanal toys by artists from 20 different Mexican states, showcasing beauty, creativity and skill in materials such as cardboard, fabric, wood, metal and horn. The museum has a gift store, where you can find the perfect present for young and old.

Probably the most emblematic building in town is the Church of St. Michael Archangel, simply known as La Parroquia. The original church dates from 1688 and the current façade from around 1876. Allende and the Aldama brothers were baptized here. Father Miguel Hidalgo celebrated a mass in 1784.

EDUCAL(Hernández Macías 75) this bookstore has a large selection on Mexican art and history and many other genres such as history, novels, philosophy, photography, children books, etc. On sale here are reproduction pieces from the Anthropology and History Museum. While there, give yourself a tour through the newly re-opened Cultural Center “El Nigromante,” known as Bellas Artes.

To chill after a long day, try Cielo (Correo cnr. Sollano) bar and restaurant, a contemporary space located inside a colonial building. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Parroquia and delicious drinks and tapas like “arrachera’s costras,” (arrachera tacos with a tortilla made of burnt cheese).

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