Relishing the streets

By Jade Arroyo

Some days turn out without a plan; they are a wild card to walk around seeing the city without rush and feeling the pleasure of unexpected discoveries. We present you some ideas where to direct your steps.

The beautiful church of San Francisco is one of the jewels of the city. Before you go in to explore it, grab a coffee and a tasty breakfast at El Pegaso, whose colourful and pretty décor will make your meal even better. If you like, you can purchase one of the little”nichos,” decorated tin boxes, as a souvenir of Mexico or as a unique gift for a friend. At the corner of the main Plaza and Canal street is the Museum Casa del Mayorazgo. Currently it houses the exhibition “Other Photographic Glances” featuring works by women artists in Mexico (both Mexican and international) such as Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Reva Brooks (who lived in San Miguel and was the life partner of Leonard Brooks) and the sisters Ana and Elena Arriaga. You will also have the chance to walk through a beautiful building which is full of history. The hours are 9am-6pm, free entrance. Walking around the Jardin, you will find many sellers of baskets and other basketry items. The bags are lovely and very affordable.
If you feel like having a traditional yet sophisticated Mexican meal, try Lolita (Salida a Celaya 52). This restaurant is located a few minutes away from the centro. The style of cuisine is old school, like that used in colonial times, and includes the elaborate “huazontles in pasilla sauce” or the “guava mixiote” for dessert. Toast with a fabulous margarita, available in different flavours; you can choose to be indoors or sit on the terrace.

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