A treat for the senses
By Jade Arroyo
The narrow cobblestoned streets and colonial architecture of San Miguel open their doors to reveal inviting restaurants, jewellers, galleries and shops, making it a cosmopolitan city, a melting pot of cultures, colors and flavors.
The restaurant and bakery Cumpanio opens at 8am and offers delicious Italian coffee (Illy Baccio) that can be enjoyed with French-style and traditional Mexican freshly made bakery items and a variety of breakfast dishes.
To explore and have a healthy hike, it is worthwhile visiting the Charco del Ingenio. This reserve and botanical garden is a natural paradise covering over 167 acres and it is located five minutes by car away from the centro. Its name comes from a spring-fed pool nestled in a big canyon that visitors can admire from above. The tour can take from 45 minutes to three hours, depending on the chosen path. Along the way you will see succulents and a wide variety of cacti at risk of extinction. Various cacti and succulents can be purchased too.
The restaurant Fenicia (Zacateros 73) specializes in authentic Lebanese cuisine. When you enter the place, the fragrance of the exotic species surrounds you. For a start, try the delicious plate of Lebanese appetizers (mezza) and airan, a yogurt drink, or try the arak, liquor flavored with aniseed, as a digestive drink.
When the night falls, a little music and a drink or two sounds like the perfect combo. There’s a little place called La Noche Piano Bar (Mesones 101, inside of Casa Linda), where you can enjoy all sorts of cocktails and live performances of local singers and musicians. The place has a vintage feel, from the first half of the 20th century.