San Miguel: Lovely as always

By Jade Arroyo

The city offers modern experiences along with others filled with tradition; all framed by tolerance, multiculturality and centenary building. Explore it!

To wake up properly and have a breath of fresh air and a beautiful view, direct your steps to the most iconic place in town: the Jardin. If you feel like having a traditional and hearty Mexican breakfast (like fried egg in black bean stew and tortillas) go to El Rincón de Don Tomás (Portal de Guadalupe 2), at the Jardin. Sit at one of the tables beneath the portal and watch the parade of locals and foreigners on their calm and peaceful or fast and crazy journeys through town, along with sophisticated coffee with which to pair your meal.

Tour yourself through the stores and galleries of calle Mesones. Situated  at the corner of Hernandez Macias is the beautiful theatre and opera house Teatro Ángela Peralta, with a variety of shows. Visit the great stores and galleries to do unique shopping, such as La Calaca featuring vintage folk art and jewelry; the cooperative Galería Izamal with its amazing fine art; the gallery Índigo; the bold style of the silversmith David Godínez and the amber from Chiapas just across the street, at Treasures gallery.

For a taste of Peru, try La Parada (Recreo 49), a relatively new restaurant in town, specializing in Peruvian-style ceviche. If you’re not into seafood, try the pork ribs and the gnocchi with shrimp. The house drink is the pisco mojito, sweet and delicious; it puts anyone into a good mood.

To have some well-earned drinks after a day seeing the town, there is La Azotea, one of the preferred bars in town, for its privileged views of La Parroquia at one side and the red and purple famous San Miguel sunsets at the other. The setting is contemporary and sleek, offering all kind of cocktails and drinks (including margaritas) and tasty tapas to munch.


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