Tradition and modernity in San Miguel

By Jade Arroyo

San Miguel is a unique city, where history and tradition fuse with culture and modernity, offering the best of both worlds. Here we present you some suggestions of where to go to experience it at its fullest.

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

Tour through the stores and galleries of Mesones street. Right at the corner with Hernández Macías you will find the beautiful theater and opera house Ángela Peralta, which hosts a wide array of shows. Great stores and galleries for unique shopping, such as La Calaca, featuring vintage folk art and jewelry, the cooperative Galería Izamal with amazing fine artand the gallery Índigo, featuring the bold style of the silversmith David line the street.

For a taste of Peru, go to La Parada (Recreo 49), a restaurant specialized in Peruvian-style ceviche. If seafood is not your cup of tea, try the pork ribs and the gnocchi with shrimp. The house drink is the pisco mojito, sweet and delicious; it puts anyone in a good mood.

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

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