Sight-seeing in the Centro
By Jade Arroyo
To begin the day in the best mood possible, try breakfast at the sunny terrace of Café Contento (Hernandez Macias 72). This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, featuring tasty and interesting Mexican-gourmet food. Try the eggs, served with pink-coloured tortillas, they’re completely delicious.
Near to the park, at the corner of Recreo and Santa Elena, are locates the Lavaderos (public washing place). To stand in this place is like doing a time travel to the past. It’s a spot where the “old San Miguel” is still alive. These washing facilities are still used by the community. Hiking through the street, you will reach “El Chorro” which held the House of Culture.
To see –and maybe purchase- art, the Fábrica La Aurora (Calzada de la Aurora) is always a nice choice. This design center is located a few minutes away from the center, you can get there by walking through Hidalgo street (where the Starbucks coffee shop is) or take a 30 pesos-fee taxi. The place it’s interesting from the building that houses it: a former textile factory. There are around 40 different places to snoop around: galleries, décor stores, antiques, jewelry and fashion shops. Besides, at the courtyard there’s a cute coffee shop where to take a break.
On your way back to town, climb up to La Azotea to grab a drink a watch a beautiful sunset. This chic bar, lounge and tapas place, it’s one of the tops in people’s taste. Great ambiance, you can find people from all ages. The cocktails are impeccable and very well served and international tapas. Live DJ on weekends. On your way out, yo will hite the always wonderful Jardin. On a daily basis, we can spot people from different nationalities sitting here under the cool trees. The Jardin is the meeting point per excellence; to exchange news (gossip), walk the dog or to hear mariachi music. Around it, there are nice cafes, flowers sellers and craft shops too.