A perfect day on calle Recreo
By Jade Arroyo
The main streets of downtown San Miguel ooze history and character around every corner. This time we propose a journey along calle Recreo.
For breakfast, try a place that will make you feel like part of the local community. The Cafeta of Sindi is the cafe at El Sindicato (a hub of the art and culture community), located on the terrace. Here you can have a tasty Mexican breakfast of chilaquiles and eggs, accompanied by beans, coffee and orange juice. Could you ask for more to start your day on the right foot? The Cafeta is open Monday to Friday, serving food from 9am–4pm . Once there, take the opportunity to check the postings of upcoming events and go see a show later.
Across the street, there’s a really special store: Juana Cata. This store offers the finest textiles from Oaxaca and accessories such as silver filigree and hand-loomed shawls. For men, there are shirts made using the same techniques.
Further on there’s a fine contemporary art gallery called Nudo, which is an extension of Alejandro Santiago workshops. It also exhibits the work of contemporary artists and signature jewelry.
In the next block, you will find Casa Diana, a house and gallery created by the imagination of artist Pedro Friedberg. The work in gallery encompasses many media, including painting, sculpture and interior design.
Now that the sun sets so early, a comforting, warm beverage might be in order. In La Casa del Café (The House of Coffee), in addition to great coffee they prepare delicious infusions and teas of good quality. There are homemade cookies, brownies and cupcakes to accompany your drink and warm up your evening.
If you walk to the end of the street, you will find several interesting historical locations: the elementary school Heroinas Insurgentes, La Plaza de Toros Oriente (if you are lucky and it is open, you can tour it) and, at the very end, the old public lavaderos (washtubs), which are still in use and are a gem from the past of San Miguel.