Wandering around San Miguel

By Jade Arroyo

The city offers modern experiences and ones filled with tradition; all framed by tolerance, multiculturalism and historic buildings. Explore it!

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 Jardin. If you feel like having a traditional and hearty Mexican breakfast (like fried eggs in black bean stew and tortillas) go to El Rincón de Don Tomás (Portal de Guadalupe 2), right on the Jardin. 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 on Mesones. Right at the corner with Hernandez Macias you will find the beautiful theatre and opera house called Ángela Peralta, with a banquet of shows. There are great stores and galleries for shopping, such as La Calaca, featuring vintage folk art and jewelry; the cooperative Galería Izamal, with amazing fine art; the gallery Índigo or the bold style of the silversmith David Godínez.

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 that much, 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 town, there is La Azotea, one of the preferred bars in town, for its beautiful views of La Parroquia on 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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