Grand Reopening of Pasaje Allende

By Meghan Doherty

San Miguel’s oldest passageway rests in the heart of the city just beyond the walls of Mesones 5. Pasaje Allende was once the corridor that housed horseback travelers in bunks next to the stable for their steeds. Those were the days before cars, before expats, and before San Miguel became celebrated for its art and history.

Official Grand Reopening Party
Thu, Apr 30, 5-7pm
Pasaje Allende

Until now, the Pasaje Allende has remained one of San Miguel’s few secret heritage spaces. The grand entryway from Mesones 5 at first appears to be another courtyard of shops, a familiar sight in San Miguel. Yet as you walk past the arched foyer, you arrive at a cascading pedestrian road leading clear to Puente de Umarán. Rustic stone walls line the wide open-air passage that’s teeming with a collection of local shops.

Pasaje Allende is a reminder of San Miguel’s yesteryear; quaint and charming, a place where the shop owners take the time to look up from their handiwork and offer a genuine buenos días as you walk through. Though the pasaje has retained an almost antique charm, there is an emergence of unique, modern tiendas and showrooms. Pasaje Allende offers a special opportunity to experience the old and the new San Miguel, side by side.

Nido is a children’s boutique specializing in natural furniture manufactured in Mexico. Nido’s pieces are designed in-house by the owners, husband and wife team Valeria and Andrés, and provide creative and tranquil environments for children.

Coloruben studio and showroom displays handmade typography and design. Dutch artist Ruben focuses on accessible art for the people and offers playful original artwork on framed prints, screen printed T’s, tote bags, greeting cards, stickers, and more.

México Pinta collective gallery showcases traditional Mexican art by masters and emerging artists. Restorations, appraisals, and consultations for ancient and modern paintings are available in addition to sale of fine, skillful Mexican art.

Dr. Edgardo Vázquez’s Animal Hospital provides for pet needs, including quality medical care for our furry best friends. From toys to food to teeth cleaning and more, this veterinary delivers comprehensive care in a charming ambiance.

ARTES is a creative space and art supply shop. Hands-on classes are taught by artist Oscar, who assists students of all levels in expressing their artistic ideas. Here, flexible schedules are available for instruction in painting, modeling, and handicrafts.

Garambullo Fonda Gourmet at Animas 46 lies just beyond the walls of the pasaje. Mother and daughter, Maye and Jimena, create home style foods using fresh ingredients and daily specials with charming presentation in a rustic chic ambiance.

Pasaje Allende’s official grand reopening party is this Thursday, April 30, from 5 to 7pm. Come share in the revival of this hidden gem in Centro and enjoy free drinks, snacks, and live music. Arrive in time for the toast at 6pm and the 7pm mojiganga walk to the official after-party and free comida tasting at Garambullo from 7 to 9pm.

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