By Jade Arroyo
Start your day with a delicious, hearty breakfast at Lavanda. We love their chilaquiles served in a pewter pot. The place is quiet and very nice, and the coffee is delicious and flawless. Hernández Macías 87.
To breathe some fresh air and be in touch with nature, visit Charco del Ingenio. It is a nature reserve and botanical garden with stunning beauty, displaying a large collection of natural species and a refuge for birds and wildlife. This space is also a location for the ritual expression of indigenous traditions and to be in touch with Mother Earth, be it at the monthly full moon ceremony, the temazcal, or pre-Hispanic dances. El Charco del Ingenio is located 10 minutes from downtown, on the road to Querétaro (take a taxi for 35-40 pesos). For more information, visit elcharco.org. General admission is 40 pesos, children under 10 are free.
Once back in town, for a mid-afternoon appetizer and a good shopping experience, visit Néctar tea house in the nearby Camino Silvestre store. Here you will find a wide selection of teas, gourmet healthy food, such as salads and sandwiches. The store offers home furnishings and fine art, inspired by nature themes. Correo 43.
TOSMA Organic Market
This market is held only on Saturdays from 8:30 am–2pm, at the corner of Ancha de San Antonio and Cardo. This place is one of the liveliest, full of sociability, fun, and fairtrade between locals and visitors as they do healthy grocery shopping and take home other organic and handmade products, such as cheese, honey, or beauty products, jewelry, and artisanal incense. It is great fun to visit the market for breakfast or lunch. Under protection of a tree, there are communal tables and chairs so you can sit and enjoy a tasty meal: vegan tamales, gorditas, handmade quesadillas with homemade guisados, organic coffee, and fruit juices.