By Jade Arroyo
The city of San Miguel de Allende is a melting pot of experiences and cultures. To access some of the richest and most authentic of them, there’s no need for a thick checkbook. Here is a guide to living in and enjoying SMA on a budget.
Burritos, Hidalgo 23
Founded in 1986, this is a place of great tradition. With a “fast food” format of serving delicious homemade stews and tortillas that melt in the mouth, it is always a good choice. In addition, there are burgers (vegetarian, too) and beer in the evenings.
In the Artisans’ Craft Market, you can find a variety of typical San Miguel and Mexico products for holiday gift-giving, direct from producers at very affordable prices. The walkway is located along and between Loreto and Reloj streets, and there are additional shops down the stairway on Reloj and continuing to another staircase going up to Hidalgo at Calzada de Aurora. The market is open from 10am–5pm.
La Placita Tianguis or Tuesday Market
Tianguis comes from the Nahuatl word Tianquiztli, which means “market.” This was the traditional market that existed in ancient times. All cities, large and small, have their own flea markets. Ours takes place every Tuesday from 8am to 3pm on Salida a Querétaro almost opposite Luciérnaga mall). In La Placita, you’ll find everything: piles of DVDs, roosters, sweet and ripe fruit, furniture, trinkets, and herbal remedies.
One of the best buys you can make (a secret well-kept among Sanmiguelenses) is in clothes. There are piles and piles of second-hand clothes that house treasures. The cost runs between 20 and 80 pesos per item. You will be surprised to find more than one fashionista digging through these tangled piles of clothing.
Benito Juárez Park
The central city park was built in the early twentieth century in the French style so popular then. It is the ideal place for a quiet walk and for exercising, reading, or meditating. The park is located at the convergence of Aldama, Diezmo Viejo, and Sollano streets.