Hot! Hot! A Survival Guide


By Jade Arroyo

Don’t dehydrate

The San Miguel sun is usually very strong, especially after noon. Remember to hydrate well throughout the day, not only by drinking water but with energetic and regenerative juices and smoothies. We love those prepared in Tule (Sollano, corner of Hospicio) and Garambullo Fonda Gourmet (Animas 11), prepared with super foods such as kale or cacao. Another blissful option is coconut water. It is refreshing and delicious and combats anemia, cramps, and muscle wasting. It also rehydrates you and prevents cellular aging. Get the freshest at Via Organica (Margarito Ledesma 2).

Light clothing

We love the light cotton clothes found at Mixta (Pila Seca 3). Most pieces come from Mexico and Asia. They are relaxed, comfortable, and stylish.

Picnic al fresco

Eating in contact with nature is a sweet and relaxing experience. It is even better if it is under the protection of a tree or an umbrella. At Bistro Los Senderos Grill and Garden, you have the option of eating in situ or having a well-stocked picnic basket prepared and venturing through the gardens with a blanket. We suggest you make a reservation: 155 9594. It is open only on weekends and is located 10 minutes from downtown on the Libramiento heading toward Dolores.

Refreshing terraces

These are most enjoyable spots during warm April nights and excellent places to watch the San Miguel sunset aflame, paired with a well-deserved drink at the end of day. We love La Azotea (Umarán 2), where you have a direct view of the Parroquia and the Jardín Principal. There’s also a tasty tapas menu.

Ice cream stands

These locations offer refreshing desserts and are definitely among our favorite options to beat the heat. The fruit and water-base are a better choice than creamy ones for a cooling treat. Although there are many stands scattered throughout the city, these are our favorites:

1. Nieves, outside the Templo de Las Monjas, located at the corner of Canal and Hernández Macías, one block from the Jardín.

2. Bosco, Cuna de Allende 3, has Italian-style gelato, a true delight. Although it is difficult to resist the ice cream from this place, they also have fruit choices like mango, coconut, and red berries.

3. The itinerant wooden cart pulled by a Percheron horse, on el Jardín, is open only on weekends. It is a very traditional place for a traditional treat. All flavors are delicious. (Remember not to harass the poor horse, who is working very hard.)

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