By Jade Arroyo
The city is a melting pot of cultural events and experiences. To access some of the richest and most authentic ones does not require much cash in your bank account.
Here is a small guide to enjoy San Miguel on a down-to-earth level.
Benito Juarez Park
The central city park was built in the early 20th century in the French style so popular at the time. It is the ideal place for a quiet walk, exercise, to read, or to meditate. The park is located at the convergence of Aldama, Diezmo Viejo, and Sollano streets.
It always seems to be gift-buying season. In the Artisans Market you can find a variety of typical products of San Miguel and Mexico, directly from the producers, and at very reasonable prices. The market is located between the streets of Loreto and Relox and is open 10am-5pm.
“La Placita” or Tianguis Tuesday
Tianguis comes from the Nahuatl “Tianquiztli,” which means “market,” and was the traditional market that existed in ancient times. All cities, big or small, have a flea market. This takes place every Tuesday from 8am to 3pm in Salida Queretaro (almost opposite the mall La Luciérnaga). In “La Placita” you find everything: DVDs, roosters, sweet and ripe fruit, furniture, trinkets, herbal remedies, and more.
One of the best buys here (a secret among Sanmiguelenses) is clothing. There are piles and piles of secondhand clothes where you can find some real treasures. Prices are between 20 and 80 pesos. You will be surprised to see more than one fashionista digging through piles of rags.
To eat well without splurging, try Los Burritos (Hidalgo 23). Founded in 1986, it is a place of great tradition. The format is fast food and they serve delicious homemade casseroles and flour tortillas that melt in your mouth, always a good choice. In addition, there are burgers (vegetarian too) and beer in the evenings.