Fantastic Backdrops for Photo Ops
By Jade Arroyo
To stand in this place is like taking a trip into the past. It’s a spot where the “old San Miguel” is still alive. These public open-air laundry facilities are still used by the community. Climbing up the street, you will reach “El Chorro,” site of a famous spring.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel
Icon of the city and one of the most photographed in the country, this church is a visual delight and a rich repository of religious art, holding antique figures of saints and paintings and lots of history. Its construction dates from the 17th century, but it wasn’t until 1880 that it got its characteristic façade, thanks to the imagination of Zeferino Gutiérrez. The courtyard is definitely where most of the selfies in San Miguel are taken.
El Nigromante or Bellas Artes
This cultural center, known commonly as Bellas Artes, is a part of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes buildings. It holds murals by David Alfaro Siqueiros, Pedro Martínez, and Eleanor Cohen and hosts art exhibits, chamber music performances, readings, lectures, and art workshops.
Ángela Peralta Theater
This theater is named after one of the most famous Mexican opera singers, known as the Mexican Mockingbird. Originally, it was created as an opera house, but now it has become one of the most important cultural venues in town.
El Mirador Lookout
In San Miguel, this spot shouldn’t be missed. El Mirador unfolds a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole city. It is the ideal place to take photographs. From this vantage point, it’s incredible to view the complete transformation of the city’s landscape at night.
Every day you can spot people from different nationalities sitting here in the cool shade of the trees. The Jardín is the meeting point par excellence to exchange news and gossip, walk your dog, or hear mariachi music, surrounded by cafés, flower sellers, and craft shops.
To pick up coffee and a pastry when you’re at Bellas Artes, walk into La Buena Vida right across the street. Having a drink at one of the Jardín cafés is always nice on summer nights, and if you are at Los Lavaderos, the outstanding Peruvian restaurant, La Parada, is just a few blocks away at Recreo 94.