Classic Town of San Angel in Mexico City
You need many days to travel around a huge metropolis such as Mexico City; nevertheless, you should dedicate one of the days you spend in that destination to visiting the classic town of San Ángel, south of the city. On one hand, this neighborhood that’s full of contrasts still keeps its colonial charm that practically transports you to the past; and on the other, it counts with all kinds of necessary modern commodities and luxuries.
Self-Guided Walking Tour in San Angel
Four hundred years ago, San Ángel was a town where the inhabitants of the city used to build their country homes, but as time went by, the growing population absorbed it until it became a neighborhood that is now frequented by the locals who enjoy spending their weekends there. One of the main avenues that lead to this area is Av. Revolución. From there, you can get to San Ángel on foot, and if you arrive from a north-south direction, you’ll find El Carmen Museum to your left, located in the former Carmelite Seminar of San Ángel –the colonial town was named after the seminar. To your right, on Madero St., you’ll find the San Angel Cultural Center where they perform theater plays and have temporary exhibits. A few steps ahead you’ll find the entrance to San Ángel Square where they set the famous Saturday Bazar –an art exhibit where you can buy the work of many talented Mexican contemporary painters.
Also, as part of the cultural activities available, you can visit the Cultural Center Isidro Fabela where they have temporary exhibits and lectures. But if you’re fond of architecture, then you can’t miss the Temple of San Jacinto and the House-Studio Museum of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. The first was built by the Dominican order and it consists on a baroque building surrounded by a finely crafted garden submerged in immutable tranquility. The latter, however, is located in Altavista Avenue and used to be home to the muralist Diego Rivera and the painter Frida Kahlo. It is a magnificent example of the functionalist architecture that was in vogue in the 1930s. DINKtravelers recommends that you get there also on foot by walking along the paved streets of San Ángel while enjoying the colonial homes as well as some other characteristic New Hispanic elements including niches and fountains made of quarry stone.
Hot to Get to San Angel
You can also get to San Ángel by walking from Insurgentes Avenue. If you follow a West-East heading you’ll walk across the Bombilla Park, where you’ll find a monument built in 1935 in honor of the Mexican Revolution hero, Álvaro Obregón.
Gourmet Restaurants in San Angel
In San Ángel there is a great variety of high-end restaurants with national and international menus. However, there are also several offers of culinary tradition like churros –elongated sweet bread with sugar– and hot chocolate. If you visit this typical neighborhood on a Saturday, don’t forget to go to the marketplace and try one of the typical Mexican candies they sell there. We also recommend trying local ice cream flavors like cheese, mammee or tuna –prickly pear–, which are traditionally prepared in tin barrels.