San Angel - Captivating Artistic Neighborhood of Mexico City

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Mexico City boasts a plethora of captivating neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and experience, ready to be explored and discovered.

You can find many descriptions and videos depicting the Coyoacan, where the quaint cobblestone streets, surrounded by colorful markets and beautiful colonial architecture will transport you back in time, or Colonia Roma and La Condesa, these neighborhoods are bursting with life and energy. Imagine tree-lined streets adorned with stunning architecture, trendy boutiques, and cozy cafes. It’s a hub of creativity and a food lover’s paradise. 

Another neighborhood you won’t want to miss is Xochimilco, which is truly one of a kind. It’s like entering a magical world where the Aztec past comes alive. In Xochimilco, tourists can ride flat-bottomed boats called trajineras and enjoy mariachi music and traditional food while floating along in this peaceful area located in the south of Mexico City. 

But I would like to outline one colonia that really enchanted me – San Angel.

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Wandering through San Angel feels like taking a step back in time. The narrow streets are lined with colorful houses and quaint shops, creating a picturesque setting perfect for strolls. The neighborhood has retained its traditional charm, and you’ll often find locals going about their daily routines, adding to the authentic atmosphere.

One of the highlights of San Angel is Plaza San Jacinto. On weekends, the square comes alive with an artisan market, where you can browse through various handmade crafts and artwork. It’s a great place to pick up unique souvenirs and support local artisans. The market has a bohemian vibe, attracting a mix of artists, tourists, and curious locals.

Another lovely corner of San Angel I was happy to discover is Plaza Loreto. It is the only shopping center mentioned in The City’s Timeline. It traces back to 1759 when it started as a mill, which makes it ancient in terms of shopping centers.

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Today, the shopping center is not intimidatingly large. On the contrary, it’s pleasantly walkable, and the excellent retrofitting helped the plaza retain much of its character and personality. 

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Re-opened in 1995, the paper mill only stopped producing paper in 1991. It’s undoubtedly one of the most excellent projects in industrial rehabbing and retrofitting in Mexico. Today, it has transformed into a bustling center for commerce. However, its true gem lies in the original Soumaya Museum, it’s something of a cultural center, too. During my visit, I enjoyed seeing the Mexican calendar exhibition, as well as other artifacts from the other, minor Carlos Slim’s remarkable Soumaya Museum collection.

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When it comes to food, San Angel has a diverse culinary scene. From casual street food to upscale restaurants, there’s something to satisfy every palate. You can enjoy traditional Mexican dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and tamales or explore international cuisines in the neighborhood’s cozy eateries. Don’t forget to try the local specialty, churros, which are crispy, deep-fried pastries dusted with sugar and often accompanied by a cup of hot chocolate.

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San Angel is also known for its tranquil parks and green spaces. The Jardin del Arte is a small park where local artists showcase their work, creating a peaceful environment to appreciate their talent. Parque de la Bombilla is another lovely park where you can take a stroll or picnic under the shade of the trees.

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If you’re interested in art and culture, San Angel won’t disappoint. The Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo provides insight into the lives and work of these iconic Mexican artists. The museum displays their personal belongings, art collections, and preserved living spaces. It’s an intimate glimpse into their creative worlds and a must-visit for art enthusiasts.

Exploring San Angel wouldn’t be complete without venturing beyond its borders. The Coyoacan is just a stone’s throw away and offers even more cultural and culinary delights. You can visit the Frida Kahlo birthplace home –  Casa Azul Museum, wander through the colorful streets, or relax in one of the charming cafés.

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In San Angel, time seems to slow down, allowing you to savor every moment as you explore its captivating streets, indulge in its culinary delights, and discover the hidden gems tucked away in this remarkable neighborhood. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a food lover, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, San Angel promises to leave a lasting impression and create unforgettable memories.

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If you’re planning to visit or relocate to Mexico City and want to make the most out of your experience, I invite you to book my consultation. As an expert in the international lifestyle, I can provide valuable insights and personalized recommendations to enhance your experience in Mexico. Everything from local culture, attractions, and lifestyle. Whether you’re seeking guidance on the best neighborhoods to explore, insider tips on hidden gems, or assistance in planning unique experiences, my expertise will ensure a memorable and fulfilling adventure in Mexico City. 

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Hi, I am Emily Bron.

After living and working in 4 countries (3 continents), experiencing several immigrations, changing several professional fields and being an avid traveler, I created International Lifestyle Consulting to help you to find the best matching place and to relocate abroad for a better quality of life, work, or retirement.

As a professional Baby Boomer and Remote worker, I am relocating again!

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