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The comparetively quiet suburb of San Angel in the southwest of Mexico City should be visited on a saturday, as on weekends an arts & crafts market is held on Plaza de San Jacinto. The metro station Miguel de Quevedo gives the best access to San Angel - from here, it is only a 10-minute-walk to Plaza San Jacinto. There are plenty of colourful buildings around the plaza, and a monument to Diego Rivera. Opposite Plaza San Jacinto, monastery church El Carmen is a striking monument with three tile-covered domes. On the way back to the metro, the larger-than-life monument to former Mexican president Obregon is well worth a small detour.
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San Angel is a very charming neighborhood near Coyoacan. It's very exclusive and expensive to live here and this is obvious when you do a little window shopping in the upmarket shops in the area. Adriana and I explored some of them and while it was fun to look, the prices were pretty outrageous. We enjoyed a couple drinks at the Cantina de San Angel overlooking the main square and then explored the neighborhood on foot. The colonial, cobblestone streets and flowers hanging from balconies give the place a great atmoshere. We visited the Antiguo Convento de San Angel, which is located behind the main square and is a wonderfully peaceful place and a popular place for wedding ceremonies.
San Angel, the cozy atmosphere of the city.
(San Angel Neighborhood).
San Angel, lies to the southeast of the city. Its wistful name spirits us back, not surprisingly, to the times of the founding of the Carmelite college during the 17th Century, established here to take advantage of a location ideally suited to quiet meditation and the contemplation of nature.
The temperate climate, abundance of water, and the rich, firm subsoil also encouraged the growth of a once-famous orchard, the establishment of textile and finishing mills, and the construction of many fine country estates inhabited by the wealthier citizens of Mexico City.
San Angel would be a good choice for a day out of the city center. It’s an elegant, old neighborhood with lovely colonial architecture.
The resident artists and writers, winding cobblestone streets, colonial mansions, Saturday afternoon crafts bazaars, local chops and colonial churches give this area its own atmosphere.
To this day the local streets retain their cobblestones and sometimes lead into small, romantic plazas. Many of the local houses, with their capricious architectural details, today serve as centers for different cultural, artistic and commercial activities.
You should stop in at the Convento del Carmen (Carmelite convent) that now houses a nice collection of paintings that are hundreds of years old.
Nearby is the Casa del Risco, a fully restored colonial-era home. Its most remarkable feature is the fountain out front made of broken sea shells, tiles, porcelain and antique china plates!
Here in San Angel you can visit Museo Estudio Diego Rivera (Diego Rivera’s studio), one of the first functionalist houses built in the city and now an art gallery and cultural centre.
There is also the Museo Carrillo Gil Arte Contemporáneo (a fine art museum with works of Mexican and international artists).
Continuing down this road, along Arenal St. the visitor will arrive in Coyoacán, yet another of the city's most traditional neighborhoods...
Going to San Angel and...
Going to San Angel and Coyoacan. Beautiful old colonial neighbourhoods with beautiful coloured houses.
Also visit the San Jeronimo square market and surroundings!!. Good shopping for handcrafts!!
Another must see spot in Mexico City is San Angel.
Best to go on a Saturday so you can stroll through the Mercado Sabado in Parque San Jacinto.
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