Not crowded, friendly people and great shops
Not much to do if you don't speak Spanish, too close to the large expat community of San Miguel de Allende
Worth a visit, even if for a day
The Zocalo, or Plaza, is a good place to spend some time and watch the world go by. During the day, it is full of families. Almost every kid has a balloon—there is always at least one person selling them. Sometimes in the evening the local teens will be break-dancing on the bandstand.Half a dozen ice cream stands compete for business, and they have...more
José Alfonso Jiménez, the famous Ranchero singer/songwriter, has a memorial at the cemetery entrance. It is giant stone sombrero, surrounded by rolling “hills” of colored tiles. His song titles (about 300 of them) are imprinted on the tiles. We hired a taxi to take us there and wait for us. The taxi driver had one of his CDs in the cab, and he...more
Exhibits begin with the arrival of the Spaniards, but most of the Museum concentrates on the revolution. They are in the process of adding signs in English, and at least half were bilingual when I was there (2008.) There are many interesting documents in the museum (some original, some photocopies), including letters the insurgents wrote to each...more
Father Hidalgo's actual house was destroyed by fire, but this one is an accurate reproduction. It has 7 rooms, built around a courtyard, and an outdoor kitchen. Two rooms had period furniture; the others had exhibits. One very large room seems to have been used to store grain. Now, it is filled with wreaths and exhibits honoring Father Hidalgo.more
Father Hidalgo’s cry for independence on the steps of the church here on Sept. 16, 1810, began the Mexican revolution. They are restoring the interior, and there was scaffolding on one wall when I was there, with people applying gold paint, etc. The finished part is glorious.more
Several vendors set up large carts on the corners of Dolores Hidalgo's Main Plaza every morning. Each vendor has a wide variety of flavors from which to choose. Each vendor calls out to passersby to come for a taste...hoping, of course, the passersby will buy! Each vendor claims his or her ice cream is the best.All the vendors have flavors one...more
Even thought Dolores Hidalgo plays an important role in Mexican history, many people pass it bye on their way to San Miquel de Allende. Dolores Hidalgo, famous for Padre Hidalgo who spoke the Grito de Dolores which started the war on independence, but also famous for Talavera pottery. While cruising the city of 70,000 one can see the shops which...more
This is the church where Padre Hidalgo was a priest, and where he gave his "Cry of Independence." I don't have a good photo of the facade because it was covered in scaffolding when I was there, but hopefully the reconstruction is finished by now because it is a very beautiful building. It was built in 1778, and in January 2005 it was still packed...more
The jail from which Padre Hidalgo freed the prisoners on the night of the Grita de la Independencia has been transformed into a museum recounting the life of Padre Hidalgo and his actions that led to the Mexican independence movement.The walls of the museum are covered with murals depicting scenes from the independence movement, such as this image...more
The restaurant is small with about ten tables. The grill/prep area in the back is open to the restaurant. Besides sit-down dining, the restaurant offers to-go orders, pizza by the slice, and delivery.
It is clean and the staff is friendly. The service is fast even when the restaurant is crowded.
The restaurant is located just across the street from Dolores Hidalgo's main plaza on the corner of Guerrero and Jalisco.
Besides pizzas, the restaurant serves hamburgers, tacos, arrachera (strips of marinated flank steak) and tortas (sandwiches).
Favorite Dish: It's hard to choose a favorite dish at this restaurant because everything is good! Probably my favorite is the torta cubana. It consists of ham, chorizo (Mexican sausage), beefsteak...all finely minced and covered with melted cheese and served on a soft bun. It is served with sides of spicy red salsa, limon halves, and a wonderful guacamole sauce. The best thing is the price....$15 pesos....just a little more than a dollar.
Dolores Hidalgo is a small town of around 55,000 people. The streets are laid out in a grid and are fairly flat. The only thing you need to get to most of the attractions is a good pair of walking shoes.
The museums as well as many of the parks and churches are located in the center of town within easy walking distance of each other. There are also several artisan shops in the blocks around the parish church (Our Lady of Sorrows) and the main park.
There are also a number of artisan shops located on Avenida José Alfredo Jimenez, about five blocks west of the center of town. If your feet are too tired to make the walk, taxis are plentiful and inexpensive (around $20 pesos) or you can take a city bus for about $4 pesos.
Jesús Gomez has been making huarache sandals for 55 years, since he was a boy. He has about 40 original designs, which are just in his head—no patterns, no written instructions—and he can make any of them from memory. His sandals are entirely handmade. He cuts thin strips of leather and bevels each edge, draws around a wooden last to make an...more
Jesús Gomez has been making huarache sandals for 55 years, since he was a boy. He has about 40 original designs, which are just in his head—no patterns, no written instructions—and he can make any of them from memory. His sandals are entirely handmade. He cuts thin strips of leather and bevels each edge, draws around a wooden last to make an insole, and starts weaving. The outer sole—cut from a tire—is hand sewn to the shoe when he’s finished.
Huaraches were very popular at one time, and there were 190 sandal makers in Dolores Hidalgo. Now there are two. Jesús is a descendant of the first sandal maker here. He works very long hours—the shop is open for sales from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (See shopping tip) He used to make 100 pairs per week, but now he is down to about 40. He has arthritis in his hands and wrists, and he can’t work as fast.
Just two blocks south of Dolores Hidalgo's parish church (Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores) and one block from the southern side of the main park (Jardín Principal) is a small, pleasant park called "El Jardín de los Compositores" (the Composers Park).Few tourists discover this park, so spending some time here will give you a chance to...more
Expect to spend ALL DAY here if you love shopping for colorful items. I bought two large Talavera horses there, but they are wrapped up at my Uncle's house in San Miguel. I'll get pictures of them soon. But there are so many things to buy. Vases, napkin holders, salt/pepper shakers, soad dishes, cats, frogs, and much more. The people there are...more