Weekend Art in the Park — Mexico City’s San Angel Neighborhood puts on an Enchanting Show

Tucked off busy Avenida Revolucíon, San Angel is one of the few remaining colonial neighborhoods in Mexico City. Cobblestone streets and two quaint plazas form the center of this popular neighborhood. On Saturdays, the colorful colonial homes – most of which now house restaurants, galleries, and shops – cease to be the center of attraction for a few short hours, while a local art market takes over the neighborhood’s parks.

Weekend Art

A popular attraction for tourists, the weekend art market at San Angel includes works from more than 50 of the city’s artists and artisans. Paintings in folkloric, impressionist, and modern styles, as well as handcrafted ceramics, wood carvings, and even indigenous clothing and Huichol bead- work are available for the public’s enjoyment. Here, every- thing is for sale. Even tourists on a limited budget can find crafts and artwork to take home to friends and loved ones.

The market runs from 9AM-6PM each Saturday, and most Sundays. The market is weather-dependent, and many artists are still setting up between 10:30AM and 11AM. During the rainy season, the majority leave early to escape the afternoon showers.

Oscar Vega Meixueiro has been selling his paintings at the market for 8 years, since it first began. His seascapes and modern abstract paintings are popular among tourists and locals. San Angel is one of the quietest neighborhoods in the city – low crime, colonial atmosphere, and cultural landmarks including theaters, museums, and art galleries are its notable features. And the food is Mexico’s finest.

After a trek through the art market, consider a meal at Cluny, a French-inspired restaurant tucked into a former colonial home that is now a shopping center. The restaurant itself has a welcoming feel, and offers a unique opportunity to experience the city’s Francophilia at a reasonable price. The blend of Mexican and French flavors is truly unique, and a delight for the date.

Another excellent dining option is El Cardinal. A popular Mexico City fine dining chain, El Cardinal offers traditional Mexican cuisine with a gourmet twist, at a very affordable price. The San Angel location is decorated in stunning stained glass and wood accents. Grandiose displays of white lilies are always on display inside the restaurant. Diners who choose outdoor seating are greeted with a modern exterior patio and water feature.

San Angel’s rich history and love for all things art sets it apart from the fast-paced urbanity of the rest of the city, making it a true oasis for weary travelers looking for a relaxed, enriching outing on the weekend. For a truly unique cultural outing, don’t miss this charming neighborhood.

By Christina Ramirez-Boyes

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