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San Ángel

Listed under Historic Streets and Squares in Mexico City, Mexico.

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San Ángel is one of Mexico City's oldest and prettiest neighbourhoods – until the 1950s it was a separate town with firmer, more farming friendly soils than that of Mexico City proper.  Which is why it had an orchard.  And textile mills, and which is why the wealthier families wanted to build graceful homes there on cobbled streets lined with other graceful homes grown over with multi-coloured bougainvillea. 

These days it's still a very exclusive part of town, but colourful as well.  The Saturday craft market in the Plaza San Jacinto is known for quality art and pottery as well as all sorts of handicrafts, and the restaurants that line the square are some of the city's best.  Visitors might have clocked this neighbourhood because it's where the Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera Studio and Museum is in the house they once shared.  

Go out on the Avenida de la Paz after having diner at Cluny, which is a crepe restaurant on Avenida de la Paz that's been a local institution for 30 years or more  - it's an impressive place to bring a date if you have one. 

Written by  Clover Jackson.

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