San Angel

San Angel is a little colonial enclave of cobblestone streets, stone walls, pastel houses, rich foliage, and gardens drenched in bougainvillea. It became a haven for wealthy Spaniards during the viceroyalty period, around the time of the construction of the Ex-Convento del Carmen. The elite were drawn to the area because of its rivers, pleasant climate, and rural character, and proceeded to build haciendas and mansions that, for many, were country homes.

It’s now sliced through by the busy Avenida Revolución; visitors usually focus on the area from the cobblestoned Avenida de la Paz, lined with some excellent eateries, to the Ex-Convento on Avenida Revolución, and up to the Plaza San Jacinto and its famous Saturday market.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Centro Cultural Isidro Fabela

This 1681 mansion is one of the prettiest houses facing the Plaza San Jacinto. A huge free-form fountain sculpture—exploding with…

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Ex-Convento del Carmen

Erected by Carmelite friars with the help of an Indian chieftain between 1615 and 1628, this church, with its domes,…

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Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

Though not always on display, the private collection here contains early murals by Orozco (with 50 works, this is one…

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