Streetscapes of San Miguel


Let’s say you’re visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for a few days or a week. On a typical morning, you might have breakfast in your hotel’s patio or rooftop garden and enjoy a view like this.




When you’re ready for a walk into town, you’ll start down one of the steep cobblestone streets.



You’ll be constantly tempted to step inside little shops selling handicrafts, clothing, pottery, blown glass, furniture, paintings and sculpture. But don’t forget to look up, where other kinds of visual art might surprise you.


Soon, the Gothic spires of the city’s main church, La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, will peek above the flat-roofed streetscape.


The closer you get, the more magical the church seems, like a vision from a science-fiction movie.


You’ll turn the corner and meet the flower-sellers.


And then you will be in town, with restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, mix of old and new culture.


In the center is El Jardín, where you can pretend you’re a character in Seurat’s 1885 painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.

San Miguel_12Jardin

And, if you’re really lucky, like we were, you’ll be a spectator at Los Locos parade, where everyone in San Miguel dresses up and goes crazy.

San Miguel _13 Locos

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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2 Responses to Streetscapes of San Miguel

  1. Gorgeous colors, Ellen, especially the photo of the yarns hanging in of the doorway. Great shot!

  2. fridalarios says:

    Lovely photo reportage!

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