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Saturday in San Angel

lovely greenery in San Angel

lovely greenery in San Angel

We set our alarms for 7:30 AM this past Saturday, in a burst of inspiration that those of you know me, know is reserved only for EXPLORING (especially when that exploring may involve shopping). Instead of taking the easy option of a taxi, we opted for the double whammy of public transit: a pesero + the Metrobus.  It took us a little under an hour to get down to San Angel, a small colonial village from the 17th century filled with cobblestone streets and lovely scenery. The main draw here is Bazar Sabado, a unique arts & crafts market that is set up every Saturday around Plaza San Jacinto. We’d heard that things get going around 10AM, so we got there a bit earlier to observe the preparation & have a lovely cappuccino outdoors on the plaza. As it turned out, 10AM was still a bit on the early side, but as a bonus, we had some time to peruse leisurely before too many loud Americans showed up. (and boy are we loud)

The puppeteer and the blanketman both prepare for a busy day of sales

The puppeteer and the blanketman both prepare for a busy day of sales

Refuting many a woman's theory that you could never be sad with that many purses

Refuting many a woman's theory that you could never be sad with that many purses

   

   

The original Bazar Sabado market is in a stone building along the plaza, with a lovely open-air restaurant in the middle (you can sit-down for a buffet- ~$135 pesos for breakfast, ~$220 pesos for lunch- or just grab a quesadilla from the quesadilla-making section for a mere $20 pesos). There were a number of stalls with some lovely jewelry inside, and it was all I could do to hold strong against their siren call. I decided it best not to overcommit at the first arts market we visited in Mexico, and of course immediately regretted not buying a new silver ring for a mere $40 as soon as we left. Apparently the building holds some of the higher end merchants, but there are three other areas of vendor spill-over: the center of Plaza San Jacinto, a plaza just to the northwest (west of Bazar Sabado), and another plaza at the intersection of Madera/Revolucion that you pass walking up from Insurgentes. Hopefully a few photos will better summarize some visual highlights, rather than my wordy descriptions!

the restaurant in the center of Bazar Sabado

the restaurant in the center of Bazar Sabado

...redefining the term "staring with their beady little eyes"...

...redefining the term "staring with their beady little eyes"...

 
 
 
Gorgeous appliqued fabrics for sale

Gorgeous appliqued fabrics for sale

All the wicker baskets a girl could ask for

All the wicker baskets a girl could ask for

Vibrantly colored weavings

Vibrantly colored weavings

Dia de los Muertos figurines

Dia de los Muertos figurines

Good to see that crass personal decor is not unique to America. I think the top gem is the "There's no danger; I'm sterile" pin.

Good to see that crass personal decor is not unique to America. I think the top gem is the "There's no danger; I'm sterile" pin.

Just one display of what will surely be my downfall in Mexico: an abundance of glassware, and BLUE (my favorite color) glassware at that.

Just one display of what will surely be my downfall in Mexico: an abundance of glassware, and BLUE (my favorite color) glassware at that.

 
How to get to San Angel & Bazar Sabado:  Take the Metrobus down Insurgentes Sur to the “La Bombilla” stop. Disembark & go left across the street; continue straight, walking up Avenida La Paz. Cross another busy street (Avenida Revolucion) & walk up Madero to Plaza San Jacinto. There’s a tiny coffee shop almost immediately on your right when you hit the plaza, in the event you arrive early & need a coffee/cappuccino to kick-start your day.
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5 Comments on “Saturday in San Angel”

  1. #1 Bruce Warner
    on Aug 7th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I’d love that market I went to something similar in a town outside Guadalajara, the name escapes me….street after street of very craft and food imaginable. Wonderful!

  2. #2 Penny
    on Aug 12th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    J & J,
    I know and love the San Angel neighborhood. In April and May of 2002 I lived in that neighborhood for three weeks – in an apartment owned by a nun (Marie de Jarlais) I had met at a class on social justice activism in modern day Mexico. She learned I planned to be in the city near the end of my sabbatical and offerred me free lodging at her apartment because she was going to be taking a group to Guatamala for a month. She alsoput me in touch with some very interesting journalists. I accepted her offer immediately and we worked out a key hand off strategy. Thanks to her generoisity, I explored much of the San Angel neighborhood and nearby National Univerity campus on foot during my stay. There is an amazing ancient temple site a bit south of there.
    As you indicated in your security post, razor wire topped the walls of her apartment complex, which was gated and had friendly and helpful 24 hour security guards. I never was sure if the neighborhood was dangerous (it felt very safe), or if all the guards at every locale were part of Mexico’s full employment program. I frankly assumed the lattter. Biggest hassle back then was finding an internet cafe that was affordable and had working service. I remember a big Medical Center within blocks of the apartment.
    Julie, I predict the blue glass and the fabulous markets will tease you throughout your stay – not a BAD thing. The only protection I can imagine is that you will be insanely busy most of the time. But then, I assume folks employed in marketing MUST drink coffee with their clients, because it is a very simpatico thing to do (conversation over coffee would include sharing shopping intelligence – everyone does). My advice – Christmas gifts . . . start early. Love, Penny

  3. #3 Heidi Lee
    on Aug 17th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Ohhhh…pattern overload! I’m just imagining myself being there with you as you’re oohing and ahhing and wishing fervently for some plain old solid black or a noncommital shade of blue. :) Commenting on a few blogs up… Congrats on the job! You must be relieved. It sounds like everything is going wonderfully. We miss you guys!

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