The Top Things to See and Do in San Ángel, Mexico City

Head to the Saturday bazaar in Plaza San Jacinto to pick up art and crafts from Mexican artisans
Head to the Saturday bazaar in Plaza San Jacinto to pick up art and crafts from Mexican artisans | © Bosiljka Zutich / Alamy Stock Photo
Paula Zamorano Osorio

Peaceful and picturesque, San Ángel is a culturally important neighborhood in Mexico City. It houses several art galleries, beautiful churches and artisan markets. Explore the history, culture and colors of this thriving neighborhood with our guide to some of the best attractions in the area.

1. Plaza San Jacinto

Architectural Landmark

Plaza San Jacinto marks the heart of San Ángel and is a square well known for having outstanding beauty and bloody history. The square saw the hanging of Irish deserters who, during the Mexican-American War, abandoned the Americans and sided with the Mexicans; a memorial plaque has been placed in the square listing the names of the Irish soldiers. Nowadays this square is home to the Bazaar Sábado, excellent restaurants and many beautiful and historical buildings.

2. El Bazaar Sábado

Bazaar, Market

Huichol artwork in the San Angel neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico
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It is easy to spend a whole Saturday at El Bazaar Sábado, the lively and upmarket San Ángel bazaar at which the best handicrafts from all over Mexico are available. From fine jewelry and textiles to woodwork and ceramics, this bazaar showcases the skills and styles of the best Mexican artisans. Start the day with a delicious Mexican brunch in the courtyard before heading to the many shops and boutiques clustered together over two floors. Live performers often make appearances, and artists line the streets with their work.

3. Museo Casa del Risco

Museum

Museo Casa del Risco, 17th century mansion, Mexico City, Mexico
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Museo Casa del Risco is a mansion from the late 17th century and is one of the prettiest houses facing the square. The museum is home to an excellent collection of 17th- and 18th-century European and colonial Mexican artwork. The house, with the collection of art, was donated by the previous owners, Isidro Fabela and his wife Josephine de Fabela, in 1958.

5. Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

Museum, Art Gallery, Historical Landmark

The Museo Casa Estudio offers you the chance to see the art studio of the famous Mexican artist and muralist Diego Rivera as well as some of Frida Kahlo’s work. The exhibition sits inside a building designed by Juan O’Gorman, a friend of Rivera, which is among the first functional architectural projects in Latin America. Although it is a small museum, there is a beautiful intimacy between painter and visitor.

6. Museo Soumaya Plaza Loreto

Museum

The Museo Soumaya Plaza Loreto is the first installment of two Soumaya museums, the second of which is situated in Polanco. The Museo Soumaya Plaza is in a stunning villa-like building from the colonial era and a sight worth witnessing in itself. The museum, founded in 1994, contains Carlos Slim’s art collection and is dedicated to the protection, investigation and exposition of the displayed works. With four viewing rooms, this museum offers the chance to see prized paintings by celebrated European and Mexican artists.

7. Parroquia San Jacinto

Church

Nature embraces the Parroquia de San Jacinto, with its picturesque green gardens. Bougainvillea leans on a huge tree, while the church invites you to relax and leave the burdens of life behind in this peaceful haven. Dating back to the end of the 16th century, the Parroquia de San Jacinto, with its bright blue facade and volcanic rock structure, has a feeling of austerity as well as beautiful harmony with its past and present.

Interested in visiting? Book your place on Culture Trip’s five-day Mexico City tour, where our local insider will help guide you through this loud and busy city.

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