Above: Old houses along a cobblestone street in the old neighborhood of San Angel, southwest of downtown Mexico City.

The flourishing San Angel neighborhood in Mexico City, located southwest of downtown, is a charming colonial area with cobblestone streets, centuries-old churches and historic mansions hidden behind tall stone walls festooned with swathes of purple and pink bougainvillea. This quarter is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon wandering from art galleries to quaint artisanal shops to fascinating small museums. If you are in the area on a Saturday, head to the central Plaza San Jacinto for its lively upmarket art bazaar selling locally made textiles, woodwork and jewelry.

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Above: Old houses along a cobblestone street in the old neighborhood of San Angel, southwest of downtown Mexico City.

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