Road Trip: Mexico City


By Adam H. Graham

Day Three: San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City

MORNING: San Miguel is filled with boutiques selling high-quality, low-priced artisanal foods, silver, glass, leather, wood-wares, and metalwork. La Casa del Vidrio (Correo 11, +52-415-152-0102) is a treasure trove of beautiful handblown glass, while Piel Canela (Cuna de Allende 11, +52-415-152-1801) is a tidy leather boutique selling goods under $20, which they'll monogram for free.

AFTERNOON: Start with a cooking class or a market tour at Saz'n (Correo 22, +52-415-154-7671) with gay chef Paco, who also owns the adorable and successful El Petit Four patisserie (Mesones 99, +52-415-154-4010). Paco will show you the secrets to successful salsa and fill you in on the town's gay and foodie gossip. Continue back to Mexico City, which should take you about two hours. If time permits, stop in Quer'taro for a quick bite or to pick up some of its celebrated opals.

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