San Miguel has a mind-boggling number of craft shops, selling folk art and handicrafts from all over the country. Anyone serious about buying should book an appointment at the excellent Galeria Atotonilco. Local crafts include tinware, wrought iron, silver, brass, leather, glassware, pottery and textiles. Many shops are along Canal, San Francisco, Zacateros and Pila Seca. Price and quality varies widely.


An interesting excursion is the famous Tianguis, a huge outdoor affair beside the Soriana shopping center, 2.5km southeast of the center on the Querétaro road. Here you'll find a fantastic choice of fresh produce as well as lots of lurid plastic goods, though some may find the scale and crowds overwhelming. More centrally, Mercado El Nigromante sells fruit, vegetables and other foodstuffs. A rather upmarket alternative to both is TOSMA, which runs all day Saturday in a lot off the Ancha de San Antonio and where you can find artisanal products, souvenirs and food stands.

Arts & Crafts

Part of the joy of wandering around San Miguel is to stumble upon the many galleries tucked away in streets around town; there are more commercial galleries than cafes (and perhaps even real-estate agents) in San Miguel. The largest concentration of contemporary art galleries and design studios (mainly expatriates' work) is housed in the trendy Fábrica La Aurora, a remodeled raw-cotton factory on the north end of town.