Mexico City's San Ángel neighborhood has long been a favorite for visitors to Mexico City. Tree-lined streets spread out from a couple of important former church atriums. A Saturday art market enlivens one of these, and somehow the colonia is much more than the sum of its many parts.
The neighborhood began as a rural community called Tenanitla, long before the Spanish. It was later renamed for the San Ángel Mártir school, part of the El Carmen monastery. By the late 19th century, the monastery closed and the old town and religious center slowly became important parts of Mexico City.
The result is a striking mix of colonial architecture that's highlighted each year by a famous festival of flowers. It's long been known as a zone of historical monuments. These are connected by some of the City's most idylic cobblestoned streets. Living, breathing, even today, it's as important as many much larger parts of the city.