We just returned from one of our favorite places in Mexico, San Cristóbal de las Casas in the beautiful mountains of Chiapas. This will be the headquarters for our new Chiapas Photo Tour. We’ll announce details on Latin Journeys and in social media within a few days.

Founded in 1528, this magical colonial town features cobblestone streets, colorful architecture, a church for every taste, a vibrant art scene and wonderful people. Plus, with an elevation of 7,200 feet, a great climate most of the year.

It had been a few years since we were here (you can read previous blog posts from October and December 2010 and November 2011 by searching the Archives on the right side of the page), so we discovered several new restaurants. More importantly, we came for a month and rented an apartment, so we visited the local markets as much as visited the local restaurants. There are small, but well-attended organic markets on Wednesday and Saturday where local growers have fresh vegetables (fava beans, greens, squash blossoms, new potatoes, strawberries, etc.), European-style cheeses, and fresh chicken and rabbit. The larger daily market has just about anything you could want, both locally grown and from other parts of Mexico.

Our home for a month was Kukurutz Residencias, centrally located, peaceful, very comfortable with bright apartments, nice terraces and spectacular gardens (perfect for our dog, Yoda). We parked our car in the secured parking area and rarely drove unless we ventured out to the Chedraui (grocery store) or to one of the nearby villages.

Let’s get to the restaurants. There were old favorites, like Oh la la French patisserie (great croissants and apple turnovers) and Pizzeria Napoli (loved the grilled vegetables). New places since our last visit were El Cau (outstanding Spanish tapas and wine), Carajillo Cafe (featuring locally sourced beans from specific farms and blending different bean varieties – all fair trade and all shade grown), Hotel Bo’s Restaurant Lum (upscale and creative at resasonable prices), Bangcook (terrific Thai), Achiote (cochinita pibil) and Casa Lum. Here are a few photos from our eating and shopping while we were in this amazing city.