Renovated Jardín Sócrates Opens
Published on Wednesday, 28 March 2012 21:25
By Brendan Missett
On Thursday, March 29th at 11 a.m., the city of Oaxaca kicked off the inauguration of the newly-remodeled Jardín Sócrates, the plaza located Independencia, adjacent to the Basilica de la Soledad and the Plaza de la Danza.
The revitalized area contains a wide patio of handsome red stone that is enclosed by vendors of the frozen treat, known locally as nieve. The mood on Thursday afternoon was casual and celebratory. Many of Oaxaca’s residents stopped by to appraise the new renovations and spend some time in the shade of the the nieve cafes that now ring the area.
One of the stands, called “El Niagara,” is operated by a man named Alejandro and owned by his aunt. The lengthy list of flavors at “El Niagara,” range from standbys such as chocolate, strawberry and pistachio, to local favorites including tuna, tequila, mezcal and mango with chili.
The stand has operated around Oaxaca for years, most recently on the east side of the city. For now, it seems to have found a permanent home in the pleasant setting of Jardín Sócrates.
“We’ve been waiting four months for this inauguration,” Alejandro said. “But finally we’re here to stay.”
“El Niagara is one of about a half-dozen businesses that have set up shop in the square. The new Jardín Sócrates presents as an ideal spot reunite with friends, relax and revel in the scenic surroundings.