Colonial San Miguel de Allende, in the gorgeous central Mexican state of Guanajuato, is a cultural haven for holidaymakers wanting more than just a great tan. With baroque architecture, picturesque callejones, and an eclectic mix of world cuisines available to sample, it lends itself to casual afternoon strolls and relaxed exploration. Complement this chilled-out vibe with a leisurely afternoon coffee at one of the best coffee spots in San Miguel.
Brewing coffee courtesy of Café de la Mancha
El Cafe de la Mancha
Coffee Shop, Tea , $$$
The popularity of this rustic cafe in the center of town seems both assured and ever-growing. There are several different brewing options for your coffee, from Chemex to Turkish ibrik to Rok press. One of the aims of the youthful couple that run El Café de la Mancha was to introduce San Miguel coffee aficionados to both popular and less popular brewing methods.
Oso Azul is owned and run by a Danish expat who knows his way around coffee. They roast their own beans daily on the premises and primarily offer organic coffee from Veracruz, although the dirty chai with almond milk is pretty good, too. Currently experimenting with their blends, Oso Azul is a charming cafe with a pretty central courtyard in which you can enjoy your coffee and even a quick breakfast; the cast iron skillet eggs are a favorite. Stop by for lunch too if you fancy trying their divine smoked salmon.
Buen Día Cafe is a quaint little cafe in San Miguel which has a ground floor indoor area, perfect if the day is a little overcast or chillier than usual. However, the top floor terrace is the place to be otherwise, as you can appreciate the surroundings, and the excellent coffee, in the open air. Tucked away on a side street, you could be forgiven for wandering straight past this converted house. The best time to head to Buen Día Cafe is undoubtedly a Sunday, when the live music only enhances the casual, friendly atmosphere.
Lavandais the perfect option for those not only searching for fantastic quality coffee but a healthy, organic breakfast to accompany it too. Choose between oatmeals, omelettes, waffles, or granola with yogurt, among several other equally great options. A small spot, the brightly colored walls of the cafe – typical of San Miguel – don’t give much clue as to what lies inside. However, Lavanda offers a fresh and modern décor with atmospheric lighting which easily lends itself to a cozy, intimate chat over your freshly pressed coffee.
Catering to an organic crowd, Zenteno Cafe has a wide selection of brewing and extraction methods to choose from, which lead to a rather eye-catching display behind the counter. Chemex, Aeropress and drip methods are all available here. In addition to the wonderful, carefully and professionally prepared coffee, there are some delightful desserts that would go great with your cup of joe. Try their frappes if you don’t fancy a hot drink, and enjoy the organic Veracruz beans. Don’t overlook the cute handwritten coffee-related quotes on the cup holders either.
Literally translating to “The Window Cafe,” Cafe La Ventana has the rather quirky option of ordering your coffee through the window directly from the street, mainly because they don’t have an actual door. This may seem rather passé if you’re partial to a Starbucks drive-thru, but cute touches like this make Cafe La Ventana so popular. Cafe La Ventana uses organic beans from Chiapas.
A more unique option if you fancy a coffee in San Miguel is Geek&Coffee, a lovely cafe with an ample courtyard in which you can soak up the sun and enjoy your freshly made, gourmet coffee. The something special about Geek&Coffee is their computer and tech-related expertise: get some tips and advice while you sip your drink in the sun. Don’t let this dual focus deceive you however, as the coffee here is excellent, as is the latte art which often adorns the top of it.