San Miguel de Allende is a renowned art hub that attracts visitors from around the world. This romantic colonial city is a magnificent piece of well-preserved history, colorful traditions, and culinary delights. We pick the best things to do, see, eat and experience in this unique Mexican city.
El Jardin is the heart of San Miguel and the one place where you can get the city’s pulse. At any time of the day or the evening, this jolly French-style square is a constant source of entertainment with various artists, street vendors, and local musicians who perform at its kiosk. The well-groomed trees offer comfortable shade for those who want to get some rest and escape the heat or enjoy great views of the Parrochia.
Restaurants such as the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar and La Posadita are favorites with those who want to combine top-notch local cuisine with the most romantic views. Both are open for lunch too, and Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar is also a great spot to enjoy some of the best cocktails in town. Check out our foodie guide to San Miguel for some more rooftop dining inspiration.
The Parroquia is the emblem of San Miguel and one of the most photographed churches in Mexico. Lit up at night this spectacular, Gaudi-inspired sight dominates the centre of the city. Pay attention when the bells ring or whenever a wedding takes place: La Parroquia appears even more imposing and awe-inspiring.
La Biblioteca is an important cultural hub and an art school offering the children of San Miguel classes of English, piano, guitar, theater and painting, to name a few. Not only has it more than 60,000 English and Spanish books, but it also offers its guests daily lectures, theater plays, movies and tours.
This little cafe has a big reputation serving the most original coffees in town. You can choose from eight expert ways of preparation including espresso, French press, Turkish coffee and Japanese siphon. A number of sandwiches and sweet snacks are also available to enjoy with your cup of coffee.
Fabrica La Aurora is the first place to look at if you are interested in art. This fascinating art space is ideal if you want to purchase art, browse the artwork or simply enjoy a nice cup of coffee and some light lunch in a creative ambience. Apart from paintings and sculpture, there are also glasswork, ceramics and antique furniture for sale.
This beautiful local market offers great shopping with Mexican handcrafts at good prices. Mercado de Artesanias is ideal to find a small gift or an authentic and creative souvenir. Delicious local treats such as mexican tortas are a must-try.
La Mezcaleria is known for its great cocktails and imaginative gourmet cuisine. Mainly using mescal, this restaurant-bar makes the best margarita in town. La Mezcaleria is a well thought out combination of the traditional and the innovative, making it a warm and cozy place to enjoy traditional Mexican tastes with a modern twist.
This fascinating archeological site provides valuable information about how the Otomi people lived in the area during the pre-Hispanic era. Cañada de la Virgen is a relatively new site, discovered in the middle of a privately owned hacienda in 1998, with public access granted in 2011. Visiting the site involves some walking but the phenomenal structures will compensate you for it.