I love coming back to San Miguel de Allende, an oasis of art and culture where time stands still. Every time I return my heart and soul are invigorated by the crisp air, the intensity of the colors, the beautiful flower markets, the culinary delights and the warmth of the people.San Miguel de Allende is a breath taking mountain town in central Mexico and the center of Mexican independence from Spain. It’s been declared a National Historic Monument and has achieved Unesco World Heritage status.
The weather is pretty much perfect year round, although it does start to get a bit chilly mid November. But even in the winter months the days can be sunny and warm – so dress in layers! San Miguel is a walking town, strolling its cobblestone streets take you past five centuries of preserved architecture to that will leave you in awe.
Daily adventures include warm churros and hot chocolate at San Augustin right off El Jardin. The perfect fuel for colorful textile shopping . Some of my favorite shops are just around the corner from this café.
While there are fabulous hotels in San Miguel – the homes here for rent are really something special. Grande in size and tucked behind the ancient walls of the city, you never know what beauty lies behind these walls. We rented the perfect house in Centro Historico, Casa Valentina. Morning coffee and evening wine on the rooftop patio gave us a spectacular view of the city and La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel.
This home had 5 bedrooms, a heated pool, a beautiful rooftop patio and came with the most amazing chef.
Chef Blanca prepared a homemade breakfast each morning and served it with fresh squeezed juice and coffee in the outdoor dining area. Talk about heaven, we even had a fire to warm up the chilly mornings.
Every morning, from our rented casita in the Centro Histórico, we walked down to La Ventana for a café con leche and to get a plan for the day. A trip to one of the many daily markets or a roadside flower stand are always on the list. On thursday afternoons the Mercado Iganicia Ramirez comes alive with fresh flowers. For local and organic produce visit the Organic Farmer’s Market (Tianguis Orgánico) which takes place every Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Now lets talk food in San Miguel, the culinary scene is booming and foodie adventures await around every corner. Dining out here is a true delight! Pictured above is La Posadita rooftop restaurant, one of our favorites for traditional mexican dishes, margaritas and a beautiful view of La Parroquia. See our full list of restaurants in our guide below.
Your walks will take you past ancient wall after wall, enclosing the mysteries of hidden homes and gardens. If you are lucky a doorway will be open and a peek inside will reveal a rich green patio with bright flowers of orange, pink and white covering the walls.
It’s all about the rooftops in San Miguel. One of our favorite views is from The Luna Rooftop Bar at the Roosewood Hotel.
The beautiful Casa Sierra Nevada Hotel a Belmond property.
One of our favorite meals in San Miguel was at the intimate Cafe Firenze. Italian-Mexican fusion at it’s finest with braised short ribs, sea bass and delicious red wine.
SAN MIGUEL CITY GUIDE
Getting there: Fly into Leon (BJX) and arrange for BajioGo Shuttle to pick you up! It’s about an hour and 1/2 to San Miguel de Allende and the drive is completely safe!
Safety: San Miguel de Allende is a small colonial town that is very safe. I have been many many times and I can assure you that you might feel safer here than in NYC.
Where to eat: Cafe Rama (best chilaquiles in town), The Restaurant, La Posidita, Campana (daily bread and pastries), Cafe Firenze, San Augustin (churros and hot chocolate), Las Ventanas (coffee)
Favortie rooftops: Luna Rooftop Bar, La Posidita, MX
Markets: Fabrica La Aurora, Organic Farmer’s Market (Tianguis Orgánico), The Mercado Ignacio Ramirez
Festivals: Food & Wine, Dia De Los Muertos, La Alborada (San Miguel Arcangel’s birthday)
Best for: Destinations wedding and group travel.
What to pack: Pack a sun hat, comfortable walking shoes, layers, a camera, and some pesos!
What to buy: You can’t go wrong in this department, I love all the textiles especially the pillow cases.
If you interested in planning a trip to San Miguel de Allende, please contact me through my travel consultant form.