Our Guide to San Miguel de Allende
Globally recognized as one of the best cities in the world to visit by Travel + Leisure, San Miguel de Allende’s cobblestone streets and Spanish colonial design invite travelers to immerse themselves in the city’s enchanting splendor. Home to a thriving creative community of arts, gastronomy and culture, we could easily spend weeks exploring every pocket of this “pueblo mágico.” With our newest location opening here, we might do just that.
Leisurely fantasies aside, a short but well-planned escape is enough to understand why both aesthetes and romantics have been coming to San Miguel for over four decades.
Nestled among natural hot springs in the highlands of central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende’s temperate climate embraces travelers with a feeling of eternal spring. Whether you catch the sunset from one of the city’s numerous rooftop bars, surprise your palette with an array of flavors or get lost among the artisan markets, you’ll definitely book a trip back before you’ve even left.
We’ve put together a small list for the first time visitor. Curiosity highly encouraged.
IN THE NAME OF ART
A collection of over 500 ceremonial masks acquired over a 25-year period by owner and curator Bill LeVasseur. His collection highlights his encounters with Mexico’s indigenous communities.
A must-visit for your inner child, Museo La Esquina showcases one of Latin America’s largest collections of toys. Here you’ll find everything from embroidered dolls to intricate nativity sets.
A beautiful art + design center housed in a former textile factory, its galleries specialize in interior design, antiques, jewelry and ceramics.
The city’s principal plaza is home to La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, the pink, neo-gothic parish church characterized by its soaring spires. Over the course of a decade, local master stonemason and architect Don Zefferino Guiterrez transformed the structure, drawing on European cathedrals for inspiration.
Built on the edge of an extinct volcano, San Miguel de Allende is surrounded by natural hot springs. Bathe in these warm thermal pools and sit under their streams of healing waters for an afternoon of ultimate relaxation.
ADVENTURES FOR YOUR PALETTE
Aperi by Olivier Deboise
Latin for “open”, Aperi is located inside Dos Casa hotel. Each dish is an homage to the region’s freshest ingredients, engaging all of your senses along the way.
Bovine by Paul Bently
For a more carnivorous meal, head to Bovine Brasserie inside the Post Code Design building. Dishes are rich and flavorful without overwhelming your palette.
Fatima 7 by Donny Masterton
Canadian chef Donny Masterton arrived in San Miguel looking for a change in scenery in 2005 and never looked back. His latest venture, Fatima 7, is a middle-eastern inspired restaurant featuring dishes like roasted cauliflower, rich labne and fresh pita.
If tequila is your thing, you’ll want to check out Casa Dragones, Mexico’s most coveted, small batch tequila launched in 2008.
Take a guided tour by tractor through the scenic 80-acres of vineyards and sample its 12 vintages paired with dishes like tetelas.
SHOP LIKE A LOCAL
Located inside Hotel Casa No Name, Km33 offers unique pieces made exclusively by Latin American designers. With a strong focus on craftsmanship, each piece is unique and offers a glimpse into Mexico’s emerging design scene, from higher end garments to products made by indigenous communities.
Mixta houses products that are made with love by Mexican Designers, Artisans and other creative beings from foreign lands.
A one-stop-shop for everything from home goods to furnishings and antiques, Sollano 16 is a lifestyle store with a selection that ranges from tribal African art to Spanish antiques.
Specializing in textiles and small gifts, El Nuevo Mundo has everything ranging from pottery and guatemalan fabrics to hats, jewelry and day of the dead tsotchkes. Their varied selection of goods makes this boutique a must-stop for take home gifts.
Photo courtesy of Aperi, Mixta San Miguel and Aleks Ol