While many holiday goers look to Mexico’s popular vacation spots like Mexico City, Cancún, and Cabo San Lucas, San Miguel de Allende is a hidden gem we think is certainly worth exploring. While, of course, places like Cabo have plenty to offer vacationers, many say that San Miguel provides a more restful and soulful destination.
San Miguel de Allende was named after General Ignacio Allende–a prominent figure in Mexico’s War of Independence. A truly historical and romantic city at heart, this colonial-era town can be found in the central highlands of Mexico. Known for its quaint cobblestone streets, welcoming locals, and thriving art scene, San Miguel de Allende is a one-of-a kind destination.
In fact, you might fall in love with San Miguel de Allende and never want to leave. About 10% of the town’s 140,000 population is made up of expats who have come to retire or simply want to enjoy the simpler life under the San Miguel sun. Plus, over the warmer months, the San Miguel population swells with Americans, Europeans, and Canadians looking to escape the winter weather of their hometowns.
With so many tourists and expats arriving each year, one would think that locals might be less than welcoming as their home expands with a plethora of visitors. But, despite receiving huge numbers of visitors, the locals of San Miguel welcome foreigners and new residents with open arms. Another huge pull factor of this quaint city is that it keeps visitors returning year after year.
San Miguel is also sought out for its picturesque mix of Spanish and colonial architecture. San Miguel de Allende’s center was named a Unesco World Heritage site in 2008. Because of this, a directive is given so that all original structures retain their historical and original appearance. This simply adds to the rich culture and old-world charm of this extraordinary city. Most of the houses and buildings are painted in warm orange, red, and pink hues, making a sunset walk through the cobblestone streets even more beautiful. The cherry on top? One of San Miguel’s most famous buildings, the La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel church is painted a soft pink.
Top Places to Visit in San Miguel de Allende
On top of visiting the famous pink La Parroquia, below we share five more must-see places to visit and things to do when in San Miguel:
- Visit El Jardin: Remember the pink church we mentioned above? Well, you will find it at the festive El Jardin square. No matter what time of the day or night, this square sees various artists, street vendors, and local musicians performing for locals and tourists alike.
- La Biblioteca: A must-see, La Biblioteca is a cultural hot spot and art school for kids wanting to learn more about English, piano, guitar, drawing, and painting. With over 60,000 English and Spanish books, this inspirational space also offers regular tours, lectures, plays, and movies.
- Have Dinner at a Rooftop Bar: Get a bird’s eye view of the city at rooftop restaurants such as the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar and La Posadita. These two spots provide fine local cuisine with some of the most magical views in the city. Both are open for lunch too, and Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar makes the meanest cocktails in town.
- Enjoy breakfast at Lolita: A visit to Mexico is not a visit to Mexico without trying an authentic Mexican breakfast– aka Huevos Rancheros. TRanslating to “ranchers eggs,” this is a traditional mid-morning dish among rural Mexican farms. Lolita in San Miguel is a much-loved breakfast spot known for its Huevos Rancheros and many other delicious breakfast dishes.
- Grab a Coffee at El Cafe de La Mancha: For all those coffee connoisseurs, some of the best coffee in San Miguel can be found at this quaint cafe known for serving the most original cuppas in town. Did we mention there is a selection of sandwiches and sweet treats also available to enjoy alongside your cup of Joe? You’re welcome.
- Fabrica La Aurora: Last but certainly not least, Fabrica La Aurora is a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in arts, crafts, paintings, sculptures, glasswork, and ceramics. Whatever your budget, Fabrica La Aurora is a great place to buy art or simply browse. With a warm and inviting ambiance, this spot also serves great coffee and tasty light lunches too.
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