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What To Do in San Miguel de Allende

What to do in San Miguel de Allende? Our guide covers all that you need to see, do, where to stay and where to eat.  We lived like a local for 6 weeks in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and we stumbled across new areas, cafes, bars and things to do every day.

There is too much to fit in in just one week, maybe plan for at least 10 days.

A city that you will probably fall in love with straight away. Think cobble-stoned streets, boutiques, rooftop restaurants and bars, incredible architecture and beautiful hotels. Did I mention great Mexican cuisine as well and yummy icecream.

Where is San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato is located in the centre of Mexico in the state of Guanajuato.

San Miguel de Allende Mexico Map

(Editor update 2020)

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

 

 

Mexico is one of our favourite countries to travel to and we have spent quite a lot of time travelling around.  We have written an e-book on A Mexico Travel Guide.

Our guide covers all the destinations that we have travelled to within Mexico, where to stay, where to eat, what to do and tips and tricks.

 

 

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San Miguel de Allende Mexico
San Miguel de Allende Map

 

 

 

 

We love San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage site that needs to be on your bucket list to visit.  A city situated in the middle of Mexico in the coolness of the mountains. A happening city where you can never be bored, lots of weekly activities, a vibrant art scene and some of the best restaurants and meals we have enjoyed in Mexico.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende
Don’t wander San Miguel de Allende without this guide

San Miguel de Allende Interesting Facts:

  • During the 20th century, it was in danger of becoming a ghost town as a result of the Mexican War of Independence
  • It was originally called Izcuinapan by the local indigenous people
  • During the 1930s and 1940s, the town attracted many artists and writers
  • In the 60s and 70s, San Miguel de Allende had an influx of hippies and the city took on a Bohemian quality
  • Many of the old colonial homes that fell into ruin have been sold at higher prices than homes in Mexico City this is due to foreign buyers flocking to this city
  • In the historic centre there are over 2000 thousand doors and hiding behind those doors are 2000 interesting courtyards
  • Most residents are retirees from the US, Canada and Europe

The Best of Things To Do in San Miguel de Allende

 

  1. Pick Up You Free Edition of the San Miguel Walking and Shopping Guide

Our top tip is to pick up the English Free Edition of San Miguel Walking and Shopping Guide.   The Guide publishes 10 easy walks around San Miguel de Allende with maps that you can do in our own time, but unfortunately, when checking their website they do not list the free walks. We spent over 6 weeks in total in San Miguel de Allende and did one of the walks every couple of days.  We learnt so much and saw so much.  Our tip is to look into every doorway that is open when you pass by.  There are so many colourful courtyards filled with colourful flowers and even fountains. You will find the Walking Guide in many of the shops around the colonial town.

2.  Pick Up A Copy of the Friday Atencion Newspaper at the Biblioteca

Every Friday “Atencion” a weekly newspaper in Spanish and in English can be purchased from the Biblioteca and at various outlets.  It is a great resource for what is happening the following week in San Miguel de Allende. It is your ‘go-to guide‘ on what is on and where to go and includes the local art galleries and the Sunday Biblioteca Tours to Homes in San Miguel de Allende just to name a few.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

3.  Visit San Miguel de Allende’s Artisan Bakeries

San Miguel de Allende has some interesting Artisan Bakeries.  Try La Buena Vida at Plaza Golondrinas (across from de Bella Artes)  and  Cumpanio at Centro San Miguel de Allende. They were 2 of our favourites.  The rustic loaves of bread, yummy cakes made our daily visit one of the highlights of our time in San Miguel de Allende.  A pity about our waistlines.

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende
Great coffee

4.  You Will Be Spoilt For Choice with  Great Coffee Shops

Enjoy a great cup of coffee at Buen Dia Coffee Shop down a quaint side street Calle Del Pueblito #3A.  Buen Dia was our favourite but there were other coffee shops as well:

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

5. Do You Love Markets?

 

After your coffee wander through the Artisan Markets located at Lucas Balderas.  The markets cover over three blocks and at the end you will find the green market – full of the freshest fruits and vegetables and local stalls selling cheap Mexican food and juices.

6.  Try The Local Icecream

 

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Enjoy an ice cream from our favourite stand situated between  Insurgentes and Hernadez Macias in front of a small park. Wonder which flavour will you choose? We loved the coconut and chocolate.

7.  Time Your Visit For the Locos Parade in June

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

The first Sunday after 13th June each year head to Insurgentes early to get your spot to view the Locos Parade.  Be prepared to be there for a few hours of fun and laughter, catching the sweets and dancing to the music from the floats.  Ensure you have water and sunscreen.

8.  People Watching

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Enjoy some time sitting and crowd watching in the Jardin and watch the strolling musicians and activities that happen throughout the year. We were even fortunate to watch a display from the local Indians on a Sunday afternoon in traditional dress performing their traditional ceremonies. Which San Miguel de Allende Church to visit? The famous and iconic 17th-century Parroquia with its stunning pink spires is the main attraction in the Jardin of San Miguel de Allende.

9. Enjoy Drinks and Dinner From Roof Top Bars and Restaurants

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Enjoy the sunset from some of the best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende such as Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at the Rosewood Hotel and La Posadita near the La Parroquia.

San Miguel de Allende Restaurants

More top places to eat in San Miguel de Allende are:

Tostevere at Codo 4 in Colonia Centro. Perfect for lunch and dinner with Mexican, International and Vegetarian options.

El Pata Barbacoa y Mixiotes at Calzada de la Estacion 112. A family restaurant which is open for breakfast and lunch for Mexican, Latin and BBQ.

Casa Nostra Restaurant Terrace Rooftop & Bar at Calle Terraplen 8 Zona Centro. For great views and lunch and dinner offering Italian, Swiss, European, International, Continental with Vegetarian options.

10. Get Lost Around The Colonial Streets

Get lost in the colonial streets, wander into hotel courtyards and marvel at the architecture and the colours.

11. Visit The San Francisco Galleries and Gift Mall in San Miguel de Allende

Visit the San Francisco galleria
Visit the San Francisco Galleria

There are many galleries in San Miguel de Allende.  Local artists display their works here in this colonial building.  Take some time to visit the local craft shops as well.

Inside the San Francisco Galleria
A variety of crafts and souvenirs inside the San Francisco galleria

Address: Prolongacion, Calz de La Aurora SN, Aurora, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

12. Plaza Norman

Plaza Norman in San Miguel de Allende
Plaza Norman

Local artisans display their crafts, here you will find the colourful ceramic skulls that Mexico is well known for.

13. San Francisco Church

San Francisco Church San Miguel de Allende
Visit the San Francisco Church in San Miguel de Allende

The Church commenced construction in 1778 and was completed 20 years later.

Tours in San Miguel de Allende

Evening Food Tour in San Miguel de Allende – Embark on a guided 3-hour culinary and walking tour in a small group with 5 carefully chosen food tastings. Discover some of the award-winning restaurants in San Miguel de Allende as you learn about Mexican cuisine and eat enough for a satisfying dinner.

Half-Day Horseback Riding Tour Through San Miguel de Allende riding through canyons, rivers, cattle ranches with lunch at the cattle ranch.

Tacos and Tequila Food Walking Tour of San Miguel de Allende – Wander the beautiful streets of San Miguel. Learn about the history and culture while enjoying delicious dishes and drinks in favorite local spots, including gourmet restaurants, family-owned restaurants, and even a taco stand and a cantina.

San Miguel de Allende Hotels

Recommended Hotels in San Miguel de Allende:

Rosewood Hotel: Nemesio Diez 11 Col Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre. Our favourite hotel in San Miguel de Allende with incredible views over San Miguel de Allende from their rooftop terrace where you can enjoy drinks and tapas nightly.  The hotel offers excellent facilities for families such as kids club and kids swimming pool. The 5-star hotel also offers an outdoor pool, sauna, restaurant and bar.


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Hotel La Morada: Correo No 10 Col Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre offers excellent facilities for families. The 4-star hotel has a golf course, jacuzzi and swimming pool, beauty centre and restaurant.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Casa del Tio Hotel Boutique: Hospicio 21, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre – the 2-star hotel with 6 rooms offers an in-house restaurant, outdoor terrace and rooms with private terrace in the centre of San Miguel de Allende.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende 

Casa 1810 Hotel Boutique: Hidalgo No 8 Colonia Centro, San Miguel de Allende Historic Centre.  The 5 – star 15 room boutique hotel offers guests an outdoor swimming pool, beauty centre and sun deck.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende More options for the best hotels in San Miguel de Allende

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

Airbnb San Miguel de Allende

There are many options for Airbnb stays in San Miguel de Allende.

 

If you have not booked accommodation through Airbnb yet we have a special discount $$$ for you.  Click our link below for more information.

What to do in San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende Weather

Weather in San Miguel de Allende is pleasant all year round.

The driest months are February and March.

The hottest month is May and the wettest month is June.

How to get to San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende Airports:

For airports near San Miguel de Allende you have two to consider; Queretaro or Leon Airport. Leon Airport is the closest airport to San Miguel de Allende (BJX).  Leon Airport is located 1.5 hours from San Miguel de Allende. You can expect to pay up to USD100 for a taxi.

Flight Deals

Start researching your flights as soon as you have made the decision to visit San Miguel de Allende.  We would also recommend signing up for their fare alerts.  We normally book our flights 3 months out.

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Bus Travel San Miguel de Allende

Bus travel is an affordable and safe way to travel around Mexico. For the latest schedules and ticket prices click here.

Car Hire in San Miguel de Allende

Check our Wikitravel on Driving in Mexico for up to date information. We use Auto Europe for our car reservations world-wide.

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