A three hours drive north of Mexico City is the colorful town of San Miguel de Allende. It is admired for its baroque Spanish architecture, cultural festivals and thriving arts scene. Additionally, the allure of San Miguel is its impressive gastronomic scene. This magical Mexican town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial authenticity and cultural integrity, and for the excellent condition of its historic downtown. Numerous art galleries and vibrant small shops line the intimate cobblestone streets. Made of pink stone, the iconic and immense Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel is the beating heart of San Miguel.
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Best Places to Stay
Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel – An enchanting hideaway and private sanctuary in a fairytale city. The Belmond Hotel is the perfect place to stay for an unforgettable and unique escape. Be tempted by celebrations of music, art, cuisine and more right out your front door. Each room is exquisite and rich with history, especially room 445. Request this deluxe one-bedroom suite with a free standing tub and a spectacular view of La Parroquia from your private terrace or plunge pool. Rooms Manager, Enrique Sánchez, will guarantee a perfect stay.
Rosewood San Miguel de Allende – Local artisans transformed a 16th-century Spanish Colonial property into the Rosewood San Miguel. Reminiscent of a grand hacienda, the hotel has received multiple awards and recognition for capturing the essence of Mexico’s most beloved city, in addition to providing unparalleled luxury and service to its guests.
Hotel Matilda – This sleek and modern boutique hideaway hotel has a sophisticated atmosphere. The eclectic collection of contemporary art is very engaging, as well as the chic bar that’s popular with patrons from all over town.
Moxi – Located within Hotel Matilda, Chef Enrique Olvera, the world’s best-known chef from Mexico, serves up his own take on traditional Mexican dishes. A celebration of the senses in one of Mexico’s most engaging and beautiful destinations.
Atrio – Atrio is a restaurant with a spectacular terrace and the best views of San Miguel de Allende. The service is superb. Furthermore, the location, atmosphere and food is unbeatable.
Best Rooftop Bars
Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar – Set on top of the Rosewood San Miguel, Luna is a destination to watch the ever-changing colors and skyline views. The sunsets are magnificent and this al fresco setting presents breathtaking views of the iconic La Parroquia, bell towers, and rooftops across town. Truly a magical mix of charm, inventive cocktails, and unobstructed views.
La Azotea Tapas Bar – A hidden gem located on the roof of Pueblo Viejo restaurant where the well-heeled and well-dressed crowd goes to toast the sunset view. As a result, arrive early to get the best viewing spots.
Best Breakfast Spot
Cumpanio – A sleek bakery and café offering French and Italian classics throughout the day. Above all, the croissants may be the best you will find outside of Paris!
Things to Do
Casa Dragones Tasting Room – Enjoy a private tequila tasting experience in Casa Dragones’ hometown of San Miguel de Allende. Sip and savor Tequila Casa Dragones at “The Smallest Tequila Bar in the World.” It is one of the most unique and memorable experiences in San Miguel at the newly redesigned La Casa Dragones.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel – The Parroquia is the best known icon of San Miguel. Towering above the town, the parish church can be seen from almost anywhere you go. This spectacular 17th century gothic structure is one of the most photographed churches in all of Mexico. Surprisingly, it was designed by a self-taught architect named Don Zeferino Gutiérrez.
Viñedos San Lucas – Dynamic winemakers are reviving centuries-old traditions just outside of town surrounded by lavender fields, olive trees and grapevines. Undoubtedly, a unique wine tasting experience in the countryside.
Artist’s Corner in Casa Parque – Get creative in an exclusive Mojigangas Workshop at the Belmond Hotel with resident artist Hermés Arroyo. Hermés creates the iconic papier-mâché characters of San Miguel de Allende and will guide you step-by-step to create a mini version of your favorite character.
Globo San Miguel Hot Air Balloon Flight – Start your day off right with a sunrise adventure at dawn. Certainly, the best way to experience the magnificence of San Miguel de Allende and the countryside!