The beautiful cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende!
I am lucky enough to live only a 2 hour drive away from San Miguel de Allende (SMA) – and I’ve definitely taken advantage of it! This city is often referred to as the most beautiful city in Mexico. I haven’t visited nearly enough cities to confirm nor deny this, but I will say it’s colonial architecture, charming cobblestone streets, beautiful boutiques, and foodie-friendly restaurant scene keep me coming back for more.
So let’s break it down so you can start planning your next trip to SMA!
Each time my husband and I have visited SMA we’ve stayed at an Airbnb. You can find some really great deals, especially if you’re traveling with a group. It’s also fun to experience the city like a local! Here are a couple of my favorite houses that we’ve stayed in:
We’ve stayed in this house a couple of times. It is incredibly charming as you can see from the pictures below! There are 3 bedrooms and multiple spaces for entertaining – including a theater, game room, outdoor patios, and a rooftop terrace. There is even a community pool/jacuzzi that the house shares with the neighbors! The only downside to this house is that it’s a bit of a walk to the city center (about 15-20 minutes), but there are plenty of inexpensive cabs that you can hail right from the front porch.
We stayed at this house with another couple and it was a perfect house for 4! It was on a quiet street just steps away from one of the many markets and about a 5 minute walk to the main plaza. Warning, this house doesn’t have parking, so you’ll have to find a lot to park your car for the weekend.
Thankfully this is a walking city, because you’ll need to get your steps in after feasting on all the delicious food here!
Located in Hotel Matilda, Moxi is owned by Enrique Olvera – one of Mexico’s most celebrated chefs. Moxi’s Mexican menu is inspired by local ingredients that change with the seasons. This is a more upscale restaurant, but to me, well worth the price.
Located on the rooftop of the Rosewood Hotel, Luna offers one of the best views of the city. I recommend heading here just before sunset to enjoy a cocktail, tapas, and the beautiful view. Then stroll just a couple of minutes down the street for dinner at Moxi!
This little café is an adorable spot for breakfast! The food is great and the coffee is even better. A bonus – they are dog friendly!
La Posadita has a beautiful rooftop terrace (sensing a theme here?!) and delicious Mexican fare. Enjoy their famous pozole with a margarita while you take in the views!
My favorite thing to do in SMA is to explore by foot. Every time we visit, I discover something new! Here are a few of my favorites:
This concept house is very cool. The contrast between the old colonial building and modern interior is worth the visit alone. Inside you’ll find restuarants, bars, a coffee shop, high-end boutiques, an art gallery, and much more! It is also conveniently located a block from the main plaza.
There are several markets scattered throughout the city where you can find fresh produce, food, art, pottery, jewelry, and much more. Definitely worth a walk through, and if you plan to rent a house – pick up some groceries and cook yourself a meal!
San Juan de Dios – located between Guadalupe Ave. and San Antonio Abad
Ignacio Ramirez – located between Callejon de Loreto and Colegio
Tianguis de los Martes (open Tuesdays) – Arcos de San Miguel
The Organic Market (open Sundays) – Ancha de San Antonio 32
Bring comfortable walking shoes!
As I’ve said many times, this is a walking city, so don’t plan to use your car. Park it and walk, or take one of the many cabs.
And for all my fellow gringos that don’t know much Spanish – Allende is pronounced uh-yen-day (I pronounced it wrong for several months before we moved to Mexico…embarrassing).