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Insider Guide to San Miguel

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Insider Guide to San Miguel

Henley Vazquez

New Yorker Melissa Olson spends summers in Mexico's artsy San Miguel de Allende. Here, she shares her favorite restaurants, from casual spots for lunch with the kids to date-night dinners and great shopping and activities. Read her postcard from earlier this week about what makes San Miguel so special.


Casual Restaurants

 
 

La Palapa

Calle Nueva 8
It's our favorite fish taco place, only open for lunch outside 12-5. We eat there four times a week.

Chao Ban

Pila Seca 16
Light and fresh Asian.

La Cocina

Calle Hernández Macías at Cuadrante
Stop here for breakfast.

La Mesa Grande

Pila Seca & Zacatero
For coffee, bread & pastries. Good for lunch as well.

Cumpanio

Correo 29
Nice for coffee and pastries.

Fenicia

Zacateros 73
For Middle Eastern food


Date Night

 
 

The Restaurant

Sollano 16
Unremarkable name, remarkable food.

La Parada

Recreo 94
A good Peruvian restaurant.

La Mezcaleria

Correo 47
Margaritas and they make their own mezcal.

Nena Sky Bar

Nemesio Diez
The rooftop bar at the Nena Hotel.

Moxi

Aldama 53
The restaurant at the Hotel Matilda, run by a chef whose Mexico City restaurant ranks on San Pelligrino’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Luna

Nemesio Diez 11
Don't miss the Luna rooftop bar at the Rosewood Hotel.

Mi Vida

Hernández Macias 97
Italian food with Mexican influences.

Pescao

Jesús 21
Ceviches and cocktails for a parents-night out.


Markets

 
 

Via Orgánica

Calle Margarito Ledesma 2
Stop here for yummy organic food. It's a restaurant and a market plus has a farm school.

Farmer’s Market

Saturday morning go to the farmers market next to Instituto Allende.  It's a good lunch and great veggies

Mega

Vicente Araiza 12
Mega is a chain supermarket, and there’s one in town for general grocery shopping.


Outside the City

 
 

Casa de Aves

Los Fresnos No 1, Col. Montecillo de Nieto
The restaurant at this hotel is good for kids and has activities like zip lines and canoes.

De Temporada

Rancho la Trinidad, Camino a San Miguel Viejo 8
This restaurant on a farm outside San Miguel has great food.

Nirvana 

Antigua Via del Ferrocarril 21
A nice setting on the banks of a river.

Los Senderos

Highway 51
Go here for Sunday brunch-gorgeous setting and good food.


Activities

 
 

Sazon

Hospicio 35
The cooking school at Casa de Sierra Nevada has great cooking classes.

Laja Spa

Hospicio 35
Also at the Casa de Sierra Nevada hotel.

Esencia Spa

Potrero 13
Hot yoga classes.

Fabrica La Aurora

Calz de la Aurora
A design center in an old textile factory with galleries and working artist studios.

El Jardin

Every night are mariachis in San Miguel’s central plaza.

Parque Acuatico XOTE

This water park is kiddie crack.

La Gruta

These hot springs close to San Miguel have three outdoor pools fed by thermal water

Coyote Canyon Adventures

Call these guys if you want to go horseback riding. They'll take you to the canyon all day or half day.


Stores

 
 

Mixta

Pila Seca 3
Checkout this store for jewelry, clothes and furnishings

Sollano 16

Calle Sollano 16
A beautiful gallery.

Tao Gallery

Sollano 28
Another great gallery.

Agua de Coco

Sollano 31
Clothes and accessories.

Uma

Cuna de Allende 11
Jewelry and home decor.

Namuh

Correo 24
A cool furniture shop

Camino Sylvestre Casa

Correo 43
Nature-inspired decor and bird feeders

Casa Armida

Ancha de San Antonio 26
This furniture store is amazing!

Liberias Nuevos Horizontes

Cuadrante y Jesus
My favorite bookstore.

El Pato

Margarito Ledesma 19, Col. Guadalupe
Arts and crafts supplies

Mexican Oil Cloth Store

Calle Loreto 17
Ready-made oilcloth bags, and they also do custom.