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.
Calle Nueva 8
It's our favorite fish taco place, only open for lunch outside 12-5. We eat there four times a week.
Pila Seca 16
Light and fresh Asian.
Calle Hernández Macías at Cuadrante
Stop here for breakfast.
Nemesio Diez 11
Don't miss the Luna rooftop bar at the Rosewood Hotel.
Hernández Macias 97
Italian food with Mexican influences.
Ceviches and cocktails for a parents-night out.
Calle Margarito Ledesma 2
Stop here for yummy organic food. It's a restaurant and a market plus has a farm school.
Saturday morning go to the farmers market next to Instituto Allende. It's a good lunch and great veggies
Vicente Araiza 12
Mega is a chain supermarket, and there’s one in town for general grocery shopping.
Outside the City
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.
Calz de la Aurora
A design center in an old textile factory with galleries and working artist studios.
Every night are mariachis in San Miguel’s central plaza.
These hot springs close to San Miguel have three outdoor pools fed by thermal water
Agua de Coco
Clothes and accessories.
Cuna de Allende 11
Jewelry and home decor.
Ancha de San Antonio 26
This furniture store is amazing!
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.