San Miguel de Allende
The perfect “no-beach” weekend in Mexico. SMA figured out many years ago how to leverage the travel magazines and has found itself on the revered Travel and Leisure Must See Small Cities list for years. Truth be told the first time I learned about the T-&L acclaimed list SMA sat at the top spot and it was instantly a bucket list add. We discovered a colonial gem with stunning rooftops and growth being driven by a swelling expat community. .
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San Miguel de Allende Ciudad Paraíso Patrimonio de la Humanidad
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Jardín Allende
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This is the Center of the city of SMA. Day or night you will find people milling about this central square in the historic zone. It is where the genteel Mexico and low key tourists meet for ice cream or churros after dinner. You can be entertained for hours watching the coming and goings through the churc with the mariachi bands belting out the greatest hits.
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Charco del Ingenio
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A nice 60 minute hike around a botanical garden featuring a canyon, wetlands and an arrid landscape.
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La Casa Dragones
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We spent our final night in SMA at a Tequila tasting and food pairing. Just our luck to learn tequila and oysters go so well together. The wonderful tequila aside this Casa was started by González Nieves and Bob Pittman (the founder of MTV), in 2009. Gonzalez is the first official maestra tequilera — or female master distiller and her property is spectacular. The tasting includes a tour of the home which is so beautifully and carefully appointed with local treasures.
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San Miguel Market
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Not a very impressive market overall. It is small and very standard with a mix of produce, flowers and some clothing. . I list here only because there is a decent amount of everyday Mexican food at the back of the market that is always worth checking out. We grabbed a few Tortas wihich is essentially a schnitzel sandwich which were quite good.
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Fabrica la Aurora
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Huge building featuring many upscale artists. Painting, photography, sculpture etc. all for sale.
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Casa Cohen
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We were drawn to Casa Cohen by the promise of good bread at the Panio location found here. We noticed the Star of David when we first walked in and later learned from our walking tour guide that the Cohen’s immigrated here from Syria and we’re in the textile (shmata) business. They were also the owners of Fabrica Aurora, which is now an incredible artist hub. The central courtyard at Casa Cohen is part of the larger concept house which features a laid back restaurant, boutique hotel and mix of small shops featuring local artisans.
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Lavaderos del Chorro
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We did not go into this building. We passed it on a beautiful walk in SMA one evening. It’s on the far side of Benito Juarez park which is small and cute. We found the area to be super pleasant with beautiful homes.
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The Restaurant
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In a gorgeous courtyard, excellent food.
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Quince
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Wonderful rooftop with great views. Sushi forward menu. Yum!
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Sollano 18
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I can’t actually remember the details of this mea but all the meals we had were delicious and the view was outstanding!
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PANIO
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Great Bakery when you are craving a good ole baguette!
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City Market San Miguel de Allende
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This is a high end grocery store. If anyone remembers Epicurious in Sunny Isles, FL it reminds me of that place except better A few high-end restaurants and coffee shops inside the grocery store. Plus a full health food store. It’s a bit of a walk from Zona Hostorico to City market but totally doable. There are also a ton of shops/restaurants/cafes to pop into along the main road leading to City Market where you can refuel. City market is a chain across Mexico. We also saw one in Mexico City
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Hotels

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
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A spectacular property and rooftop bar which has gorgeous views of the historic zone. We did not stay here and I expect the rooms to be fabulous. Pool is also pretty sweet.
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Dôce 18 Concept House
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This is the hotels/restaurant/retail store concept inside Casa Cohen. We had a delicious breakfast here and there is a great vibe. We did not stay here,
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San Miguel de Allende
The perfect “no-beach” weekend in Mexico. SMA figured out many years ago how to leverage the travel magazines and has found itself on the revered Travel and Leisure Must See Small Cities list for years. Truth be told the first time I learned about the T-&L acclaimed list SMA sat at the top spot and it was instantly a bucket list add. We discovered a colonial gem with stunning rooftops and growth being driven by a swelling expat community. .
15 Places • 2 Saves • ago
Free
San Miguel de Allende Ciudad Paraíso Patrimonio de la Humanidad
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Jardín Allende
@aviva
This is the Center of the city of SMA. Day or night you will find people milling about this central square in the historic zone. It is where the genteel Mexico and low key tourists meet for ice cream or churros after dinner. You can be entertained for hours watching the coming and goings through the churc with the mariachi bands belting out the greatest hits.
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Charco del Ingenio
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A nice 60 minute hike around a botanical garden featuring a canyon, wetlands and an arrid landscape.
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La Casa Dragones
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We spent our final night in SMA at a Tequila tasting and food pairing. Just our luck to learn tequila and oysters go so well together. The wonderful tequila aside this Casa was started by González Nieves and Bob Pittman (the founder of MTV), in 2009. Gonzalez is the first official maestra tequilera — or female master distiller and her property is spectacular. The tasting includes a tour of the home which is so beautifully and carefully appointed with local treasures.
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San Miguel Market
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Not a very impressive market overall. It is small and very standard with a mix of produce, flowers and some clothing. . I list here only because there is a decent amount of everyday Mexican food at the back of the market that is always worth checking out. We grabbed a few Tortas wihich is essentially a schnitzel sandwich which were quite good.
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Details
Fabrica la Aurora
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Huge building featuring many upscale artists. Painting, photography, sculpture etc. all for sale.
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Details
Casa Cohen
@aviva
We were drawn to Casa Cohen by the promise of good bread at the Panio location found here. We noticed the Star of David when we first walked in and later learned from our walking tour guide that the Cohen’s immigrated here from Syria and we’re in the textile (shmata) business. They were also the owners of Fabrica Aurora, which is now an incredible artist hub. The central courtyard at Casa Cohen is part of the larger concept house which features a laid back restaurant, boutique hotel and mix of small shops featuring local artisans.
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Lavaderos del Chorro
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We did not go into this building. We passed it on a beautiful walk in SMA one evening. It’s on the far side of Benito Juarez park which is small and cute. We found the area to be super pleasant with beautiful homes.
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Details

Eating

The Restaurant
@aviva
In a gorgeous courtyard, excellent food.
Add to
Details
Quince
@aviva
Wonderful rooftop with great views. Sushi forward menu. Yum!
Add to
Details
Sollano 18
@aviva
I can’t actually remember the details of this mea but all the meals we had were delicious and the view was outstanding!
Add to
Details
PANIO
@aviva
Great Bakery when you are craving a good ole baguette!
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Details
City Market San Miguel de Allende
@aviva
This is a high end grocery store. If anyone remembers Epicurious in Sunny Isles, FL it reminds me of that place except better A few high-end restaurants and coffee shops inside the grocery store. Plus a full health food store. It’s a bit of a walk from Zona Hostorico to City market but totally doable. There are also a ton of shops/restaurants/cafes to pop into along the main road leading to City Market where you can refuel. City market is a chain across Mexico. We also saw one in Mexico City
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Hotels

Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
@aviva
A spectacular property and rooftop bar which has gorgeous views of the historic zone. We did not stay here and I expect the rooms to be fabulous. Pool is also pretty sweet.
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Details
Dôce 18 Concept House
@aviva
This is the hotels/restaurant/retail store concept inside Casa Cohen. We had a delicious breakfast here and there is a great vibe. We did not stay here,
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Avod traveller. Love luxury and experiences plus good food!
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