Top 6 Things to Do in San Miguel

The vibrant city of San Miguel de Allende is nestled in the mountains of central Mexico. The overall vibe of this colorful city is alluring and alive, with plenty to offer visitors. Named the top place to visit in the world by Travel + Leisure readers, San Miguel de Allende fuses colonial perfection with modern amenities that entice visitors from all corners of the globe.  

By day, visitors can meander through the cobblestone streets admiring jewel-toned neo-gothic façades, shop high-quality textiles from local artisans, and stop into a rooftop bar for midday tapas and tequila. Outside of the city center, you can enjoy day trips to hot springs, high-desert hikes, walks in Benito Juárez Park, and a visit to Jesuit Sanctuary of Atotonilco, a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO famous for its murals of angels and demons and Mexican Baroque interior.   

Let’s take a closer look at six of the top things to do in San Miguel de Allende.  

Experience El Jardín 

There has been a long-standing artist legacy in this dynamic city that is a true artist and designer retreat. Instituto Allende, a visual arts school that opened in 1950, brought creatives to the city helping the arts thrive decade after decade. Today, the arts remain central to the appeal of San Miguel de Allende. Visitors can peruse the streets admiring local artisans’ high-quality trinkets and textiles or visit one of the many art galleries that feature both up-and-coming and established local artists.  

Galleries to visit: 


Shop Ignacio Ramirez Market

For an authentic San Miguel de Allende experience, visit the Ignacio Ramírez Market. Wander through aisles and aisles of tiny stalls where local artisans sell their high-quality goods, crafts and food. Find beautiful Oaxacan rugs made of wool with bright geometric patterns, hand-sewn satchels, handmade jewelry, stamped tin and brass accessories, and much more. You’ll find food vendors cooking up their specialty local cuisine and farmers selling their harvests.  



Character in Design/Architecture

San Miguel de Allende has a lot of heart. While there are other colonial cities in Mexico that hold beauty in their architecture, in San Miguel de Allende, it’s the design elements that are on the façade and on the inside too. There is much character and thought that goes into a space in terms of design. 

The area is most famous for its Baroque Spanish and neoclassical architecture.


Visit Museums

Part of the magic of San Miguel de Allende is the unique and beguiling Spanish-colonial architecture that is home to many famous museums in and around the city.  

  • Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel – a beloved icon and the main cathedral in town. 
  • El Museo Histórico Casa de Allende – a museum that showcases San Miguel’s history.  
  • Museo La Esquina – a toy/folk art museum. (note: Head to the rooftop for incredible views of the city) 

Reserve Seats at Casa Dragones Tasting Room 

One place not to miss on your trip to San Miguel de Allende is the Casa Dragones Tasting Room. This six-seat destination is an intimate tasting room offering a sensory experience of flavor surrounded by over 4,000 beautifully iridescent tiles of obsidian rock, an iconic Mexican stone. 

See Nature at El Charco del Ingenio

To escape the action on the streets, turn to nature. El Charco del Ingenio is a large botanical garden and nature preserve where visitors can walk trails, bird watch, meditate, and picnic near a waterfall. 

Visit Fábrica La Aurora 

Fábrica La Aurora is a repurposed historical textile factory that houses a vast array of galleries, shops and showrooms including the Walker Zanger local showroom.  

The romantic city of San Miguel de Allende is a piece of well-preserved history with colorful emotion, magnificent architecture, worldy design, and culinary delights.  

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