Where to Eat, Drink and Stay in San Miguel de Allende

There are many high notes to San Miguel de Allende — art, architecture, design, culture, nature and an overall worldy vibe. But according to avid visitors, the main thing to do is eat and drink. There is a strong appreciation for food here as chefs from Mexico and abroad have made their way to San Miguel de Allende, a city home to more than 350 restaurants. Similarly, the number of accommodations has risen to over 300, so you are sure to find the ideal setting for your stay.  

No matter what type of food or experience you are craving, you are sure to find it at one of the following restaurants, rooftops, bars or hotels. 

   

Restaurants

Due to a high number of expats that have made San Miguel de Allende their home, restaurant cuisine fuses all the best of South American, Asian, European, and Mexican. Dishes often feature local ingredients like nopales (edible leaves from the prickly pear cactus), serrano peppers, asparagus, and artichoke. 

Try these restaurants on your next visit to San Miguel de Allende:  

  • Moxie at Hotel Matilda – Acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera’s menu features inventive dishes made with fresh locally sourced ingredients. 
  • Lavanda Café – A breakfast establishment with the best coffee bar in town.
  • La Parada – A beloved Peruvian restaurant. 
  • THE restaurant – An award-winning restaurant that serves contemporary cuisine from different origins. 
  • La Sirena Gorda – A fun, tapas-style place that focuses on seafood. It has a beachy theme with live music. 
  • Don Taco Tequila – Vegan Mexican food with arguably the best margaritas in town.  
  • La Aborada – One word – pozole. 

Rooftops

San Miguel de Allende architecture is known for its rooftops, allowing visitors to take in the magical views of the city from above. Rooftop venues have become an integral part of the nightlife experience.

Here are a handful of our favorites: 
  • Atrio  
  • Rooftop bar at Hotel Nena 
  • Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at Rosewood Hotel 
  • Rooftop at Quince 
  • Rooftop at El Palomar Hotel

Bars

Adding to the charm of San Miguel de Allende is its laid back, friendly vibe where locals and visitors often meet up for drinks at a local bar. Mezcal, a smoky tequila, is prevalent throughout the city. Try different types of imaginative cocktails at La Mezcaleria. Other popular bars include: 

  • Mama Mia 
  • Pueblo Viejo 
  • La Noche Piano Bar 
  • Limerick Pub 
  • Berlin Bar and Bistro 

Note: When visiting San Miguel de Allende, stick to the tourist-friendly places on the main street, just to be safe. 

   

Hotels

After a full day experiencing all the city has to offer, a good night’s sleep is in order. San Miguel de Allende has a nice selection of boutique hotels, B&Bs and 5-star accommodations that are part of the city’s appeal.

Some of our favorite places to stay include:  

   

A four-hour drive from Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is a stunning town with a robust food scene and impressive designer hotels.  

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