I can officially say that San Miguel de Allende is my all-time favourite city in Mexico! And it seems that I am not the only one as it was chosen World’s best city by Condé Nast Traveler in 2013 and has since always topped the travel charts. This colonial UNESCO heritage city is just a fairy tale with its cobblestoned streets and rainbow houses – the perfect backdrop for Instagram pictures – and its practically Disneyland for foodies! However, San Miguel is small so I would not recommend you booking a 2-week holiday there, instead opt for a small weekend get-a-way as the saying ‘quality over quantity’ applies here more than ever.
So let me take you through my 24 hours in San Miguel de Allende, including all the best foodie places, hotels, tips and things you can just absolutely not miss!
14:00 Arrival Boutique hotel Clandestino
If you go to San Miguel de Allende I definitely recommend you to stay in the Boutique hotel Clandestino (Adults Only). Not only is the location amazing and the hotel super cute, the service is just out of this World! Upon arrival we were led to what looked like a living room but that served as the hotel reception and were immediately offered a refreshing drink (much needed after the 3 hour road trip from Mexico-city), told we received a room upgrade (yay!) and were given all the important local tips. But what I liked the most about this hotel is that everything in it was made locally – from the bed to the way to the little cute soaps. Click here to book your room as quick as possible!
Insiders tip: Try to avoid booking a room with street-view as it is nothing more than a view on a concrete wall and very noisy
15:00 Enjoying a ‘Cortesía’ with a view
We were already flabbergasted with our upgrade but hotel Clandestino completely exceeded all of our expectations when they offered us a generously served cocktail to choice at the hotel’s rooftop bar – Clandestino’s welcome ‘Cortesía’ (Cortesía is Spanish for basically anything given for free). And just look at the view!
16:00 Snacking at the trendiest foodcourt Doce18
Ok so we were starving after our long trip and decided to grab a bite at Doce18 upon recommendation of our hotel owner. It’s a cute foodcourt close to the main square with all kinds of specialties such as Mochi ice-cream and artisan marshmallows with crazy flavors such as lavender, mint and rosemary!
17:00 Admiring the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel
The late 19th century pink church has become an icon of San Miguel de Allende and dominates the city’s scenery. Although it looks remarkable on the outside, I find the interior rather uninteresting.
18:00 Roaming through the city’s most photogenic street
For a digital souvenir of San Miguel de Allende make sure you take a walk through the picaresque street of Aldama. It is the prettiest and most colorful street one can find in the city and full of cute artesian shops and galleries.
20:00 FOOD at La Azotea!
Sorry for the lack of photo’s here but I was way too busy digging my face into some delicious tacos! If your happiness depends on good food with a view this is your place. Make sure to get a seat at their roof terrace and if you eat a little earlier than I did you will be able to enjoy the sunset. It is located right at the corner of the main square so easy to find.
23:00 Soaking in a well-deserved bath (with bath bomb!)
First of all yes we stayed at La Azotea for 3 hours… After dinner we had a couple of cocktails and lost complete track of time. Anyways after all that walking I was more than eager to try out our super cool bathtub in the middle of our room. Hotel Clandestino even gave us bath bombs!! (I don’t own a bathtub so I was pretty stoked about this)
24:00 Catching some zzzzz’s
1 sheep…2 sheep…3 sheep…4 sheep
10:00 Best part of the day: BREAKFAST!
Ok so I have boasting quite a bit about Hotel Clandestino already (I just can’t get over how cute it was!) so here I go again. Their breakfast at the patio was amazing. The day before they ask you what, when and where you want to eat and make sure that everything is perfect once you are ready. So forget buffets where food has been laying around for god knows how long, this food right here is made completely fresh just for you.
11:00 Church tour
San Miguel de Allende has a number of churches around its center and so on the second day we decided to visit all of them. They are all more spectacular on the outside than on the inside but are still worth a visit.
13:00 Sippin’ on some Sangria at the Rosewood terrace
I can confirm that the Rosewood hotel has THE best view of San Miguel de Allende from their Luna rooftop bar. So drinking a Sangria or whatever floats your boat is just something you absolutely cannot miss on your trip!
PS: Also interested in actually staying at The Rosewood – AKA most luxurious hotel of the city? Click here here for more information.
14:00 One last goodbye
On our way back home to Mexico-city we coincidentally passed by ‘Del Mirador’ – a viewpoint to glance back at this wonderful city one last time.
Of course San Miguel de Allende has soo much more to offer such as little artisan markets, but that will have to wait for my second visit! Any tips for then?