Top San Miguel Experiences

Top San Miguel Experiences

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Sadly our time in San Miguel, for this year at least, has come to an end. Honey and I are heading back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the holidays and have just made a decision on where to base our nomadic selves for early 2018 (Cartagena, Colombia, anyone?).

I reckoned, for those of you considering a visit, I’d share my top must-not-miss experiences in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This is in addition to my favorite activity which will always be hanging in the rooftop bars. I wrote a popular post on the Best Rooftop Bars in San Miguel de Allende.

Due warning: this post might also be an excuse to share the best of my photos from the last ten months!

Bask in the Colors

This might be my favorite part of San Miguel. Just wander the town and enjoy the colors and seasons. It seems like every day is a festival here and often you’ll come across some random parade. Sometimes even the locals don’t know why today is a party.

Cañada de la Virgen Pyramids

Yes pyramids, in Northern Mexio. Archaeologists didn’t count this area as within the zone where they would find pyramids and yet just recently… tada! We took the tour with Albert Coffee with one of our guests and I thoroughly recommend it.

Murals and Street Art

This is a part of San Miguel that many miss, but in the last seven years the neighborhood of Guadalupe has come to life with amazing murals covering the sides of houses and warehouses, some by world famous artists who come to San Miguel just to paint.

You can start at Via Organica cafe and wander from there, but the absolute best way to see and understand the murals is a tour by Muros en Blanco given by Colleen Sorenson, who has been one of the biggest proponents of supporting street art in San Miguel (ten years ago it was forbidden).

Horseback Riding through the Cactus

Just amazing to see the seasons change from flowering cactus to waterlogged rivers to dry again. There are lots of outfitters around town, but we’ve been loyal to Beth of Leisurely Country Horseback Riding who runs a great half day ride up to the top of a mountain ridge with friendly local guides and horses.

Hot Springs

A fabulous way to relax and refresh after spending a few days wandering the city.

There are several hot spring pools just outside of town (a cheap ten to fifteen minute taxi ride). La Gruta, Escondido Place, Los Senderos being the ones we’ve enjoyed. This picture is Los Senderos.

Doors and Door Knockers

A bit like the colors, if you wander around Centro you’ll come across the most fascinating doors and door knockers. There’s a reason that Doors of San Miguel gives you hundreds of results on google images!

Bug Watching

If you follow my blog you may have seen my post admitting to a VW Beetle Obsession.

I finally got a photo of the gringo who drives around town in a car piled high with plush toys that changes by season. For Easter the car was piled high with bunnies and eggs. Valentines brought pink bears and hearts, and this photo has red, green and white for Mexican independence day in September.

Below are a few more of my favorite shots from the last months including a bug on top of a bug?

Rent a Car and Get out of Town

As if the items above weren’t enough to keep you occupied for a week or two (add in walking tours, museums, great dining and rooftop bars), there also the option to rent a car and get out of town.

We visited Queretero (quaint downtown), Guanajuato (colorful and fun), and the Sierra Gorda mountains and Huasteca Potosina (need a few days for this trip but amazing waterfalls and very different food). Bajigo rents car for a reasonable price per day, all insurance included.

To finish, here’s two shots of gorgeous Guanajuato.

Rooftop Bars of San Miguel de Allende

Rooftop Bars of San Miguel de Allende

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The town of San Miguel de Allende doesn’t have beaches, so the best location to enjoy fresh lime margaritas and watch the sunset is one of San Miguel’s numerous rooftop bars.

Since my partner and I seem to have made a habit of hanging out at them, here’s our view of the best rooftop bars in San Miguel, with a few restaurants thrown in for good measure. There’s a map of rooftop bars here which includes several more that aren’t in this blog post. There’s also a post here on the Top San Miguel Experiences.

The Big Daddys of San Miguel Rooftops 

These are four bars you’ll see referenced in the tour books. In my opinion Atrio, Quince and Rosewood have the best views, cocktails, and staff.

Luna Tapas (Rosewood)

Luna Tapas (Rosewood)

Luna Tapas Bar (Rosewood)

The best known of the San Miguel rooftop bars and thus also the busiest. Drinks are fancy and not cheap, but it’s worth it for the view over all of San Miguel from a unique vantage point. Worth visiting at least once per trip to San Miguel. Plan to make a reservation on weekends or holidays.
How to Find: Inside the Rosewood hotel, which is a ten minute downhill walk or short taxi from the Jardin (centro0. Enter the lobby, turn left before the main courtyard and left again to take the elevator (or stairs) to the top floor. On busy days they have a waiting list on the ground floor and won’t let you go up to the roof unless a spot is available.

Atrio

Atrio

The closest you can sit to the Parroquia without being inside a drone. More of a restaurant with great Asian fusion food, but also has a small lounge hangout area. Like Quince, this is a great place to  arrive before sunset and see Parroquia light up before you leave.Reservations recommended on weekends.
How to Find: Right off the Jardin on Cuna de Allende (before Quince if coming from Jardin). Check out the gorgeou tree in the lobby adn then head right and up the stairs in the diagonal corner from where you entered.

Quince Rooftop

Quince Rooftop

Quince Rooftop

One of best bars in Centro with an outstanding view of the parroquia. Come here before sunset for drinks and enjoy watching them ring the bells, followed by lighting up the church. Fun flirty wait staff and upscale food. Prices to match.

How to Find: Located on the street down the right side of the Parroquia (Cuna de Allende). You’ll enter through a courtyard. Head up the stairs on your right beyond the fountain. May require a reservation on busy weekends, but generally available earlier for drinks (before dinner reservation time).

Quince web site

Mama Mia

Mama Mia

Busy busy popular!  On weekends and holidays there’s a waiting list at the very front entry of the building.

How to find: Entrance to Terraza bar is on left about half way into the restaurant.
Photo courtesy of Mama Mia.

Mama Mia Web Site

La Azotea

La Azotea

Nice chill bar that sometimes has a DJ spinning.
How to Find: Upstairs above El Pueblo Viejo restaurant at Umaran 6 in Centro (turn right inside before you reach the restaurant).

Photo courtesy of Pablo O from San Miguel (via TripAdvisor)

La Azotea Facebook

La Chula

La Chula

Funky more locals place. Good DJ spinning some nights. This is where to come for late night dancing (if you can get in), but skip the food.

How to Find: A few doors down from Mama Mia

La Chula Facebook

The Hidden Gems

Here are some less mobbed San Miguel de Allende rooftop bars with stellar views and a more laid-back vibe. To be honest, most of these I prefer to the bars above. Once you get sick of hanging one street off the Jardin (main square), you can’t go wrong with any of these!

El Palomar

El Palomar

El Palomar Hotel

It’s a climb,but you’ll be rewarded with the best view over the  whole city. So high that it’s best to avoid when windy!

How to Find: Head up San Francisco from the Jardin and it’s 3 blocks up the hill on right side. Enter hotel entry from San Francisco (stone doorway), turn left into hotel and climb, climb, climb!

El Palomar Web Site

Nena Hotel

Nena Hotel

An excellent alternate to Rosewood. Awesome views of the Parroquia and downtown. It’s located right opposite on same street as the Rosewood Hotel, but on opposite side of the road and the view is from a little less high. Try the margaritas!

How to Find: On the same street as the Rosewood Hotel. Enter the courtyard and go straight pass the fountain, through the lobby and up the stairs to the right.

Nena Hotel Web Site

Salon Oaxaca

Great Tlayudas

Mezcal, worm salt optional

Salon Oaxaca

Awesome Oaxacan style food (try the mushroom tlayuda- it’s like a filled Mexican flatbread).  Ask the friendly owner downstairs to tell you about his different mezcals, all brought in from Oaxaca.

How to find: it’s on Insurgentes. Go through the bar and out to the right, up the stairs to the roof deck.

Salon Oaxaca Facebook

Chiquita Sunset

Chiquita Sunset

Great wood-fired pizza, beer and wine. Order downstairs by the pizza oven before climbing up to the deck on top of this tiny hotel.

How to Find: Up the hill from the Jardin on Corroe. To reach the terraza go straight past the beer wall on one side, up the stairs, past the 5 or so hotel rooms, around the corner and up more stairs.

Chiquita Sunset facebook

Bond 007

Bond 007 Gin Bar

More of a bar to hang out than a restaurant. Good mezcal and one of best gin selections in town.

How to Find: A short walk away from the Jardin on Hidalgo. Once you find it, keep climbing the stairs from the street and keep climbing past the first bar.

Bond 007 Facebook

Terraza Vorhal

Terraza Vorhal

Nice views of downtown and a great place to grab a drink if you’re headed to dinner at Hecho en Mexico or CarneVino. The bar located here previously didn’t make it – so we’ll see if this one does!

How to Find: Right opposite the Instituto on Ancha de San Antonio just before corner with Orizaba. Enter the liquor store and go up the stairs straight opposite the door.

Vorhal Facebook

More Options with Great Food

Here are some more awesome restaurants that have great food options, but don’t forget there’s also Baja Fish Taquito for tacos and seafood and Chiquita Sunset for pizza (above).

Baja Fish Taquito

Baja Fish Taquito

Baja Fish Taquito

Great fish tacos close to the jardin, with beer and wine to match.

How to Find: A few gentle blocks up the hill on Mesones. Enter and go up the exceedingly narrow stairs on your right.

Baja Fish Taquito Facebook

MX Sushi

MX Sushi & Terraza

Nice sushi and lounge atmosphere.Great fish tacos close to the jardin, with beer and wine to match. Try the MX roll.

How to Find: Enter the restaurant and head up the stairs at the back.

 

Pegaso

Pegaso Restaurant

Great food menu with amazing deserts and rumored the best flan in town. Friendly staff and fun decor (the items on the wall are for sale).

How to Find: It’s on Correo one block away from the Jardin. Entry is left and up the stairs. Nice view away from town to the houses on the hill behind downtown.

El Pegaso Facebook

The Best Bar in Town

Of course, if I’m honest my favorite bar is our own back patio. So easy and accessible, and there’s always cold beer ready in the fridge.

How to Find: Give me a call and come on over!

 

Our own rooftop
San Miguel – The Best City in the World?

San Miguel – The Best City in the World?

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Yes, According to Time Magazine!

 

Time magazine just published an article declaring San Miguel de Allende, where I currently live, the Best City in the World to Travel to. And who am I to disagree? It’s certainly a writer’s paradise, with some great rooftop bars.

Their video has some shots out and about in this gorgeous city and also features Quince, one of my favorite of the rooftops.If you’re planning a visit, don’t miss my post with a roundup and map of the Best Rooftop Bars in San Miguel.

If you’re looking for a fun activity that’s not in this video I recommend Bug Spotting.

Bugs of San Miguel

Bugs of San Miguel

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I’ll admit it, in the last month in San Miguel I’ve become a little obsessed with bugs.

VW bugs. Not bugs of the cucaracha variety, although we have plenty of those too (I’m told plastic drain covers and bounce dryer sheets are the answer).

The VW bugs in San Miguel just look so adorable against the colorful buildings.

Here’s a few shots to see if you agree?

Map of Rooftop Bars, San Miguel de Allende

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