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Top Choice International in San Miguel de Allende


This spot is the talk of town. And for good reason. The chef at Áperi (which means 'open' in Latin) has been given the freedom to do whatever he wants. A regularly changing menu features the likes of duck, pork and …
Top Choice Cafe in San Miguel de Allende

San Agustín

A 'don't leave San Miguel without…' experience. This sweet tooth's paradise is the best place in Mexico for chocolate and churros (doughnut-like fritters; M$45 to M$55).
Gardens in San Miguel de Allende

Jardín Botánico El Charco del Ingenio

Northeast of town (1.5km) is the 88-hectare botanic garden, also a wildlife and bird sanctuary, plus recreational and ceremonial space. Pathways head through wetlands and magnificent areas of cacti and native plants…
Church in San Miguel de Allende

Sanctuario de Atotonilco

The hamlet of Atotonilco, 11km north of San Miguel and 3km west of the Dolores Hidalgo highway, is dominated by an extremely important sanctuary, at least in the eyes of Mexicans. The sanctuary was founded in 1740 a…
Museum in San Miguel de Allende

La Esquina: Museo del Juguete Popular Mexicano

This bright, modern museum is a must-visit for all kids, big and small. To describe it as exhibiting Mexican toys (the 50-year collection of museum owner Angélica Tijerina) is to do it a disservice. It is much more.…
Mexican in San Miguel de Allende


A must-stop breakfast stop. Serves up everything from chilaquiles con arrachera to french toast and pastries, plus fabulous freshly made juices. Local ingredients are used where possible. Ultra-professional and frie…
Bar in San Miguel de Allende

El Manantial

Behind the swinging doors of a former saloon, 'The Spring' serves fabulously fresh ceviche. It's got a real buzz, also helped by jabanero salsa, the spiciest of chili sauces that will put hair on your chest. Tuesday…
Notable Building in San Miguel de Allende

Biblioteca Pública

As well as housing one of the largest collections of books and magazines in English in Latin America, this excellent public library functions as a cultural center. Its financial enterprises (Atención San Miguel news…
Club in San Miguel de Allende

Mama Mía

This perennially popular place has separate areas for differing entertainment puposes; hit Mama's Bar for live rock/funk on Fridays and Saturdays (or karaoke on weeknights), or join a more sophisticated crowd in the…
Historical in San Miguel de Allende

Fiesta de la Santa Cruz

This deeply spiritual spring festival has its roots in the 16th century. It happens toward the end of May at Valle del Maíz, 2km from the center of town. Oxen are dressed in lime necklaces and painted tortillas and …