Things to Do & Places to Eat in San Miguel de Allende

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  • San Miguel de Allende

  • Arts & Culture

  • Mexico

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • Entertainment

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San Miguel de Allende is an amazingly captivating city in central Mexico. It offers an array of activities, dining spots and accommodations for an amazing experience.

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Where to stay in San Miguel de Allende

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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende

Stunning architecture in the heart of central Mexico with swoon-worthy views of San Miguel de Allende from the rooftop.

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Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel, San Miguel de Allende

Every detail of the Casa de Sierra Nevada — from its antique-filled rooms to its fusion restaurant — is a creative homage to the Mexican city it calls home.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Casa No Name

An 18th-century mansion with six high-design rooms and an exquisite courtyard.

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Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

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San Juan de Dios Market

Take a leisurely stroll through this prominent traditional market, conveniently located just a five-minute walk from the main square. Explore the indoor section with a variety of food items and venture to the back for textiles, jewelry, metalwork and more.

The Parroquia

Don't miss the iconic Parroquia church, a mere 5-10 minutes away on foot from the main square. For first-time visitors, a walk through this beautiful church is a must.

Shopping Around Town

Discover unique shops like Recreo San Miguel, Mixta, Sollano 16, Tao, Trinitate and Doce 18 for shopping souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, pottery and home goods.


Experience the cultural significance of bullfights, an authentic, off-the-beaten-path activity in San Miguel de Allende. Be warned, it can be intense, but the meat from the bulls is utilized to feed those in need.

Fabrica La Aurora

Just a 5-minute drive outside town, this place is worth a visit. Explore art studios, galleries, jewelry shops, home decorating stores and charming cafés set within an old fabric factory.

Day Trips

  • Hot Springs at La Gruta

  • San Luis de Potosi

  • Dolores Hidalgo

Places to eat & drink in San Miguel de Allende

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Places to Eat

Places to Drink

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Allcall’s guide, Mexico City’s Hippest Neighborhoods.

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