A diverse, art-centric enclave nestled in the shadow of the Sierra Madre Mountains, San Miguel de Allende is home to a vibrant community. Colourful cottages along cobbled alleyways reveal enthralling arts, music and culinary scenes.
Things to do in San Miguel de Allende
The central plaza of San Miguel de Allende dates back centuries and harbours colonial architecture. Wander the plaza to admire artists creating sculptures, paintings and ceramics, then stop for an impromptu mariachi show. Pick up handcrafted jewellery and accessories from artisan shops and stalls.
Admire the eclectic handmade Mexican masks at the Another Face of Mexico museum. At least 500 masks share the space with handmade papers, traditional dolls and indigenous textiles. Afterwards, get some fresh air while spotting local cacti, rare plant species and migratory birds at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Garden.
Pop into the neo-Gothic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel church, the city’s defining architectural structure with striking pink pinnacles. In the church’s crypt, you’ll find the resting place of Mexican war heroes. Spend an evening at the Public Library for chess or concerts and international films at the on-site Santa Ana Theatre.
Dining in San Miguel de Allende features Mexican fare with artisan and international influences. Explore the food culture at Mercado Ignacio Ramirez market, then indulge in farm-to-table dining at The Restaurant. For a truly authentic foodie dive, graze the street-food carts and trucks dishing out tamales, tacos, enchiladas mineras and pacholas fritters with cinnamon and chilis.
Getting around San Miguel de Allende
Walking is the best way to get around the city’s narrow cobblestone streets. Taxis offer rides around town, while rental cars are available at Captain Rogelio Castillo National Airport, about a 40-minute drive away.