A weekend in San Miguel de Allende
If you’re planning a trip to Mexico, I highly recommend that you make a stop at San Miguel de Allende (which is a 3-hour drive from Mexico City – depending on traffic, and a one-hour drive from Querétaro’s airport). With over 500 years of history and a designation as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Miguel is one of the most magical places I’ve ever been to. It’s known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene and cobblestoned street. Walking around, I was surprised not to see more bloggers / instagrammers snapping away, as this city is incredibly photogenic. Food wise, you’re also in for a real big delicious treat!
Here is my weekend guide to San Miguel de Allende!
Where to stay:
I went to celebrate my 4-year anniversary with my husband, so we treated ourselves to The Rosewood hotel. This isn’t exactly cheap but if you’re going for a special occasion, there’s no better place. This hotel looks exactly how you’d want a luxury hotel in a cute Mexican city to look: a colourful colonial-era hacienda with colonnades, patios and stunning rooms with curled bedposts. The hotel has a pool, tennis court, a spa, 2 bar areas (one of which offers a selection of 150 different tequilas) and 2 restaurants.
What to do:
Whether you’re staying at the Rosewood or not, make sure to book the breathtaking hot air balloon flight with Globo San Miguel for 2,900 MXN. It leaves in the morning before sunrise so that you can watch it from above and is then followed by a traditional breakfast at The Rosewood’s 1826 Restaurant – which means that you’ll be able to experience the hotel regardless. Breakfast includes fruits (which are so sweet, I was convinced they added sugar to them), fresh juice, coffee, local pastries and a selection of classic Mexican egg-based dishes.
After breakfast – which you’ll notice isn’t light – make sure to walk around the city and explore to digest. Tip: bring some good walking shoes, think comfy rather than pretty as this isn’t the time to be fashionable. The city isn’t flat, and the cobblestone streets aren’t easy to navigate! During your walk, make sure to see the stunning rose church La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel and the artisanal market Mercado de Artesanias.
Where to eat & drink:
La Única is not so única it would seem, as there’s also one in Mexico City and Puebla. It’s not surprising that they’re expanding because the décor is very trendy-chic and the Mexican menu is fresh and delicious. Make your way to the rooftop (as that’s where you’ll find the best seats) and take in the stunning view. On the menu, there’s everything from tuna tostadas (195 MXN) and cauliflower popcorn (180 MXN) to soft shell crab taco (180 MXN).
Looking for something a little more relaxed? Head over to La Parada. This Peruvian eatery has indoor and outdoor seating in a pretty courtyard. The food is extremely fresh and delicious. All the usual classics are featured like sea bass or salmon ceviche and octopus. My personal favourite was the seafood rice: arroz afrodisiaco (ancho chile and tomato jasmine rice with white wine, Parmesan cheese, scallop, octopus, shrimp and squid with smoky notes – 260 MXN).
This rooftop restaurant-bar located on top of the Rosewood hotel has a 360 view of the entire city. If you want to catch the sunset, this is where you should be. You can either choose to dine here and turn left once you reach the hostess or come just for a drink and turn right. We opted for the right turn and made our way to the bar area, where they make some mean cocktails. I ordered the Mezcalito Guanajuato, which is a smoky Mezcal based cocktail with lemongrass, lime and soda water and it was just perfect!
To get to Trazo 1810, you’ll have to walk through an art gallery, get into a hotel lobby, step into an elevator, make your way up to the top and tada, you’ll have arrived! Menu includes a creamy shrimp risotto with asparagus and preserved lemon, grilled octopus, or a scallop carpaccio covered in thin white ribbons of cucumber. Their chocolate dessert (which is a chocolate cake with a melted interior) was so delicious, that we could’ve ordered a second – but instead we decided to order more drinks.
Since we were only there for the weekend, our time was limited but here are a couple of places we’ll be going to on our next visit: