If you have never been to San Miguel de Allende, you are missing out! This colonial-era city is dazzling with it’s cobblestones streets, colorful houses, beautiful principal plaza (called El Jardin), a stunning neo-Gothic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel (church) and stores filled with unique Mexican handicrafts.
I visited this wonderful city with my father and sister on a week long trip around central Mexico. When we first arrived to San Miguel Allende we stopped at the mirador. From there you are able to admire this splendid city. This is the perfect place to take a panoramic picture of the whole city and it’s landscape.
After we finished taking pictures of the city we headed to Fabrica La Aurora. This was an old textile factory and has now been re-purposed with different art galleries. A beautiful place to visit, with many different artists’ work. We had a great time wandering from gallery to gallery. There is a cafe where you can grab a quick bite and a delicious cafe.
Once we finished walking around Fabrica La Aurora we headed to the principal plaza of San Miguel de Allende (called El Jardin). All round the plaza you will see restaurants, bars and stores. Right in front of El Jardin you will see the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. The Parroquia has stunning architecture and beautiful altars. It is a Gothic church made of rose canter. The construction is breathtaking and at night it also looks very impressive. Inside the Parroquia you will find a small chapel called Capilla del Santisimo.
Right next to the Parroquia there is a church called Iglesia San Rafael or Santa Esquela.
There are also other churches near the plaza and we visited two of them. The first church that we visited was Templo de Inmaculada Concepcion de las Monjas. Right outside this church you will see an ice cream stand. The stand sells many different types of delicious ice cream. My favorite flavor is cajeta, made of sweetened caramelized goat’s milk. (As I type this I am craving and missing the cajeta ice cream.)
The other church that we also visited was the Templo de San Francisco. The facade is pure Churrigueresque with stone figures and fine columns. There is a beautiful plaza in front of the church bustling with activity people also sit on the benches to relax enjoy the day.
We had dinner at La Terraza, it is a restaurant located next to La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. I think that this place is good if you want to have a drink while relaxing watching the people walk around El Jardin. However, the service was very slow and the food was poor.
We spend the rest of the day walking around the cobblestones streets of the city while visiting different stores. We also took lots of pictures of indigenous ladies making beautiful flower headbands.
I highly recommend that you visit this wonderful colonial city. There are a lot of things to do and you can also just choose to relax all day sitting on the benches of El Jardin while admiring the different activities going on.
Have you ever been to San Miguel de Allende? If yes, what other places do you recommend?