In addition to strolling throught the cobbelstone streets, popping in and out of the wonderful stores and relaxing in the jardin, there are so many things to do in the city...
Fabrica la Aurora
Calzada de la Aurora S/N, Aurora, Santa Cecilia, 37710 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Shop for art, antiques and unique furniture pieces in the art galleries and design studios of this major cultural center.Fabrica La Aurora is a former textile factory that has been converted into a trendy hub of art and culture. Visit its galleries, furniture shops, design stores and studios with hundreds of artists under one roof.Devote at least a couple hours to wandering down the corridors, drifting from one studio and shop to the next. They are all spread out on one floor and offer a vast and eclectic range of pieces and items for sale.Take a break from your cultural wanderings by pausing for some refreshments. The site has two cafés, one fast-food outlet and an up-scale restaurant.The arts and design center is a 10-minute walk north from El Jardin, San Miguel de Allende's central plaza.Website: http://fabricalaaurora.com/en/home/
Archeological Tour of Cañada de la Virgen
Albert Coffee ArchaeotoursHistorian Albert Coffee offers tours of the Cañada de la Virgen, a partially restored pyramid that's the most important pre-Hispanic site discovered in the region. Having been more involved with the uncovering and restoration of the pyramid complex more intimately than any other researcher, Coffee has fascinating background stories to tell. A Meso-American specialist who has worked throughout Central America, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Yucatan, he provides a deeper insight into the region's history.Website: https://albertcoffeetours.com/canada-de-la-virgen/
La Gruta Spa
San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo, Guadalupe, 37750 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., MexicoThis is a fantastic place to have lunch and relax in the natural hot springs! La Gruta—the Grotto—is aptly named. There are a variety of open air pools, but the star attraction is the grotto where hot water gushes from a tube high in the wall of a dark rocky cave. You approach it via a darkened tunnel, at the end of which is the cave, steamy and chest-deep in hot water. Tourists line up to get a water massage on their heads and shoulders. There's plenty to do, with restaurants, a boutique, bar, new massage wing, aromatherapy, juice bar, smallish lap pool, and large temescal (traditional Mexican steam bath) with comfortable mosaic built-ins. It's been around for decades and is one of the de rigeur places to take out-of-town guests. There are expansive lawns and lots of places to sunbathe.Website: http://lagruta-spa.com.mx/
Casa Dragones Tequila Tasting Room
Recreo 16, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., MexicoWhile visiting San Miguel de Allende, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Casa Dragones Tasting Room, a six-seat destination for sipping tequila and signature craft cocktails located in the historic Dôce 18, a curated collection of luxury boutiques, design shops and restaurants. Casa Dragones collaborated with the internationally acclaimed firm Meyer Davis, known for their made to measure approach to design and architecture, to create the intimate Tasting Room, which showcases Casa Dragones’ ongoing commitment to Mexican craftsmanship.Casa Dragones Tasting Room received 2017 Special Mention for Hospitality – Bars & Nightclubs for the Architizer’s A+ Awards Honoring the Best Architecture, Spaces, & Products.Guests can make a reservation to visit Casa Dragones Tasting Room for a comprehensive tasting of Casa Dragones Joven Sipping Tequila and Casa Dragones Blanco. Guests can also choose dates when resident mixologists will be available for craft cocktail tastings. Reservations can be made by contacting Concierge@CasaDragones.comWebsite: https://casadragones.com/tasting-room/
Mercado San Juan de Dios
San Rafael 7, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
San Juan de Dios is one of San Miguel de Allende’s principal traditional markets, just a five minute walk from the main square. There are two sections to this market; indoors and outdoors. The indoor section is predominantly food-oriented, featuring a wealth of stalls with magnificent displays, with fruit and vegetables piled up in high in a beautiful orderly fashion. Large baskets and balloons decorate the stalls with each of the stallholders vying for customers. Cactus leaves and tunas (small red fruit from one type of cactus) are trimmed and prepared to eat. The market is dotted with food joints serving hearty meals such as pozole, a spicy broth with pork and corn. A selection of fruits and vegetables is available to snack on the go such as jicama(Mexican yam or turnip), covered in chili, salt and lemon to taste. Outdoors the stalls sprawl along the main road and retreat back from the road for a few blocks. They range from raw meats to extravagant flower arrangements and clothes. This market promises a reliable source of good, cheap produce and is also where many locals meet up to socialize. Open every day from 9 am to 6 pm, you can throw yourself into the life of San Miguel de Allende by interacting with local traders and produce.
Mercado de Artesanias
Lucas Balderas S/N, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Mercado de Artesanias (The Artisan Market) is open daily from 9 am until 7 pm. Each stall is overloaded with hand-crafted items. Jewelry stalls sell pendants and rings, some of which are made from local stones such as Mexican jade or shaped like skulls. Hand-painted, traditional Mexican ceramics are piled high alongside hanging lamps and Oaxacan rugs and clothing. Even the souvenirs at touristy stalls are hand-painted. A cascade of hats falls from one man’s stall and live birds in cages are the feature of another. Mercado de Artesanias stretches from a large undercover area, in which there is a mix of craft stalls and food stalls selling local honey, handmade sweets and medicinal herbs. Sellers hand out small pieces of grilled sweetcorn to passers-by to taste. These can be bought covered in lemon, salt and chili to taste. The market continues down some steps through a passageway with stalls on either side and out into the open, winding through the narrow streets until you come out at the main road on the other side. San Miguel is a city full of artists, painters and craftsmen, and this is reflected in this beautiful market.
Dôce 18 Concept House
Calle Relox 18, Colonia Centro, 33770, San Miguel de Allende, GTODôce-18 Concept House is established in the iconic Casa Cohen located in the heart of San Miguel de Allende. The interior restoration combines contrasts between colonial and contemporary architecture creating the latest stage for gastronomy, design, art, fashion and hospitality. A collection of experiences under the same roof.Website: https://www.doce-18.com/
Historic Walk Tour of San Miguel
This is a must-do if it's your first time in San Miguel! English-speaking guides walk guests through San Miguel’s glorious past, showing them the city center and its historical buildings and churches. The tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours, covers a ten block area, and is mostly level walking. Your donation supports the work of Patronato Pro Niños, and has for the past 25 years. Revenue from the tours makes a substantial financial contribution to the work of the organization. Regularly scheduled tours take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Groups meet in the Jardin across from the Parroquia (large church) at 9:45 AM, and leave at 10:00 AM. Cost: 300 pesos. Website: https://historicalwalkingtour.org/
Sanctuary of Atotonilco
The Sanctuary of Atotonilco is a church complex and part of a World Heritage Site, designated along with nearby San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The complex was built in the 18th century by Father Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro, who, according to tradition, was called upon by a vision of Jesus with a crown of thorns on his head and carrying a cross. The main feature of the complex is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels. This was chiefly the work of Antonio Martínez de Pocasangre over a period of thirty years. The mural work has led the complex to be dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of Mexico." The complex remains a place of worship and penance to this day, attracting as many as 5,000 visitors every week.
About a 30 minute drive from SMA - you can get there by taxi, uber, bus or hiring a private driver. We highly reccomend this excursion if you have the time.
Taste of San Miguel Food Tour
Discover San Miguel's most colorful flavors during a small-group walking tour led by a passionate food expert. Enjoy a variety of traditional Mexican culinary delights while supporting and interacting with the local food artisans.This food-tasting and cultural walking tour of San Miguel de Allende lets you admire Mexican culture from the perspective of a local, through delicious cuisine, rich history, and fascinating architecture. Suitable for all age groups, the tour whisks you away on a culinary journey from beginning to end.Visit a variety of off-the-beaten-track eateries and their friendly owners and staff, treating your taste buds to a great selection of regional delicacies. End this rewarding experience with a profound understanding of San Miguel's people and culture, a full stomach, and a yearning to learn more about this enchanting part of the country.Website: https://sanmiguelfoodtours.com/
Historic Museum of San Miguel de Allende
Located directly off rthe main square, this is the family home of the namesake of San Miguel, Ignacio Allende, a hero of the Mexican War of Independence. The mansion of colonial Baroque style dating back to the early eighteenth century, houses the Museum of History of San Miguel de Allende, which narrates the history of the area. Website: https://www.casadeallende.inah.gob.mx/
El Charco del Ingenio Jardín Botánico
Paloma S.N., Las Colonias, San Miguel de Allende 37700, MexicoLocated a few minutes from the historical town of San Miguel de Allende, this ecological preserve and botanical garden—the largest of its kind in Mexico—is home to hundreds of rare and endangered species, cacti, and succulents. There are walking paths, temescals (steam baths), picnic areas, a cafe, a shop, a nursery, and a greenhouse. Full moon, equinox, and other cultural or environmental ceremonies take place periodically. It's a long hike up from downtown, so get a cab up and walk down. The Dalai Lama proclaimed it a Zone of Peace when he visited here in 2004.Website: http://elcharco.org.mx/Ingles/index.html
Coyote Canyon Adventures- Horseback Riding
Coyote Canyon Adventures offers exclusive horseback riding adventures. You can enjoy incredible views from the main canyon of the State of Guanajuato or explore the streets of San Miguel on horseback. No riding experience is necessary for horseback adventures, and all ages are welcome.Website: https://coyotecanyonadventures.com/