48 Hours in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This Friday I bring you another great addition to the ever growing 48 Hour Friday series. Thinking of heading to Mexico soon? San Miguel de Allende, located in Central Mexico, has no beaches or turquoise waters like Cancun, Cozumel, or Los Cabos. However, since the city is still bursting with culture and exquisite food, this isn’t a place you’ll want to miss.

San Miguel de Allende has been getting all of the buzz in Mexico since it was named the best city in the world by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013. Though many people who visit wind up deciding to spend the rest of their lives here, it is possible to see much of what the city offers in 48 hours.

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DAY ONE
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8:00 A.M.

Have breakfast at Cumpanio. You will be presented with your choice of bread or sweet rolls. I go for the Berliner which is a doughnut filled with pastry cream. They also have the best eggs Benedict that I’ve ever had and an egg casserole made with nopales and chicharron.

9:00 A.M.
Take a walk in the Guadalupe art district and look at the street art. The colorful murals in the morning light are always a good way to start the day. This is a great non-touristy neighborhood in San Miguel where kids play soccer in the street and everyone greets you with a smile.

 

10:00 A.M.
Go to the art galleries inside the Fabrica La Aurora. It used to be an old fabric factory and now is full of art galleries which feature the work of local artists. Many times you even get to see the artists at work.

12:00 P.M.
Take a taxi to El Pato for lunch. You will have an authentic meal of lamb or chicken mixiotes which I really do consider to be the best meal in San Miguel de Allende.

1:00 P.M.
Visit the Parroquia which is the landmark pink church in San Miguel de Allende. Many people say this is the most beautiful church in Mexico. After your visit inside, sit in the Jardin, the park facing the church, and watch the world go by.

3:00 P.M.
Go to the El Charco del Ingenio and walk around the beautiful gardens and gorge. Take binoculars to see the beautiful birds and get ready to see more cacti then you’ve ever seen in your life.

7:00 P.M.
Have dinner at Tacos Don Felix. They have the best enchiladas and margaritas that I’ve ever had. Of course, you can order tacos as well.

10:00 P.M.
End the evening at Mama Mia for live music. They have several rooms with live music, so you can choose between rock bands or salsa and jazz.

DAY TWO
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8:00 A.M.
Enjoy having breakfast at La Parroquia (the restaurant, not the church). This insider spot is loved for its beautiful garden atmosphere and Mexican specialties.

9:00 A.M.
Soak in the hot springs at Escondido Place. This place is pure paradise and is surrounded by nature. With it’s six thermal indoor and outdoor pools, you can easily spend the entire day here. They do serve lunch, so plan to eat lunch here, and just enjoy the day.

2:00 P.M.
Be transported by the cajeta churros at San Augustin Chocolates and Churros. Seriously, they are my #1 addiction in town!

3:00 P.M.
Visit the mirador, the overlook, just outside of town. After enjoying the stunning views, walk down to the Parque Benito Juarez and enjoy the beautiful palm trees and watching the artists who often paint in the park.

6:00 P.M.
Have a seafood dinner at La Sirena Gorda. The octopus tostadas are tantalizing, but then so are the shrimp and bacon tacos. Enjoy drinking the ginger or the tamarind margaritas while dozens of “fat mermaids” keep watch over you.

8:00 P.M.
Go for an after-dinner drink to Berlin Bar & Bistro and mingle with the art crowd. Then end the evening in the Jardin to see the Parroquia church lit up at night and listen to the romantic mariachi bands sing their songs of passion and longing.

Val Dawson is convinced that she is half mermaid and is always looking for the next great beach. She writes the travel blog, This Way To Paradise, which is a guide to some of the best islands and beaches in the world. She also writes the blog, Travel Scamming, which alerts people and helps them prevent potential travel scams. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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