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The Best of San Miguel de Allende | Voted Travel + Leisure Top City in the World 2017 | by Onyx and Alexa

THE ONYX AND ALEXA TRAVEL GUIDE TO

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

VOTED TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE'S TOP CITY IN THE WORLD 2017
WORLD'S BEST AWARDS

Posted: July 12, 2017
Last Update: December 2, 2017
By siblings

Dear Legend,

When you come to San Miguel de Allende, a colonial city in the heart of Mexico, you feel like you are stepping back in time. Don't worry, you don't have to forego any of the luxuries of the modern era.

Its large historic façades with massive carved wooden doors give you a taste of the hand-crafted beauty in the city's architecture. Its cobblestone streets, though not meant for walking on heels, add to its charm. Its food can please the pickiest palate. Its arts and culture programs are in vogue. And you can enjoy from the wide variety of hotels and restaurants.

Our favorite part of it is its people. Locals and foreigners alike embrace you in a warm positive feeling that is hard to describe. It's as if anyone who steps out of a taxi with a suitcase in their hands, can't help but smile. It's a family friendly place you don't want to leave.

And if you are looking for blue skies, San Miguel de Allende enjoys great weather year-round.

We hope you will join us on a visual journey of San Miguel de Allende, voted Travel + Leisure Magazine Top City in the World 2017.

What will we discover next?

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If you could only visit one place in San Miguel de Allende, visit El Jardín, pronounced /Har-déen/.

It is the heart of the downtown area, with the iconic Parroquia (Neo-gothic cantera stone parish), and historic mansions filled with shops and restaurants.

Jardín means garden in Spanish and El Jardín has many manicured trees which serve as a respite from the sun.

It's closed to traffic, so it is perfect for a stroll and for meeting new people. Throughout the year many events are held here.

It is also a great place to start your journey to discover other nearby streets with unique boutiques and restaurants.

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This pink cantera stone beauty is the perfect place for a photo op.

Its intricate neo-gothic architecture and central location make it an emblem of the city of San Miguel de Allende.

Its gothic spires are visible from many streets in the area.

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— D BEST OF ARTS & CULTURE —

People who have never been to San Miguel de Allende wonder how a city away from the coast attracts so much tourism. Part of what makes SMA so fascinating is its wide range of arts and culture programming, events, classes and galleries. It isn't surprising that this UNESCO World Heritage Site was voted Travel + Leisure Top City In The World 2017.

INSTITUTO ALLENDE

Art & Spanish School — Est. 1950

Its large stone façade and impressive doorway give a glimpse into what is offered at the Instituto Allende.

  • They offer many art workshops in sculpture, painting, weaving, jewelry, and more.
  • They have a Life Learning Program with unique class offerings dealing with art, history, current events, etc.
  • For decades, U.S. veterans have been able to study arts and Spanish here under the G.I. Bill Program (US Department of Veterans Affairs).
  • Its beautiful architecture and murals make it a popular wedding venue too.

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If you are a nature enthusiast you will love San Miguel de Allende's luscious gardens. SMA's climate allows for growing almost anything year-round. Bougainvillea and other climbers brighten many home façades. Stone fountains and tropical fruit trees are popular garden features.

The landscape that surrounds the city is home to many native plants like the Huizache tree (Acacia or thorn tree), cacti and other succulents.

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PARQUE JUÁREZ (Juarez Park)

Parque Juarez (Park), San Miguel de Allende, Top City in the World

LocationParque Juárez | Main Entrance: Diezmo Viejo & Aldama

Where to find public restroomsTravel Tip — For public restrooms: Access through the main entrance and walk straight ahead for a short distance, past the cotton candy vendors and the kids playground. The restrooms will be on your right. Most public restrooms in the area charge between $5 & $10 Mexican pesos (about 25¢ to 50¢ USD).

El Parque Juárez is the largest green area within the historic Centro of San Miguel de Allende.

It has wonderful walkways covered with trees and sprinkled with stone sculptures. You can sit on a bench, listen to birds chirping, try to guess the local vegetation, or just enjoy a walk.

There is an art garden, kids playground, gazebo, and the basketball court area is also used for musical events and food festivals.

For a mixture of nature and architecture, take a walk around the park. You will see beautiful colonial homes and still enjoy plenty of vegetation.


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San Miguel de Allende is a haven for food lovers of all ages. With well over 300 restaurants for all tastes and budgets, you are sure to discover something to please your palate. We will be featuring some of our favorite places to eat.

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Date Posted: August 7, 2017

Famous for its hot chocolate & churros, this charming Café offers a warm atmosphere and authentic flavor. Owned by acclaimed actress Margarita Gralia, it is a popular stop among locals and tourists.

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If you visit San Miguel de Allende you won't go away empty handed. You can easily loose track of time as you discover unique boutiques, never quite knowing what treasure lies around the corner. Window displays can be mesmerizing, go ahead, venture in, or you'll never know what you missed.

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PLAZA LA ESTACIÓN

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