By Danielle Snyder
I recently visited San Miguel de Allende and fell in love with the city. From the charming cobblestone streets, to the local artisanal baskets, flower headbands and eclectic art and furniture--not to mention the heavenly food-- I was in my element.
Dancing in a local artisanal dress and Dannijo armparty
I was so inspired there and the people we met along the way were lovely. It's the kind of place you want to wander around and get lost in the streets, stumble upon local artisans and move through the enchanting architecture.
My last evening in town I had the pleasure of eating at the home of Casa Dragones. Our group got a dynamic history lesson on their unique tequila and dined in the home on one of the most spectacular meals I've ever had -- one prepared by Áperi and paired with Casa Dragones Joven.
At the Casa Dragones Home
The temperature in SMA drops at night so I ended up sitting inside by the fireplace post-meal sipping on the last of my tequila. It was then that I met the lovely Brenda Gallardo of Casa Dragones and @sanmiguelinsider -- and she began to tell me what it was like to be a local there and what spots were "must see" which is how I ended up asking if she'd put together an exclusive guide for World of Dannijo. And here we are. I sincerely hope you get the chance to visit. It truly is one of the most magical places on the planet.
Entrance to Casa Dragones Home
Inside San Miguel by Brenda Gallardo
San Miguel de Allende-- a designated World Heritage Site and awarded 'Best City in the World' on Travel + Leisure's 2017 roundup-- is one of the most charming places I've ever been and far surpassed my expectations.
Not only is the weather amazing, it's located in the heart of Mexico and is considered a magical town. There are a number of “secret” local spots, but as a popular tourist destination, one can dine exceptionally on every type of cuisine from traditional Mexican to the most international variations.
After living in San Miguel for 8 years, I've discovered a number of incredible places, yet still haven't been to many of them. There are so many interesting local festivities and international happenings as well. The best chefs are investing in San Miguel, popping up with new restaurants in the last 3 years.
As a local, I still love to recommend visiting a variety of places during your stay in San Miguel. Below I've broken down a cheat-sheet of my favorite spots for you to get inspired by when you make your way over to this magical town.
Best Coffee Shops in SMA
- Cafe de la Ventana - you purchase the Chiapas coffee through a tiny, cute little window.
- Cafe buen día located in one of the most beautiful areas -- “callejon del pueblito." The spot is owned and run by a family, and has became the go-to spot for locals. They also serve a fantastic breakfast.
- Cafe de la Mancha - I love the owners! They are a young couple from CDMX. They run the cafe out of the same splace where they live and take care of their adorable baby girl. They were both former baristas, and you can find all types of coffee with varying techniques.
PANIO - The spot belongs to CUMPANIO restaurant´s company, who has several outlets. It's a gourmet cafe with a traditional French bakery.
Best Breakfast Spots
- Inside Cafe
- Cafe Lavanda
- Posada Corazón
All of the above spots feature organic, home-made breakfast, and use local products. These SMA breakfast recommendations also have beautiful views of the city and cozy seating.
- I love it for either lunch or dinner. It's European fusion and one of the best roof tops and one of my two favorite views in all of town.
- La Parada
- The one and only Peruvian restaurant. Authentic Peruvian ceviches, pisco sour and beautiful ambiance.
- Mattero Salas
- Jacinto 1930
- The Restaurant
Best Local /Mexican Restaurants
- Los Milagros
- La Alborada
Drinks & Rooftops
- La Azotea