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Aperi

San Miguel’s most-coveted fine dining tables are in this intimate, low-lit dining room in the Dos Casas – a chic boutique set in a Spanish colonial townhouse in the heart of the old center. Run by French-Mexican chef Olivier Deboise, the menu focuses on quality local ingredients like farm-reared Mexican pork and lamb, Baja California scallops and Ensenada tuna, best savored through the six-course tasting menu with matching wines – and served at the chef’s table in the kitchen.

 

La Posadita

La Posadita serves traditional, no-nonsense Mexican comfort cooking and cocktails in the shadow of San Miguel Arcángel church, with the city skyline at your feet. For the best views, book a table facing west, at the far end of the rooftop patio. Arrive just before sunset and order the signature cocktail, the minty Mojito Posadita – and as the city lights twinkle on, follow it with the Sopa Azteca (tortilla soup with tomato, avocado and chipotle chili) and tangy shrimp tacos.

Ocre

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Inside Cafe

Tucked up a stairway off Avenida Insurgentes in the colonial center and with little signage, this pocket-sized cafe can be a struggle to find. But it’s worth the bother – for the big breakfasts including eggs and French toast, the bursting brunch sandwiches and the excellent New Zealand-style coffee – served with a rooftop view. And unlike many San Miguel eateries, the cafe has plenty of options for vegetarians.

Cumpanio

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Antonia Bistro SMA

The best table with a view in this city of beautiful views? It has to be at the Antonia Bistro – where the sun drops as red as a cherry over higgledy-piggledy houses and cobbled streets dotted with churches, to the Laja River and the distant blue ridges of the Sierra de Lobos mountains. Even a poached egg would be good with a view like this – let alone chef Alex Cuatepotzo’s superior rib-eye steaks, suckling pigs and ceviches.

Casa Nostra

Set in a handsome downtown house, this boutique restaurant offers a selection of intimate dining areas, including a plush lounge, a rustic-chic kitchen, a formal dining room and a rooftop terrace with views out over terracotta eaves and church spires. The latter is a coveted spot at the end of the day when diners sip pineapple mezcalitos as the sun sinks over the city, followed by a dinner of fillet steak or pistachio-encrusted tuna under the stars.

Cenaduria la Alborada

This homey cantina restaurant tucked behind the towering, gothic San Miguel Arcángel church is a genuine local favorite. Food is served in a dining room decorated with kitschy angels and a myriad of black-and-whites of Mexican singers and film stars, or there’s a sunny outdoor terrace. It’s simple fare – tacos, quesadillas, all manner of eggs (including hearty rancheros – served on a corn tortilla in a thick tomato sauce) and the house speciality of pozoles(meat stew with hominy corn kernels and chili).

Trazo 1810

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Zibu

With a Mexican-Thai fusion menu, Zibu’s food zings with spice and brims-over with flavor. Plates include Phuket salad (Thai and Mexican leaves with seared tuna and mango coulis) and fusion fish, baked in a banana leaf with chili, tomato and coriander and served with mushroom sauce. The restaurant sits in the Live Aqua boutique hotel with a choice of dining areas – under the colonnades, on the terrace, in the leafy atrium garden or in a luxe, carpeted bar lounge.

Bovine

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Cantina El Manantial

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La Mezcalería

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The Restaurant

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Top rooftop restaurants in San Miguel de Allende for dinner and drinks.

1. Atrio - our favorite rooftop, incredible views with a chic relaxed elegance.

2. Quince - hip rooftop with incredible views. Lively with a "party scene" vibe later in the evening. 

3. Fatima - beautiful rooftop terrace and restaurant with views.

La Posadita - incredible views, located right next to Quince with incredible views but with a more casual vibe. 

La Unica - beautiful views overlooking the city center and cathedral paired with an extensive drink menu, eight different types of tacos to choose from, among other classic Mexican dishes. The chocolate bomb dessert was pretty darn good. La Unica had a definite party atmosphere to it without being too over the top.

Luna Rooftop - this is the one rooftop that offers a different view than the rest of the rooftops listed. Instead of being in the center of the city and nestled right next to the cathedral...Luna rooftop is just outside Centro and offers views of the city center and cathedral from afar.

La Azotea - a great rooftop spot for lunch. The jicama tacos are incredible...one of the best things I ate on the trip. It was more like a sushi roll taco than a true taco with fried leeks, crispy shrimp, and spicy mayo.

Kab'an - a newcomer to the rooftop scene in San Miguel de Allende, Kab'an offered some of the best prices for quality food and drinks paired with wonderful views. A Lebanese restaurant will soon open on their second rooftop.

BEST RESTAURANTS IN SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE THAT AREN'T ROOFTOPS

The Restaurant The Restaurant is a lovely spot with a gorgeous Moroccan courtyard. The menu is an assortment of "global comfort" food. Thursday nights are burger night which I heard several locals/ex-pats rave about.

Bovine - this restaurant is gorgeous! The design is eclectic and sophisticated. Rich green velvets, mirrored ceilings, gold tables, black and white tiled floors...interior designers would be in heaven here.

Bastardo - a must for foodies. Enjoy sublime farm to table dishes served in a casual, beer garden atmosphere. The restaurant is actually made out of two shipping containers.  Chef Jorge Arendano worked at Noma in Denmark. Noma is incredibly famous as it's made the list of best restaurants in the world more times then I can count.  Bastardo will require an Uber ride as it's a little bit out of town (about 15 minutes).

CAFES AND COFFEE SHOPS

Lavanda Cafe - the best coffee shop in San Miguel de Allende. I visited Lavanda at least once a day. There are two locations, one by the San Miguel market and one in the very center of town.

Panio - located in the heart of the historic center, Panio is a great choice for coffee and pastries.

Ki'bok - after gaining quite the following in Tulum (Ki'bok's first location), a second cafe was soon opened in San Miguel de Allende. The cold brew is especially good and this is one of the best spots to hang for a while as there's plenty of seating and a sunny rooftop patio.

Zenteno - solid iced Americans, insanely good mini pies and tarts, and a charming little atmosphere.

DRINKS AND COCKTAILS

Casa Buen Viaje - a trendy little mezcal bar serving up unique and inventive drinks. If you're serious about your mezcal, this is a must!

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