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Aperi

This is the place to experience San Miguel’s local ingredients at their peak. Aperi’s internationally celebrated tasting menu is exclusively sourced from area farmers and utilizes seafood from the northern regions of Mexico, while the dishes themselves lean Mexican with a few French flourishes. The intimate chef’s table experience at Aperi is another level — just be sure to book far in advance. ($$$$)

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Quebrada 101, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 152 0941

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Antonia Bistro SMA

This is a “come for the food, stay for the view” kind of restaurant. Antonia’s terrace offers a panoramic look at the city’s colonial landscape, and is a fine place to enjoy lunch by Alejandro Cuatepotzo, one of Mexico’s brightest young chefs. Settle into comforting dishes like a suckling pig served with its juices, roasted aged ribeye, and fresh fish ceviche. ($$$)

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San Francisco 57, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 152 7295

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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.

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.

Ocre

Chef Daniel Durán is behind Mexican specialties like slow-cooked tongue tacos, shrimp tostadas, and black aguachile with habanero. Ocre’s drinks are dangerously tasty with options like the Mandarin sour or Clover club. The daytime vibe here is relaxed, but blossoms into a bona fide scene at night. ($$$)

 

Hidalgo 5, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

 

415 152 8932

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).

Luna Tapas Bar 

The breathtaking skyline of San Miguel de Allende is a composition of the Bajío plateau and mountain landscape, the majestic Baroque towers of San Miguel’s cathedral, and the tile roofs of the city’s colorful, historic buildings. The restaurant-bar is located inside the Rosewood Hotel overlooking the city’s beautiful architecture, and though it’s a hotel bar at heart. ($$$$)

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Nemesio Diez 11, Zona Centro, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 152 9700

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Trazo 1810

Trazo 1810 is part of Casa 1810, a boutique hotel, and specializes in modern cuisine with a Mediterranean touch. The terrace is an ideal place for a hearty Mexican breakfast of enmoladas made with black mole sauce, fried plantains, and sour cream. If you stay for dinner, the beer-braised short ribs with carrots and brussels sprouts is your best bet. ($$$)

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Hidalgo 8, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 121 3501

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Zumo

Housed on the rooftop of the lovely boutique Hotel Limon, Zumo is a bright open-air restaurant that’s close enough to the Jardin that the views include not only la Parroquia and the landmark dome of Las Monjas church but also a panoramic sweep of the city and its ring of hills. The seasonal menu emphasizes local produce, and the dishes are an international fusion with a distinctly Latin flair. The scene is fun and hip, with brightly colored yellow chairs paying homage to the hotel’s lemon style. Don’t miss the deconstructed tiramisu for dessert.

The Restaurant

Nested in the courtyard of a colonial-era mansion, and just a few steps from the main square of San Miguel de Allende, the Restaurant has been a mainstay of San Miguel dining for more than a decade. American-born chef Donnie Masterton cooks a menu of California-style comfort food with Mexican influences that rarely lets you down. Try the mahi mahi à la Veracruz, or the shrimp risotto with spring vegetables and Parmesan. A weekly burger night features grass-fed beef, house-made pickles, and piles of garlic French fries. ($$$$)

 

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Diez de Sollano y Dávalos 16, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 154 7862

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Zibu

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La Mezcalería

You are here for one thing: to drink mezcal. Located just a few blocks from the main square, this charming bar offers a short but very sweet mezcal list sourced from regions across Mexico, with an emphasis on Oaxaca. The selection covers all of the most popular varieties, from Espadin to Tobala and even Tepeztate, so it is a great place to cover your ABCs on Mexico’s most beloved spirit. If sipping it straight is not your thing, there are mezcal margaritas in flavors like ginger and mint, hibiscus flower, chile, and tangerine. A small selection of Oaxacan-style dishes brings it all together. ($$)

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A, Correo 47, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 121 5354

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Codo 4, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

+52 415 121 3075

Cantina El Manantial

The century-old Cantina El Manantial is one of San Miguel de Allende’s most historic treasures. The bar is on the small side but works just fine to kick off a night out in the city with classic cocktails or sippers of tequila and mezcal. El Manantial is a regular hang for the local artist community, so be prepared to mingle with creative spirits. ($$)

 

Barranca 78, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

 

415 110 0007

La Azotea

La Azotea

Umarán 6, Centro 

The phrase hidden gem may be criminally overused, but sometimes there’s really no other way to describe a restaurant like La Azotea. It’s certainly hidden: the restaurant doesn’t even have a sign and is in fact located on the roof of a different restaurant (the far less celebrated Pueblo Viejo). And it’s as gem-like as it is hidden. 

Lavanda Caffe

Lavanda Café

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Located in a historic ochre-and-blue storefront, Lavanda Cafe is a small specialty coffee shop known for its signature drinks infused with lavender flowers. For the purists, a multitude of drip and espresso methods (Chemex, V60, cold brew) are also available, made with single-origin beans that highlight the best of Mexico’s coffee growing regions, like Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Nayarit. Try the latte lavanda or mareado lavanda, a double espresso shaken with ice, lavender, and sugar cane. Cushion your stomach before all the caffeine with a classic breakfast like eggs Benedict or a BLT sandwich. ($)

 

Calle del Dr Ignacio Hernandez Macias 87, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

 

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Ki'bok Coffee SMA

This specialty coffee concept was born in Tulum and has now expanded to San Miguel de Allende. Choose from brewing methods including drip, pour-over, and Chemex, and beans sourced through co-ops in Coatepec, Veracruz. Pair your coffee with an egg- and cheese-stuffed avocado or a vegan bowl of quinoa with hummus. ($)

 

Diez de Sollano y Dávalos #25, esquina con, Cuadrante #1, Zona Centro, Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

Bovine

Why would you want to visit an Australian steakhouse in Mexico? When it’s Bovine, an absolute epic feat of a restaurant and one of the best tables in town. It comes from acclaimed Australian-born chef Paul Bentley, and provides a modern take on the classic chop house formula, with dishes like steak frites with pepper sauce, porchetta with white bean stew, and Bourguignon short rib. The term “large format” is taken literally here; bring friends, or heed your server’s ordering advice. ($$$$)

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Canal 16, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico

415 121 6787

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