San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, is our founder Brandon Berkson’s favorite place in the world. Here, Spanish Colonial-style building, with their welcoming warm-colored façades, house boutique hotels, courtyard restaurants, boutiques, concept stores, and art galleries. The entirety of the town boasts a historical significance, validated by its central neo-gothic cathedral and UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Here are 5 things that need to (HAP)pen on your next trip to San Miguel de Allende.
BEKEB at Casa Hoyos
Cocktails are best done at stunning boutique hotel Casa Hoyos’ rooftop bar, BEKEB. Master mixologist and former leader at famous NYC restaurant & bar Cosme, Fabiola Padilla, curates a multi-dimensional cocktail menu that is served amidst a décor employing fashionable earthy-toned furniture and a thin-lettered neon sign which says, “I want us to love each other.” Among many other fantastic libations that also come with a cityscape view, the Carajillo Allende—made up of espresso, cacao liquor, and banana liquor—is a must-order.
Fábrica La Aurora
Located on the outskirts of the main town, Fábrica La Aurora is an art lover’s haven replete with local and expat-run galleries, boutiques, and cafés. From 1902-1991 the site was an active textile mill—now, even though it has taken on a new life, remnants such as looms, controls, and engines still exist throughout the premises.
Recreo San Miguel
This chic San Miguel de Allende boutique sells refined clothing that is rooted in Latin American traditions, while at the same time infuses marks from contemporary cultures around the world. Each fabric and accouterment are high-quality—it’s a must-visit shop for fashion lovers.
Mercado de Artesenías
Jewelry from the south of Mexico, rugs woven in Oaxaca, colorful handmade toys assembled in Oaxaca, and Guanajuato-molded pottery are just a handful of the culturally rich artisanal work found throughout this several-block market.
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel
Situated in a central plaza, this historical neo-gothic church is a San Miguel de Allende architectural icon.