Springtime in San Miguel
By Jade Arroyo
San Miguel de Allende is a city full of light that helps the magic emanating from the baroque, neoclassical, and neo-Gothic buildings. During these warm months, the jacarandas bloom, sunsets are aflame, and we just want to explore its cobbled streets with lazy strolling.
El Mirador offers a good view of the whole city. From here you can admire the vista and identify some landmarks. It is also a good place to take pictures of the sunrise and sunset. El Mirador is located on the road to Querétaro beside the house that belonged to Mexican singer Pedro Vargas.
For breakfast, we recommend La Ventana for a tasty cup of organic coffee from La Union de la Selva, accompanied by a freshly made sandwich or a homemade brownie. Sollano 11.
Go for a bike ride to Parque Juárez and take a book along to catch up on your reading during a restful break under the trees. This park is in the French style, dating from the early twentieth century. It is located in the center of the city, on the corner of Diezmo Viejo and Aldama. The friendly shade trees will protect you from the sun, and you can breathe in the very fresh air in this microclimate.
At lunch time, try La Mesa Grande on Zacateros 49. This place has really good freshly made pizza, available by the slice or the entire pie. You can ask for other light meal options, such as sandwiches, salads, and soups. We love the sourdough bread they make here. Moreover, this is a good place to meet local people and socialize.
See the sunset with a margarita on the rooftop bar at La Azotea. This bar is right near the Jardín Principal and has good view to the west. The place is quiet and contemporary. To accompany your drink, order tapas with serrano ham or esquites (corn, mayo, pepper and lime in a cup).