San Miguel de Allende Journals

Classic San Miguel

A travel journal to San Miguel de Allende by hmm...

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Quote: I went to San Miguel as a volunteer teacher for three months in 1997. Fell in love with the area, so I returned the next year. And the next...

Classic San Miguel

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Overview

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I arrived in early September, just in time for the Independence Day Celebrations(Sept. 15). San Miguel is the home of the birthplace of one of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution, so the celebration is focused here. After that it's one celebration after another, with Pamplonada (the running of the bulls), El Pipila, International Jazz Festival, etc. Fascinating to see modern fireworks and celebration combined with traditional costumes and dances. San Miguel was founded in 1542 by Fray Juan de San Miguel, a Franciscan monk. The entire city is classified as a historic landmark, so the beautiful architecture and cobblestone streets have all been protected. Any modern buildings, such as the bus s...Read More

Mama Mia

Restaurant | "Mama Mia's"

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There's a saying that "you haven't been to San Miguel until you've been to Mama Mia's". A favorite among locals and tourists alike, the main dining area is an open courtyard, lovely old trees strung with lights. Live local music some nights, everything from jazz to flamenco. The vegetarian lasagna is wonderful. As is everything else I've tried there. Has something for most anyone, with the laid back atmosphere of the main dining area, to the dance hall down stairs.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

Mama Mia
Umaran 8
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
(52 4) 152-2063

Grotta

Restaurant | "La Grotta"

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The best pizza I've ever tasted. (And I've had a lot of pizza...)The spinach & mushroom pizza is my personal favorite, and the special sauce is what brought me back again and again. The sauce is in a small glass container on the table (ask for it if you don't see it!) Pour a little on your pizza and dig in. The more recently added upstairs dining area has a nice view of the street. Better to try having lunch here, because the place is small and popular- lines can stretch a block down the street at night.

The sangria is excellent, made with their house wine and fresh lemonade.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

Grotta
Mesones No. 38
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Pullman

Restaurant | "El Pullman"

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They've taken an old pullman train car in a lovely courtyard and made a restaurant out of it. The food is good, not quite up to the usual SMA standard. The environment is well worth a visit, though. Frequent live music.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

Pullman
San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Pueblo Viejo

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Restaurant

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Another one of San Miguel's wonderful restaurants with an open roof. They have a roof that basically roles on when needed, but the weather in San Miguel rarely requires it. This is THE place for breakfast! Many people say the Eggs Benedict is the best they've ever had, but my personal favorite is the blueberry pancakes. Trust me, you will never be satisfied with a lesser pancake! They're rich, almost more like a desert, and rolled in corn flakes, then topped with crema. (Yes, I said corn flakes. Sounds weird, but it's incredible.) The omelettes are great, the coffee is superb, the fresh baked bread heavenly. Ok, so I've never had anything there that wasn't wonderful... but the blueberr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Pueblo Viejo
Calle de San Francisco
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

El Pegaso

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Restaurant

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Ok, so if you've been reading thru my dining entries you may have noticed that none of the places listed so far have what you traditionally think of as Mexican Food. There are reasons for that. Actually, most of the restaurants in San Miguel don't have what we think of as Mexican. You can buy that from the street vendors, but I don't reccomend that... the lines may be blocks long for some street vendors every night, but take note of the fact that there is no running water, nowhere to wash hands or food... and non native stomachs tend to get sick there. Thus we have El Pegaso. Looks like a hole in the wall, not too impressive to look at. Forget appearances. They're clea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

El Pegaso
Corregidora 6
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
(415) 152-1351

Parque Benito Juarez

Attraction | "Parque Benito Juarez (Juarez Park)"

Parque Benito Juarez Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Peaceful beauty. Wandering paths through the trees, with ancient fountains and stone bridges around the corner. This is where San Miguel was founded, near the water source, but the center of town shifted, so this lovely park is largely unused.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

Parque Benito Juarez
corner of Aldama & Diezmo Viejo
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

SMA Water Source

Attraction

SMA Water Source Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Walls of flowers surround this building, which houses the original SMA water source. Beautiful but steep walk. A must see for photographers! Peaceful place for contemplation.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

SMA Water Source
just up the hill form Parque Juarez
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Parroquia (Old Parish church)

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Attraction | "La Parroquia"

La Parroquia (Old Parish church) Photo, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Not actually a museum, that's the closest I could find. This beautiful pseudogothic church is in the heart of San Miguel. Built from local pink rock, it seems to change color as the sun passes overhead. The architect had no formal training, and had never seen a gothic church. Legend has it that he based the concepton postcards he'd seen from Europe, and that he never drew plans. Intead, he would sketch in the dirt at the site what he wanted the workers to do each day. In the tombs beneath the main altar of the church are the remains of former bishops of the church and many dignitaries who once lived in San Miguel, including a former President of the Republic of Mexico. The tombs are open to the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

La Parroquia (Old Parish church)
Across From The Central Garden
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel International Jazz and Blues Festival

Attraction | "International Jazz Festival"

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Musicians from all over the world come here for a week long party! There are people playing and dancing in the theater, in the cafe's, in the Jardin and in the street. Well worth visiting just for this!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 2, 2001

San Miguel International Jazz and Blues Festival
Various Locations
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico