There’s magic in every corner of Mexico. Here, we dive into San Miguel de Allende with an in-the-know local to discover the city’s hidden gems and must-visit destinations.
Colonial authenticity, cultural integrity and a beautiful historic downtown all lent to San Miguel de Allende being designated at UNESCO World Heritage Site. Limited development and strict building codes keep the city’s charm and magic alive, from the 17th-century neo-Gothic cathedral La Parroquia to the 16th-century Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture seen throughout the town. Located within the UNESCO-protected city center and built by local artisans, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende maintains the look and feel of Old San Miguel. We talked with Alfredo Rentería, Managing Director of Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, on what makes the historic city so special and where to find some of the best views in town.
What is one thing you cannot miss when visiting San Miguel de Allende?
In my opinion, a visit to Fabrica La Aurora, a beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory from the turn of the century, is not to be missed. La Aurora contains an eclectic mix of artists’ studios, contemporary art galleries, small eateries and a collection of shops, among other things.
What is your favorite thing about the city?
San Miguel de Allende is an enchanting artisan village. The natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, quality of light and unique ambience have drawn artists to study, work and settle here. Its vibrant art community is one of my very favorite things about the city. From hand-crafted leather goods to colorful pottery, the city is filled with boutiques, galleries and shops for purchasing one-of-a-kind artistic items. Art classes are also offered throughout the city where travelers can craft textiles, pottery and other custom masterpieces with local artisans. San Miguel also boasts an impressive collection of murals and urban artwork.
Where is the best spot to get a beautiful view of the city?
Trazo 1810 boasts a 360-degree view of the historic city center and offers superb cuisine in an amazing ambience. Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende’s preeminent rooftop bar, is known for its stunning sunset views. Guests can relax with cocktails or an intimate dinner set in full view of the entire city of San Miguel, including the iconic La Parroquia and the city’s incredible colonial architecture.
Where’s the best margarita in town?
La Mezcalería is a stylish place known for their craft mezcal margaritas paired perfectly with delectable tapas. Personally, my favorite margarita in town is the Lavender Margarita served at Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. Lavender is one of the most iconic flowers in San Miguel, and since it is very aromatic, we decided to unify its most intrinsic values with the city’s own Tequila Casa Dragones Joven.
Get Creative: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende features contemporary Mexican art throughout its property and encourages guests to get in touch with their creative side. Amenities include in-room easels with paint and tools and an Art Concierge who curates on-property exhibitions, art talks, specialized tours and packages.
This story originally appeared in the 2019 Spring/Summer issue of InMexico Magazine.