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Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
After the third person recommended Bar Incendio with a chuckle, we had to check it out. "It's a real Mexican bar," they would say. But on our first two attempts, the bar was closed (we discovered that "real Mexicans" close shop at 11 p.m.) Our...
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Presa de La Olla, Barrio de la Presa, Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
We came across Presa de la Olla by walking up Paseo la Presa until it ends. Definitely an "off the beaten tourist path" spot where all you see are locals relaxing, playing, boating and eating. A different part of Guanajuato--less bustle with all...
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Allende 7, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
We stumbled upon Casa Cuatro wandering the streets of Guanajuato. Pushing open the door we found beautiful art, jewelry, ceramic work and a couple of cool + trendy restaurants including Casa Mídi. Make your way up to the terrace for a sweeping...
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Jdn. de la Unión 3, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
Casa Valadez Anfitrión Gourmet may be one of the finest restaurants in historic Guanajuato. Located in the Jardín Unión just in front of the beautiful Teatro Juárez, you can savour the traditional dishes that make Mexico a UNESCO World Heritage...
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San José 14, Valenciana, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
El Abue is a breath of fresh air in Guanajuato, a city with many great taco stands in the street but few non-touristy sitdown options. El Abue offers the freshiest of ingredients, a creative take on Mexican food, an eclectic decor, and a few...
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De Los Chiquitos 1A, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Boutique property L'otel may not have a Mexican-sounding name, but the exterior aesthetic—a manse covered in vines—is absolutely in keeping with the colonial style of San Miguel de Allende. The same can be said for the interior, which...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Food in Mexico is far more diverse than many know. Avoid the expensive tourist spots and hit the back roads and the inner market stalls of San Miguel. The fruits are fresh, the grills are sizzling, the beers are cold, and the atmosphere is so much...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
You simply cannot get food like this in the tourist bars... If you are visiting San Miguel de Allende, Mexico the first thing you need to do is get yourself OUT of the main square. Find the market, head for the center of it and eat your heart out....
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I was excited to learn of this pyramid site that was just recently opened to the public. Day trips leave from San Miguel and very inexpensive. It's quite a hike but the view of the country and the gorges are beautiful!
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San Francisco 10, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
We used quad bikes to get to the place where San Miguel de Allende was founded. A small chapel built in the 15th century marks the spot. It is just one of the stops of a tour that took us through dirt roads, old bridges, ancient doorways and...
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Mesones 99, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
A day in the San Miguel kitchen of Paco Cárdenas provides an indelible memory of a Mexican holiday. I've taken cooking classes around the world, and this was one of the best! We had an opportunity to visit San Miguel's Central Market, snacking as...
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Insurgentes Insurgentes #25, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
The House and Garden Tour is a must do. It is sponsored by the Biblioteca Pública which takes you into the city’s most intriguing contemporary and colonial homes every Sunday at 11:30am departing from the library at Insurgentes 25.
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Two blocks from the sidewalk cafes, shops and crowds of the main square of San Miguel de Allende is a lovely plot of pure peace. Despite a long official name, it's known locally simply as “Bellas Artes” Walk through the huge wooden doors into the...
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Mary and her daughter were working hard on the day before Xmas eve. All the fondas in the Mercado are tasty but someone gave us a tip that Mary had some specialties. Albondigas and Sopas were great but her Chile Relleno was seriously incredible....
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Chef Gabriela Green runs La Fonda Rosa cooking school in San Miguel de Allende. We met her at the market in the morning and purchased all the ingredients that we used and she showed us to cook Conchinita Pibil, Nopales, Stuffed Chiles, and more....
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El Chorro 56, Centro, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
La Plaza del Chorro (Waterfall Plaza) is a public washing area in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. A natural spring feeds the two troughs that run past concrete wash basins. Since the 1800s, women have brought their family laundry to this place. It...
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GTO 67, Guanajuato, Mexico
Half of Mexico does not live in the cities and towns most tourists visit. They live in the small pueblos and ranchos that dot the countryside, the "campo." They are subsistence farmers, ranchers, fishermen and artisans, the descendants of the...
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Prol. Blvd. Adolfo López Mateos Nte. S/N, El Palote, 37130 León, Gto., Mexico
A festival well worth the 5 am wake-up, the International Balloon Festival in Leon is Latin America's biggest balloon festival. Get to the Park well before 7 am, when morning lift-off takes place. Admission is 60 pesos (around 5 dollars) and can...
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Campanero 4 Puente, Del Campanero, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
Near the old entrance to the city, I discovered my favorite cafe in Guanajuato. Santo Cafe is perched on a bridge that mirrors those that top the underground roads. The restaurant has a huge menu of breakfasts (eggs every style including...
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Awesome hot spring pools just outside the city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. There are cold, warm and hot pools as well as a steam room down a long stone watery tunnel! A great way to spend a day!
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Nemesio Diez 11, Zona Centro, 37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful (and pricey) place to stay right in the heart of San Miguel. But even if you're not a guest, it's well worth a visit to its restaurant, 1826, which is named after the year the town adopted the...
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San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
The Sunday following St. Anthony’s Day (June 13th) is when San Miguel's residents and visitors line the city’s main streets to watch a most imaginative and colorful parade that marks Dia de los Locos. The parade harkens back to the 18th century,...