Enjoying food is great.
Enjoying the local culture in San Miguel de Allende is great.
But when you can do BOTH?
That’s when you can truly call yourself a local!
Why, you ask?
Well, food is the lifeline into other cultures. Food is the gateway to their lifestyle, their culture, and their history.
So today I have a special list that will help you get the best of both worlds:
7 of the best local restaurants in San Miguel de Allende that are a must visit.
Note: I took a food tasting tour in San Miguel, and I chose the best places that I can honestly say are worth visiting.
1. La Parada (Peruvian Restaurant)
The moment you step into La Parada, you already feel like you left Mexico and entered the culinary world of Peru.
The chefs have successfully implemented the authentic Peruvian cuisine into the historical site of San Miguel de Allende.
However, you may be wondering:
“Isn’t this supposed to be a list of LOCAL restaurants?”
Yes, but La Parada is one of the most frequented Peruvian restaurants in all of San Miguel de Allende by the locals. In fact, the most popular item on the menu, according to locals, is the Peruvian ceviche.
So, as you can probably guess…
My recommendation: Peruvian ceviche.
2. La Casa del Diezmo (Yucatan Mexican Restaurant)
Even though we aren’t in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula, San Miguel de Allende hosts one of the best Yucatan Mexican restaurants.
When you walk through the entry way, you are astounded by how fast your surroundings have changed.
From walking through the cobblestone, narrow streets with colorful houses that line the road, to a lush, verdant mini jungle with chairs and tables on the outskirts.
La Casa de Diezmo is full of history and art. And there is one form of art that this restaurant is an expert at.
Mild, semi-spicy, and extremely spicy. They have it all.
However, the real story?
The locals favorite dish isn’t one that’s based around salsa, but rather roasting pork in banana leaves.
My recommendation: cochinita pibilroasted pork in banana leaves with achiote
3. La Cocina, Café del Viajero (Mexican Restuarant)
Are you a nomadic backpacker? A vacationer? Or, maybe an expat?
Well, good news!
Rated one of the most authentic restaurants in San Miguel de Allende, this local hotspot translates to the café for travelers!
A few years back there were floods of travelers that frequented this restaurant, so they named the restaurant after the people: the travelers.
When you come across this restaurant on the corner of Pila seca, you will notice something that you don’t see often in restaurants in San Miguel de Allende.
A homey kitchen that’s able to be seen at the front.
To the left of the entrance, the kitchen is visible to anyone and everyone that walks by. Whether you are in La Cocina or outside with your mouth watering to the smell of the genuine food.
There is one thing that La Cocina, Café del Viajero is known for.
Mole. Mole is a highly spiced sauce that’s made from chili peppers and chocolate. They make it completely from scratch. While moles depend on the person cooking it, the mole here is soft and lovely.
Because the local cooks here use 10-20 spices in their mole rather than 40-50 different spices.
So, if you haven’t been able to predict my recommendations,
My recommendation: mole
4. Nieves de Garrafa (Mexican Homemade Icecream)
Why is this on the list of the 7 best restaurants in San Miguel de Allende?
Easy. Locals and those very very few tourists LOVE this place! Even though it’s not a restaurant, it’s definitely a place that locals visit to grab a quick dessert.
But here’s the kicker:
This ice cream is quality made! Not factory made, man made. It isn’t made out of milk, but rather slowly churned with water.
However, you may be thinking, “So it’s like a slushy?”
It’s as creamy as regular ice cream, but it’s really a sorbet!
The best part about all of this?
Locals absolutely adore this place. They hang around the cart to enjoy their favorite flavor of ice cream.
TIP: For those ice cream lovers who looooove to talk about ice cream, the locals are always up for talking about their favorite flavor!
Group of carts filled with different flavors of ice cream is stationed under a tree at the corner of Macias and Mesones to deliver the cold tastiness to those that are craving a tasty, refreshing treat.
Luckily, I was able to join the fun with the locals and I chose my favorite.
WARNING: I guarantee you, 100%, you will fall in love with this ice cream. I REALLYYYYY want to get more, but I’ll be happy seeing you guys enjoy some! 🙂
My recommendation: Mango and Chamoy
5. Los Milagros (Mexican Restaurant)
In the heart of San Miguel de Allende, this local restaurant is located directly across from the divine looking church: Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel.
Entering Los Milagros, there are two options for you to enjoy your meal.
- The first option is sitting in the front area which allows you to people watch and overlooks the culture in the jardín (garden plaza).
- If that seems too hectic, or the front area is full, head over to the back where it’s calmer, and you can examine some genuine Mexican artwork.
The staff is always on top making sure that you have everything you need.
The best part?
They are super friendly!
While I was here, I asked one of the local waiters to order what he thinks is the best on the menu. I let him decide what I was going to eat. Exciting? HELL YEAH!
So, this is our recommendation: tortilla soup with avocado and chicharron.
6. El Gato Negro (Cantina-Bar)
The worst part about this cantina?
It’s SUPER small. Literally. You have to act quickly if you want to speak to a local, especially if it’s full.
The best part?
Locals come here to grab a drink frequently, so the chances that you will interact with a local are high.
Here is a short video of my family and me with our tour group taking shots. Well, I’m not, but they sneaked me a “lemonade.” 😉 hehehe.
7. San Agustin Churros y Chocolate (Mexican Restaurant)
Here we are. THE best place to munch on some tasty, crispy, sugar-covered churros! <3
Don’t believe me?
Check the reviews on TripAdvisor!
Ask any local where the best restaurant to get churros in San Miguel de Allende is, and I bet you every single person will give you directions to this churro holy grail.
This restaurant became popular within the local community, not only because it’s churro heaven, but when famous Argentinian telenovela actress, Margarita Gralia, began frequently showing her face more and more throughout the weeks.
The most awesome part of my visit to this restaurant in San Miguel de Allende?
I bought 3 churros for my local friend who works at the Rosewood Hotel. It was that good. I had to bring some back to my new local friend. LOLLL I needed to spread the love of churros.
Yea, yea, I’m talking about churros, but how do they look?
Well my friends, feast your eyes on this baby!
If you had no time to visit the other restaurants, at least try to visit San Agustin Churros y Chocolate, the most favored restaurant in San Miguel de Allende by locals and tourists.
As another added bonus, San Agustin lies in front of a plaza that typically holds festivals and activities alike.
Be honest with me:
What’s better than eating churros that were sent down from heaven and engaging with locals in front of a plaza that’s holding a festival with balloons and music playing on the streets?
Nothing. And don’t fight me on this one. 😉
Well, those are the 7 best local restaurants in San Miguel de Allende.
This is probably the best list of restaurants to visit in San Miguel de Allende. I’m not just saying that because it’s mine, but truthfully, it blends the taste of San Miguel with the culture of the local people.
San Miguel de Allende is full of interesting activities. But, if there is one thing I know, it’s also full of interesting and amazing people waiting to be met.
Do you have any restaurants that are worth a visit in San Miguel de Allende? If so, let me know in the comments!