If you want to know the top things to do in San Miguel de Allende according to locals, then you’ll LOVE this guide.
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I personally visited these places and asked the locals what they think are the best places to see in San Miguel de Allende.
Enjoy this guide, and hopefully, this will help you reconstruct your itinerary to accommodate for a more “local” experience.
Parroquia San Miguel Archangel
I can safely assume this is on your itinerary to see the top attractions in San Miguel de Allende!
It definitely belongs on this list.
Covering the horizon with its Gothic architecture and utter beauty, the façade of the Parroquia San Miguel Archangel towers over the historical city.
This notable site has exquisite history written all over it. The Parroquia San Miguel Archangel has been carefully constructed in a way that really shows us its complex beauty of its design.
Despite being reconstructed twice due to deterioration, it has successfully been restored, top to bottom, by the humble Zeferino Gutíerrez.
The best part?
Healthy crowds of locals and tourists stop at the central garden to gaze at the mystical looking building. Not only does this building attract the “selfits,” people always finding themselves fit for a selfie LOL, but also the lovely locals that come to embrace the uniqueness of their city.
In all honesty, I can’t express my love and excitement for this place. It’s just too strong to be able to be translated into words.
But maybe this will help you understand.
The gap between the gates of the Parroquia and the central garden is full of life.
Local families are taking selfies in front of this gorgeous piece of artwork, kids running around with balloons and other little toys, people laughing with each other under the shade of the trees in the central garden, mariachis playing authentic Mexican music, and handicraft artists selling their colorful, handmade goods on the streets.
You will never feel like you want to head back to your hotel when visiting this Parroquia.
And suddenly, the ambiance of this area will fill you up with excitement and love!
Tired of walking?
The Jardin Principal is the perfect place to visit in San Miguel de Allende if you’re looking to relax in the shade and observe the everyday life.
Want to know the best part?
Locals LOVE to come here on weekends. According to locals, this is where people come to meet up and hang out with friends and family, mostly on weekends.
I also met a lot of really interesting people here! Definitely, a must if you want to view local culture at its finest or if you want to the best opportunity to meet locals.
No matter where you go in the city, the cobblestone streets will always lead you back to this central garden that’s surrounded by ancient ficus trees growing freely.
Everything is here.
Couples of all ages dancing when the sun sets, teenagers putting on a dance show while tourists and locals cheer, friends joking around, families having dinner on the patio, kids playing with balloons and toy cars.
Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal
Stationed in the center of San Miguel de Allende, this mansion broadens his shoulders to each end of the street.
It was built between the 18th century and 19th century and continues to be the perfect representation of civil architecture in all of Guanajuato.
Here’s the deal:
Locals praise this architectural beast for its history and appearance of showing a blend of influencing artistic styles. The three architectural genres are: baroque, rococo, and neoclassical.
France and Italy influenced the design, but what really stands out to the locals is the combination of their Local heritage.
Paseo de Chorro
According to the elders, Paseo de Chorro was the beginning of San Miguel de Allende.
This little portion of San Miguel de Allende shows you the greenery and flourishing plants that surround the ancient spring water that gave water to the town.
Local vendors set up shop daily to sell their handmade goods.
The crazy part?
Being such a small plaza, it is full of history and stories that are waiting to be told. Don’t be afraid to ask the locals about the history at the Paseo de Chorro.
It’ll be a history lesson that you won’t fall asleep to. 😉
Ever been to New York and visited Central Park?
Well, truth be told:
Juarez Park is the tropical version of Central Park in San Miguel de Allende!
Walking down the steep, unleveled streets, entering Juarez Park is like going through a portal. Where you were once standing in a historical city, you are now relaxing in a peaceful jungle.
The moment I walked in, numerous locals were setting up their little stands to sell food and souvenirs. Locals come here to attend festivals and other events that are held here frequently.
But that’s not all…
Are you traveling with your partner? Looking to just experience a romantic energy in the bustling city of San Miguel de Allende?
Trek through the many paths and find a bench under the tropical, verdant trees that provide shade from the sun, and experience the romantic vibe that local couples love.
The most popular night club in all of San Miguel de Allende.
It’s so popular that people from other cities in Mexico come to San Miguel just for this night club!
When I showed up it was closed, but based on what locals have told me, it’s a bar worth going to because it delivers Mexican tradition with every drink.
What’s the real story behind this famous night club?
They stay true to their culture. It firmly believes that they are just a piece of the puzzle that tries to uphold San Miguel’s vibe. They execute that belief perfectly.
Being a hotspot for locals and delivering the best nightlife experience, El Grito successfully appeals to every soul and exerts the hospitality that this city has to offer.
El Grito is on this list of the top things to do in San Miguel de Allende because it offers an unforgettable experience with the souls of San Miguel.
The bottom line?
San Miguel has the complete mixture of historical and modern culture.
Trekking through each and every street compiled with stones that hold the rich history that once fueled this city was an experience that can only be felt by the individual.
Luckily, these locals helped me build this list of the top things to do in San Miguel de Allende, according to the locals that call San Miguel their home.
What do you guys think?
Is there something that you feel needs to be added? Let me know below!