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Spend Evenings Under the Stars in San Miguel de Allende

by Tim Leffel

Nov 10, 2020

PHOTO: © ROBERTO GALAN | DREAMSTIME.COM

November 2020

San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico frequently tops magazine readers’ polls as one of the best cities in the world. Its colorful houses, cobblestone streets and UNESCO World Heritage historic center make it a perfect destination for the Instagram age. The foreign retirees who settled here are now joined by the young and cool visiting from urban Mexico, so there’s a nice mix of options after the sun goes down.

At an altitude of 6,200 feet, the city boasts a sunny climate suitable for outdoor dining nearly every day of the year. Most hotels have a furnished courtyard, and you’ll find a rooftop bar on almost every block.

La Azotea serves some of the best food along with a view, while the best-known spot is Quince. Both sit just a few steps from the European-looking Parroquia church that dominates the skyline. (Self-taught architect Zeferino Gutierrez based his 1880 neo-Gothic façade for the 17th- century church on designs he saw on postcards from Europe.) A larger option is Hotel 1810 Boutique’s Trazo on the opposite side of the main square, offering a great view from any angle. Or head to Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar at the Rosewood San Miguel de Allende for a skyline panorama that’s magical as sunset leads to lit-up steeples.

San Miguel de Allende is a prime romance destination and welcomes the LGBTQ+ crowd throughout the city. Kiki Nights Social Room is a lively gay club with rotating locations, and there’s room to dance at El Grito Nightclub on Calle Umaran in the center.

This historic city’s renaissance started when artists from the United States and Canada started moving here in the 1960s. With plenty of moneyed patrons among the current residents and visitors, there are now more painters, jewelry makers and sculptors than ever. Visit the sprawling Fabrica La Aurora’s 38 galleries before its 6 p.m. closing time. Housed in a former textile factory, this place provides an excellent overview of the art scene. Continue the tour in artisan shops and galleries in the center that stay open much later.

Mexicans love a fiesta, and you’re likely to find one happening during your visit. Let the fireworks and music guide you to the fun.

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