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A Weekend in San Miguel de Allende

Classic Chicago Magazine - Robert Glaze

"Splitting my time between Chicago and my home in San Miguel for the past 12 years, I have seen a great number of changes to this small, central Mexican city—particularly in the past few years. As a result of recently taking fifth place in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards in the Best Cities in the World category and number three on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities list, San Miguel de Allende has become a weekend and holiday destination not only for residents of nearby cities like Mexico City but also for American, Canadian, and European tourists.

With this increase in tourism, the city is booming with new restaurants, wineries, boutiques, and hotels. I just returned and tried eight new restaurants in the past three weeks! I highly recommend the following new finds"

"North of the Jardin is Doce 18 Concept House. The former Casa Cohen at Calle Relox 18 now houses high-end boutiques featuring jewelry, designer clothing, books by The Library San Miguel, and gourmet cuisine. There are galleries, a champagne bar, a new Cumpanio bakery, and a food court with Donny Masterson’s Taco Lab and Birdie’s Burgers, plus Milpa, a farm-to-table restaurant by Nomada chef, Marco Cruz. Aperi’s chef, Matteo Salas, has opened a fine dining restaurant outside the food court. Upstairs, L’Otel, one of the top boutique hotels in town, has opened a number of boutique hotel rooms. It is a wonderful addition to San Miguel. You do feel like you are in Mexico City, New York, or Chicago!"


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