Mexico is so much more than what the media gives us.
When I used to hear “Mexico,” my mind would instantly go to violence with the drug cartels, because that’s what the news gives us right?
They hype everything up and then give us no real look into a country; only what they want us to see and what sells.
And then, in 2016, when my husband and I were able to travel full-time, we decided to make it the first country we visited.
And we were NOT disappointed.
We were met with incredible cuisine, kind people, and beautiful architecture.
And while there is a TON I could focus on, I’m going to narrow down on one town for now.
San Miguel de Allende.
It’s a beautiful town with incredible local and international cuisine, hot springs, and towering cathedrals.
And it was extremely tranquil.
Honestly, such a great place to take a nice cool morning walk and head over to a great cafe for breakfast.
Our breakfast at Lavanda Café
I had been there twice and both were such a great experience.
The first time was with my in-laws; they are such good people so it was enjoyable to get there a few days ahead of time and scout out some good restaurants and locations for them.
Now I had heard about San Miguel de Allende a few years before visiting, but it really was an experience to arrive and be awed by the atmosphere.
There were so many flowering trees and domed buildings and colorful homes, that at times, I could see myself moving there for good.
I also loved finding narrow roads and quiet places just to think and explore. 🙂
The weather was perfect, probably in the 70’s when we visited which made it just right for walking down the streets and ducking into small chocolate shops or listening to a violinist play.
Also, great news, my mother and father-in-law loved it! They had never been to Mexico before, so it was so cool to see them fall in love with the people and culture and beauty.☺️
Also, you know how I mentioned hot springs?
Visiting them was during my second time in San Miguel de Allende.
A friend of ours took us there one day (and to one of the best burger joints I’ve ever been to as well – will mention down below 😉).
It’s such a relaxing experience and not a bad price either ($11-$12 per person).
Photo by @colorderosaphotography
I really felt like I was able to de-stress and unwind in the peaceful atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful greenery and flowers.
I can’t wait to go again. ☺️
A Few Places to Eat
Lavanda Café Barra y Cocina (Cafe Lavender)
This is one of my favorite cafes in the town.
Surrounded by lavender in the small courtyard, it’s a great place to relax in the cool morning air and have a hot cup of coffee (I believe I had the lavender latte) and a filling breakfast.
Quick tip: The brioche French toast is incredible. And I couldn’t remember if I got the Rancheros or the Toscanos from their poached egg section on the menu, but since all of us loved what we got, I trust that nothing on their menu will let you down. 🙂
Berlin Bar & Bistro
I really enjoyed how I could get so much local and international dishes in San Miguel, and finding this German place was a nice surprise.
The people are so kind and the food is delicious. It was also a great place to fall back on when another dinner plan had fallen through.
Cafe Oso Azul
Photo by Cafe Oso Azul
This was the first place we ate at for breakfast and we really enjoyed it.
Seated in a pretty courtyard, you can order a nice drink and meal and relax to the street sounds & people’s conversations. 🙂
You know when you’re a kid and you swim for hours and afterward, you’re super hungry?
Well, that day when our friend took us to the hot springs, he ended up recommending a burger place not far away. It was one of those moments where we were like, “Well, I hadn’t expected burgers, but why not?” And we weren’t disappointed.
On the side of a quiet road in Mexico, was probably one of the best burgers I had ever had. With goat cheese and caramelized onions, it was so satisfying.
Photo by Cafe Rama
Again, another great place for breakfast or a nice brunch with friends.
I really enjoyed sitting in the quietness on a weekday as the sunlight streamed in from the window.
Also, the croque madame is pretty legit!
If you’re going to be in Mexico, then I would definitely not skip San Miguel. I know that a lot of people go to the resorts or to Mexico City, but it’s definitely worth making a trip for.
And personally, I really am happy that I made the trip and I can’t wait to go back again. 🙂