As always we take a laid-back approach to touristing as we wandered aimlessly, went into whatever shop piqued our interest, and allowed for some coffee cocktail & pastry detours.
Mercado Sano is a treasure trove of organic fruits and vegetables, gluten-free snacks, and the kind of groceries one aspires to buy. For sure go to the farmers’ market there on Saturday, which brings in more crafts (jewelry, knives, ceramic table sets, blankets, etc.) and prepared foods (oh, the slice of quiche that got away).
Rooftop bars galore & fireworks abound is SMA !!! . The bars center around the prime landmark Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. We visited “Quince” which has one of the clearest views and great people-watching while the service was friendly and efficient. We also visited “Trazo 1810” – another rooftop bar-resto …….also worth the visit and the price. On our last night we dined at ATRIO which proved to be the best of them all – impeccable service, tasty & creative cocktails, front row view of the “the Catedral “ – Sabine claims to have experienced the best Sushi Roll she has ever
Sally our host at “O´tel” recommended a lunch in the vineyards !! I said what ? Vineyards in SMA !!! Well well off we went to Santisima Trinidad – Winery, Boutique Hotel , Real estate development much on the lines of Tupungato Winelands & The Vines in Mendoza. It turned out to be a fantastic option a touch of Mendoza or Tuscany in SMA …………we love sitting and dining overlooking the vines and reflecting on those memorable moments in Mendoza. Later the day we visited our friends Goerge & Whitneys new home at San Lucas Vineyards a similar yet newer project and we were amazed with the beautiful homes and settings – so for the wine, outdoor, equestrian , foodie lover this is a spot to be discovered.
Many of the restaurants are set in grand courtyards and go heavy on the farm-to-table copy. For example, The Restaurant, in an eighteenth-century Moroccan-style courtyard. The chef’s focus here is on local, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Other restaurants that remain on our list for future visits include : Bovine ( an Aussie Chef ) , La Parada – a crowd favourite featuring Peruvian Cuisine & Aperi .
Sabine was in heaven spending hours in the amazing array of Design shops and Galleries Tips : Casa R, Doce 18, ReCreo , Fabricas Aurora , Sofi’s Home, Casa Armida – I am sure there are more to be discovered which is one of the reasons we will be returning to SMA !!!
For a coffee be sure to pop in at Ki’bok, Buen Día, and Lavanda : a must on your list. And as our 21 holidays draw to a close in this beautiful destination that is San Miguel de Allende I recall a phrase from Anthony Bourdain : “Travel is not reward for working – it’s education for living “