San Miguel de Allende: The Best City in the World

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October 18, 2021
By TAO Mexico

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Anyone who’s visited the quaint colonial city of San Miguel de Allende knows it’s been ranked the “best city in the world” by Travel & Leisure on more than one occasion.

Each year, this world-renowned magazine conducts the “World's Best” awards. These surveys allow travelers from all latitudes to vote for their travel favorites and share their opinions about destinations, hotels, cruises, spas and more. 

When it comes to cities, participants rate them based on culture, places of interest, monuments, cuisine, shopping, hospitality and overall worthiness for a visit.

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende | Tao Mexico


Travel & Leisure readers have described San Miguel as charming with remarkable architecture. The picturesque cobbled-stone roads and colonial buildings are one of its many irresistible features. In fact, the historic city center is so beautiful that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Since 2017, San Miguel de Allende has been nominated as the best city in the world. In 2017 and also in 2018 it won the first place position, leaving behind every other city in the world. Impressive!

Cathedral in San Miguel de Allende | Tao Mexico

Things to do in San Miguel de Allende

Admire the Incredible Architecture

The streets of San Miguel de Allende are lined with architectural gems worthy of admiration and a leisurely stroll. Among these are impressive architectural styles such as the Gothic influence of the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. This is the primary cathedral of the city whose facade seems to come from European cities such as Barcelona or Bruges.


Architecture in San Miguel de Allende | Tao Mexico


Shop from Local Art Vendors

San Miguel is a city of artisans and artists. Along its cobbled streets you’ll find an endless array of artisan shops and art galleries. Of course, you can’t miss a tour of the street markets and especially the "tianguis de los martes" (translated to mean: the Tuesday street market). Here you’ll find a fascinating variety of local handicrafts.

Savor The Local Gourmet Cuisine

Foodies go crazy in San Miguel for its mouth-watering variety of local and gourmet cuisine. In the city, there are more than 300 restaurants and markets with different offers and flavors to tempt your palate.

If you like gourmet food, we suggest dining at the Moxi restaurant at the Hotel Matilda. This noteworthy restaurant is run by Chef Enrique Olvera, frequently named the best chef in Mexico. 

Afterwards, stop in for a few drinks at one of the many rooftop bars such as Quince Rooftop, Luna or Zumo - all delivering on some spectacular views of the city.

Visit Nearby Vineyards, Hot Springs and More

You may be surprised to learn that you can make a short day-trip to visit nearby natural attractions like Mexican vineyards, hot springs, natural sanctuaries and much more -- all within driving distance from San Miguel.

Buy a Retirement or 2nd Home in the “Best City in the World”

San Miguel de Allende is not only an excellent city to visit, but also for full- or part-time living or retirement. If you’re looking to purchase a second home in a picturesque Mexican destination city with a wealth of culture, San Miguel de Allende is a great option.

In San Miguel, you’ll find an excellent selection of homes for sale, first class services and everything you could need to live seasonally or permanently. Maybe you’re not looking to move to another city, but to make a real estate investment that can deliver an excellent return on investment. 

Perfect! 

San Miguel de Allende is also a great option for investment properties since it’s listed as one of the best cities in the world, it draws a wonderful group of tourists all year round. You can offer your property as a rental when you’re not visiting, and deliver a great option for visiting tourists. 

Whether you’re looking to purchase an investment property, a second home or a retirement destination, at TAO Mexico, we can help you make the best real estate decisions. We have an upcoming San Miguel de Allende investment opportunity that we’re looking forward to sharing with you. 

Contact us today -- we’d love to show you the upcoming real estate project in San Miguel!