Neighborhoods of San Miguel de Allende: Live In San Antonio

Looking for a neighborhood in San Miguel that offers the perfect balance of charm, convenience, and affordability? Look no further than San Antonio – the “new Centro” that has quickly become one of the most sought-after areas in town for those looking for an authentic city experience. Situated on the east and north sides of downtown, this vibrant and mixed community of local families and expatriates truly has it all.

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Embrace the Local Flair and Artistic Vibes

Wander through San Antonio’s charming streets lined with small shops, diverse neighborhood restaurants, local food stands, gourmet bakeries, and friendly coffee shops. As you explore, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a thriving community of artists, with more than 40 of them participating in the annual San Miguel Open Studios “Art Walk” in March, where you can visit their studios and homes, soaking up the rich artistic scene.

A Convenient Location with Authentic Appeal

Situated in the heart of San Miguel de Allende, San Antonio is not only one of the largest neighborhoods but also adjoins the beloved Centro on its east and north sides. Its proximity to Centro makes the areas closest to it highly sought after which is reflected in house prices. The neighborhood offers a mix of local families and expatriates, creating an authentic atmosphere in a city that is sometimes thought of as too touristy.

A Haven of Dream Homes and Eclectic Designs

San Antonio’s popularity has seen house prices rise, thanks to the emergence of diverse designs from modern builds, to restored colonial wonders, to sought-after pieces of land that blend seamlessly with the neighborhood’s unique character.

A Quiet Residential District with Easy Access

In a town famed for its steep hills, San Antonio offers a peaceful escape. This district, unlike others, is relatively flat, making it popular among senior expats looking for convenience and accessibility. Ancha de San Antonio, the major thoroughfare, serves as a gateway to rustic eateries, cozy cafes, gourmet organic stores and markets, and local art galleries. You’ll also find an array of engaging activities such as tennis courts, dance studios, and yoga studios.

The Blue Moon gallery on Stirling Dickenson

Immerse Yourself in San Antonio’s Rich Culture

San Antonio has a rich history that dates back to the colonial era. At the heart of San Antonio lies the Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua, a stunning church, dating back to the 18th century, surrounded by a central square adorned with a charming fountain. In addition to the church, there are many historic homes in San Antonio that have been tastefully preserved to maintain their original architectural features, providing a glimpse into the area’s rich cultural and artistic heritage.

The iconic Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua, dating back to the 18th century.

An Authentic Experience Amidst a Cultural Melting Pot

San Antonio’s unique blend of residents creates a cultural mix that is cherished by its inhabitants. It’s a popular choice among renters who yearn for an authentic experience, living among the locals. Similar to Centro, San Antonio buzzes with activity, from the melodic tones of church bells to the cheerful greetings of roosters. Step inside colonial homes that exude historic charm, with intricate decorative tile work, vaulted ceilings, and original timbers—allowing you to travel back in time and embrace the essence of San Miguel de Allende.

Local Expert Hidden Gems

To create the best, authentic, and up-to-date neighborhood descriptions, we’ve searched high and low for resident insights to find their favorite local hangouts, eateries, bars, shops, galleries, and much more. So, please keep reading for some real hidden gems that you probably won’t find anywhere else and support local!

Eats

  • Orizaba Antojitos – Ran by two women, open Thursday through Sunday from 7 to 11. It’s authentic Mexican food, it’s good, and it’s cheap! Orizaba #17
  • Tacos DianaOrizaba #18
  • Tacos Don Santos – Clavel #7
  • Garnachas (street food) on Calle San Jorge – Enchiladas or fried tacos with a guisado (cooked dishes with various ingredients) for example mashed potatoes, beans, chicken, rajas (sliced poblano peppers cooked in a creamy sauce – a personal favorite), tinga (shredded chicken or beef), and ground meat. Delicious and cheap – an order of 4-5 tacos or flautas is around 30-40 pesos. 
  • Olas Altas – Mazatlán-style Seafood Restaurant – don’t miss the tostada de ceviche! Refugio Sur #33 B
  • La Frontera – Tasty comfort food – Refugio Sur 28, San Antonio 37750
  • Cafe 1910  – Great, affordable breakfasts – Esperanza #22
  • Cafe Tal – Recommended selection of coffees and delicious breakfasts with a patio – Orizaba #36, between Calles 20 de enero y 28 de abril
  • Moshos – Breakfasts and lunches – don’t miss the delicious omelettes. Stirling Dickinson #11
  • Silveyra – Breakfasts and lunches – American Comfort food – Callejon San Antonio #2
  • El Rinconcito – Affordable, tasty Mexican food with vegetarian options – Calle Refugio Norte # 7
  • La Carpa – Hamburgers (Salmon, Vegetarian, Vegan options too apart from traditional Free range beef burgers) – Refugio Sur #12
  • Pork Belly – Great sweet potato dishes, the signature pork belly tacos are delicious, and the mixology on the terrace is not to be missed! – Stirling Dickinson #10 
  • Denver’s Los Olivos – Italian restaurant with Chigaco style pizza and  20 de Enero Sur #44  
  • Gourmet BakeriesBuonforno, Miga, and Panina – All on Stirling Dickinson. Check out our blog on our Top 5 Bakeries in San Miguel (Part 1)
Pork Belly
Buonforno . Casa de Arte y Pan

Shopping

  • Garage’ Refugio norte #1 – Clothes for sale – new and second hand as well as designer jewelry.

Exercise and Wellness

This list is a constant work in progress. If we’ve missed anything or if you discover any of them unfortunately go out of business, please leave comments below and I’ll update it. We want to appeal to everyone’s tastes!