I have lived in many different places, in Chile, Argentina, and in Mexico City. But when we arrived in San Miguel we loved it and we decided to remain here. Nothing can compare with the beauty and magic of this city. The people here are very warm and welcoming, and even if it may not be evident right away, the city is quite cosmopolitan. For breakfast, if I can leave very early, I like to go to Atotonilco. There is a special energy there if you eat next to the church where the nuns themselves will serve you. The nuns also have products that they make for sale, like rompope, jelly, and embroidered folders. And of course, you need to visit the church once you are there.
Another option for breakfast is to go to the restaurant Lolita at Salida a Celaya, past Telmex. They have incredible and unmatched service, great decoration and wonderful food. Best of all, it has parking. There is a singer who performs songs from the 70s and 80s in English and Spanish. My favorite dish there are the Lolita eggs, which is one of the house specialties. I also usually order fruit with cottage cheese and my latte while listening to the music. If there are the 4 of us (my family), we love to go to Hecho en Mexico, it is very traditional and we love the service—as if you were at home. Most of the customers are gringos but the restaurant doesn’t distinguish between locals and foreigners, something that is rarely seen. A favorite dish is the mixed starter plate that comes with flour tortillas, 4 quesadillas of pure melted cheese, 3 coconut shrimp with mango sauce on the side, 3 small strips of chicken fillets; all accompanied by ranch dressing and guacamole on the side. We like to order sweet black tea, which includes refills. After 6pm on Saturday they take away one of the tables in the upper part to make room for two foreign guitarists who play instrumental music. They close the roof to give them an atmosphere with candles making it a super special place. We used to go to the plaza La Alhóndiga a lot because there was a bar called The Gallery, but now there is a place called La Bahia, I think. What we look for is excellent, personalized service.
Another favorite place for my husband and me is Los Milagros Terraza, on Salida a Queretaro by the mirador. It is a very nice place and there is always live music. I also recommend El Muro near Obraje, the view is quite unique. And if it happens to be cold, they give you leg warmers and blankets. While you wait, they offer you tea. My perfect day—to be with my family.