Travel Notes | 12 Hours in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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After staying in Leon, Mexico for a couple of days, many people told me I had to visit San Miguel de Allende. San Miguel is about a 2-hour drive from Leon and is known for being a beautiful colonial town filled with artists and expats from all over the world. I was really eager to discover something new and so I went on my last day in Mexico.

After getting off the 2hour bus ride and catching another crazy bus that took you right into the centre of the little town, I finally arrived and was greeted by festivities and a beautiful church down in the centre, La Parroquia, a world famous church. The colours of San Miguel are muted and lively, and everywhere you look you find a colour story.

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La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende, Trave Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,

As I walked ice cream in one hand and camera in the other, I couldn’t help just take photos of the simplest brick and children playing on the streets – two young girls discuss how they are going to sell there little Chiclet’s gums.

I had a whole plan of what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go, but as soon as I got there I realized what I was suppose to see would be found with no plan and no itinerary. I walked down the first street and the first place I saw was a gorgeous little coffee shop called –Ki’Bok Café which originated in Tulum, as many things did from San Miguel. I talked to the owner and he invited me to check out the roof which had one of the best views of the city – what captured me most were the other yellow roofs around me.

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La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende, Trave Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
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Ki’Bok Café, San Miguel de Allende, Trave Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
Ki' Bok Cafe, San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,

Next I stumbled upon a contemporary art studio with a little backyard filled with sculptures and plants called Galleria Arte Contemporaneo SMA. The contemporary taste was refreshing and modern and the galleria owner was so kind and intelligent. I was not surprised to see the artists coming from Mexico were equally as talented and inspiring. From here I continued to walk down the street and found an open concept design space. I walked in and definitely walked into a designer’s world. I stumbled upon Tao Studio, a gorgeous space completely designed by the artist – from the painting, to the tables, the furniture and the sculptures. I walked into his world and I was in love. He taught me that an artist or designer should not be labelled – they should be able to create whatever inspires them and informs their world – this I took note of.

I did have one mission in San Miguel and knew I needed to find textiles, inspiration and discover new brands. I walked into KM33 a beautiful boutique with authentic South American and Mexican designers. From handmade hats to unique avant-garde ponchos, their products were immaculate and these girls were tastemakers. Just when I thought I had seen the best I realized that I was actually in a Hotel called Casa No Name.

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Galleria Arte Contemporaneo SMA, San Miguel de Allende, Trave Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
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La Parroquia, San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
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Casa No Name is a beautiful Tulum inspired boutique hotel hidden amongst the streets of San Miguel. Inside was a waterfall and zen garden that inspired me to sit and just chill – it was incredibly calming. As I sat no one bothered me but instead encouraged me to go check out there bar upstairs. I was shy at first but then I went up and I was so happy I did.

Design in all forms is inspiring to me. The way a space can transport a person to a different culture and give them a different feeling always amazed me. This was no exception.

On the roof was a gorgeous bar, garden and lounge area all decorated with wood furniture, white bedding and killim pillows. It was a mix of so many worlds all together and I was totally inspired and could not stop taking it all in. Casa No Name was my last stop and the inspiration I needed as I think about my brand and what I hope to reflect in the lifestyle and design. As I sat for a little too long admiring the surroundings I realized I had a bus ride back in 20 minutes and it was time to go.

Casa No Name,San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
Casa No Name,San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
Casa No Name,San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
Casa No Name,San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,
Casa No Name,San Miguel de Allende, Travel Guide To Mexico, Travel Guide to San Miguel,

On my 12 hour trip I brought along The Weekender Noir and The Modern Tribe, which proved to be perfect companion for a day of exploring to keep my camera and all my keep sakes.

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P.S. I’ll be back San Miguel and this time I might actually stay in Casa No Name…

J xx

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