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This guide to a perfect birthday in San Miguel de Allende is based on personal experience because we had the pleasure of celebrating Dan’s 29th in this pretty city.
Our carefully-curated-super-special San Miguel birthday itinerary includes:
- An energizing start to the day with hot yoga
- The tastiest breakfast spot in San Miguel
- How to visit the most unique vineyard in San Miguel
- The best rooftop bars in San Miguel
- And so much more!
Are you ready to eat, drink, and be merry on your special day in San Miguel de Allende? If so, this guide will help you plan the perfect birthday itinerary in the city.
Hot Yoga San Miguel studio in the mountains
1. Start Your Birthday with Hot Yoga
This was Dan’s birthday weekend, so I went along with his wishes even when it meant sweating my a** off in a 107-degree room for 90 minutes.
Honestly, it wasn’t really that bad.
The class was Bikram yoga itself which means it’s a series of poses for just a minute or two each, so nothing was super strenuous. It was only the heat that really gets to you. (I strongly suggest against doing this with a hangover.)
Hot Yoga San Miguel has 90-minute hot yoga classes every morning at 8:30 during the week and at 9 on the weekends. Even without a membership, you can join for 200 mxn / 10 usd per person. They also include mats for 20 mxn / 1 usd more if you need one.
Hot Yoga San Miguel studio
The main draw of Hot Yoga San Miguel, besides the hot yoga itself, is the location up in the hills above the city. It’s really peaceful and has a beautiful view of the mountains in the morning mist. If you’re lucky, you also might meet Esteban, the studio dog.
The class was in Spanish, but it was easy to follow along.
We took an Uber to Hot Yoga San Miguel and the trip took about 20 minutes and cost 65 mxn / 3.50 usd.
We couldn’t get an Uber back home but the yoga instructor kindly called us a taxi and the trip back to the city was only 90 mxn / 4.50 usd more.
Lavender coffee at Lavanda Cafe
2. Refuel with breakfast at Lavanda Cafe
You can shower at the studio or head home to get refreshed before refueling and starting your birthday in San Miguel de Allende for real with breakfast at Lavanda Cafe.
Lavanda serves what’s widely regarded as the best coffee in the city. They brew it with lavender for a unique and subtle flavor that’s really delicious.
They also serve breakfast dishes like eggs benedict, cinnamon rolls, huevos rancheros, and french toast. Dishes are around 100 mxn / 5 usd each – click here to see the full menu.
Sometimes there’s a line outside to get in but the wait is usually only around 20 or 30 minutes. The cafe is so cute and the food is so good that I recommend sticking it out, especially because you can get an iced lavender coffee with their convenient window service while you wait.
Wine tasting in the underground cave at Rancho Toyan
3. Enjoy a Tour and Tasting at Rancho Toyan Vineyard
Now that you’re stuffed to the brim, head out for a quick afternoon excursion to the Rancho Toyan vineyard.
It’s a completely organic winery that offers tours of the ranch and cellars and a paired tasting in the super unique hand-dug wine cave underground. Tours need to be booked ahead of time and cost 500 mxn / 25 usd per person.
We were the only ones on our tour which made it feel even more special on Dan’s birthday. Use my step-by-step guide to touring Rancho Toyan to plan your trip.
La Azotea rooftop bar
4. Round out your night with a rooftop bar crawl through San Miguel
Finish your birthday in San Miguel de Allende with a rooftop bar hop through this incredibly photogenic city.
If you’re hungry after the winery tour, grab a cheap but delicious dinner of shrimp or fish tacos and ceviche at the Baja Fish Taquito.
Combo plates with multiple tacos and tostadas are around 100 to 150 mxn / 5 to 7 usd each and it has a nice rooftop terrace with views of the surrounding churches.
Then, head to La Azotea a few blocks away for views over the surrounding mountains and finish your bar crawl – and your birthday in San Miguel de Allende – at the beautiful but still casual Luna Tapas Bar in the Rosewood Hotel to watch the sunset over the city.
View from Luna Tapas Bar at the Rosewood Hotel
Where to Stay for Your Birthday in San Miguel de Allende
The Rosewood Hotel is one of the most popular places to stay in San Miguel de Allende because it’s so freakin’ beautiful.
The luxury hotel built is built to match the colonial city and has a peaceful and green courtyard, gardens, and a gorgeous pool to nap off that birthday hangover at the next day.
Plus, free breakfast – I mean, what more could you need in life?!
If you’re looking for something a bit more budget-friendly, I also recommend our Airbnb in the city. It’s full of Mexican art and natural light from the massive arched windows and is the perfect place to relax and recharge before and after your birthday celebrations in the city.
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Then, use the complete Mexico Series for more insider tips on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in San Miguel and beyond.
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