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Friday, April 10th 2015

Shopping San Miguel

Written by

Rafael Bracho

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Shopping in San Miguel de Allende

Shopping in San Miguel de Allende can be a pleasant experience without the hustle and bustle of larger cities in Mexico. Small artsy shops are found along the idyllic streets without the name-brand shopping one would come to expect from larger cities. Shopping in San Miguel is often a pleasurable experience with great service and high-quality goods. The Zaras and the Guccis are replaced with hand-died garments and fantastic, artisan accessories. However, when it comes to the convenience of shopping in San Miguel for more commercial goods, we have compiled a short list of stores with some options.


-Commercial Stores-

La Comer – Is the largest grocery store, which looks like a massive Target. Pretty much everything you need in the way of food can be found here. Inexpensive fish and meats can be found here, however there have been some quality issues. That said, the vegetables and fruit are fantastic. The bread rolls come out of the oven hourly. In addition, it has a decent household section, pet section, and even some clothing.

Bodega Aurrera – A smaller-scale version of Walmart—which is also a subsidiary corporation owned by them. It is considered the budget store for locals, however all manner of odds and ends can be found here.

La Europea – Is an alcoholic beverage store (much like a BevMo!) just off the Jardín, with a huge selection of wines from around the world.

For daily staples like milk and odds and end, there is a local convenient store (or tienda) almost on every block. We also visit the OXXO—a 7-11 like store—that surprisingly carries decently-priced staples, beer, booze, and wine.

-Small Scale Stores-

Bonanza – Located on Mesones, this small family market stocks a lot of odds and ends that appeal to American expat customers. If you cannot find something at Mega, then this is a fantastic substitute.

There is a Sunday morning market on Stirling Dickinson very near the Academia. Farmers bring all their fruit and vegetables in from the country. The quality is fresh, and the variety is good. We recommend arriving early and stocking for the week. The prices are generally low, and we end up with a great deal of produce. So much so, that a huge, fully-loaded shopping bag ends up around $5usd. You can also buy c__arnitas sold by the kilo there. This delicious delicacy melts in your mouth.

Natura Organic Market – This quaint, family-run store on Ancha de San Antonio has a terrific selection of fresh, ready-to-go salads.


AutoZone – Is a fantastic place to obtain car parts. It’s located across from the mall.

Office Depot – Is where we get our office supplies. You can also print documents here in a pinch.

Parasina – Is a fabric store chain, similar to Jo-Ann’s in the United States. It also sells art supplies.

Liverpool – Is a high-end department store. Similar to a Sears or a Macy’s—however the prices can get expensive.


There is no Walmart in San Miguel de Allende. In 2013, this quaint little town rejected the application for a Walmart. As we mentioned above, you can head to their subsidiary corporation’s location in San Miguel de Allende, called Bodega Aurrera. However, going to an actual Walmart in San Miguel de Allende entails heading to either:

Celaya, Guanajuato – There are 2 Walmarts—for a link to the closest one, click here.

Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro – There are 3 Walmarts—for a link to the closest one, click here.


Similarly, there is no Costco in San Miguel de Allende. For the closest Costco, you have to either head to Celaya, Guanajuato, or to Santiago de Querétaro.

Celaya, Guanajuato – has one location—for a link, click here.

Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro – has one location—for a link, click here.


We recommend heading to Santiago de Querétaro instead of Celaya, because it is an absolutely scenic and thriving city. It is very safe, and it is a wonderful place to spend a day. When you are there, you can also take advantage of a lot of other businesses, such as: Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and a huge mall that will rival any you see in the United States, equipped with: H&M, American Outfitters, Guess. . . etc. It also has some American fast food chains in case you are missing home, such as: IHOP, Burger King, Subway, Applebee’s, KFC. . . etc.

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