You can find some great casual spots for coffee, tea, ice cream and chocolates in San Miguel:
One of my favorite spots is La Sacristia Terraza + Cafe, from the owners of Zenteno Cafe. Located at Canal 36, they feature a full coffee menu, pastries and more. On my first trip, I had a lovely salad and quiche for lunch on the colorful outdoor terrace in the back. I liked it so much and went back again with friends and loved the toast with brie, pear, serrano ham and a reduction of red wine vinaigrette. Now I go every time that I am back in town. It is a great addition to San Miguel.
The Zenteno Cafe group also has opened Zenteno Bellas Artes, is located in the back of Bellas Artes. It is a perfect spot to grab coffee and a bite while overlooking the lovely courtyard and getting away from the crowds in Centro. Hernandez Macias #75. Their original location, Zenteno Cafe, is a small local spot at Hernandez Macias 136 and the corner of Codo. Their newest location is a colorful cafe located at Salida de Celaya 10C. In addition to coffee, they feature breakfast and lunch items. I just went for breakfast and had a perfect omelette and latte!
Cafe Oso Azul, or the Blue Bear, is one of my favorite spots and I have to go every time I am back in town. Owned by two Danes, this is a cafe serving breakfast, lunch, coffee, desserts and smoothies. It is a charming spot with a lovely courtyard with outdoor seating. They just expanded their interior dining space. The coffee is always excellent. I always try to order one of their quiches or omelettes for lunch. They also roast their own coffee. Zacateros 17.
Thanks to local friends I found Miga Panaderia Artesanal at Sterling Dickinson #21 . It sits along a number of new neighborhood cafes and restaurants. It is a perfect spot to go on a weekend when the center of town can be crowded. They have a number of coffee, tea and other drinks and wonderful homemade pastries I loved the latte and the croissants that I purchased! I will definitely go back.
Nearby is the recently opened is Panalillo at Umaran 34. This small cafe in the Hotel Naramu, features coffee drinks and great pastries. I suggest stopping in and sitting at one of the their tables in the small couryard of the hotel. I enjoyed the friendly staff!
La Ventana Cafe Organico de Chiapas, at Sollano 11, is good for coffee or tea. You can order from the window and head to the Jardin or go into the cafe through the side entrance. I always stop in to buy the local paper, the Antencion, on Fridays to see what is happening in town for the week.
If you are in Col. San Antonio, make sure to visit Cafe 1910 at San Felipe #19. Here you can enjoy coffee, tea or a great breakfast or lunch item. It is owned by a delightful Mexican couple, Anna and Mario. Mario’s murals inside of famous people in US and Mexican history, really make the spot. I had a lovely ham and cheese croissant sandwich. A local friend loves going often for the breakfast bagel sandwich.
I normally would not recommend a Starbucks, but the Starbucks at the corner of Canal and Hildago across from the Jardin in San Miguel is found in a wonderful old building with great architectural details and a lovely patio in the courtyard. I go often and love the atmosphere. They also take the Starbucks prepaid card from the US.
Speaking of Starbucks, the Cafe at the Rosewood Hotel serves Starbucks coffee and wonderful cookies and pastries. It opened in early November, 2015 and is located in the gift shop off the lobby. They do have some outdoor tables. I was there several times on my recent trip!
Just down the street is is A.15 or Animas Quince at Nemesio Diez 2. It is fun spot for a pastry and coffee.
Chocolates Johfrei: Now at Jesus 2A, this is a chocolate store that has been in San Miguel for over ten years and in Mexico City since 1920. They offer handmade chocolates, tasty ice cream and great coffee.
San Augustine: At San Francisco #21, a block east of the Jardin, this is the best place for hot chocolate and churros for an afternoon snack! The Mexican hot chocolate with a touch of cinnamon is perfect! Just be aware that the lines on weekends can be long, so go mid-week.
El Petit Four: This is a European-style baked goods, sandwiches and coffee that is well-worth a visit. The chef/owner, Paco Cardenas, teaches great cooking classes in town. They have recently moved to Jesus #2-B. It was the former location of Luna de Queso and is much better than the old location on Mesones. I loved the scone, crossants and cookies that I bought along with a latte.
I have always enjoyed El Cafe de la Mancha located at Recreo 21A. I often stopped in for coffee on my way to my daily Spanish class. It is a small cafe which recently started serving food items for breakfast and lunch. I highly recommend it. I just saw that they moved to a new spot at Julian Carrillo 5B in Col. Guadalupe. I was just at their new location and enjoyd it.
I read about and recently tried Ki’bok Coffee at Sollano 25. A block off of the Jardin, this is a fun spot for coffee that has a lovely rooftop patio with great views. This cafe is the second one after their original in Tulum.
I recently discovered the charming Casa de Cafe at Hospicio 31 at the corner of Recreo for a morning coffee break.
I have now been several times to the coffee shop, Geek & Coffee, at Fabrica La Aurora. It is located to the right of the entrance just outside the main complex. It has a great indoor space as well as lovely, colorful outdoor terrace and garden. In addition to coffee drinks, they serve breakfast and lunch items. It is a great spot to go when the town is crowded during festivals and holidays.
Thanks to a local friend, I found Buen Dia Cafe. Formerly at Callejon del Pueblito #3A it has recently moved to a larger space at Hidalgo #42. They have excellent coffee. You can also have breakfast and lunch. I recently went to the new location and enjoyed a great brunch and coffee with a local friend on their large patio.
For wonderful tres leches cake, head off of Hernandez Macias a block to Pastelerie La Casita Feliz at Guadiana #15.
Formerly located in Mi Vida, Buonforno is now located in Colonia San Antonio. It is an excellent bakery for bread, pastries, cookies and pies. They also feature coffee drink. It is well worth visit. Stirling Dickinson 33.
Don’t miss the new Doce 18 Concept House at Relox 18. Here you will find a location of Cumpanio Bakery called Panio serving coffee and pastries and Le Macaron Boutique. The macarons are wonderful and I keep stopping in for more!
Dulce Fresa: This is a local artisan candy store at Umaran 24-A. I recently found it on a San Miguel food tour. They have excellent cajeta, caramelized goats milk, candies and rompope, a Mexican eggnog drink.
Cafeteria y Reposteria Say’s for coffee, tea, donuts, pastries and frappes. I stopped in for coffee on a recent trip to San Miguel. Insurgentes #152
For a fun Mexican experience, stop in at La Micoacana for one of their yummy paletas. These popsicles come in many flavors. I love the coconut!! Insurgentes 38 and Mesones 44.
I love Mercado Sano for their food items offered by a number of small vendors and for their Saturday organic market. I try to go every weekend when I am in town. One of my g0-to spots for coffee is the small stand inside the entrance, Il Gallo Verde or The Green Rooster, operated by a lovely man named Tito. Make sure to stop by. There are a number of table in front where you can meet friends. Ancha de San Antonio #23.
There has been a large growth in new casual restaurants on Sterling Dickinson west of Ancha de San Antonio. I found another new spot, a coffee shop, Cafe Catedral at the far west end on the corner of 28 de Abril Sur. I enjoyed my first visit.