San Luis Potosí City Guide
You can fly into San Luis Potosí from the US or from anywhere else in Mexico. It is an easy 1 hr flight from Mexico City or a 1.5-hour flight from Cancun. However, flying into San Luis Potosí can be more expensive because it’s not currently a prime tourist destination. My flights from Detroit, Michigan typically go to Houston or Dallas to SLP. If you are flying from California or Texas it would be easy to find a direct flight.
The Centro in San Luis Potosí is all cobblestone-like many cities in Mexico, so leave those heels at home. Flats or tennis shoes are the way to go. Also, SLP is pretty conservative and women typically don’t wear shorts or tank-tops, even when it is hot.
San Luis Potosí’s Centro | San Luis Potosí Centro
Walk around San Luis Potosí’s Centro and explore the different churches and historical landmarks or take the trolley for 50 pesos. The double-decker trolley leaves every half hour in front of the Cathedral of San Luis Potosí, pictured above. The tour is only given in Spanish, but even if you don’t speak Spanish it is still nice to see the city and different important locations you can walk to later.
- Plaza de Armas | (Corazon del Centro Historico ) – Plaza de Armas is located at the heart of the Centro Historico in San Luis Potosí.
- Catedral Metropolitana | (Calle De Morelos 620) – Catedral Metropolitana is considered to be one of the most beautiful baroque temples in Mexico. Its construction began in 1670 and if you look closely to can find sculptures of the 12 apostles on the outside of the church. The sculptures are an exact replica of the sculptures that are found in the interior of the San Juna de Letrán Basilica in Rome.
- Aranzazú Plaza | (Hermenegildo Galeana 480) – This plaza used to be the stables of the San Francisco Convent, a tobacco factory, and a Red Cross facility, but now is used as a spot to hold cultural activities.
- Basílica Menor or Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe | (Calz de Guadalupe 1005) –
- Parroquia del Sagrario | (Damián Carmona 110) – Constructed in 1700 by the Jesuits of Mexico
- Temple de San Francisco | (Venezuela 145) – The national monument was part of a convent built by the Franciscans, the first religious order to be established in the city.
- Plaza del Carmen & Carmen Temple | (Manuel José Othón 410) – One of the city’s most traditional churches and was built in 1749 as part of the old convent of the Los armelitas Descalzos religious order. The plaza is surrounded by green spaces and diverse cultural expressions.
- Temple de San Augustín | ( José Ma. Morelos y Pavón ) – One block south of the Plaza del Carmen lies another magnificent Baroque church, Temple de San Agustín built around 1700.
On the first Sunday of every month (or whenever they decide), they have a large family event-dogs welcome. You can find art, jewelry, and crafts in one part of the building, food trucks in another, and live music. Take the time to walk around and explore the gardens that just out through little alleyways that are attached to the main plaza of the building. (Cost is 30 pesos to enter)
- Cafe Corta’o | (Independencia 1150, Centro, San Luis, S.L.P.) – A local favorite, Cafe Corta’o has really great breakfast and the freshest coffee. I just found out that one of my students’ uncle actually owns the place and is apparently a famous Potisino.
- Refugio Tierra | (Avenida Chapultepec 1335) – This spot is a Mexican brunch spot with a middle eastern flare and owned by two brothers from Lebanon. The food is amazing and if you decided to sit on the patio you get an amazing view of the city as the restaurant sits on top of the hill overlooking SLP.
- Wine Park | (Plaza Citadella, Av. Dr. Salvador Nava Martínez 3125) – Great for brunch because you get to sit looking over Parque de Tangamanga. Who needs to go for a morning run when you get sip your coffee, eat your concha and watch others exercise.
- Fork | (Olmos 145, Las Aguilas 3a. Sección) Cute brunch spot with a diverse menu. Great atmosphere with an excellent wait staff and rarely crowded.
- Bretonas | (Montes Verdes 165, Lomas 2da Sección) – A cute french spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Bretonas offers coffee, tea, crepes, salads, and sandwiches.
- The Butcher | (Sierra Leona 230, Lomas de San Luis 2da Sección) – Best burgers I have found in SLP and Mexico in general.
- Troku Chula | ( Av.Palmira 362) – Food trucks
- La Oruga de la Cebada | ( Av Universidad 169, Centro) – I love La Oruga de la Cebada because it is located right in el centro and you can eat on the roof, which overlooks the center.
- El Mexico De Frida | (Valentin Gama 646, Jardín) – One of my favorite restaurants in SLP and a great dedication to Mexico’s most famous citizen; Frida Kahlo.
- Good Fellas | (Av Venustiano Carranza 235) – has delicious Italian food and the most amazing chicken alfredo pasta.
- Arirang Korean Restaurant | (Plaza La Loma, Av de la Victoria 250) – if you need to get your Korean fix, Airirang is the place to stuff your belly full of Bimibap.
- Saigon Brasserie | (Calle Juan de Oñate 620) –
- Hank’s | (Mariano Arista 1100, De Tequisquiapan) – Hank’s is a New Orlean’s style restaurant with a sister location in San Miguel de Allende. We came here for our Thanksgiving dinner as they were one of the only restaurants in the city that were serving a classic Thanksgiving dinner.
- Cielo Tinto | (Avenida Venustiano Carranza 700, Avenida) – I’ve never actually been here, but have been told that it has really great French food.
- Marengo | ( Parque Chapultepec 1020, Colinas del Parque) – Marengo is the perfect spot for a fancy date. they have a nice patio seating option. Make sure you try the braised cauliflower.
- Gran Central | (Sierra Leona 710, Garita de Jalisco) – Gran Central is a steakhouse with an amazing ambiance. My favorites are the potato poppers and the Nutella empanadas.
- Almacen | (Vista Hermosa 116, Jardín, Vista Hermosa) – A steakhouse closer to the center – Almacen usually has bands playing and a lively atmosphere.
- The Piqueria Mazcaleria | ( Independencia #1190, Centro) – One of the few places to get pulque in San Luis Postosí – at least that I am aware of.
- La Internacional | (Av Universidad 105, Centro, Centro) – They have a large selection of international beer here and actually have everything that is on their menu.
- La Legendaria | (Libramiento Sur Anillo Periférico 720) – A local San Luis brewery with pub food.
- Rockabilly Bar | (Agustín de Iturbide, Centro Historico) – I am told that this bar has a good international scene and is the place to be on the weekend.
- La Chula | (Parque Chapultepec 506-570) – If you are into nightclubs and partying until the wee hours in the morning, La Chula is your type of place. I have never been, but many of my friends love to hang out here and its open and jamming the majority of the week.
These two air bnbs are both really cute, centrally located and under $45 a night. Check them out here and here. This artsy air bnb is a little outside of the centro but on Carranza and only $32 a night.
If you are interested in staying at a hotel in the centro and close to all the action I would recommend staying at Hotel Panorama or at Hotel Museo Palacio de San Agustin. If you are here for work and are interested in staying closer to the zona industrial I would recommend staying at the Ramada Encore San Luis Potosi and they also have a drive-thru Starbucks (the only one in the city).
Costanzo Chocolates have been around since 1935 and many potosinos swear that they are the best chocolates in all of Mexico. I’m personally not a huge fan of their chocolates, but they do offer over 150 kinds of candies and I haven’t tried them all, so maybe there are some good ones in there. Costanzo is well known for their “tornillos”, “duquesas”, “princesas”, jellies, and cinnamon-flavored nuts.
- Fair or Feiria | San Luis’ National Fair, normally in the last three weeks of August, includes concerts, bullfights, rodeos, cockfights and agricultural shows
- Global Beer Fest | This festival happens in October and attracts a diverse population. There is food, music, and food trucks…lots of food trucks
- Wine Festival | Taking place in June, San Luis Potosí celebrates wine with 100 national and international wineries, a program of tastings, workshops, conferences and food and dinner pairing given by winemakers, owners, and sommeliers from all over the world. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time here.
- Lucha Libre | Lucha Libre comes to town about once every few months. Here is a link to their facebook page so you can stay updated on when they will be in SLP.
- Twilight Light Shows | Christmas time at Plaza de Armas and Plaza de los Fundadores have twilight light shows on the cathedrals
- Semana Santa (Holy Week) | San Luis Potosí is actually quite famous when it comes to the Holy Week (Easter Week) and people from all over Mexico come to observe the festivities.
- La Fuerza de la Fe ( The Strength of Faith) is a silent procession that takes place the evening of Good Friday of Holy Week along the main street the Historic Center of San Luis Potosí. This demonstration of faith is famous for the multitude of people that gather in absolute silence or three hours while 40 men carry the Virgin of Solitude, who platform weighs a metric ton.
- Street walk – Every Sunday they close down the main road of Carranza so that you can ride your bike, rollerblade, skateboard, run or walk your dog.
Love at first sight?
There are a lot of events that come through town and I would be sure to be on the lookout for those. You can join this page to stay updated.
- Real de Catorce | Real de Catorce is a pueblo magical (magic town) located just 3 hrs north of SLP. It’s the perfect town for those who love adventure – you can live your inner-cowboy by riding horses or take a jeep ride through the mountains.
- San Miguel de Allende | San Miguel de Allende was named the #1 city to visit last year by Travel and Leisure. Luckily San Miguel is just a short 2 hr drive away – making it extremely accessible for a weekend trip. There is so much to do and see in the colorful town of San Miguel de Allende it will leave you coming back for more. I’ve visited 3 times now and plan on going back next month.
- Guanajuato | Guanajuato easily takes the cake on being the most colorful city in Mexico and will have you wrapped in its magical grip the second you set foot in its city borders. Spend the day getting lost in its colorful streets and visiting all the small cafés.
- La Huasteca | Located in the jungles of San Luis Potosí is La Huasteca – a land of green jungle and bountiful waterfalls is also not too far away. Some major spots of interest include Puente de Dios (Bridge of the Gods), Tamasopo and the small town of Xilitla.
Hope this guide was helpful! Let me know if you believe I missed anything important!