Located less than an hour by car from Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a popular day trip destination for Los Cabos visitors. The coastal retreat still retains the red brick buildings from its 19th century heyday as Baja’s sugar capital, but nowadays they’re more likely to house boutique inns or some of the town’s many art galleries. An artists’ colony of repute since the 1980s, Todos Santos offers a mix of surfer chic and sophisticated pleasures, from custom jewelry boutiques and art galleries to bohemian cafés and elegant eateries.
Michael’s at the Gallery is an exemplar of the Todos Santos dining scene. Two nights per week during the tourist season, diners are invited to browse the paintings and sculptures in one of the town’s premier galleries – Michael and Pat Cope’s Galería de Todos Santos – before being seated in back for a feast of delicious Pan-Asian fare. Other downtown dining highlights include Café Santa Fe, which features Italian cuisine and a central location across from the town square, and Los Adobes, which provides regional Mexican specialty dishes in a gorgeous garden setting.
The coastal pueblo mágico also boasts plenty of comfort food options. Miguel’s chile rellenos were once declared the best in the Baja California peninsula by the New York Times, and the laid-back eatery remains a popular lunch spot for locals. La Garra, meanwhile, serves up tacos and other traditional Mexican favorites in a charming, palapa-topped restaurant decorated with movie posters from México’s golden age of cinema. And Cerritos Beach Club and Surf, just south of town, showcases barefoot fine dining, fresh local seafood, and Sunday jazz on the beach courtesy of singer Daline Jones and accompanist Diego Ramirez.