A typical day for Chez Us in Todos Santos starts with Denise chasing early morning light. One of her favorite things to do when traveling is to wake up early to capture the light that is gently warming a city and to take in a place that is waking up to begin the day. Not only is the light perfection at this time but she enjoys mingling with the locals who are beginning their days, as well as grabbing fresh baked goods or the first cup of coffee. Guess you could call it her zen moment. Lenny on the other hand prefers to laze around the hotel room, waiting for that early morning coffee or pastry that Denise may surprise him with, not to mention the tales of her early morning jaunt. Neither is right or wrong but instead both ways to say good morning are perfect.
After making my way back to the hotel, we would begin the morning over a leisurely breakfast at the Guaycura Hotel which would include fresh local fruit as well as bread, and lots of hot coffee. Then we would either take an excursion that the hotel provides or we would stroll around Todos Santos taking in the museum which is in town or one of the various art galleries. Sometimes, a little shopping may be tossed in. Lunches of street tacos and ice cold beer were always a must as well as lounging around the pool with a cold margarita.
Todos Santos is definitely an oasis in the middle of the Baja peninsula. Perfect for a long weekend of shopping with your girlfriends or falling deeper in love with the one you love. Some highlights for us were the following. If you ever have any questions please reach out to us, we are always eager to talk about traveling. As well you can see rest of our photos from this trip over here.
Food and Drink
- La Bodega De Todos Santos – a little bit of wine heaven in the middle of Todos Santos; this charming wine shop aims to please all Wine Connoisseurs from beginners to expert. We spent an evening with one of the shop’s owners Perla Garnica during a tasting. Outstanding knowledge about local (yes, local) wines as well as wines from other regions such as California and Europe. We left with an appreciation for Baja wines, which we never knew existed until them. Definitely recommend that you stop by, say hi and enjoy some great local wines.
- Tre Galline – come to find out there is a huge expat community in Todos Santos, as well as no shortage of Italian food. We had dinner at this charming Italian restaurant owned by Angelo and Magda, one evening as it is conveniently located here the Guaycura. They make their own pasta, sausage, and raviolis. As well their wines, anchovies and oils are all imported from Italy. The whole roasted fish was outstanding as was the bresola.
- El Zaguan – we had dinner here our first night in Todos Santos. We were hungry, but what really drew us in was the charming atmosphere and the friendly service as we walked in. They offered us a small romantic table and brought us two margaritas (which were outstanding). After chatting with them for a bit we learned that the young man serving us was the nephew and his aunts were the chefs, who cooked each order as it came in. The shrimp with passion fruit butter was so outstanding that we went back another night. Affordable, fresh and delicious food, as well as outstanding service.
Tacos – these were our favorite stops.
- Taco El Poblano
- Taqueria El Parguito
- Tacos Chilakos
- El Compa Chava – bring your own beer and enjoy fresh fish. Large portions compared to what you get in the US.
- La Chulita Ceviche Truck
Paletas – popsicles (the passion fruit ones are amazing)
- La Paloma
Casa Catalina y Galeria – great little pottery shop that is owned by Catherine Edwards. We picked up a gorgeous clay pot that can be used on the stove-top or in the oven. It makes an ultra moist roasted chicken and those most amazing pot of beans. It is hand made by locals up in the mountains. If you want a truly one of a kind gift for yourself or someone special, I recommend a stop here. Not only does Catherine have amazing pottery but also leather goods.
Etnica – located across the corner from our hotel making this a frequent stop. Loved the hand embroidered tops and dresses as well as leather shoes and belts. Yes, one of Nina’s gorgeous tops came home with me, and if I had a bigger suitcase there would have been shoes packed away as well!
Manos Mexicanas – Topete ESQ Centenario – this was by far one of our favorite little galleries. Local artist’s pieces from paintings to figurines for the house as well as beautiful Mexicana inspired jewelry. There was something for every budget from affordable to a once in a life time splurge. Lovely service and charming owners as well.
Where we stayed