From historical markets and unique art galleries, to cool dining and drinking
destinations, Tijuana’s cultural scene is chock-full of worthy diversions. There’s
no better time to head south of the border.
Ambitious cuisine blends
techniques with local
produce and proteins, in a
stunning space set in the
first LEED-certified building
in northwest Mexico.
Misión San Javier 10643
In 2010, the Plascencia
family rescued this historical
restaurant (and birthplace
of the Caesar salad) from
closure and added a tapas
bar. The namesake salad—
prepared tableside—is a must.
Avenida Revolución 1927
Family recipes that honor
the culinary traditions of
Baja and the Mediterranean inspire the extensive
menu. Don’t miss the beef
Calle Rovirosa 250
Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero, co-creator of
Baja-Med cuisine, elevates traditional Mexican
food to new heights at this sophisticated spot.
The duck tacos are a must.
Avenida Escuadrón 201, #3310
LA CASA DE TÚNEL
Located in the Colonia Federal neighborhood
(right on the U.S.-Mexico border), this art
center with an international artist-in-residency
program features rotating gallery exhibits and
a rooftop border observation deck complete
with a small café.
133 Colonia Federal
For the essential Tijuana bar experience, order
a flight of flavored mezcal and chapulines (fried
grasshoppers), then hit the dance floor.
Calle Sexta 8267
BCB TASTING ROOM
With 40-plus taps and hundreds more in bottles,
the local craft brew selection at BCB is unmatched
anywhere else in Tijuana. A selection of thin-crust
pizzas and sandwiches will keep you well-fed.
3003 Calle Orizaba 3003
Mexican sweets, giant bags of chicharrónes, colorful
piñatas and handmade crafts are just some of the
treasures that can be found among 80-plus stalls
at this busy marketplace built in 1910.
Sanchez Taboada and Independencia
Six food stalls, ranging from crêpes to vegan
comfort food (plus lots of local brews), fulfill
this open-air food court’s mission to “keep
Tijuana tasty.” Craft fairs and DJs on the
weekends sweeten the deal.
Blvd. Rodolfo Sanchez Taboada 10650
Find boundary-pushing creations at this taco
stand in downtown Tijuana, like the Kraken—
mesquite-grilled octopus and Mexican pesto—
and the Especial—any of their tacos stuffed into
a grilled Anaheim chili wrapped in a tortilla.
Calle Melchor Ocampo and Calle 11
BCB Tasting Room
Several parking lots sit near the San Ysidro pedestrian border crossing area, or you can take the
blue trolley line, operated by San Diego MTS. If you’re traveling to Mexico by car, be sure to purchase
Mexican automobile insurance. And please remember: All visitors must bring a valid passport.