From historic markets and unique art galleries to cool dining and drinking desti-
nations, Tijuana’s cultural scene is chock-full of worthy diversions.
There’s no better time to head south of the border.
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
Cross Border Xpress
The new bridge that straddles
California and Mexico is officially open and delivers easy
access to Tijuana International
Airport. Travelers can park in
Otay Mesa right by the bridge
and stroll over the border to
catch a flight, avoiding lengthy
waits upon return as well.
the app Best
Time to Cross
Famed Tijuana chef Javier Plascencia wows diners with sustainable organic modern Mexican
cuisine, such as caramelized beet salad, twice-cooked pork jowls and otherworldly grilled
bone marrow in a sleek dining room overlooking Tijuana’s Zona Rio.
Calle Misión de San Javier 10643
Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero elevates traditional
Mexican food to new heights at this sophisticated
spot, celebrating 15 years of his renowned Baja
Med cuisine. The duck tacos are a must.
Ave. Escuadrón 201, 3310
Mexican sweets, giant bags of chicharrones, 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.
Sánchez Taboada and Independencia
CENTRO CULTURAL TIJUANA
There’s a lot to see and do inside this major cultural center. Visit the Museo de las Californias
to view 350 objects on display that reflect the
history of the region, catch an Imax screening
or explore the rotating exhibitions.
Paseo de los Heroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio
BORDER PSYCHO BREWERY
Experience excellent Mexican craft brews like
their Imperial Psycho Ale (PA) or Brutal
Imperial Stout at this colorful tasting room
in the Zona Rio neighborhood.
Calle Libertad 1751, Col. Azcona
In 2010, the Plascencia family rescued this
historic restaurant (and birthplace of the
Caesar salad) from closure and added a tapas
bar. The namesake salad—prepared tableside—is a must.
Ave. Revolución 1927, Zona Centro
Head to Tacos
Mina 1513) for
tacos; the taco
dorado con todo is arguably the best bite of
umami flavor in street food. At Tacos Aaron
(Paseo Pedregal), order up the chicharrón
with spicy green salsa on a corn tortilla
with a thin layer of bean paste. For the best
fish taco, go to Mariscos el Mazateño (Calz
del Tecnológico 473) and be sure to try the
shrimp tempura taco or La Mazateña Combi-nado (by request), spicy shrimp and crunchy
octopus in a grilled corn quesadilla.