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Plaza Garibaldi
Vacation Travel Guide

Mexico City featuring cafe scenes and street scenes

Be serenaded by mariachi band members dressed in brightly colored costumes and visit a museum dedicated to tequila at this lively square. 

Discover the infectious beats of traditional Mexican folkloric music at Plaza Garibaldi. This is the city’s focal point of mariachi bands, which congregate in the hundreds to entertain couples, families and tourists. Visit a bar on Plaza Garibaldi that lays claim to introducing mariachi music to Mexico City. Learn about the nation’s most-loved liquors at an interactive museum.

Arrive early in the evening, when the bands of guitar, trumpet and violin players begin to descend upon the square. Watch as the musicians sing romantic ballads to those willing to pay for a performance. See men singing with the bands and serenading their loved ones. Admire the large sombrero hats and charro suits, characterized by buckles on the trouser legs. It’s customary to bargain with the bands if you want them to perform for you.

Go to Salón Tenampa to experience a slice of the square’s musical roots. This bar’s owner brought mariachi bands to Mexico City from Guadalajara in the 1920s. Browse photos of legendary mariachi singers on the bar’s walls and attend live concerts. Guadalajara de Noche, which opened in 1937, is another acclaimed venue to enjoy the song and dance of this unique genre.

On the east side of the square is the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal. Find exhibitions about the distillation of the two popular liquors made from the native agave plant. Among the displays are collections of antique bottles and distilling barrels. Sample different varieties of tequila and mezcal at the museum bar. The museum is open daily and has an admission fee.

The square sits at the northern edge of Mexico City’s historic center, less than a 10-minute walk from the Bellas Artes and Metro Garibaldi metro stations. Public buses and a hop-on, hop-off tourist bus also stop nearby. Visit other major city attractions such as the National Art Museum and Palace of Fine Arts.

Police patrol Plaza Garibaldi; however, pickpockets often operate here. Carefully watch your personal possessions. The atmosphere can get rowdy at night, when partygoers leave the bars located in the vicinity.

Top Hotels Close to Plaza Garibaldi

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,663 per night from May 4 to May 5
Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo, and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,151 reviews)
"Everything was real nice and helpful everyone in hotel real nice"

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$3,088 per night from May 17 to May 18
Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Plaza de la Constitucion and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)
"It’s a wonderful experience! It’s like a time travel back to the beginning of 19 hundred century! Especial thanks for Celia and Jose Luis! A really especial time! Food is amazing!"

Reviewed on 2021/4/16

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Barceló México Reforma
Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,127 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Teatro Metropólitan, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Reforma 222. Zocalo and U.S. Embassy are also ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,077 reviews)
"Excellent location, impressive lobby. Regular breakfast but Sonora Prime restaurant is excellent. Walking distance to Bellas Artes makes it a great choice. Rooms small but comfortable. A/C not good. Rooms warm at night."

Reviewed on 2021/4/14

Barceló México Reforma
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Plaza Garibaldi

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3 - Okay
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2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Did not feel safe, street is to dark, homeless people on the side walks. No policemen on the streets,

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 7, 2019

Be careful, there is a man that drags you into a "free" show and they end up overcharging you (more than 200% of the prices in the menu) and then switching your bills (500 bill for a 50), where you end up paying more... the "place" changes name constantly so be careful.

2/5 - Disappointing

Veronica

Mar 20, 2019

At the restaurants There is either a cover charge or they add a fee for the show. We were charged the equivalent of $25 as a fee for the live show. Other places had a cover charge. The outdoor area had a bad smell. Better to go to Cafe de Tacuba!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2019

Not quite what we thought. We went in the evening and the area around plaza garibaldi was pretty rough in terms of cleanliness and overall comfort. There’s tons of locals in the streets selling stuff but nothing worth looking at no police patrolling we didn’t really feel safe. Took a few pictures and left

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2019

It was nice to visit the iconic plaza Garibaldi we drink and eat but left around 9 pm we didn't feel safe

2/5 - Disappointing

Sandy

Jan 26, 2019

Disappointing, did not feel safe, the foot was not good an over priced. A lot of drunken men at the plaza

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Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,663 per night from May 4 to May 5
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$3,088 per night from May 17 to May 18
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Barceló México Reforma
Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,127 per night from Apr 29 to Apr 30
Barceló México Reforma
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
Hotel Ritz Mexico City
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,242 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
4 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 80, Col. Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,983 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Fiesta Americana - Reforma
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Juarez 70 Colonia Centro, Mexico City
The price is NT$3,010 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Hotel MX garibaldi
Hotel MX garibaldi
3 out of 5
Honduras No. 11, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$777 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Hotel MX garibaldi
Hotel Diligencias
Hotel Diligencias
3 out of 5
Belisario Dominguez No. 6, Col. Centro Hist=rico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$590 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
Hotel Diligencias
Hotel MX lagunilla
Hotel MX lagunilla
3.5 out of 5
Riva Palacio 67, Col. Guerrero, Del. Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$832 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Hotel MX lagunilla
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.