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Tijuana Zona Centro Self-guided Tour (Self Guided), Tijuana

Zona Centro, the oldest area in Tijuana, attracts visitors thanks to its magnificent architecture and landmarks, great shopping spots and cozy restaurants with delicious Mexican food. Coming from the US border you will pass under Monumental Arch, which welcomes visitors and is the symbol of the city. This guide will help you explore the most popular attractions of Tijuana Zona Centro.
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Tijuana Zona Centro Self-guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Tijuana Zona Centro Self-guided Tour
Guide Location: Mexico » Tijuana (See other walking tours in Tijuana)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
  • Museo de Historia de Tijuana
  • Monumental Arch
  • Wax Museum (Museo Cera)
  • Mercado de Artesanias
  • El Torito Pub
  • Caesar’s Palace
  • Dandy del Sur
Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

1) Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

This is the main cathedral of Tijuana and the most notable architectural construction. Catedral de Nuestra Seсora de Guadalupe is the first Catholic Church in the city. The first church was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century and the present building was finished in the 1970s. It represents colonial and neo-classical architecture. The cathedral features a clock and two towers with square columns, topped with crosses. A beautiful image of Our Lady rises above the entrance.
Museo de Historia de Tijuana

2) Museo de Historia de Tijuana (must see)

Museo de Historia de Tijuana is located in the building of a cultural center, a former City Hall on Calle Secunda. This is the newest museum in the city, inaugurated in November 2010. This museum, dedicated to the history of the city, is divided into 5 sections: natural history and geography, social life and politics, urban development, cultural and economic history. There is also a space for temporary exhibitions and a special interactive section for pint-sized visitors. Visit Museo de Historia de Tijuana and explore Tijuana’s history through old photographs, documents and artifacts.
Monumental Arch

3) Monumental Arch (must see)

The Monumental Arch, also known as Millennium Arch or Monumental Clock, is a famous symbol of Tijuana, located at the beginning of Revolucion Avenue in walking distance from the Mexican and US border. Since 2000, the huge monument welcomes Tijuana visitors to Zona Centro, in the downtown area of the city. The construction of the monument in a historical zone evoked debates among residents of the city. The height of the arch makes it visible from different parts of Tijuana.
Wax Museum (Museo Cera)

4) Wax Museum (Museo Cera) (must see)

The Wax Museum, located in the northern part of Zona Centro, was established in 1992 and is the only wax museum in the country. It exhibits about 100 wax copies of famous people of the past and the present. Among other interesting characters, you may recognize the legendary Dracula, Michael Jackson, Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi and Marilyn Monroe. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mercado de Artesanias

5) Mercado de Artesanias

Mercado de Artesanías is a Crafts Market that sells authentic Mexican souvenirs and gifts at bargain prices. The market was established in the 1970s and today it counts about 400 craft dealers. On numerous market stalls you will find pottery, blown glass, carved furniture, handmade clothes and clayware by local craftsmen. Mercado de Artesanías is located at Ocampo and Negrete Streets in downtown Tijuana.
El Torito Pub

6) El Torito Pub

El Torito is the favorite restaurant of local people. It was opened more than 25 years ago and is located on the main street of the city’s downtown. During the day the venue is crowded with families and their children enjoying delicious food; when sun goes down El Torito turns into a club. The menu is very rich and includes Mexican soups, burritos, beans, tortillas, molcajetes and others. There is also a bull you can ride. In the evening El Torito provides excellent dance music and much fun.
Caesar’s Palace

7) Caesar’s Palace

Caesar’s Salad is known in many countries of the world. The famous salad was invented in 1924 in the kitchen of the restaurant ran by the Italian Caesar Cardini. Later the restaurant was moved to the beautiful palace built in 1929. Today the building is one of the main landmarks of Tijuana and it includes a hotel. Caesar’s Palace is located on the main street of downtown Tijuana, on Revolucion Avenue.
Dandy del Sur

8) Dandy del Sur

Dandy del Sur Cantina is an old traditional bar located on Sexta Calle. It was opened in the middle of the 20th century. The interior of the venue is decorated with wooden rafters, paintings, rodeo photographs and Mexican motifs. Good music provides an atmosphere of relaxation, where you can have a beer and chat with your friends or friendly locals of different ages. It is usually open till late at night.

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