Plaza Garibaldi

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Lonely Planet review

Every night the city’s mariachi bands gather to belt out heartfelt ballads in this festive square. Wearing silver-studded outfits, they toot their trumpets and tune their guitars until approached by someone who’ll pay for a song (about M$100). Also roaming Garibaldi are white-clad son jarocho groups, hailing from Veracruz, and norteño combos, who bang out northern-style folk tunes.

The notoriously seedy Garibaldi recently underwent a makeover that included heightened security, but it’s still rough around the edges. The latest addition to the plaza is the Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal , with exhibits explaining the origins and production process of Mexico’s two most popular distilled agave drinks. The tour ends with a tasting on a stylish terrace bar overlooking the plaza. An onsite store sells some decent, albeit overpriced, tequilas and mezcals.