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Top Choice Mexican in Colima

El Charco de la Higuera

The best salt-of-the-earth restaurant in Colima doubles as a modest museum to local mask-making (check the displays of wooden masks in glass cases) and offers typical Colima cuisine. The combined antojitos (Mexican …
International in Colima


This hip restaurant lounge attracts a late-coming crowd of uni students for snacks, drinks and, on Thursday nights, live music from around the globe. The menu takes in pizza, sushi, burritos and more, but most peopl…
Museum in Colima

Museo Regional de Historia de Colima

This excellent museum has an extensive collection of well-labeled artifacts spanning the region’s history, from ancient pottery to conquistadors’ armor to a 19th-century horse-drawn carriage. Don’t miss the ceramic …
Museum in Colima

Museo Universitario de Artes Populares

A pulpit for folk art including a slightly faded collection of masks, mojigangas (giant puppets), musical instruments, baskets, and wood and ceramic sculpture from every state in Mexico.
Gallery in Colima

Pinacoteca Universitaria Alfonso Michel

The modern entrance to this gallery leads into a 19th-century courtyard surrounded by four halls filled with surrealist art. Included are a permanent collection of paintings by Colima’s Alfonso Michel – whose work h…
Notable Building in Colima

Palacio de Gobierno

Local artist Jorge Chávez Carrillo painted the stairway murals in the Palacio de Gobierno to celebrate the 200th birthday of independence hero Miguel Hidalgo, who was once parish priest of Colima. The murals honor f…
Mexican in Colima

El Trebol

A small, no-nonsense family restaurant that makes a great spot for breakfast. The scent of freshly squeezed orange juice perfumes the dining room, and diners devour huevos a la mexicana (eggs scrambled with green pe…
Mexican in Colima

¡Ah Qué Nanishe!

The name of this restaurant means ‘How delicious!’ and the rich, chocolatey, but not overwhelming mole (sauce) is superb. Other don't-miss Oaxacan delicacies that are available include chiles rellenos (stuffed chili…
Doughnuts in Colima

Pichichi Silvon

Operating out of a tiny window across the walking street from the Hotel Ceballos, this place attracts a stream of customers for its addictive churros rellenos – hot, sugar-crusted Mexican doughnuts stuffed with choc…
Archaeological Site in Colima

La Campana

The low, pyramid-like structures at this modest archaeological site date from as early as 1500 BC. They have been excavated and restored, along with a small tomb and a ball court (unusual in western Mexico). The str…