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El Charco de la Higuera

The best salt-of-the-earth restaurant in Colima doubles as a modest museum to local mask-making and offers typical cocina colimense (Colima-style cuisine). The combined antojitos (Mexican snacks, M$85) plate is a sm…
Museum in Colima

Museo Universitario de Artes Populares

Colima's best museum, this is a showcase for folk art including a superb collection of masks, mojigangas (giant puppets), musical instruments, baskets and wood and ceramic sculpture from every state in Mexico. There…
Mexican in Colima

Cenaduría Julia

This institution in the northern suburb of Villa de Álvarez is one of the area's best-loved restaurants. The dishes to try here are the sopitos (small circular tortillas topped with meat, spices and tomato sauce; M$…
Archaeological Site in Colima

La Campana

The low, pyramid-like structures at this bell (thus campana) shaped archaeological site date from as early as 1500 BC. They have been excavated since the 1930s and restored, along with a small shaft tomb with object…
Museum in Colima

Museo Regional de Historia de Colima

This excellent museum in rooms off a central patio 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 carr…
Mexican in Colima

¡Ah Qué Nanishe!

The name of this restaurant in indigenous Zapotec means ‘How delicious!’ and the rich, chocolatey, but not overwhelming mole (sauce) is superb. Other unmissable Oaxacan delicacies that are available include chiles r…
Archaeological Site in Colima

El Chanal

Some 4km northeast of Colima, this extensive site was settled some time around 1300 BC, reaching its zenith 1100 and 1400 AD. There are pyramid structures, a ball court, five patios and a small catchment to collect …
Italian in Colima

Napoli Centro

The pizzas are huge and the pasta dishes savory (especially the seafood linguine), but we come to this Italian eatery up the steps from the Museo Regional de Historia de Colima to sit on the long open terrace and en…
Rooftop Bar in Colima

Terraza Trapiche

Perched on the top floor of Colima's landmark Hotel Ceballos, Trapiche is one of several outlets of a local craft beer brewery but this one has by far the best views. Try either of the two lagers (Colimita or the li…
Mexican in Colima

Chile Amor

This very colorful corner eatery, with floor-to-ceiling painted walls and where the waitstaff wear flamboyant traditional Mexican garb, serves some of the best tacos and quesadillas in town. Specials include dishes …