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Top Choice Theater in Mazatlán

Teatro Ángela Peralta

To feel the pulse of Mazatlán’s cultural scene, a night at the Peralta is a must. Built between 1869 and 1874, the theater was lovingly restored over five years to reopen in 1992. It has an intimate auditorium with …
Top Choice Square in Mazatlán

Plaza Machado

Sleepy during the day, this gorgeous tree-lined plaza comes alive in the evening, when market stalls pop up, couples stroll hand-in-hand and its numerous terrace restaurants are serenaded by musicians. It's a slight…
Top Choice Area in Mazatlán

Old Mazatlán

Mazatlán's restored old town is a picturesque compendium of noble 19th-century buildings and pretty plazas. It's set back from Playa Olas Altas, a small cove beach whose waterfront road strongly evokes the 1950s, wi…
Top Choice Theater in Mazatlán

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Named after a 19th-century soprano and constructed between 1869 and 1874, this 1366-seat theater just off Plaza Machado was a thriving center of local cultural life for nearly a century. Fallen into decay, it was sl…
Top Choice Fusion in Mazatlán

Héctor's Bistro

Commodious and with willing service, this is the new venture of a popular local chef. Dishes such as seafood carpaccios, salads bursting with fresh prawns and avocado, and tasty pastas are complemented by daily blac…
Top Choice Beach in Mazatlán

Playa Las Gaviotas

Many of Mazatlán's hotels are on this pretty beach. Sheltered by picturesque islands, here the waters are generally calm and ideal for swimming and water sports.
International in Mazatlán

Casa Loma

At this genteel eatery, enjoy roast duck à l’orange or poached fish blanca rosa (with shrimp, asparagus and mushrooms) in the swanky dining room or outdoors by the burbling fountain.
Mexican in Mazatlán

La Cocina de Ana

This homey place offers well-prepared buffet-lunch fare including marlin, meatball soup, chiles rellenos (chilies stuffed with meat or cheese) and pollo estofado (stewed chicken). Everything is sold by the kilo, and…
Mexican in Mazatlán

La Tramoya

Diners at spacious sidewalk tables enjoy hearty Mexican meat and seafood dishes here on Mazatlán's loveliest square. Unconventional choices include filete azteca – a steak stuffed with huitlacoche (corn fungus). It …
Seafood in Mazatlán

Mariscos La Puntilla

Popular with Mexican families for its Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet (M$99), this open-air eatery has a relaxed atmosphere and fantastic pescado zarandeado. It’s near the Isla de la Piedra ferries, on a small …