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Top Choice Museum in Monterrey

Horno3

Blast Furnace No 3 in the former industrial site of the Parque Fundidora has been converted into Horno3, an exceptionally impressive high-tech, hands-on museum devoted to Mexico’s steel industry. No expense has been…
Top Choice Park in Monterrey

Parque Ecológico Chipinque

This stunning mountainside section of the Parque Nacional Cumbres de Monterrey is just 12km from downtown. There's great hiking and mountain-biking on almost 80km of trails through dense forest and up rocky peaks, i…
Top Choice Park in Monterrey

Paseo Santa Lucía

The stunning 2.4km promenade of Paseo Santa Lucía is a world-class example of urban regeneration. This (artificial) river forms a turquoise ribbon through the heart of industrial Monterrey. Take a stroll down this d…
Top Choice Museum in Monterrey

Museo de Historia Mexicana

This sleek modernist museum on the Plaza 400 Años presents an extensive but easily manageable chronological history of Mexico. In the heart of the museum, there’s also an Earth section, full of mounted animals and r…
Top Choice Mexican in Monterrey

Madre Oaxaca

One of Monterrey's best restaurants, this charmer is set in a historic building and decked out with an extraordinary collection of handicrafts and folk art over its several intimate dining rooms. The menu is loaded …
Top Choice Italian in Monterrey

La Galería Café

Popular with a young and affluent crowd, this hip and contemporary restaurant-bar is a very popular pre-clubbing dinner and cocktail spot. It serves superb pasta (choose from 11 classic sauces) and rightly popular p…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Monterrey

Corredor del Arte

On Sundays, Calle Mina in the Barrio Antiguo becomes the Corredor del Arte, a wonderful combination of antiques, arts and crafts, and flea market. The whole area comes out to play and you can find one-off items amid…
Plaza in Monterrey

Macroplaza

A monument to Monterrey’s late-20th-century ambition, this city-block-wide series of interconnected squares, also known as the Gran Plaza, was created in the 1980s by the demolition of a prime chunk of city-center r…
Park in Monterrey

Parque Fundidora

Formerly a vast steel-factory complex, this once-blighted industrial zone has been transformed into a huge urban park. Designers cleverly retained the iconic smoke stacks and industrial relics to give a surreal and …
Museum in Monterrey

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

Don't miss the terrific Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, its entrance marked by Juan Soriano's gigantic black dove sculpture. Inside, its idiosyncratic spaces are filled with water and light, and major exhibitions (almo…