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Top Choice Cathedral in Morelia

Morelia Cathedral

Morelia’s cathedral, considered by many to be the country's most beautiful, dominates the city center, where it flanks rather than faces the central plaza. It took almost a century to build (1660−1744), which explai…
Top Choice Fusion in Morelia

Chango

A lovely destination restaurant south of Plaza Villalongín, Chango offers cocina contemporánea de autor (contemporary signature cuisine) with maestro chef Daniel Aguilar Bernal at the helm. Seating is spread around …
Top Choice Mexican in Morelia

Tata

It could very well be the 190 different mezcals from Michoacán, Jalisco and Oaxaca that keeps pulling us back to Tata, but we're more inclined to think it’s the cocina de autor (signature cuisine) of chef Fermín Amb…
Top Choice Historic Building in Morelia

Biblioteca Pública de la Universidad Michoacana

Installed inside the magnificent 17th-century Ex Templo de la Compañía de Jesús, the shelves of the city's breathtaking university library rise up toward the domed and painted ceilings and are crammed from head to t…
Top Choice Museum in Morelia

Centro Cultural Clavijero

From 1660 to 1767 the Palacio Clavijero, with its magnificent minimalist main patio, imposing colonnades and pink stonework, was home to the Jesuit school of St Francis Xavier. Today the enormous building houses a c…
Top Choice New Mexican in Morelia

Lu Cochina Michoacana

This unassuming restaurant below the Hotel Casino is one of Morelia’s most inventive places to dine. Talented young chef Lucero Soto Arriaga turns pre-Hispanic ingredients into exquisite gems of beautifully presente…
Mexican in Morelia

Los Mirasoles

Morelian and Michoacán pride oozes from the kitchen at Los Mirasoles, where you'll dine in a fine Unesco-quality house bedecked (among other quirks) with a copy of Las Tarascas fountain. The food is doused in region…
Museum in Morelia

Museo Regional Michoacano

Housed in a dozen rooms of a renovated late-18th-century baroque palace, this museum contains an impressive array of pre-Hispanic artifacts, including a reconstructed open tomb from El Opeño, colonial art and relics…
Church in Morelia

Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe

A standard baroque structure on the outside dating from 1708 to 1716, this hushed sanctuary to Mexico's patron is a different story within. Get ready for a glistening profusion of pink, red and gold, gold, gold! The…
Notable Building in Morelia

Colegio de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

This building is now part of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, which produced such scholars as Morelos, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and José Sixto Verduzco. Upstairs, the Sala de Melchor Ocampo is …