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Top Choice Gardens in Toluca

Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico

At the northeast end of Plaza Garibay, the stunning and unique Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico was built in 1909 as a market. The building now houses 3500 sq meters of lovely gardens, lit through 48 stained-glass panels…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Toluca

Casart

This downtown location of Casart – the state organization promoting local crafts – is fantastic both for its beautiful home, set around a courtyard, and its wonderful selection of quality arts and crafts. Prices are…
Top Choice Cafe in Toluca

La Gloria Chocolatería y Pan 1876

You'll probably be the only foreigner at this wonderful, friendly, family-run cafe. It serves a tempting menu of local cuisine, from tacos al pastor (spicy pork tacos) to delicious sermones (sandwiches) stuffed with…
Top Choice Museum in Toluca

Museo de Culturas Populares

This museum has a wonderfully varied collection of Mexico’s traditional arts and crafts, with some astounding ‘trees of life’ from Metepec, whimsical Day of the Dead figures and a fine display of charro (cowboy) gea…
Museum in Toluca

Museo Luis Nishizawa

This musuem exhibits the work of modern Mexican-Japanese muralist and landscape artist Luis Nishizawa (1918–2014). Nishizawa was born in the state of Mexico and trained in both Mexican and Japanese artistic styles, …
Mexican in Toluca

Hostería Las Ramblas

On a pedestrian mall, this atmospheric restaurant feels like a throwback to the 1950s, with white tablecloths and retro decor. Attentive waiters serve full breakfasts, including excellent vegetarian options such as …
Museum in Toluca

Museo de Arte Moderno

The Museo de Arte Moderno traces the development of Mexican art from the late-19th-century Academia de San Carlos to the Nueva Plástica and includes paintings by Tamayo, Orozco and many others. There’s an impressive…
Sandwiches in Toluca

La Vaquita Negra del Portal

On the northwest corner of the arcades, smoked hams and huge green-and-red sausages hanging over the deli counter signal first-rate tortas. Try a messy toluqueña (red pork chorizo sausage, white cheese, cream, tomat…
Museum in Toluca

Museo de Antropología e História

This standout museum presents exhibits on the state’s history from prehistoric times to the 20th century, with a good collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts. It also traces pre-Hispanic cultural influences up to the m…
Museum in Toluca

Centro Cultural Mexiquense

This large cultural center, 4.5km west of the city center, houses three good museums (which all keep the same hours). It’s no must-see, but still a worthwhile free diversion for visitors interested in local arts and…