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Restaurante La Casona

Beyond the stately carved wooden doors is a dramatic tableclothed dining room with high ceilings and interior arches in a century-old building. Dine on regional dishes such as pollo juchi (fried chicken with pickled…
Mexican in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Cafetería del Parque

The nice wraparound windows make this one of the better people-watching eateries around the Jardín de la Marimba, and its garish pink and blue interior is elbow to elbow with families on the weekends. With good espr…
Chiapaneco in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Las Pichanchas

This courtyard restaurant specializes in Chiapas food with live marimba music and, from 8:30pm to 10pm every night, a show of colorful traditional Chiapas dances that whips up quite a party atmosphere. Try the tasty…
Cafe in Tuxtla Gutiérrez


Keeping thankful vegetarians afloat, Naturalíssimo offers healthy breakfasts, whole-wheat bread, tortas and veggie hamburgesas, as well as thirst-quenching fruit juices and licuados. The fake meat dishes aren’t supe…
Mexican in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Restaurante Imperial

This busy, efficient place beside Plaza Cívica offers a wholesome two-course comida corrida (set lunch) with plenty of choice. It also offers a full breakfast menu and good drinking chocolate.
Live Music in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Santa Diabla

A schizophrenic nightclub: it offers an angelic bar lit by tin stars, and a devilish disco with live rock and salsa starting at 1:30am. It’s about 2.5km from Plaza Cívica.
Museum in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Museo Regional de Chiapas

The Museo Regional de Chiapas, an imposing modern building, has a sampling of lesser archaeological pieces from Chiapas’ many sites, and a slightly more interesting history section, running from the Spanish conquest…
Zoo in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Zoológico Miguel Álvarez del Toro (Zoomat)

Chiapas, with its huge range of natural environments, has the highest concentration of animal species in North America, including several varieties of big cat, 1200 butterfly species and more than 600 birds. About 1…
Arts & Crafts in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Instituto Marca Chiapas

The Chiapas state crafts shop, 2km west of Plaza Cívica, sells a great range of the state’s artesanías (handicrafts), from Amatenango ‘tigers’ and funky Cintalapa ceramic suns to colorful highland textiles.
Museum in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Museo de la Marimba

On the Jardín de la Marimba, this small museum showcases 100 years of this ubiquitous instrument, with both antique and modern models on display and a photo exhibition of the most revered marimba performers.