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Top Choice Seafood in Veracruz City

Villa Rica Mocambo

Food – and this restaurant in particular – is reason enough to make the pilgrimage to Boca del Río. Fish is the all-encompassing ingredient, from camarones enchipotlados (smoky chipotle shrimp) to stuffed sea bass, …
Top Choice Cafe in Veracruz City

Gran Café de la Parroquia

To say that Veracruz' greatest ‘sight’ is a cafe might seem like a slur on this grizzled port city’s reputation, but walk into the Gran Café de la Parroquia – over two centuries old – and the penny will drop. The de…
Top Choice Plaza in Veracruz City

Zócalo

Any exploration of Veracruz has to begin with its zócalo (also called the Plaza de Armas and Plaza Lerdo), the city’s unofficial outdoor ‘stage’ where inspired organized events overlap with the day-to-day improvisat…
Top Choice Museum in Veracruz City

Museo Histórico Naval

Occupying a former naval academy, this high-tech museum offers a titanic lesson in Mexico’s maritime heritage, with plenty of interactive displays and a beautiful layout. Displays run the gamut from pre-Colombian na…
Top Choice Carnival in Veracruz City

Carnaval

Veracruz erupts into a nine-day party before Ash Wednesday in February or March. Flamboyant parades wind through the city daily, beginning with one devoted to the ‘burning of bad humor’ and ending with the ‘funeral …
Top Choice Street Food in Veracruz City

Tacos David

Late morning and lunchtime, locals congregate at simple tables around this locally beloved taco stand that specializes in one thing: cochinita pibil (slow-cooked pork) tacos served in a fragrant, mildly spicy broth.…
Fortress in Veracruz City

San Juan de Ulúa

The city's colonial fortress has been almost swallowed up by the modern port – it's almost hidden amid the container ships and cranes across the harbor. The central part of the fortress was a prison, and a notorious…
Aquarium in Veracruz City

Acuario de Veracruz

One of Veracruz' biggest attractions and allegedly the best of its kind in Latin America, this aquarium does a good job of showcasing the denizens of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as fishy oddities such as arapaima an…
Spanish in Veracruz City

Los Canarios

With large windows overlooking the malecón, it’s hard to resist this fancy place in the super-smart Hotel Emporio. Slink inside and reacquaint yourself with à la mode Spanish cooking, mixed, of course, with a few Me…
Mexican in Veracruz City

Antojitos Emily

Red plastic tables, fans rotating lazily overhead and a generally low-key appearance belie the fact that this little neighbourhood eatery does some of the best gordas (filled pastry), pellizcadas con chicharrón (cor…