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Top Choice Performing Arts in Xalapa

Tierra Luna

A sanctuary for arty types, the historic high-ceilinged Tierra Luna provides a changing roster of poetry readings, theater performances and music gigs. It also serves tasty cafe fare (mains M$50 to M$90), including …
Top Choice Museum in Xalapa

Museo de Antropología

Set in spacious gardens on the west side of Avenida Xalapa, 4km northwest of the center, the building that encases this remarkable museum (containing Mexico’s second-finest archaeological collection) is a work of ar…
Top Choice Cafe in Xalapa

Café Cali

The enticing smell of roasting coffee beans wafts down the alleyway and seems to envelop the entire block surrounding the wonderful Café Cali. The interior of the cafe is classic bohemia and the coffees and cakes pu…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Xalapa

El Brou

Housed in a delightful high-ceilinged colonial lounge, El Brou gets it right on all counts. The varied menu offers a delicious and arty take on Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, and the modern touches to its tradit…
Top Choice Mexican in Xalapa

La Candela

Hidden downstairs in the Mesón del Alférez Xalapa, this brightly decorated place attracts a crowd of loyal regulars who come for the inventive Mexican cuisine and great steaks at lunchtime, but it's the breakfasts, …
Cafe in Xalapa

Angelo Casa de Té

The shelves at this cute little place are lined with tins of different kinds of tea, the walls are adorned in pictures of tea-pickers and fields the world over, and it has good chocolate and homemade cookies to tuck…
Juice Bar in Xalapa

Jugos California

Besides antojitos (typical Mexican snacks), this place serves fantastic volcano-like fruit salads, delicious juice combos, smoothies and even chocolate soy shakes.
Mexican in Xalapa

La Fonda

A microcosm of the Xalapa eating experience, La Fonda invites you to squeeze past the tortilla-making señorita at the door and climb upstairs, where the mural-festooned interior gives onto a narrow plant-adorned bal…
Market in Xalapa

Mercado de la Rotonda

Located at the north end of Revolución, this untouristed market has numerous orderly eateries offering delicious regional food on the cheap.
Arts Center in Xalapa

El Ágora

A busy and sleekly modern arts center with a cinema, theater, gallery, bookstore and cafe.