Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Xalapa

Museo de Antropología

Set in spacious gardens off Avenida Xalapa, 4km northwest of the center, this remarkable museum (containing Mexico’s second-finest archaeological collection) is a work of art in its own right. The focus is on the ma…
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, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisine, and the modern touch…
Top Choice International in Xalapa

Vinissimo Xalapa

Elegant, but certainly not pretentious, the Vinissimo Xalapa offers outstanding 'alta cocina' dishes created with imagination and fresh market produce. The often-changing menu takes its risottos and pastas from Ital…
Top Choice Breakfast 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, …
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 range of coffees is…
Museum in Xalapa

Museo Ex-Hacienda El Lencero

Almost as old as New Spain itself, this former posada was initiated in 1525 by Juan Lencero, a soldier loyal to Hernán Cortés, and served as a resting place for tired travelers toiling between a newly Europeanized M…
Village in Xalapa

Naolinco de Victoria

A worthy day trip from Xalapa, Naolinco is a 33km drive north of the city. Apart from its Parroquía San Mateo, it has a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall just south of the village, and its artesanos (craftsmen) ar…
Vegan in Xalapa

Verde Raiz

Raw food and tofu tacos have arrived in Xalapa and have become hugely popular with the resident student population. Get here early to grab one of the three tiny tables and tuck into a bowl of muesli, some chilaquile…
Italian in Xalapa

Postodoro

With its cheery yellow walls, beautiful courtyard dining space lit with fairy lights and comfy leather booths, this place has won itself many local fans. It confuses malfatti with tagliatelle, but that aside, the pa…
Coffee in Xalapa

Espresso 58

A branch of a sleek mini-chain that attracts loquacious student debaters and those who just want to be glued to their smartphones. The in-house Café Mahal coffee (locally grown, of course) is muy rico and the barist…