Plaza Machado
Plaza Machado
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Central plaza named for Juan Nepomuceno Machado who donated the land.
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Mike Mihaljevich
27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The plaza is small in comparison to most cities in Mexico. But Mazatlan is attempting to fix up the downtown area and make it more attractive. I ate at a restaurant here and the service was bad and did not enjoy the coconut shrimp (which was breaded coconut). The young waiter was one of the most incompetent I have had the displeasure to be customer off and that is saying something in Mexico!! But, the place can be bustling with visitors who appear to enjoy the attractive plaza, a sometimes bustling restaurant (there are several with outside seating). There was a female singer there, I would say rather amateurish but hustling for some money. I suppose they have others, maybe better on other days. This area attracts tourists in the downtown section since there is not really that much going on. I passed through here several times and was not impressed. But others might disagree. I have travelled to many cities in Mexico and I would say that Mazatlan is cool if you want to enjoy beaches of which they have many.
Written January 7, 2020
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lindrein
Chesterfield, VA80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We happened to be in Plaza Machado the night the Christmas tree was lit. There were fireworks and the whole park was alive with music and families. Vendors sold their wares, children played, the whole festival was so alive! We ate at a corner restaurant that evening and watched the events happening right in front of us. It was a very positive happening and hope to be back another December.
Written January 27, 2020
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Cris9505
Lodi, CA154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Plaza Machado is one of the main squares in the heart of old town Mazatlan. It is surrounded by great restaurants and is always displaying fun art, or fests for the seasons! The opera house is also located here.

Get out to tourist Mazatlan and come down to Machado Plaza where you can watch the young lovers stroll hand in hand (being closely watched by their parents!)

This is real Mazatlan! You are cheating yourself if you do not spend time here!
Written December 19, 2020
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Carol J
Sedona, AZ72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Plaza Machado was within walking distance from our AirBnB. We walked there every day at different times and it's charm never waivered. We tried several of the restaurants and were never disappointed. In the day you could spend a quiet morning or afternoon sitting in the shade watching people strolling with their dogs and children playing. Strolling musicians or dancers will entertain you. The evenings are magical. The restaurants have bands playing and lovely lighted areas that give it a magical feel. On weekends there are vendors galore selling jewelry, clothing, trinkets, and much more. street entertainers travel the plaza with their talents. Sit inside or out depending on you pleasure and the weather. The plaza is just such a pleasant place to be any time of day.
Written March 6, 2022
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Scott H
Marshall, IL9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Plaza Machado in the El Historico area is a MUST VISIT when going to Mazatlan. The architecture is beautiful and, depending on the time of your visit, the sidewalk merchants and bands are interesting to see. At night, the streets are blocked off and the restaurants offer outside seating so that you can enjoy, both the weather, and the ambiance of the beautiful surroundings. We ALWAYS dine at El Bife restaurant and the food (we have the steak) is delicious. For a different and unique dining experience, try their Milk Tripe!!!
Written January 31, 2024
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Tracy T
Portland, OR128 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We spent a lot of time here on the weekend as there is a lot of music, artists, many restaurants and a gazillion people. In other words a pretty typical tourist spot, but with lots of local color/life.

We didn't eat at any of the restaurants, but did at several near-by and spent tie in the plaza afterwards listening to the various bands. Mexican music is ALWAYS loud, and the competing artists made it more so.

So after dinner spend some time there and enjoy the 'theater.'
Written April 9, 2024
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Pamela V
Scottsdale, AZ459 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
There are many good restaurants on the plaza and it is clean and lovely. When the cruise ships are in there are always performances afternoon and evening. It is a safe area to stroll and enjoy people watching. There are good shops nearby.
Written November 17, 2022
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Carmen81
Chapin, SC52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The machado is a beautiful area of shops and restaurants. Stores & restaurants don’t open until after 10am. There are wonderful “blue shirt” volunteers all through the area that can help you find your way to whatever you are looking for. The shop/ restaurant people are very friendly and welcoming. You can easily walk the whole area. Don’t miss the local market only a couple short blocks away. Bustling market full of locals and safe. Inexpensive souvenirs. Not for the squeamish! It is a real market, meats, cheeses, tamales, etc.. A fun experience. In the evening the streets to the machado are closed off to cars, there is music , beautiful candles everywhere, dancing, the streets are full of people. Wonderful atmosphere- totally different from the day. The walkways are very uneven and may be difficult for some people to navigate.
Written January 19, 2020
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Thomas K
Chicago, IL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Went to this plaza twice today, once during the day to sit and watch people go by and tonight for dinner.
This is a very lively place with shops, small stalls, Ice Cream and a wonderful plaza.
Had a great day here.
Written January 3, 2020
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murray1041
dublin16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Love this plaza. Reminds me of Seville. Really good restaurants and prices are reasonable and staff are terrific. We go there every year. Casa 46 is connected to Pueblo Bonito and the tab can be put on your room at Emerald Bay
Written February 12, 2020
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