Plaza Garibaldi
Plaza Garibaldi
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
This outdoor plaza is the number one spot to watch live mariachi bands in the Mexican capital. Surrounded by historic townhouses that are now occupied by boisterous bars and clubs, Plaza Garibaldi hosts dozens of folk groups playing traditional genres from all over the country—day and night. Here, you can watch elaborate performances and enjoy mariachi music while sipping on a cocktail at a bar. Plaza Garibaldi can be easily reached by the subway. You might also want to pop by major landmarks like the Palace of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Cathedral which are within walking distance from the square. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 1-2 hours
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The area

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Neighborhood: Coyoacán
Once you step into Coyoacán (“Land of the Coyotes”) you'll find picturesque parks and cantinas that will transport you back to the colonial era thanks to the brick and stone details of the area. Iconic writers such as Trotsky and great painters like Frida Kahlo seeked refuge and inspiration in this area, and you can see the unique spirit of this neighborhood reflected in its colorful market where nieves, sopes and all kinds of traditional 'antojitos' are a must try. Restaurants and cafés throughout its peaceful paved streets contain traditional but unique murals and decorations, where one can enjoy a mezcal at noon or the best churros with a cup of coffee.
How to get there
  • Garibaldi • 4 min walk
  • Bellas Artes • 8 min walk
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Maricella M
Killarney, Ireland3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Tourist beware!!! This place can quickly make you feel uncomfortable. Salon Tenampas is a joke! I made a reservation thinking it was a family restaurant and they did not allow my 12 year old in to have dinner with us without an ID. They did not care that we left our passports in our hotel safety box. Don’t bother with this Plaza Garibaldi or the establishments within.
Written January 1, 2020
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Christopher F
Mexico City, Mexico67 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is a big tourist trap that could possibly be dangerous at the wrong time of the day. There are much safer and cleaner places to go to listen to live music than here. Please read the other reviews to confirm this review.
Written September 18, 2022
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Rachel S
Greenwood, SC154 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I saw this listed on 2 travel blogs of where to go in Mexico City. We went on a Thurs afternoon and walked from the arts district near Palacio de Bella Artes here, and it's definitely a distinct change. Lots of garbage and people going through the garbage on the street. Nothing happened on our walk, we were fine but we were 2 women and felt nervous. The plaza was empty except a few shady people and looked very run down. We immediately felt uncomfortable and left. Afterwards, I read the reviews on here and am just glad nothing happened. Idk why these travel blogs suggested it. I would avoid it.
Written April 22, 2023
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Marcus S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Didn't feel really safe walking around the square and got approached on street to go into La Martina - guy on street said no charge for entertainment and 50 pesos pp was added to bill along with non-discretionary 15% service charge. Beers were double price than everywhere else I paid for in Mexico and waiter flipped my 200 for a 20 when paying very quickly.

Avoid at all costs, not safe for tourists and was easily our worst experience in Mexico
Written October 4, 2022
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Dilip Gohokar
Nagpur District, India23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
The reviews of Plaza Garibaldi seem to disturbing.
The place is surely crowded and noisy with people loitering around.
There are many restaurants in the area playing loud music.
However, retrospectively it seems that our tour operator "Europamundo" had taken due care to prevent any mishaps.The guide got us around the plaza and had reserved seats for our group of ten people . Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the restaurant.The music, food and Mariachi dancers were superb.We paid only for the extra drinks.No body fooled around the bills.
Take home message...Better stick to a reliable tour operator ...if you are visiting this place.. but do visit, it's a different experience.
Written August 9, 2022
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Chris B
Boise, ID674 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If you go, it has to be at night and on a saturday or sunday. We went twice. The first time was on a Thursday afternoon and nothing was going on. Skip the small food market on the North end. Stay in the square and you will be alright and safe. Highly recommend to go to Tenampa restaurant. Make your reservations and then was a 100 feet to the Tequila museum. So interesting. Go to the roof top and take some shots. Know that each song cost 130 peso's. We tried to barter but they would no budge. When done take an Uber right out side the museum.
Written March 5, 2020
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Robert W
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Loved it. So much nicer than 20 years ago after they renovated it. Such a classic Mexican music scene. A blast to walk around and hear different styles of Mexican music--for free if you want.
Written February 17, 2024
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AnnaBella114
New York City, NY75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
Went to Plaza Garibaldi with a few girlfriends. Unfortunately, it was raining so the mariachi's were indoors in the restaurants. A man would not leave us alone trying to get us into his restaurant. First restaurant on the right after the open square. We asked if there was a cover, we were told repeatedly no. Food and drinks were mediocre and entertainment was good. However, we were overcharged for items we never ordered (got them taken off the bill) , charged a "cover" fee of $200 pesos which we were forced to pay. And finally, my friend used a $500 peso bill to pay and the waiter swapped it for a $50 peso bill and stole her money. We all speak fluent Spanish and the waiter put the blame on us. To avoid a very unsafe situation we double paid and left. I would stay away from this cesspool! Last weekend, one of my coworkers went there and reported the same scam happened to him with the swapping of the bills.
Written September 9, 2014
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frank
Bologna, Italy46 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Friends
Thieves everywhere, in the plaza and above all inside the restaurant : the waiters give you a bill with IVA, Service, Taxes, Show added!
So we suppose to spend 500 mxn and the bill was 800 mxn !
And more!! they try to fool you with the money change : if you give a piece of 500 mxn they show you a piece of 50 mxn (the color is similar). So, if you are a tourist, you suppose to have done a mistake. THIEVES !!
And the food is very disgusting.
Written October 3, 2011
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John S
San Antonio, TX1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
**Highway Robbery! Hideen Fee's and they swap bills when you pay**
My wife and I decided to check out Plaza Garibaldi while we were visiting Mexico City. Upon arriving to Plaza Garibaldi, we were immediately swarmed by Mariachis just trying to earn a buck. While we passed on that, we instead headed to find a place to eat. After walking around, we were convinced by one of the restaurant guys to eat at this place. I can't recall the name of the restaurant but it was a 3 story building, orange in color, next to a white 3 story and a pink 3 story building. Anyway, we sat down and ordered 2 plates and a beer. The mariachi played inside while we ate dinner. My mental math said the total should be right about $150 pesos. When the we asked the waiter for the bill, we noticed that a different man, (not the waiter) with a long trench coat came and brought the bill. The total, almost $600 pesos! They charged for the mariachi, liquor service, and taxes. When I asked the guy what all this was, he pointed at the bottom of the menu, where in smaller print it shows all these charges. I was outraged, but I paid anyhow as I knew this would go nowhere, especially with the security goons at the doors. I handed the guy two 500 peso bills, expecting change. He picks up the money and begins to check the bills in the air. I found that rather strange. After he inspected both bills, he puts the bills back down on the table and says we are short in money. I was like huh? He points down at the bills where now there was one 500 peso bill and a 50 peso bill... WTF? This guy changed the bills right in front of our faces! He was that good that we never saw the swap! Now I understand why the waiter never came back... The waiter brings and provides service, while the magician brings you the bill and steals from you right in front of your face. Of course, I didn't argue with him, we laughed, and gave him another bill and asked if he had change for this one. He said yes and brought back the change. We left as fast as we could and never looked back. You have been warned, stay away!
Written October 18, 2013
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