Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City

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Discover the center of mariachi music at Plaza Garibaldi, a historic square closely linked with Mexican folk music. Stemming from the golden age of Mexican cinema from the 1930s to the 1950s, when scenes set in the square would show leading men singing mariachi songs to their love interests, mariachi bands fill the square with song. Watch the bands play and sing in traditional dress, along with jarochos playing folks songs from Veracruz, and norteno bands playing music from the north of the country. Though rejuvenated and revitalized in recent years, the square still has a seedy reputation, so watch out for scammers and thieves targeting tourists. Make Plaza Garibaldi part of your personalized Mexico City itinerary using our Mexico City itinerary planner.
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  • August 11, 2017
    I was there with my spouse as part of the route that makes the Capital Bus. We arrived a little after noon and there was nothing good to do: the place was empty, except for many beggars asking for money and a market with very low quality restaurants. I think that this place should be much better after 6 pm, but we didn't see anything worthwhile.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Garibaldi is well known as the place of the mariachi. It is colorful and you can see different kind of tequilas and mezcales. I hardly recommend you to go in a tour or in a big group with friends. Use...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    It is a place full of stories, but the best is fun, if they go to el Tenampa make reservation, must answer mariachi and singing with tequila to make it a complete experience
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  • May 28, 2017
    The restaurant/bar La Tequileria is OK to drink at, but the food is only OK. I went on Friday and Saturday. I wanted to video record a lot of the mariachis playing. On my second night the bar cheated me 50 pesos on the charge. I watched the money from waiter to the bar and back. The waiter didn't steal the money. It was the people behind the bar. When the waiter was on his way to bring back the change one of the ladies behind the bar stopped the waiter and was talking to him in a very strong and mean manor. He gave me the change but it was short 50 pesos and no receipt was returned to me. I didn't feel like arguing since it seemed like nobody spoke any English there.
  • January 20, 2017
    Very interesting place. Great spot to relax and have a beer or two. The food I had wasn't great but there are many options. The novelty of the place is really the DOZENS of mariachi groups singing everywhere. They will play just for you, whatever you request. Beautiful music.
  • June 11, 2017
    Hidden prices. They offer moderate prices of booze but rip you of in the end with their awful live show. It definitely sucks. Avoid it.
  • July 4, 2017
    All the fun begins after 8pm. Mexican musicians everywhere. They are there to play your song requests.
  • June 28, 2017
    Here you can find stores and things to buy. But the main attraction here are the Mariachi players and the museum of Tequila and Mezcal.

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