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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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  • Was really disappointed when I came to Plaza Garibaldi. After reading so much about it was very disappointed. Felt like it was a big tourist trap. Lots of very pushy touts trying to get you to their b...  more »
  • We visited in the evening for drinks and dinner. We only planned to eat at one of the 2 recommended restaurants, so ask your concierge. This plaza used to be clean, fun and safe to visit. Now, it's di...  more »
  • Awful experience, we checked into a room on the square (opposite the metro) seemingly quiet, with local singers, attended by South American and Mexican families. After drinking something we decided to leave because the music was too loud and obnoxious, and when we brought the Bill a big fellow gave a nice catch, taking advantage of the confusion, the noise and the fact we were with two little girls insonnolite: we gave him a business card 500 pesos and other two hundred pesos and in a moment, with a sort of sleight of hand, replaced the 500 pesos with a ticket de 50 pesos, inviting us to recount the money and make a difference. Against this background, and in order to avoid bickering with shady characters we gave other 500 pesos, though aware of the scam and walked the runway, hoping that the taxi that they called it wasn't fraudulent ones: almrbo for what's gone well!
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  • There is a place here called La Tequilera. DO NOT ENTER! They have so called Mariachi shows, which are OK if you are looking for something to fall asleep to. But the real issue is when you ask for the bill. They will charge you double and triple of what the menu says, adding an insane service fee and even more so taxes (which is super unusual in mexico). Our two tequilas and a beer ended up being 570 pesos, nearly 30 Euros! When discussing, the big boss will just randomly change the price (with us it went down to 270 when we said we'll call the police). The waiter then stole 200 pesos out of my hand which I only noticed later. We ended up paying 470, so I went back and talked to the big boss, he pulled out a lot of bills (ALL of them with "new prices" written on them) and had 400 pesos in our bill, luckily giving us back 200. Still, HUGE RIP OFF! DO NOT GO THERE! Miserable place! Horrible People, huge scam.
  • Really fun and a great place to experience some authentic Mexican culture. Regarding safety, just take a taxi (I always take uber in Mexico city) right to and from the plaza and stay within it. You'll be completely safe, I've done that 3 times so far at late hours. Wouldn't recommend going out of the plaza as it really is an unpleasant neighbourhood. Get a place at one of the bars, order a drink and some tacos and enjoy the mariachi. Pay with cash.
  • awesome mexican place. Great music like mariachi and rancheras
  • DANGEROUS.....................NO STAR FOR THIS PLACE.... Do not enter this place... full of thieves. Don´t accept credit card. Don´t give factura. The phone number given by them is wrong. You will pay double of what is mentioned in menu.
  • Visita obligada para los turistas! Acudan al salón TENAMPA!!! Esta padrisimo!