First Time Tourists Guide in Tijuana

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Tijuana is a city in Mexico bordering United States of America in just south of California. You can see amazing mix of mexican and american culture here.

Radiate the Mexican culture even from far away, Mercado El Popo is always attracted the tourists to come even for window shopping or find their necessities.

Tijuana is a city where Caesar salad was born, so having a plateful of this fresh salad is a must.

Visiting Museo de las Californias is the best way to getting know about the history and culture of the region.

You have to make sure that the artsy Pasaje Rodríguez which full of the mural is not missing from your camera lens.

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SIGHTSEEING

Once you see the building of Tijuana Cultural Center you must be curious about what is in the inside of this round building which called La Bola. This unique building has the only IMAX cinema in Tijuana which use to premiering four high-resolution movies each year. In this cultural centre, there is a lot of spots that worth to visit such as the bookshop, cafe, Museo De Las Californias, and many more.

Tijuana Cultural Center

Modern museum with exhibits & installations on Mexican history & culture, plus an IMAX theater.

Address : Paseo de los Héroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

DOWNTOWN

History Museum Tijuana is the right place to go when you are curious about the city's history. The museum is easy to explore because there is a map that can guide you to every exhibition. Not too far from the History Museum Tijuana, there is Museo del Coleccionista de Tijuana which shows you a wide variety of toys and wrestling figures. This two museum is surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants because located in the middle of the Tijuana's downtown.

History Museum Tijuana

Large museum facility with artifacts, photos & models related to the region's culture & development.

Address : Segunda s/n, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

SHOPPING

Radiate the Mexican culture even from far away, Mercado El Popo is always attracted the tourists to come even for window shopping or find their necessities. You can easily find a traditional Mexican dish, fresh vegetables and fruits, cookware, and many more. Do not worry when you do not decide on what kind of souvenir that you must bring to your beloved because you can buy candles or jewellery from this market.

Mercado El Popo

Mercado El Popo providing a wide variety of candy, cheeses and stuff.

Address : 22000, Calle Benito Juárez 2da 8053, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

FOOD & DRINK

Tijuana is a city where Caesar salad was born, so having a plateful of this fresh salad is a must. The salad was invented by Caesar Cardini, an Italian-American restaurateur in 1924 in Tijuana.

CULTURE

The way the locals' living is mostly influenced by the Spanish explorer and catholic missionaries in the past. Butin the early 20th century, Porfirio Díaz changed the way of people life in many aspects such as economic, cultural and social life, and the city starts their growth.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Tijuana is from July to September when the weather is hot and the temperature of the city at the hottest.

HOTEL

K Tower Urban Boutique Hotel is the right hotel to stay if you have a busy schedule when in Tijuana. You can hire a personal butler to assist you from unpacking and packing your luggage, prepare your morning coffee, iron your wardrobe, even organize your holiday schedule. But if you want to stay nearby the beach, you may book a room at Hotel Jatay. The simple and modern decor of the room will give you a complete rest after a busy day. The panoramic city view with Tijuana Beach as the background is no joke.

K Tower Urban Boutique Hotel

Luxury rooms in an adults-only boutique hotel with a hip sushi restaurant & a heated rooftop pool.

Address : Paseo de los Héroes #10902, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22320 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Hotel Jatay

Informal rooms, some with ocean views, in a no-nonsense hotel offering a restaurant & free Wi-Fi.c

Address : Av Del Pacifico 560, Monumental, 22504 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

RESTAURANT

You have to complete your visit to Tijuana by having a bite of Tacos, Molcajetes, and Tostadas from Casa Fortuna. This restaurant also serves a unique mix of cocktails that you must try before leaving the city. On the other hand, Caesar's In Tijuana offers you fine dining in luxury and classic dining room. For your information, in this restaurant, the famous and authentic Caesar Salad was born.

Casa Fortuna

Casa Fortuna offering authentic Mexican meals and variety of drinks.

Address : Av. Lázaro Cárdenas 18102 Col, Otay Constituyentes, 22457 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Caesar's In Tijuana

Caesar's In Tijuana prepared salad at your table with flare served on full size leaves of Romain.

Address : Av. Revolución 8190, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

CAFE

Bastet Cat Café is like paradise for you who just need a cup of coffee and a cat in your life. The cat is in separated space from the shop, so do not need to worry if you have allergic or phobia with those four-legged buddies. But if you want to take a sip special coffee which served in any kind of mix, you should head to Das Cortez Brik 10. Located in the middle of the downtown, this cafe is always packed with tourists and locals who need caffeine to start their day.

Bastet Cat Café

Bastet Cat Café is an adorable cafe with around 16-18 cats where you can play and enjoy your meals.

Address : Calle Ignacio Zaragoza 8270, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Das Cortez Brik 10

Das Cortez Brik 10 is one of the best place to grab a great coffee in Tijuana.

Address : 1, Calle Decima 208, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

República Malta has a unique vibe since this bar has outdoor seating with a garden concept. You will feel like having a cold beer in your back yard, such a good place to escape the crowded city nightlife right? But if you want to taste many kinds of beer, Norte Brewing Co is the right place to go. This brewing company offers Tijuana quality beer in classic styles with a unique personality.

República Malta

República Malta offering many craft brewery and great dishes.

Address : José Gorostiza, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Norte Brewing Co

Offering Tijuana quality beer, in classic styles but with a unique personality.

Address : Díaz Mirón y o Cuarta 8160, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

INTERESTING PLACE

Visiting Museo de las Californias is the best way to getting know about the history and culture of the region. The museum will show you about the details history, start from the arrival of the Yuman people until today. You will be amazed by how the locals' life, preserve their tradition and when the country under the colonialize. But when you are on vacation with your kids, The Trompo Interactive Museum Tijuana should be on your bucket list. The museum shows that learning about science and technology not always inside the classroom by the teacher but also possible in a fun way by the attractive exhibition.

Museo de las Californias

Museum since 2000 with guided tours & exhibits focusing on the history of Baja California.

Address : Paseo de los Héroes 9350, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

The Trompo Interactive Museum Tijuana

Popular museum with hands-on science & technology exhibits geared toward children.

Address : Av de los Insurgentes s/n, Rio Tijuana 3ra Etapa, 22226 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

You have to make sure that the artsy Pasaje Rodríguez which full of the mural is not missing from your camera lens. This spot is former of shopping passage that has been taken over by the young hipster artists. Lastly, you need to give your Instagram feed a "vitamin sea" from Playa de Tijuana Tijuana Beach. This beach is located in the westernmost of the city which has clean sand and calm wave.

Pasaje Rodríguez

This spot is former of shopping passage that has been taken over by the young hipster artists.

Address : Interior 55, Pasaje Rodriguez, Av Constitución 910, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Playa de Tijuana Tijuana Beach

Popular beach destination for basking & swimming, with lifeguards & nearby bars & eateries.

Address : Rivera, Playas, Rivera, 22530 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico