This humble museum that pays homage to the state of Sinaloa’s music heritage is housed in what was once the city’s first ballet school. An open-air courtyard sometimes hosts concerts.
Facing out onto Olas Altas, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal anywhere on Mazatlan’s oceanfront. Beef, pork, chicken and fish are served in rich sauces with fresh vegetables, and the bartenders make a mean margarita. The best part: nothing costs more than five bucks.
Named for two legendary local singers and specializing in seafood dishes, this intimate spot in Plaza Machado pairs dinner with live music. Try the Pedro Infante pork speciality, served in a hot volcanic rock dish for $10.
The original Golden Zone hotel has dramatically expanded to include 400-plus luxury rooms, an unbeatable new adventure centre (with climbing wall and zip lines) and a long-running dinner theatre extravaganza called La Original Fiesta Mexicana.
A neoclassical gem in a restored 1870s building, formerly a telegraph office and then a nun school. It’s now a luxury guesthouse and “habitable museum,” sumptuously decorated with Mexican and Peruvian artwork, gorgeous antiques and plush furniture.
Mercado Pino Suárez
The century-old open-air bazaar covers a full city block under vaulted metal and glass, and its stalls overflow with fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, abundant souvenirs and a handful of food vendors.
Teatro Angela Peralta
Revitalized to its past grandeur, the 840 plush red seats inside this marvel create an unparalleled spot to watch contemporary and traditional performance art from all over the country. There’s also a small, interesting exhibit on the building’s dark ages.
The lynchpin of any large public festival or creativity-driven event in the Centro Historico, this small art centre and school also offers courses in sculpture, drawing, painting, dancing, acting and music.
What to Do in Mazatlan’s Historic District
With its seafront boulevard, beautifully restored architecture, and rich arts and culture, Mazatlan’s revitalized downtown Historic District is the vibrant heart of the city. Sip a margarita and listen to live music at Macaws Bar & Bistro, hang out in Plaza Machado and shop for souvenirs at Casa Etnik.