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Centro is the central district of Monterrey. For the purposes of this article, it is bounded by Colon avenue on the north, Uresti Gomez on the east, Carranza on the west, and the Santa Catarina River to the south.
- 1 Faro Comercial. The bright orange obelisk is a monument to Monterrey's business orientation. At night, laser beacons light the sky.
- 2 Museo Arte Contemporaneo (MARCO), Calle Zuazua y Jardón, ☏ . Zuazua at Jardón. Monterrey's large, modern forum for contemporary arts is an architecturally stunning showpiece that features a fascinating collection of modern latino artists. Frequently changing special expositions mean the museum is never the same tour twice.
- 3 Monterrey Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de Monterrey), Juan Zuazua 1100 Sur, Centro, ☏ (81) 1158 2450 , ✉ email@example.com. Monterrey's cathedral is one of the few colonial-era landmarks in the city. Less elaborate than the cathedrals of Central Mexican cities, it is nonetheless a beautiful church worth seeking out, especially for a Sunday mass.
- 4 Mexican History Museum (Museo de Historia Mexicana), Doctor José Ma. Coss 445, ☏ . Dr. Coss 445 South. Large, modern museum chronicling the history of Mexico, from pre-Colombian civilizations like the Maya and Aztec, through the colonial period, the revolution, and the modern industrial age.
- 5 Museum of the Northeast (Museo del Nordeste, MUNE). A regional history museum focusing on the role of the north in Mexico's long and fascinating history. Special exhibits of global interest are also featured.
- 6 Museo Metropolitano, ☏ . The old city hall has been transformed into a delightful, low-key museum. The ground floor features some permanent historical exhibits, but the upper level is usually dedicated to showcasing emerging local artists.
- 7 Palacio del Gobierno. Government functions have been moved out of the original Nuevo Leon State House, and in their place is an impressive new museum that showcases the political history of Nuevo Leon. Although foreign tourists will likely find little value to some of the exhibits, the architecture of the place is fascinating and the restoration work first rate. At least walk in to admire the courtyards and the collection of stained glass windows memorializing Mexican heroes.
- 8 Teatro de la Ciudad, Calle Mariano Matamoros 732. Located on the Macroplaza, the Teatro la Cuidad is a thoroughly modern venue for live theater, classical music, and the performing arts.
- 1 Santa Lucía Riverwalk. A 2.5 km (1.55 mi) artificial river that can be walked, biked or sailed through. It connects the Mexican History Museum with the Fundidora Park. Boats can be boarded to get a few good shots and hear a bit of the city's history. It also has a bar, 'Las Tenerías', where argentinian food can be enjoyed with a few drinks and live music.
- 1 Centro Comercial Morelos. The real heart of the Zona Rosa. A stretch of 6 blocks of Morelos street is closed to vehicle traffic and has become a popular pedestrian shopping arcade. It's a great place for people watching, especially on Sunday afternoons when families flock to downtown.
- Callejón Cultural, ☏ . Every Sunday, the Mina street is closed down to give place to a pedestrian swap meet. Stretching from Padre Jardón to Padre Mier, you can walk and enjoy a vegan snack while browsing through antiques, local artwork, handcrafts, and used books, among a myriad of hidden treasures.
- 1 El Rey del Cabrito, ☏ . One of the most famous restaurants in all of Northern Mexico, serving authentic regional specialties including cabrito al pastor and steak arrachera.
- 2 Sanborns, Mariano Escobedo Sur 920, ☏ . Traditional Mexican fare.
- 3 Cafeteria Gaby, 814 Calle Hermenegildo Galeana Sur (located in the Morelos shopping plaza), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Mon-Sat 7:30AM-9:00PM; Sun 8:00AM-8:00PM. Cafeteria, family-style restaurant, coffee shop. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accepts cash, Visa, and Mastercard. Two minute walk from Padre Mier metrorrey station.
- Ianilli's (Italian cuisine)
- Madre Oaxaca (traditional Mexican cuisine)
- La Casa del Maiz (traditional central Mexican)
- Taqueria Las Monjitas
- Gran San Carlos, Av. Morones Prieto 2803 Pte, ☏ . Good cabrito and beef.
- Los Huastecos, Av Paseo de los Leones 2512. More Mexican fare. Did somebody say skirt steak and frijoles?
- Restaurante Regio, Calle Vancouver s/n. Look no further if you're looking for that caldo de res or platillo to dive into.
- Barrio Antiguo (Old Town) You will find plenty of bars with live music that open until early in the morning. Make sure you visit Bar-Rio Antiguo and Zocalo (its courtyard hosts 4-5 clubs), located on Padre Mier. Keep an eye out for people handing out "No Cover" passes on the street, as well as flyers advertising events, cover fee, and special offers (example: 2x1 on bottles before midnight, girls 50% off cover fee before 11PM) at the different nightclubs. La Tumba is a good club for people who want to party to the tropical sounds of Cuban salsa.
- 1 Café Iguana, Calle Diego De Montemayor 927, ☏ . Diego de Montemayor 927 Sur. Alternative bar with a relaxed atmosphere and live music.
- 2 Café Trece Lunas, José Mariano Abasolo 876 (Between Diego de Montemayor and Dr. Coss). Relaxing restaurant-bar with a unique atmosphere, decorated with hand-painted furniture and scribbled walls.
- 1 La Casa del Barrio, Calle Diego De Montemayor 1227, ☏ . Fantastic for backpackers, this affordable clean, comfortable hostel is a value. Prices can vary but see the website for details (in English & Spanish), which also has a reservation service. The hostel has shared rooms, showers and a cooking area. One of the most attractive thing about this hostel is the couple who own it -- they're welcoming and very helpful.
- 2 Fiesta Americana Centro, Corregidora 519, ☏ . Modern high-rise hotel next door to Howard Johnson, on Plaza Hidalgo and Morelos, next to Macroplaza. Outstanding location, first-class room, excellent service.
- 3 Sheraton Ambassador Hotel, Miguel Hidalgo 310 Ote, ☏ . Excellent rooms in upscale hotel, two blocks to Macroplaza. Free valet parking, excellent on-site restaurant.
- Radisson Gran Ancira Plaza. Ocampo 443. Historic hotel with charm and grace. Somewhat small rooms but classy atmosphere. Outstanding Sunday brunch in the lobby. The 1910 bar is a classic downtown watering hole. Excellent location.
- Hotel Monterrey Macroplaza, ☏ . Morelos 574 Oriente. Great location near the center of town. Clean, but a tiny bit "worn". Heated/indoor pool. Free garage parking. Great buffet breakfast. $570NP for double room (small, but neat) with microwave, coffeemaker, free bottled water, and breakfast included. Outstanding value.
- 4 Santa Rosa Suites, Mariano Escobedo 930 (On Plaza Hidalgo, next to Fiesta Americana and Luisiana Restaurant, one block to Macroplaza), ☏ . Upscale rooms and often very good weekend rates. Clubby restaurant and lounge. Limited parking in a tight outdoor lot. Excellent location.
- Holiday Inn Centro, Padre Mier 194 Pte, ☏ . At the end of the Morelos shopping district, about 7 blocks from the Macroplaza. Formerly the Doubletree Rio. Very good rates, but rooms tend to be small and decor is a bit dated. Free indoor parking.
- 5 Crowne Plaza Monterrey, Av Constitución Oriente 300, ☏ . Large corporate-style hotel with large clean rooms, indoor swimming, 24-hour business center and more. Good location on very busy road, one block to Macroplaza
- 6 Hotel Fundador, 802 Diego De Montemayor (Near Zaragoza subway station), ☏ . A clean, quiet, cheap, air-conditioned hotel in the heart of the Barrio Antiguo. $400 pesos.
- 7 Hotel Krystal Monterrey, Corregidora 519 (just west of the Macroplaza), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Amenities include indoor pool, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, supervised parking lot, valet parking.
- Antarisuites Galerias, Av. Constitucion 1707 Pte., ☏ . Modern, new hotel on the feeder lanes of Constitucion, clean spacious, well equipped rooms with kitchenettes. Laundry, gym on site.
- Fiesta Inn Monterrey Centro, Av. Pino Suarez 1001, ☏ . New mid-range hotel in the heart of Monterrey.
- Plaza de Oro Hotel, Hidalgo 461 Pte., ☏ . Clean, comfortable, very modern rooms in a friendly, intimate small downtown hotel. Free indoor parking. Outstanding value. Morning noise can be irritating if you forget to close your second interior door (the restaurant is in the hotel's atrium).
- Safi Royal Luxury Hotel, Av. Pino Suarez 444 Sur., ☏ . Glitzy and pretentious, but good service, central location, and spacious rooms at affordable prices make it a perennial favorite for downtown.