Just south of the busiest border crossing in the world lies one of Mexico’s largest cities, Tijuana, Baja California!
This is the city where we get to do life and ministry in. We love it so much and we know you will too! In the past years, this city has seen an incredible growth in local businesses and attractions! From the stretches of beaches, to some of the most creative art, to killer coffee, and of course incredible tacos, Tijuana is an epic destination to spend a few months, or more!
We’ve come up with a list of 10 Must- Do’s in Tijuana, for you to use as a bucket list when you are with us!
1. Telefonica Gastro Park
Telefónica is Tijuana’s favorite Gastro Park! Think of anything you’d want to eat, chances are, it’s here! You’ll find ceviche, pulled pork sandwiches, vegan tacos, ramen, kombucha, even sushi burritos! You’ll definitely want to try more than one thing!
2. Nativo Coffee Community
This cafe is incredible!
There’s two Nativo Cafes here in TJ, the Estacion Federal location is just a block from the walking border crossing, and another on Calle Sexta! Nativo serves excellent coffee, and beautiful space for reading, meeting, or hanging out with friends! Our favorite is the Spicy Orange Latte.
3. The Cultural Center
In the Zona Río district of Tijuana, you’ll find the Tijuana Cultural Center! This center opens its doors to over a million tourists per year. Why? Besides the several art and cultural programs for the public, this center has the only IMAX theater in all of Mexico! This cinema has a 360* projector, literally surrounding its viewers with the ultimate movie experience.
4. The Coffee Shops
One of Mexico’s many gifts to the world is its coffee! We hit on Nativo earlier, but Tijuana is a city full of awesome coffee shops!
Be sure to check out:
Electric Coffee Roasters
5. The Tacos
What more can we say?! Tacos are everywhere here and they are delicious! You can sit down in a restaurant or pick some up from a street cart, both are awesome! Here are the places we recommend:
Tacos El Franc
Tacos El Yaqui
Did you know that the Caesar Salad was actually invented in Tijuana? Who knew! Caesar Cardini invented the salad in 1924 right here in Tijuana in the Hotel Caesar restaurant! The story is that during a July 4th rush, Cardini had to make do with what was left and there was born what we now know and love as the caesar salad.
7. The Nature!
Believe it or not, this city is surrounded with many majestic scenes! La Jolla, pictured above is right outside the city and is the perfect place for a sunset viewing party!
8. La Playa
Take a moment (or many) to stroll down the boardwalk here in Tijuana! It starts right at the border wall where you can see, and touch, the actual border wall between Mexico and the US! As you walk down you can enjoy the view of the beach as well as many souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants! We also have a beautiful beach a couple of minutes walk from our YWAM San Diego/ Baja campus.
9. The views from the campus can’t be beat.
We have an epic view of the ocean and the Coronado islands from our campus. Imagine going out on your balcony and seeing the ocean every day? It never gets old!
10. The Markets
In the heart of downtown Tijuana lies one of the most famous markets, Mercado El Popo! Here you can explore and buy Mexican fruits, cheeses, herbs, spices, ceramics, souvenirs and even piñatas! Bring a little cash and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as you walk through! There is also another great market in Tijuana called Mercado Hidalgo and if you head a couple of minutes south of the campus to Rosarito, a popular beach destination, you can explore the markets there as well! You’ll find rugs, blankets, ceramics, and beautiful jewelry!