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¡Viva Tijuana! City thrives with artistic activity

These must-see places prove this vibrant border city has become a major Mexican cultural hub.

Editor’s note: ¡Viva Tijuana! is a multi-story series about the life and culture of San Diego’s modern neighbor to the south. More stories from the series can be found in links below.

From pop-ups to poetry readings, and street festivals to classical music performances, Tijuana thrives with artistic activity as a new generation finds its voice. Feel the creative pulse at these must-see places, which prove this vibrant border city that has become a major Mexican cultural hub. — Sandra Dibble

Casa Duhagón

Architect Mariana Postlewaithe recently opened Casa Duhagón, a full-service décor and design temple. She also designed the items for sale at the store, which include both modern and traditional offerings made with local materials and textiles sourced from Southeast Asia. — Jackie Bryant

Av. Revolución & Calle 8
Zona Centro, 22000, Tijuana, B.C.
+52.664.638.4849, casaduhagon.com

Object

While its main store is across town, Object just opened a pop-up shop in the lobby of OneBunk hotel. Proprietor and curator Veronica Hernandez hand-selects every piece that makes it into the boutique and features only Mexican designers – many of whom are from Baja. Think handcrafted leather goods, unique jewelry, one-of-a-kind clothing, home goods and even mezcal. — Jackie Bryant

Coahuila 8206 Int. 207
Zona Centro, 22000, Tijuana, B.C. 
+52.664.685.1595, object.mx

La Caja Galeria

Gallerist Arturo Rodriguez’s La Caja Galería, which opened in 2005, is still one of the premier spots to see the best in Baja and fine art from around Mexico. Featured artists include Mexicali-born Jaime Ruis Otis, who makes subtly political pieces from recycled factory waste. — Jackie Bryant

Callejón de las Moras 118-B
Col. 20 de Noviembre, Tijuana, B.C.
+52.664.686.6791, lacajagaleria.com 

CECUT

At the center of Tijuana’s cultural heart beats CECUT, a federally operated venue for theater, film, dance, music and art. The center’s El Cubo gallery draws top artistic talent from Mexican and beyond and has featured pieces by Colombian painter Botero, Oaxacan painter Rodolfo Morales and Mexicali-born Alejandra Phelts. — Sandra Dibble

Paseo de los Héroes 9350
Zona Urbana Río, 22010, Tijuana, B.C.
+52.664.687.9600, cecut.gob.mx

Pasaje Rodríguez

This covered passageway along Avenida Revolución, which once housed tourist shops, had long been vacant when artists began moving in several years ago, opening small galleries and painting bright murals on its walls. Today, this bohemian cultural corridor draws people with a range of offerings: a bookstore, a brewery, a vegan restaurant, a cafe and vendors selling everything from herbs to jewelry. — Sandra Dibble

On Avenida Revolución between Tercera and Cuarta streets
Zona Centro, 22000, Tijuana, B.C.
facebook.com/pasajerodrigueztijuana

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1 Comment

  1. northierthanthou

    April 29, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Love those outdoor murals.

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