There’s a lot more to Tijuana than you would expect. Rumors of violence may dissuade people from making the trek across the Mexican border south of San Diego, but in reality Tijuana is an incredible city. There’s an amazing arts and culture scene, a thriving craft beer community, and a ton of unique things to do in Tijuana.

One of our favorite things about Tijuana is the incredible food scene. There are countless incredible restaurants with world-renowned chefs and mouth-watering food. And while Mexican food is definitely a popular choice while in Tijuana, there are amazing restaurants for practically any cuisine that you can think of.

We’ve visited Tijuana quite a few times and fall in love with the city more and more every time we go. And while we’ve tried a bunch of amazing restaurants, here are our 7 favorite restaurants in Tijuana:

1. Seafood from Los Arcos

Food from Los Arcos in Tijuana | Jack and Gab Explore

If you’re going to Tijuana, you can’t leave without trying at least some type of seafood–and Los Arcos is one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Their specialty is ceviche, raw fish or shrimp marinated in citrus and served in a red sauce with toppings like avocado. We tried the shrimp ceviche and were blown away by how fresh and delicious it was.

We also loved the fish tacos, served with an array of fresh toppings and sauces. Overall, absolutely everything they put on our table was delicious, and the servers were very friendly and more than happy to make recommendations.

  • Style: Full service
  • Address: Blvd. Salinas y, Escuadrón 201 No. 1000, Aviacion, 22420 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
  • Yelp Page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/los-arcos-tijuana-2
  • Payment: Cash or credit
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Price: $$$

2. Breakfast from Alma Verde

Breakfast from Alma Verde in Tijuana | Jack and Gab Explore

Alma Verde is a trendy, modern spot with lots of natural light and a delicious menu. Throughout the restaurant, everywhere you look features intricate woodwork and lush plants. You would think it’s the atmosphere that makes Alma Verde, but it’s definitely the food.

We ordered the Chilaquiles and the Croque Madame, and surprisingly the latter was more delicious. Served with rosemary potatoes, a heap of cheese and blossom for garnish, this French specialty will leave you impressed and very full. Even better, the coffee at Alma Verde is to die for!

3. Tacos from Telefonica Gastro Park

Tacos at Telefonica Gastropark | Jack and Gab Explore

I can’t recommend Telefonica Gastro Park enough. It’s more than just a place to eat–it’s a brewery, a lounge, a shopping center, and so much more. Speaking strictly from a food perspective, the food trucks lined up outside are some of the best food that you can get in Tijuana. And while there’s everything from ramen to sushi, the tacos are by far the best.

 Head inside for a refreshing beer and no shortage of awesome places to sit down and relax. Our favorite part is the net suspended above the brewery–follow the entrance to the left and take the steps up and you’ll see it.

4. Chilaquiles from La Casa del Mole Poblano

Chilaquiles from La Casa del Mole Poblano in Tijuana | Jack and Gab Explore La Casa del Mole Poblano is a favorite for both tourists and locals, and for good reason. Their authentic Mexican dishes are among the best in Tijuana, including the chilaquiles–the best I’ve ever had! You also have to try the café de olla, a type of coffee sweetened with delicious spices. 

We also love the unique atmosphere at La Casa del Mole Poblano. The entire restaurant is decorated with beautiful touches of nature to make you feel as though you are in paradise. Our favorite decorations included a waterfall in the center of the restaurant and the tropical plants everywhere. There are even a few palm trees inside! 

5. Ice Cream from Tepoznieves

Tepoznieves in Tijuana | Jack and Gab Explore

If you are looking for a great place to quench your sweet tooth, look no farther than Tepoznieves. This little ice cream shop is located in a strip mall and while it doesn’t look like much from the outside, as soon as you walk in the front door it will brighten your whole day. The interior is painted bright yellow with colorful painted fruits spanning every wall, with bright tables and stools throughout the restaurant.

The ice cream here is even better than the atmosphere. They specialize in ice creams with every fruit flavor that you can imagine. They had a bunch of fruit flavors that we had never even heard of! After trying the guava ice cream, I can say with absolute confidence that you will love this place.

6. Pho from Pequeño Saigon

Pho from Pequeno Saigon in Tijuana | Jack and Gab Explore

Vietnamese food in Tijuana? This one might be a little surprising, and rightfully so. Vietnamese food isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Tijuana food scene. But rest assured, the pho from Pequeño Saigon will change your mind.

This little whole in the wall is located at Plaza Fiesta–the heart of Tijuana’s thriving craft beer scene–and doesn’t look like much when you step into these modest digs. The pho is out of this world with delicious noodles and fresh sprouts, best topped with plenty of hot sauce. But the flavorful broth is what makes the dish special and warrants a trip to Pequeño Saigon.

7. Crepes from Foodgarden

Crepes from Foodgarden in Tijuana | Jack and Gab Explore

Foodgarden is a foodie haven in Tijuana. With about a dozen different booths featuring different cuisines from around the world, Foodgarden has something for everyone. Order food from the booth of your choice, then take a seat in the covered communal seating and enjoy the prime people watching.

We tried the crepes from the French booth, which were absolutely incredible! We were unlucky enough to visit Foodgarden on a day when most of the booths were closed, but we think that is just because we went too early. Show up around noon if you want the full experience.

  • Style: Counter-serve
  • Address: Blvrd Gral Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada 10650, Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, 22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
  • Yelp Page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/food-garden-tijuana
  • Payment: Cash or credit
  • Price: $ – $$

Final Thoughts

Tijuana has an incredible food scene that comes at a great value for people traveling from the United States. You’re able to get unique, gourmet foods at a fraction of the prices from most countries, all while experiencing a great city that has made a big comeback in the past few years.

Check out the video that we made of our Tijuana Food Tour! We had a blast trying out all these different restaurants.

If you’re planning a visit to Tijuana, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. Also, feel free to check out our blog post on 16 Incredible Things To Do In Tijuana if you are looking for additional things to do!

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