Irapuato is the second largest city in the state of Mexico and has a population of around 350,000 people. It is famous for its gorgeous weather and its delicious varieties of strawberry, in fact, it is unofficially known as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” For visitors, there’s a plethora of things to see and do, whether you love to shop, dance, eat or explore, Irapuato will cater to your needs.
For Food Lovers
A 20-minute walk from the Hotel San Francisco Irapuato will take you to El Torito Steak, one of Irapuato’s most popular restaurants. Both tourists and locals love to dine here as its steaks are to die for and it offers a great selection of wines to compliment your meal. Not only is the food delicious, the staff are very friendly, and the restaurant even offers open air seating on the second floor. It is a great place to go if you’re a meat-lover.
Explore the Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez
If you’re a sports fan, the Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez will be at the top of your list of places to visit in Irapuato. This stadium holds 25,000 people and is used for football matches; it is famous for hosting the Group C matches of the FIFA World Cup in 1986. As well as being a sporting venue, it offers an amazing selection of street food including tacos, seafood wings and Japanese cuisine.
Take to the Club Scene
If you’re a regular on the club scene, Dirty Martini is a familiar name known for its delicious cocktails and opulent interior. In Irapuato, the reputation of Dirty Martini still holds strong and it is one of the top nightclubs in the area due to its eclectic cocktails and live music. As a tourist, you will feel at home here even with the Mexican-style interior as the crowd will make you feel incredibly welcome. The club opens at 9pm and keeps the party going until 3am so it’s a great place for real party people.
Go to Church
One of the most famous buildings in the city is Hospitalito Church, the first church to have been built in Irapuato. The church was completed in the early 18th century in the baroque style, the façade that stands today is the original from 1733, and the church itself is dedicated to the Lord of Mercy, Señor de la Misericordia. Whether you’re religious or not, this church is striking and worth the trip simply to appreciate the architecture and artwork.
Delve into the City’s History
Irapuato’s City Museum is housed in a beautiful baroque-style building from the 18th century and is a source of pride in the city as it encompasses a great selection of archaeological artefacts, photographs and documents that showcase Irapuato’s history. If you love history, the museum will provide you with a wealth of information about the city and there are friendly staff on hand to guide you through. Even if history isn’t your thing, the sheer beauty of the building itself is well worth the visit.