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Morelia Rooftop Bars

Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Morelia is a beautiful Colonial City in Central Mexico. Gorgeous architecture, international restaurants, a clean environment and lovely weather all make this city a must-see.

While visiting there, we discovered a few rooftop bars, cafes and restaurants. It's a terrific way to view the bustling city below.

Come take a look!

The view from the rooftop Hotel Restaurant Los Juaninos

Not far from our hotel, Los Juaninos was a rooftop location we visited several times. Here you can see the full view of Morelia Cathedral, a Baroque-style, Roman Catholic Cathedral located in the center of the city. Many consider this Cathedral to be Mexico's most beautiful and it dominates the Centro Historico.

The entrance to Hotel Los Juaninos

If you enter here from the City Center #39 Sur, just tell those at the desk that you want to go to the rooftop for a meal or a drink. They will direct you to the elevator which is straight ahead, and up you go!

Chilean wine for Happy Hour

This particular visit we had a bottle of Chilean Cabernet and watched the sun set.




The stones of the Cathedral change color and - as the sun goes down, the Church lights up!

Simply gorgeous.

Centro Historico de Morelia

Morelia was and still is a city with an aristocratic air about it. The Government buildings are on the right of the Boulevard here with the Plaza and Cathedral on the left.

Notice the pink stones from a local quarry. Much of the City's Center is constructed of this pink stone.

It is right here on this corner where the group tandem bicycles line up if you want to join in and take a bicycle tour of the city for about $1.50USD.


Morelia Cathedral lighting up as the sun sets

It is worth taking the time to visit one of the rooftop locations for a meal, a coffee or drink and watch the changing of the lights. Nature's sun goes down and Man's Cathedral lights up.

This Cathedral dominates the whole center of town with its presence. When the bell tower clangs the hour it takes you back into time, yet the busy boulevard below reminds you that you are in the present day.

El Campanario Café Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

Here's another rooftop Cafe above Hotel Mision Catedral. Of course it has a lovely view of the Cathedral as well, but a completely different vibe than Los Juaninos. It is very alive, young with upbeat music, and one evening when we visited, it was just packed with people!

It made us curious and we wanted to return for the experience.

The view from El Campanario during the day

Morelia's Cathedral is still a huge focus of all of these rooftop locations, but from El Campanario, we are also able to see the clipped topiary trees in the Plaza below. The mountains of the countryside far into the distance makes for a beautiful background as well.

Red house wine at El Campanario

What a great view!


Happy hour this night we grabbed the last window table for the view and we weren't disappointed. House wine is a terrific price at $2.50USD.

We decided to order some dinner, and took a look at their menu.

One menu

This menu featured some appetizers. A plate filled with spicy sausage, beef tenderloin strips, quesadillas, chicken tacos and guacamole runs about $10USD. Mushrooms and shrimp in garlic sauce is $8USD.

Another menu

Plates of either smoked trout or beef carpaccio run just under $9USD, Foie gras is $8 Bucks, and pizzas are $7.50USD.

The pizza selections listed are 4 cheeses, pepperoni, slow roasted pork, and cheese with pear.

Drinking our wine, waiting for our dinners

We wanted everything on the menu!

But since we were craving greens, we decided on two different salads. Billy ordered a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and I chose a Pear and Goat Cheese Salad.

Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

Believe it or not, this scrumptious salad was...  $3USDS!!

It had tons of candied walnuts and dried cranberries, a delicious house dressing, a large chunk of goat cheese under the fresh sprouts, sliced pear and all of this was presented on a bed of fresh lettuce.




Billy's Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad was hearty with lots of chicken and the price was only $4USD.

What. A. Deal.

The view from El Campanario in the evening

We enjoyed our salads and wine, listened to the buoyant music, and watched the magic outside happen.

Really something, isn't it?

Another El Campanario location

In Morelia, the place to be for a restaurant/cafe is a rooftop.

This is another El Campanario location with a different view of the Cathedral and garden area below.

You could take a week and simply visit rooftop restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Sounds like a future project!

El Campanario Bar

Along with delicious house wine, El Campanario has a full bar available as well. Service personnel and patrons alike are friendly, and this is a place to visit when you go to Morelia. Breakfast, lunch ad dinner are all served.


Los Juaninos Hotel Morelos

Sur 39 Historical Center CP 58000. Telephone (52) 443 312 0036

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El Campanario Café – Spectacular Rooftop view

  Ignacio Zaragoza #37 Terer Piso,

Centro Historico Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico Reservaciones: 275. 6915


Second location El Campanario Café

Morelos Sur #71 Tercer Piso, Centro Historico Tele: 382. 5537


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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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