Top 10 Things To Do at Plaza Mariachi

1. Salsa Night

No, we aren’t talking about chips and salsa. Salsa night happens every Thursday at Plaza Mariachi!

Don’t know how to salsa? Not a problem! Free dancing lessons begin at 7:30 and last until 8. Dance the night away until 2 a.m.!

2. Churros

Yeah, you heard me–Plaza sells authentic churros! Just stop by the bakery in Maz Fresco and order away!

Pro tip: Ask for cajeta (Mexican caramel) filled churros. Your taste buds will be in heaven!

3. Wrestling Matches (Lucha Libre)

An ACTUAL wrestling ring is brought inside of the plaza, and you can literally dine while you watch the matches, because what authentic Mexican experience is complete without Lucha Libre? Make sure you check out Plaza Mariachi’s event calendar to see when the next wrestling event is!

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4. The Picanha from Tres Gauchos

Tres Gauchos is truly the hidden gem of Plaza Mariachi, and they’ve got the reviews to prove it. Yelp, NashvilleFoodFan, TheNashvilleGuide and many other (amazing) foodies have reviewed this restaurant and sung its praises!

5. Horchata Latte from Madera

Did someone say Horchata?! The Horchata Latte is Madera Cafe’s most popular drink, and for good reason. This staple drink is absolutely delicious, and I have never had anything like it in Nashville. Oh, and i’m a native.

6. Bailamos Saturday

Every Saturday night, Plaza Mariachi turns into a Latin dance club! The DJs spin Reggaeton, Latin pop, Top 40 Hits and more! Dancing goes till 2 a.m., and make sure you get there early. Why? Getting there early secures you parking and seat, because it fills up pretty fast!

7. Bubble Tea

One of Plaza Mariachi’s newest dining editions includes ‘Win Bubble Tea’. This boba spot is different than any other because you can customize your own drink. You can add the exact amount of bubbles you want–which come in a variety of different shapes and flavors–to your drink! They also serve specialty ice cream and other yummy asian-fusion treats!

8. Street Corn Hush Puppies

Who doesn’t love mexican street corn? Well, the chefs at Madera have taken this cult food and turned it gourmet! Don’t believe me? Here’s a photo.

9. Margaritas

Best. Margs. In. Nashville. I don’t want to add to the noise… a lot of restaurants claim this, so go try them from the Z-bar yourself!

10. Aerialists

Beyond Wings circus performs every week Friday through Sunday! Not only do these acrobats swing from the ceiling, but they also specialize in fire dancing, snake charming, and contourtions! You don’t have to wait for Circ du Soleil to come to Nashville, you can catch these acrobats at Plaza Mariachi during any big event!

9 Great Latin American Restaurants in Nashville

Latin American Restaurants Madera Cafe

Madera Cafe in Plaza Mariachi


At this bright, wood-paneled spot in Plaza Mariachi, there is no shortage of Mexican-style dishes on the menu. But take a closer look at some of their entrees. Latin American dishes like arepas, ceviche, carne asada, and trifongo—a variation of Puerto Rico’s classic mofongo featuring a mound of mashed plantains, yucca, bacon and chicharrón topped with a marinated protein—jockey for hungry patrons’ attention.
Eater Nashville

Madera Cafe in Plaza Mariachi

Various menu items from Madera Cafe

Food from Madera Cafe

Madera Cafe specializes in the cuisine of Latin and South America, including Mexico and Cuba. Because of that, coffee and breakfast/brunch are important parts of the restaurant, which serves breakfast every day. It’s also got a robust cocktail and dinner menu and is open until 11 p.m. daily.

Nashville Scene, October 18, 2017

Plaza Mariachi a feast for the senses!

Chef prepares meal at Tres Gauchos Grill

Tres Gauchos Grill


Plaza Mariachi takes the tedium of the shopping mall and makes it a distinct pleasure. The former Elysian Fields Kroger has been repurposed and transformed into an exciting Latin-inspired marketplace that weaves specialty shops, boutiques and eateries with visual and performance arts, cultural history, and participatory activities for children and adults.

Tennessean, July 14, 2017