SALUDOS FROM LAREDO, TEXAS
Laredo is located in the south of Texas, right at the Mexican border. It is about 5 hours from Houston, and 2.5 hours from San Antonio and Corpus Christi.
I remember visiting every year when my family and I would visit Mexico. Overall, Laredo has grown so much from what I remember and I was so excited to explore some of the best things to do in Laredo Texas.
Thank you for having me Visit Laredo! All opinions shared are my own.
THINGS TO DO IN LAREDO
VISIT THE HISTORIC DOWNTOWN – One of my favorite things to do in Laredo was to step back in time and walk around the San Agustin Historic District, the oldest section of Laredo. First, stop by the San Agustin Church, a Gothic structure with a five-story- 141ft bell/clock tower. Then head to the Plaza Theatre building, the only remaining example of the Art Modern style in Laredo.
GO ON A COFFEE TOUR – Support over 12 local coffee shops and participate in The Laredo Coffee Tour. At each stop, get a stamp, and after two stamps, stop by the Visit Laredo office for a free souvenir. Pick up a map at any of the coffee shops on the list, or at the Visit Laredo office. For instance, I had a chance to try Cafe Radical which has the cutest coffee shop, and Gloria’s Coffee which had an amazing cajeta latte.
VISIT LAKE CASA BLANCA INTERNATIONAL STATE PARK – Fish, swim, kayak, water ski, or boat on Lake Casa Blanca. Or grab your hiking shoes or bike and go for a hike, a walk, or a bike ride on the trails. Lastly, make sure you stop at the old museum to see the ruins of Casa Blanca, the original Texas White House.
CROSS THE BORDER INTO MEXICO – Walk or drive across the border and spend a day in Nuevo Laredo. Fun fact: Laredo is home to one of the oldest crossing borders along the Mexico-US border.
WHERE TO EAT
In addition to the items above, eating was also one of my favorite things to do in Laredo! Being so close to the border, it’s no secret that the Mexican food is going to be good! Overall, Laredo has so many restaurants to choose from, and new cuisines continue to be added.
For instance, the restaurants below are the ones I had a chance to try, but I will also be sharing additional ones we didn’t have the opportunity to visit but were highly recommended.
LA REYNERA BAKERY & RESTAURANT – La Reynera has been around since 1928 serving fantastic breakfast tacos, biscuits, and Mexican baked goods. Above all, I have to say these were some of the best breakfast tacos I’ve ever had, and I absolutely loved the barbacoa tacos. Lastly, I didn’t get to try the biscuits but those were also highly raved about.
TAQUITOS RAVI – I highly recommend getting the Al pastor tacos and the aguas frescas. Pick from one of the several locations around town.
VICA’S DELIGHTS BISTRO – The perfect place for brunch! It’s super cute and retro inside, and you can pick from an American or Mexican breakfast. I highly recommend the 3 leches pancakes and the chilaquiles with mole.
KAITOD THAI – It all started as a food truck, and now it is a beautiful Thai restaurant in downtown Laredo. Honestly, it’s one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever been to. I tried some appetizers, some lemonades, and the pineapple fried rice which was off the menu, and everything was delicious! Overall, make sure to make a reservation as it gets busy!
BOLILLOS CAFE – Choose from an American or Mexican breakfast, including, baked goods. I grabbed lunch to go and tried some of the conchas and they were pretty good! In addition, they also had a toasted concha which I’ve never tried before.
For instance, I heard great things about Las Kekas, La India for their amazing mole, and Scratch Sandwich Company for some amazing sandwiches made from scratch. Lastly, I made a stop at Golondrina Food Park for coffee but didn’t get to try any of the amazing food trucks on site.
Overall, I had such an amazing time in Laredo. I loved the blend of Mexican and American cultures, the history, and the amazing food. I can’t wait for my next visit!