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When travelling to Mazatlan, especially for three days, you might wonder what to do and where to shop, have fun or find the best drinks and food around. This guide will let you know the best places whether you are coming with the family, your partner, or all by yourself. So, buckle up and enjoy everything that Mazatlan has to offer!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

20 Places

10 City Tips

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20 Places

Day 1

Hector's Bistro

Restaurants

El Mirador

Lookouts

Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)

Islands, Beaches

Angelina's Kitchen

Restaurants

Nidart

Art Galleries

Look Vintage and Modern Gallery

Art Galleries, Gift & Speciality Shops

Water's Edge Bistro

Restaurants

Day 2

Allegro Caffe

Restaurants

El Faro Lighthouse

Lighthouses

Tippy Toes

Spas

Acuario Mazatlan

Aquariums

Golden Zone

Beach & Pool Clubs, Beaches

Raggio Cucina Casual

Restaurants

Day 3

Surf's Up Cafe

Restaurants

Copala

Historic Sites

Deer Island (Isla de Venados)

Islands

SOCIAL Cafe Lounge

Restaurants

Old Mazatlan

Neighbourhoods

Plaza Machado

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Delirium Taco Bistro Galeria

Restaurants

Barbara A's City Tips

  • Buses are an inexpensive way to move around, and even better and quite comfy when you take the Green Deluxe.
  • Aurigas are one of the best ways to move around if you are on a budget.
  • Taxis are divided in Pulmonias (golf carts,) Taxis, Eco-Taxis and Aurigas (Pick up trucks with canopies and benches).
  • You can always rent a car, if your budget allows.
  • Sometimes tips will be charged to your bill, and if it's not, you can tip 10% - 15%.
  • There are establishments where you can use your credit or debit cards without a problem, as they have facilities for this.
  • It is best that you pay in MXN instead of USD; you get a good exchange rate and also better deals when purchasing services or products.
  • In the summer the rainy season tends to strike hard and days become quite humid.
  • Remember to wear comfortable clothes and footwear due to the humidity and sometimes rainy weather.
  • The best time to visit is fall, winter or spring. The weather is dry and pretty nice.
    Day 1
  • Hector's Bistro
    Restaurants (European)
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you are ready to start your first day, Hector's lovely and scrumptious breakfast will surely fuel your morning up! His delicious homemade pastries, bread, and a nice cup of coffee is something you cannot miss before heading out on your adventure.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Price and quality goes hand in hand!
    • Don't forget to try the fresh orange juice.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 385 restaurants in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My new favorite restaurant in Mazatlan. 14/10/2018
    • First Stop upon return to Mazatlan 06/10/2018
    • Hector's Bistro
    Address:
    Calle Mariano Escobedo 409
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 981 1577
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$21
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • El Mirador
    Lookouts
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    Barbara A Says:

    After breakfast, you'll get to admire one of the most beautiful and breathtaking views at the Mirador. Don't miss the chance to photograph this beautiful scenery and view the incredible sight of the daredevil divers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Have a drink at the restaurant if you'd like to stay longer at the Mirador.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    • Cliff Diver 20/02/2018
    • Beautiful View!! 15/12/2017
    • El Mirador
    Address:
    Camino Al Observatorio #11 Cerro Del Vigia Colonia Centro
    Mazatlan 82110
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 982 1250
    Other:
  • Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)
    Islands, Beaches
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    Barbara A Says:

    Afterwards, if you feel like doing something laid back head, to Isla de la Piedras. You'll find that its sandy beaches and calm waters are the best places to relax. Try a 'pescado zarandeado' (grilled fish) and explore this petite but lovely island.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can either purchase a tour to get here or make the crossing yourself.
    • On the island you'll have the chance to try some of the delicious local seafood cuisine at a really good price.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very fun 09/10/2018
    • Lovely beach 02/10/2018
    • Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)
    Address:
    Stone Island
    Mazatlan
    Mexico
  • Angelina's Kitchen
    Restaurants (Italian, Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Mediterranean)
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    Barbara A Says:

    For lunch, how about some nice and juicy tomahawk meat or maybe some fish and chips? With an ever-changing menu, you'll be sure to find something delicious and surprising at Angelina's.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You have the option of ordering something special that's not on the menu. The chef will surprise you, try it!
    • Check out the promotions on Angelina's Facebook page.
    • Try the delicious mojito!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 385 restaurants in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dropped In 09/10/2018
    • Best Food in Mazatlan 21/09/2018
    • Angelina's Kitchen
    Address:
    Calle Venustiano Carranza No. 18
    Atrás del Hotel Freeman en Olas Altas
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 910 1596
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$12
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Nidart
    Art Galleries
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    Barbara A Says:

    Authentic and beautiful art is what you'll find at Nidart. What makes it extra special is that the family who runs the gallery also creates all these beautiful pieces of art. So say hi to Rak and Loa, feast your eyes on their beautiful works, and purchase something lovely!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Prices vary according to the material and style of the pieces.
    • I totally fell in love with the masks!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    • Beautiful collection of leather masks. 06/08/2018
    • Nice Gallery 28/05/2018
    • Nidart
    Address:
    Calle Libertad Centro Historico 45
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 985 5991
    Other:
  • Look Vintage and Modern Gallery
    Art Galleries, Gift & Speciality Shops
    Barbara A Says:

    To continue the shopping theme into the evening, at Look Gallery you'll find paintings, jewelry, and some of the best furniture around. Whatever you are looking for, I'm sure that you'll find it here and at a very good price.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your time and check out the collections and current exhibits.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 9 Museums in Mazatlan
    • Watch yourself 20/03/2017
    • we love this gallery! 07/12/2016
    • Look Vintage and Modern Gallery
    Address:
    59 Sixto Osuna
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 176.96.37
    Other:
  • Water's Edge Bistro
    Restaurants (Contemporary, Fusion, Wine Bar)
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    Barbara A Says:

    To end your first day at Mazatlan, why not try the tasty Amaranto pork and the Gyoza for starters, and then have the chef's special. You will be surprised by the amazing flavor of a mystery dish paired with a nice glass of wine. Sounds like a great night!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Prices reflect the quality of the food and the service. Everything is freshly prepared and the staff are always attentive.
    • Don't forget to order one of the delicious cocktails too!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 385 restaurants in Mazatlan
    • Not any more 05/10/2018
    • Water’s Edge Rules! 20/07/2018
    • Water's Edge Bistro
    Address:
    Sixto Osuna #48, Centro Historico
    Sixto Osuna & Ninos Heroes
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 136 0895
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$12
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    16:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
  • Allegro Caffe
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Barbara A Says:

    Start day two with a nice cup of coffee or juice accompanied by some of the most delicious waffles and eggs Benedict around Mazatlan. Although the place tends to be a little crowded at times, the wait is totally worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Another of my favorites are the bagels and chilaquiles, delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 385 restaurants in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breakfast 24/06/2018
    • Too loud, wrong orders delivered, no separate checks. 20/06/2018
    • Allegro Caffe
    Address:
    Calle Belisario Dominguez 1403
    Centro Historico
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 913 0080
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • El Faro Lighthouse
    Lighthouses
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    Barbara A Says:

    After breakfast, some walking might be good, especially if you have had a nice feast at Allegro. At first glance you may think that it will take you forever to climb all these stairs, but once you get to the top and get to appreciate the view... You'll fall in love with it!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is really important that you wear comfortable footwear and clothing, carry water with you, and protect yourself form the sun.
    • At the top you'll find vendors that sell water, in case you've run out of it for the way back.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free views 14/10/2018
    • El Faro Lighthouse 09/10/2018
    • El Faro Lighthouse
  • Tippy Toes
    Spas
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    Barbara A Says:

    Once you've finished admiring the views of Mazatlan from above, head back and pamper yourself! The calm and friendly atmosphere at Tippy Toes makes it the perfect place to enjoy a mani-pedi, a facial, or a massage.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can find all of the services available on the website, and it is best that you book them in advance to confirm your appointment.
    • Check out the deals and promotions!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 20 Spas & Wellness in Mazatlan
    • Cucumber pedicure 21/08/2018
    • Mani pedi 13/06/2018
    • Tippy Toes
    Address:
    Calle Sixto Osuna 115
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 981 3463
    Other:
  • Acuario Mazatlan
    Aquariums
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you are feeling refreshed and relaxed, why not take some time to visit the aquarium? You can visit the botanic garden, get to know more about the flora and fauna of the region, and if you are feeling a little bit adventurous you might want to swim in the acrylic tank with the sharks!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entrance is not expensive considering the variety of exhibits.
    • Costs for swimming with stingrays, sharks, and sea lions vary. Check the websites for details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shows good 15/10/2018
    • Good nature walk. 21/07/2018
    • Acuario Mazatlan
    Address:
    Avenida de los Deportes Y/O Universidad 111
    Mazatlan 82017
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 981 7815
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Golden Zone
    Beach & Pool Clubs, Beaches
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you would like to continue your shopping, walking down the Golden Zone is a good option. You'll find different shops and vendors, offering all kinds of souvenirs and knick-knack that will brighten up your home with the vibe of Mazatlan!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You'll find a wide variety of styles suitable for all budgets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    • The sun and the sea. 01/10/2018
    • love love loved it, 14/09/2018
    • Golden Zone
    Phone:
    +52 669 913 3754
  • Raggio Cucina Casual
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you are a little bit hungry after all the shopping, some authentic Italian cuisine is the remedy! Reggio Cucina Casual is located right in the Golden Zone. Here, every pizza, every pasta, and every tapa, is made with nothing but the best ingredients, following very traditional recipes. Pair them with a lovely wine and you'll be sure to come back on your next holiday!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I really can't recommend just one of their dishes, the whole menu is amazing and you should order a bit of everything to share and enjoy.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 385 restaurants in Mazatlan
    • I don’t understand why there isn’t a line out the door 03/03/2018
    • For fun 05/02/2018
    • Raggio Cucina Casual
    Address:
    Calzada Camaron Sabalo # 336
    Mazatlan 82110
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 913 5999
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$20
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    13:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Surf's Up Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe)
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    Barbara A Says:

    A good option for breakfast on day three is the lovely and delicious Surf's Up! I can recommend the Good Vibrations or No Pasa Nada breakfasts, but you'll find that the menu has options suitable for everybody's taste. Also, don't forget to taste some of the delicious fair trade coffee!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • You'll find vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well.
    • Cafe Amaretto and Espresso Romano are the best for the coffee lovers, and there is also tea available.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 385 restaurants in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of our favorite places 30/09/2018
    • Make the trip!! 21/09/2018
    • Surf's Up Cafe
    Address:
    Avenida Ernesto Coppel # 520
    Nuevo Mazatlan
    Mazatlan 82112
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 988 0951
    Price range:
    US$100 - US$175
    Hours:
    Wed - Sun
    08:30 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Copala
    Historic Sites
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you are looking for something different — a location off the beaten path — then Copala is for you. You'll find lovely little houses with red bricks, a beautiful church, and great views of lush nature wherever you look.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't forget to visit the brick factory and take a walk around the town's picturesque houses and nooks.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wonderful little village 15/10/2018
    • Very small town in Mexico 06/08/2018
    • Copala
    Phone:
    9881414
    Other:
  • Deer Island (Isla de Venados)
    Islands
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    Barbara A Says:

    After a visit to the quiet little town of Copala, pay a visit to Isla de los Venados, an island with calm waters and lovely sandy beaches. You can practice kayaking, take a swim, or even ride a banana boat.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't forget your bathing suit and sunscreen and try some of the delicious fresh oysters!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful Experience 07/08/2018
    • Beautiful and fun 07/07/2018
    • Deer Island (Isla de Venados)
    Address:
    El Cid Marina
    Mazatlan
    Mexico
  • SOCIAL Cafe Lounge
    Restaurants (Bar, Cafe, Pub, Wine Bar)
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    Barbara A Says:

    Maybe you feel a little bit hungry after all that sightseeing and swimming, so why not stop at SOCIAL? They serve really yummy paninis and Corona-Margaritas — a funny, curious drink that will surely refresh you. Or you can always have a nice cup of coffee and a tasty dessert.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Prices are reasonable and the staff provide great service. Plus, the owners are always attentive and kind.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Coffee bar plus 12/09/2017
    • The best of Mazatlan 19/06/2016
    • SOCIAL Cafe Lounge
    Address:
    Av. Camaron Sabalo 710
    Zona Dorada
    Mazatlan 82110
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 146 1348
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$7
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Old Mazatlan
    Neighbourhoods
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    Barbara A Says:

    Take a stroll through the old neighbourhood of Mazatlan, listen to the sound of the waves, and watch the nightlife develop while you walk. On your way you can also find stores and vendors — something might just catch your eye!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take your time and enjoy the picturesque colonial style of the neighborhood.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Home!! We love it 05/10/2018
    • So much history 01/10/2018
    • Old Mazatlan
  • Plaza Machado
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Barbara A Says:

    In the evening at Plaza Machado, you'll see Mazatlan at its best: Lit up, alive, and with lots of people coming and going. Here you'll also find live music and free events, as well as plenty of great restaurants.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Another great place to explore and maybe to shop too!
    • Make sure you look around and admire the architecture that surrounds the plaza.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 60 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful restored architecture with the real Mexico all around. 11/10/2018
    • A taste of real México 07/10/2018
    • Plaza Machado
    Address:
    Calle Constitucion
    Mazatlan
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 913 2222
  • Delirium Taco Bistro Galeria
    Restaurants (Mexican, Fusion)
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    Barbara A Says:

    Finally, our last stop is very delicious one... Delirium! Here you will find tacos of every kind. Well served, traditional, and some with a twist that will leave your senses in complete awe. Have a nice cold beer and enjoy the salsas, tortillas, and the wonderful ambience!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • I can't pick one favorite among the tacos, you should try them all!
    • Vegetarians will find plenty of good options here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Delirium is close 08/11/2016
    • Novel cuisine tacos 28/10/2016
    • Delirium Taco Bistro Galeria
    Address:
    Andador Sixto Osuna 24
    The address will be share to you when you confirm your reservation
    Mazatlan 82000
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 171 4800
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$27
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    18:00 - 23:00
    Mon
    11:00 - 12:00
    Other:
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