ABOUT THE PLAZA
Located in the emergent city of Lynwood, California, and only 14 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Plaza Mexico encompasses the area bounded by Imperial Highway, Long Beach Boulevard, State Street and the 105 freeway. It is a unique 420,000 square feet of retail, food, dining, and office space blended together with culture to create a wonderland of shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Plaza Mexico draws inspiration from prominent urban centers such as Guadalajara, Mexico City, Dolores Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Taxco, and San Miguel de Allende and follows the basic principles of the ancient city of Monte Alban, located approximately 300 miles south of Mexico City. Now an archeological site, Monte Alban was designed with a north-south access and platform structures. The spatial composition of Monte Alban’s two platforms includes a series of ceremonial spaces, plazas, and courtyards defined by massive facades.
This organization is also evident within many small towns (known as "pueblos") in Mexico. Typically, a pueblo’s main plaza is a quadrant surrounded by a church, government buildings, markets, and museums. Within the landscaped plaza there are fountains and a "kiosco", which is a raised platform used as a stage. The purpose of the plaza design is to accommodate social gatherings and public entertainment. The design also facilitates the cultural appreciation of the brilliantly colored building facades and spatial composition.
Plaza Mexico combines all these aspects in the heart of Los Angeles to transport visitors to a rich cultural landscape.
“Literally I felt I was in Mexico City…They create a Mexico within California.”
Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar
(California State Governor)
“Coming from Canada, I felt like I was shopping in Mexico, until my wife and I remembered we were in LA!”
- Mike & Cindy(Canada)
“Plaza Mexico will always be on my itinerary when I hit the west coast!”
- Maria Ibarra(New York)
“Go with your family, friends, children, or anyone…there’s always something going on and the shopping selection is endless!”
- Brenda Herrera(Los Angeles)
“Delicious food, awesome souvenirs, unforgettable memories, and super friendly people – ALL GREAT AND ALL AT ONE PLACE!!”
- Michael Erickson (Miami)
“If you’re ever in Los Angeles, you just have to go to Plaza Mexico and FEEL it for yourself!”
- Chan Sook (Chicago)
“Southern California has a secret jewel.”
- Vittore Di Giampietro (San Francisco)