A New Museum Solely Dedicated to Mexican Cuisine Has Opened in Downtown Los Angeles

published Feb 25, 2022
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LA Plaza Cocina, a new museum dedicated to Mexican cuisine, has opened in Los Angeles. The museum is located downtown and expands on LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a culture center dedicated to honoring Mexican culture and its enduring influence through exhibitions and educational programs. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes had previously announced the museum’s arrival in 2019, but its opening had been delayed for years. 

LA Plaza Cocina finally opened its doors earlier this month and kicked off with an exhibit dedicated to corn — the cuisine’s most essential ingredient. Noted to be an integral part of  Mexican cuisine, corn also plays an important role as a global food source. The exhibit is curated by Maite Gomez-Rejón and Ximena Martin and uses tools and artifacts from ancient civilizations and modern cookbooks to tell the grain’s story. 

Besides exhibitions, the museum will also include a teaching kitchen and store where visitors can purchase cookbooks and kitchenware to try their hand at preparing some of the cultural recipes in their own homes. 

The museum is located in LA Plaza Village at 555 N. Spring St. and is open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. If a trip to the West Coast isn’t in the cards for you yet, however, you can enjoy some iconic Mexican dishes by trying your hand at a rich mole sauce recipe or these tasty barbacoa tacos with pinto beans.