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T+L's Definitive Guide to Mexico City

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Lay of the Land

At 571 square miles, D.F.—as Mexico City residents, or chilangos, call it—is vast, but visitors gravitate to a few key neighborhoods.

Centro Histórico: Anchored by the Zócalo plaza, the historic center is a mix of monuments and hivelike commerce.

Roma: Hipsters, artists, and boutique owners have revived this once-bourgeois neighborhood of Art Nouveau mansions.

Condesa: In Mexico City’s answer to New York’s West Village, shops, restaurants, and apartments radiate out from the Parque México.

Polanco: One of the city’s poshest districts keeps expanding north: “Nuevo Polanco” is being colonized by galleries and shopping malls.

Getting Around Safely: Taxis are plentiful, but you may feel more secure having a private car. For the latest safety information, go to travel.state.gov.

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