Mexico City

Mexico City Travel Guide

Sprawling, thrilling and thriving with culture, Mexico City is not just one of the largest cities in the world, but one of the most exciting to visit. With a population of more than 20 million, the Mexican capital is an ever-changing metropolis, whose sheer size can be intimidating to even the most experienced travelers. Mexico City travel is like taking a trip through time: you can climb pre-Hispanic pyramids, snap photos of colonial buildings and dine at an avant-garde restaurant–all in one day. But with Travel + Leisure’s Mexico City travel guide, you’ll navigate the city like a local– aka a true chilango.

Things Not to Miss in Mexico City

• Walk the cobblestone streets of Centro Histórico, the city’s historic downtown
 • Have a cocktail at an outdoor restaurant in Polanco, one of the city’s prettiest neighborhoods
 • Discover Aztec culture at the National Anthropology Museum
 • Shop fresh produce, local cheeses, artisanal breads and international specialties at Mercado de San Juan
 • Walk around the trendy Roma and Condesa neighborhoods, lined with cafés, galleries and bars

When to Go to Mexico City

Because of its consistently pleasant weather, it’s possible to travel to Mexico City at any time of year. Winters are mild, with the lowest temperatures dropping to the 50s while falls are crisp, and springs are lovely, with lilac-flowered jacaranda trees blooming all over town. It gets warmer in the summer, when temperatures reach the high 80s and rain showers cool down the city almost every afternoon and evening.

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