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Things to do in Mexico City

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Mexico City. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Mexico City attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Mexico City to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Mexico City.

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  • Aerotrén

    Connecting the airport’s two terminals, the Aerotrén, which runs on elevated tracks, is the first such train in Latin America. It is speedy and eff... More
  • Carlos Place

    Carlos Place is a lively hotel bar that offers views of the airport runways. It has a full bar and a superb selection of Mexican beer and tequilas,... More
  • Casa Lamm

    Don't miss Cuban music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Casa Lamm, a cultural institution in a 1913 mansion. More
  • Celeste House

    From the group behind the Mexico City–based indie fashion magazine of the same name, the store opened in October 2010 in a renovated 1940’s house i... More
  • Centurion Club

    Unique to Mexico and Buenos Aires and an unbeatable alternative to airline clubs, the Centurion Clubs are open to Gold, Platinum, and Centurion Ame... More
  • Chic by Accident

    For vintage Luis Barragán chairs and other Modernist Mexican furniture. More
  • El Gran Pastor

    A perfect place for last-minute souvenirs, El Gran Pastor specializes in products from Monterrey, from traditional glorias, dulce de leche candies,... More
  • Exhibition Centers

    Exhibits documenting science (flora, fauna, and ecosystems throughout Mexico), technology, and Mexican aviation history (where you learn that Charl... More
  • FlyMexico

    Get a bird's-eye view of Valle's pine forests and mountains with a paragliding lesson from FlyMexico. You'll leap off the 7,300-foot-high Peñón de ... More
  • Fondo de Cultura Económica (FCE) Bookshops

    One of Mexico’s leading intellectual publishers, Fondo de Cultura Económica, has two shops at the airport (each with its own name) with a wide sele... More
  • Galería OMR

  • Kurimanzutto

    Mexican artists including Gabriel Orozco More
  • La Valise

    A combination art-and-literature bookstore, objets shop, and photography gallery. More
  • Librería Educal

    Conaculta, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts, publishes handsome books on Mexican history, art, archaeology, anthropology, and archite... More
  • Mercado de la Merced

    Three dozen kinds of dried chiles and mole pastes? Pungent Oaxacan cheese, stacks of nopals, and the mingled scents of guavas and epazote? It's all... More

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