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Things to do in Mexico City

Centro Histórico is an excellent starting point to explore and understand Mexico City. Walk around Zócalo, the city’s main square and home to Palacio Nacional, the seat of the country’s government. Catch a performance by the Mexican Folkloric Ballet at nearby Palacio de Bellas Artes, or just step inside to admire its fabulous Art Deco interiors and murals by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Over at MUNAL (the

National Museum of Art), admire the work of Mexican masters like Gerardo Murillo “Dr. Atl” and José Clemente Orozco. Art lovers never run out of things to do in Mexico City. The lovely, tree-lined streets of Polanco are lined with restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as some of the best designer boutiques. The neighborhood is also home to the National Anthropology Museum, which holds a vast collection of pre-Hispanic artifacts, sculptures and crafts. To fully immerse yourself in Aztec culture, take a day tour to Teotihuacán. The archaeological site is a short drive away from the city and features the spectacular Sun and Moon pyramids, which, locals say, will recharge your inner batteries if you climb to the top.

One of the most popular things to do in Mexico City among locals is head to the market to shop for food. Mercado San Juan’s aisles are packed with everything from fresh local fruit to olive oils from Spain. For a hipper taste of local flavor, spend an evening strolling the streets of Roma and Condesa, two of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods thanks to their low-key vibe and endless dining and drinking options.

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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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