Mexico City Travel Guide
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.
A perfect place for last-minute souvenirs, El Gran Pastor specializes in products from Monterrey, from traditional glorias, dulce de leche candies, rollos de nogate (guayaba and nut rolls), and caramel-filled marzipan to the famous regional specialty, machaca (dried bee
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 Temascaltepec.
For those with an early-morning layover, Sala 21 snack bar and lounge is a perfect spot to read the morning paper while having a breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and Viennese coffee. The lounge also offers travelers an excellent menu of appetizers and cocktails, featuring Tequila Milagro, in a sett
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 selection of books by Spanish-language and international writers. Both are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Don't miss Cuban music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Casa Lamm, a cultural institution in a 1913 mansion.
For vintage Luis Barragán chairs and other Modernist Mexican furniture.
An early-20th-century building turned experimental art and performance hall that was recently redesigned by star architect Enrique Norten.
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, plus a fun menu of margaritas and martinis made with tamarind, coconut, or chocolate.
This boutique features locally crafted jewelry made with silver mined from the historic city of Taxco, the world’s silver capital. Whether you are looking for modern designs or traditional Mexican folk images, you’ll find it here.
Take a tour on a J-24 racing sailboat with expert guide Tito "El Chino" Benítez. Race other crafts around the lake or lazily explore the area, stopping for a dip under one of three waterfalls.
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 here at the gigantic Merced, which spans several city blocks and has more than 3,000 vendors from across Mexico.
Conaculta, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts, publishes handsome books on Mexican history, art, archaeology, anthropology, and architecture, and Librería Educal is the place for books with the Conaculta imprint.
Located inside of the hotel Condesa DF in the historic Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, the Myself spa includes a hammam (communal bath house), wet areas and a gym. The spa is decorated in a floral theme that is seen throughout the entire property.