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.
The colors, images, and symbols of Mexico’s rich culture—from pre-Columbian history to contemporary painters—are translated into stylishly designed clothing and accessories (scarves, ties, shoes, and bags) here. Aztec and folk images embellish earrings and cuff links in silver.
The church's fire-blackened Black Christ (Cristo Negro) sculpture is said to perform miracles and attracts thousands of Mexican pilgrims each year.
The 18th-century museum houses an excellent decorative-arts collection.
Exhibits documenting science (flora, fauna, and ecosystems throughout Mexico), technology, and Mexican aviation history (where you learn that Charles Lindbergh was a pilot for Mexicana Airlines), as well as visual arts, are on display in Terminal 1. There are also ongoing exhibits curated by Mex
Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), otherwise known as Mexico City Airport, is located about three miles east of the city center. The airport is serviced by 31 domestic and international airlines and provides flights to more than 100 destinations across the globe.
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 in Polanco, it is stocked with everything from Christian Louboutin shoes to 19th-century Latin American silver.
Mexican artists including Gabriel Orozco
Unique to Mexico and Buenos Aires and an unbeatable alternative to airline clubs, the Centurion Clubs are open to Gold, Platinum, and Centurion American Express cardholders.
Mexico’s leading health food store provides an alternative to fast food for airport meals or takeout: sandwiches, fruit smoothies, and the frozen yogurt for which the company is justly famous.
The newest addition to the Condesa District, this oval-shaped club pumps techno beats into the wee hours.
This purveyor of hipster sportswear was cofounded by actor Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También).
On the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico this museum showcases contemporary international and Mexican artists such as Gabriel Orozco in a soaring, light-filled building unveiled in 2008.
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 efficient and provides an overview of airport activity—lively entertainment for restless kids. The Aerotrén operates from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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