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Monica Mendal
May 04, 2018
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We're willing to bet Mexico City has been all over your Instagram feeds lately, and for good reason. With the sheer number of cultural activities — contemporary museums, modern architecture, local craft shopping, and an award-winning restaurant and cocktail scene — it’s impossible to run out of things to do. 

Below, we’ve rounded up the best activities Mexico City and what to pack for each.

A Market Tour

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Mexico’s artisan community is both widespread throughout the country and central to its culture. You’ll definitely want to designate a day or two for visiting each of the city's most popular markets. Head to El Bazaar Sábado, La Ciudadela, and Mercado Artesanal de Coyoacán for the best selection of local wares, whether it's textiles from Oaxaca or handicrafts from Mérida. For antique shopping, visit La Lagunilla. The agricultural markets are also worth a visit. Mercado de la Merced, Mercado de Coyoacán, and Mercado de San Juan are among the best.

A Night Out

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Dining out in Mexico City is as exciting as it gets. Get dressed up to visit award-winning restaurants like Pujol and Quintonil. If you haven’t gotten enough of the Mexican flavors, head to Condesa DF for a drink after dinner. For a more laid-back bar scene, try Maison Artemisia, Casa Franca, Baltra, Bósforo, or Café Paraíso, many of which guarantee your night will end with dancing and tacos.

A Culture Day

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The cultural richness and gorgeous architecture of Mexico City will make your Instagram dreams come true. Start with a visit to the pink sculptural wall at Camino Real Polanco to warm up your followers. Then, Parque Chapultepec, one of the largest parks in the Western Hemisphere, will keep you busy all day with its many museums, sculptures, and lakes. Other worthy cultural visits include Museo Jumex, Marso Gallery, and El Museo Nacional de Antropología. Above all, you can’t visit Mexico City without a trip to Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s childhood home. End your day with some shopping at the city's chicest spots: Roma Quince, Les Filles du Nord, Void, and Onora.

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