Things to Do in Mexico City

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At this street wear-oriented store in Colonia Roma, most of the funky dresses, handbags, sweaters and shoes are limited edition pieces, and you’ll also... Read More

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

Every year, thousands of excited kids (and let’s face it, excited parents, too) brave the cold and the crowds to hang out with Santa at this park in the... Read More

Inspired by her home country, by stories, movies and books, this playful designer creates pieces that explore the girl vs. woman duality that all modern... Read More

Founded by a team that includes actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, this documentary film festival tours the country for three months every year.... Read More

Tula, Hidalgo, is just an hour away from the city, and is home to the main archaeological site from the Toltec culture. Explore the temple of... Read More

The spectacular building, remodeled in the ‘80s by Teodoro González de León and Abraham Zabludovsky, has hosted countless of the city’s biggest shows,... Read More

Technically, there are two basilicas in Plaza de las Américas: the first one, built between the 16th and 18th centuries near Tepeyac Hill, where a young... Read More

With more than 1,600 acres, this is the largest park in Latin America, and is divided into three sections: the first one is culture-oriented (with five... Read More

It is often compared to New York's Central Park, but at more than 1,600 acres, Mexico City's Bosque Chapultepec is double in size and, some would argue,... Read More

This coffee shop-meets-bookstore has six locations around the city, but the one in Polanco is particularly welcoming. Located inside a cool, bi-level... Read More

Mexico’s fascinating indigenous cultures have a huge influence in this designer’s modern collections, which usually feature traditional patterns and... Read More

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... Read More

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

It took nearly 300 years to build this cathedral, the largest Latin America, and the styles of those periods between the 16th and 19th century... Read More

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... Read More

Unique to Mexico and Buenos Aires and an unbeatable alternative to airline clubs, the Centurion Clubs are open to Gold, Platinum, and Centurion American... Read More

For vintage Luis Barragán chairs and other Modernist Mexican furniture. Read More

Housed inside a stunning house from the 1940s across the street from Polanco’s Parque Lincoln, this concept store features a lineup of young, creative... Read More

For one weekend every fall, the massive Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez becomes the place to be for music fans from all over the country. Performers like... Read More

Twice a year (spring and fall), this culture fest takes over public spaces in two of the city’s hippest neighborhoods, promoting responsible and eco... Read More

This culture-packed tour along the city’s Southern area will take you to the canals of Xochimilco, which you will sail aboard a traditional trajinera, a... Read More

Located in the city’s Southern neighborhood of Tlalpan, the name of this site means “place of songs” in Náhuatl. It features monuments such as the... Read More

This national park is a mere 20 minutes away from Santa Fe, yet with more than 4,600 acres of forest, it feels like it’s much further away. Take a tour... Read More

Even visitors who consider themselves fluent in both the Spanish language and in Mexican food might find themselves scratching their heads when they sit... Read More

Located in the lovely Plaza San Jacinto, this indoor market is focused on promoting authentic, high-quality Mexican crafts. After browsing the stands... Read More

The original location of this bookstore opened in a basement in the 1960s—hence the name—but was destroyed in the 1985 earthquake, so this branch has... Read More

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

Another major Mexican publishing house, Fondo de Cultura Económica has several bookstores in the country, but the sleek space in Colonia Condesa is a... Read More

Celebrate the city’s historic downtown at this yearly party, which showcases all sorts of cultural expressions, from dance and opera to visual arts and... Read More

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 Peñ... Read More

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

Contemporary art is the main focus at this Colonia Juárez gallery, where the eclectic list of artists includes sculptors such as  Korea’s Lee... Read More

In the heart of Polanco, this gallery boasts two exhibit levels plus two sculpture courtyards. Among the artists, you may recognize names such as... Read More

Located in an art-packed area of Polanco (near the Jumex and Soumaya museums), this Spain-based gallery represents renowned artists such as Ferrán... Read More

A frequent presence in fairs like Art Bogotá, Art Basel and Zona MACO, this gallery represents some of the best artists in Mexico, such as Gabriel de la... Read More

Known by many for its clever ad campaigns, this bookstore chain also has several locations all over the country, ans many of them include a café. The... Read More

This design shop-meets-barbershop offers one-of-a-kind items for men and women (plus creative haircuts). Expect everything from vintage shoes and old... Read More

Just because they’re in the big city doesn’t mean your kids can’t enjoy some country-style fun. At this sprawling “farm,” they can learn about... Read More

Considered by many to be one of the prettiest places in the country, this quaint Hidalgo town invites you to walk along its cobblestone streets and... Read More

With its tranquil tree-lined garden, this lovely, peach-colored church sits in the heart of San Angel and was built by Dominican priests in the 16th and... Read More

When visiting the charming Coyoacán neighborhood, this church is a must-see. It was one of the first temples built after the Spanish arrived, but its... Read More

You’ve brought the kids to Mexico City; now let them explore a whole metropolis of their own. In this indoor mega-playground, little ones get to try out... Read More

Mexican artists including Gabriel Orozco Read More

Located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of San Miguel Chapultepec, Mónica Manzutto and José Kuri’s space has become one of the most relevant galleries... Read More

With the impressive amount of folk art and crafts available at this market, it’s as if you’d taken a trip across the entire country–and all you have to... Read More

It’s a true treasure hunt every time you visit this downtown flea market, where you can find everything from furniture, antique China and jewelry to... Read More

A combination art-and-literature bookstore, objets shop, and photography gallery. Read More

This trendsetting shop in Colonia Roma carries all sorts of unique items—think sunglasses, phone cases, belts, shoes and wallets—but their claim to fame... Read More

Conaculta, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts, publishes handsome books on Mexican history, art, archaeology, anthropology, and... Read More

Ask pretty much any local about Porrúa, and we’ll all say we remember reading their editions of the classics in high school. As one of the country’s... Read More

Every winter for the past five decades, the city’s main square gets lit up with colorful mosaics made up of thousands of lightbulbs. Candles, flowers,... Read More

After a stint in Macario Jiménez’s workshop and four years in fashion school in Barcelona, this young talent debuted her brand with a fall/winter... Read More

The neighborhood is a bit down on its heels, the venue is nothing special to look at, and the crowd can get raucous and rowdy, but none of that should... Read More

Perhaps one of the biggest names in Mexican design, Jiménez launched his brand in 1994, and soon, women fell in love with his sophisticated creations.... Read More

Two hours southwest from the city, this lovely town with its archaeological complex is one of the most important sites that have been found from the... Read More

This is the place to go for lovely, affordable crafts to bring back to everyone at home. From ceramics for your friend’s new place, wooden toys for the... Read More

After marveling at great local produce like huauzontle, chilies, corn and huitlacoche, and specialties such as chapulines (fried grasshoppers), head to... Read More

This flower-centric market is a paradise of beautiful colors and smells: roses, tulips, violets and orchids are just a few of the hundreds of species... Read More

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... Read More

Aside from classic antojitos, produce, fish and dairy products, this market has a touch of Latin flavor: it’s especially known for having tons of... Read More

Located in the city’s San Rafael neighborhood, this sprawling market is populated by local vendors selling everything from produce, traditional candies... Read More

Foodies and gourmands are fans of this market because of its fantastic gourmet offerings: rare meats (iguana or rabbit, anyone?), excellent seafood,... Read More

Explore all kinds of bright and colorful Mexican crafts at this lively market, where souvenir options include pre-Hispanic-inspired figurines, sarapes,... Read More

If it seems nuts to consider riding a bike in traffic-clogged Mexico City, it's worth noting that the city has had a bike share program since 2007 and... Read More

Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), otherwise known as Mexico City Airport, is located about three miles east of the city center. The... Read More

Roberto Shimizu, Sr., a first-generation Japanese-Mexican, began collecting toys at an early age—and never stopped. The result is this endearing museum,... Read More

Everyone enamored with the Diego Rivera-Frida Kahlo story tends to head to the Coyoacán neighborhood the couple called home to visit Casa Azul, the... Read More

The 18th-century museum houses an excellent decorative-arts collection. Read More

Dedicated to decorative arts and design, this downtown museum features pottery, textiles, silverware and furniture from the 16th through the 19th... Read More

Forget about keychains and coffee mugs –this shop belongs to the Mexican Design Museum and offers a wide variety of fascinating pieces, including lamps,... Read More

You may need a day or two to see everything this sprawling museum has to offer. The building’s 23 exhibition halls include thousands of articles from... Read More

This breathtaking building in downtown Mexico City—housed in the old Public Work Palace and designed by Silvio Contri—has an impressive collection of... Read More

Sitting atop Chapultepec hill is this gorgeous castle, which was built as a summer house for viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez and served as official residence... Read More

The recently renovated museum has a notable design shop. Read More

It's a bit of a hike to get to Ciudad Universitaria (University City), the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in southern... Read More

On the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico this museum showcases contemporary international and Mexican artists such as Gabriel... Read More

The largest public collection of contemporary art in the country is housed inside this amazing building, designed by renowned architect Teodoro González... Read More

An early-20th-century building turned experimental art and performance hall that was recently redesigned by star architect Enrique Norten. Read More

Located inside of the hotel Condesa DF in the historic Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, the Myself spa includes a hammam (communal bath house),... Read More

This purveyor of hipster sportswear was cofounded by actor Diego Luna (Y Tu Mamá También). Read More

Decorating your house with poinsettias—or “nochebuenas,” as we call them over here—is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Head to Xochimilco,... Read More

Mexico’s leading health food store provides an alternative to fast food for airport meals or takeout: sandwiches, fruit smoothies, and the frozen... Read More

This breathtaking building was completed in 1934 and has been the most important center for fine arts in the country ever since. The main hall boasts... Read More

This bright blue-and-yellow tiled building houses dozens of exhibits and activities for all ages, from a mini supermarket—where kids can learn all about... Read More

This leafy area was once the entrance to the Condesa’s race tracks, and today, serves as the main green area in the neighborhood, always populated by... Read More

This park got its name because of the statue of Abraham Lincoln at one of the ends—to be fair, there’s one of Martin Luther King, too—and has won over... Read More

Lovingly known as parque hundido (or “sunken park”), this below-ground-level park moonlights as an archaeology museum, where you can check out more than... Read More

Designed in the 1920s, this beautiful park doesn’t just boast a swan lake and several tranquil paths, but is known for being one of the best spots for... Read More

Though it’s right in the city, this eco park feels like it’s miles away from the chaos of it all. Guided activities include hiking along the paths,... Read More

The colors, images, and symbols of Mexico’s rich culture—from pre-Columbian history to contemporary painters—are translated into... Read More

Cristina Pineda and Ricardo Covalín have conquered Mexico and beyond with their eclectic, bright, bold and beautiful silk designs. Their ties, scarves... Read More

Marvel at the building’s more than 90,000 square feet of art, constituted by its twelve exterior panels and the mural La Marcha de la Humanidad, all by... Read More

Less than two hours away from the city, near San Miguel Regla, these geometric basalt columns, drenched by four waterfalls, make for an impressive... Read More

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,... Read More

This monumental concert hall, built specifically for Mexico’s National Autonomous University’s Philharmonic Orchestra, can host 2,177 people who are... Read More

This fun-for-all theme park features more than 50 activities, shows, and roller coasters, including extreme rides like the Boomerang (which takes you on... Read More

The newest addition to the Condesa District, this oval-shaped club pumps techno beats into the wee hours. Read More

Once a movie theater, this beautiful downtown concert hall first opened in 1943 and is considered a great example of the eclectic architecture of those... Read More

The church's fire-blackened Black Christ (Cristo Negro) sculpture is said to perform miracles and attracts thousands of Mexican pilgrims each year. Read More

Built on the site of La Noche Triste (a battle in which the Spanish colonizers suffered their biggest defeat from the aztecs), this church was meant to... Read More

If you stand at the foot of one of the contemporary skyscrapers on Avenida Reforma or in the neighborhood of Santa Fe, it's easy to forget that people... Read More

This impressive site was one of the main cities in pre-Hispanic times, and home to more than 100,000 people. Just a 40-minute drive away from the city,... Read More

You’ll only have to drive for about 45 minutes to get to this picturesque town, where the main attraction is the ex-Convent of San Francisco Javier,... Read More

This picturesque town is crowned by the imposing Tepozteco hill, considered by many as an important source of cosmic energy. Walk along its charming... Read More

Any health-minded traveler can obtain a day pass for $9 to use the gym, swimming pool, and a locker at this hotel directly across from T1. Inquire at... Read More

Tchaikovsky’s classic delights Mexican audiences every winter, taking over the Auditorio Nacional for a few weeks of the holiday season. The country’s... Read More

This boutique features locally crafted jewelry made with silver mined from the historic city of Taxco, the world’s silver capital.  Whether... Read More

As one of the oldest and tallest buildings in town, “La Latino,” as it’s lovingly called by locals, offers awesome views of the city. The tour will take... Read More

Hop on and off this double-decker bus, and explore Mexico City’s main areas as you please. There are eight different routes, such as Downtown (visit the... Read More

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,... Read More

This three-day blowout celebrates Latin music in Mexico City’s Foro Sol, which welcomes more than 70,000 audience members every day. The lineup mixes... Read More

Xochimilco isn't Mexico City's most central neighborhood, but the effort to get there is worth it to float along the canals of on a trajinera (gondola... Read More

The Zócalo—Mexico City's main square, ringed by a Cathedral, the National Palace, and other impressive stuctures—is an eyeful at any time of the day or... Read More

Set in the city’s huge Chapultepec forest, this is one of the most visited zoos in the world (it welcomes some 5.5 million visitors every year). Check... Read More

This Polanco mall isn’t just perfect for doing some holiday shopping—Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Crate & Barrel—it also becomes a... Read More

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