3.9 miles from downtown
A millionaire’s playground. Mexico’s movers and shakers flash their considerable cash in Polanco. Calle Masaryk’s designer boutiques boggle the mind with high-end couture and price tags to match. See how funny the rich man’s world really is at Soumaya Museum, which houses the private art collection of one-time world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim.
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Mexico City Historic Center
Take a deep breath… and dive in! In the city centre you’ll be plunged into a maelstrom of fractious traffic, swirling crowds and boisterous market stalls. Check out modern Mexico’s square roots in teeming Plaza Zócalo before elbowing your way past shoppers on Calle Madero. If it all gets too much, come up for air in leafy Alameda Central.
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3 miles from downtown
Like a black-and-white film star, there’s an air of faded glamour about Condesa. Its Art Deco façades radiate beauty from a bygone era. Along classy, jacaranda-lined streets, you’ll find boutiques, bars and bistros. Grab a sweet treat from a French patisserie before waltzing off into peaceful Parque Mexico. Here’s looking at you, Condesa!
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6.7 miles from downtown
Colours come alive in Coyoacan, a bohemian neighbourhood with a rainbow palette. Frida Kahlo’s life and art merge vividly at Casa Azul (Blue House), and every day is a red-letter day at Leon Trotsky’s old pad (painted red, of course). Coyoacan Market sparkles with trinkets and snacklets from technicolour-lacquered skulls to crunchy grasshoppers.
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2 miles from downtown
Juarez is a district of contrasts. Paseo Reforma’s skyscrapers soar above cracks in the pavement, trodden by shiny brogues and flea-bitten trainers alike. Stare down Juarez’s waxy residents at Museo de Cera before making a Korea move for dinner – to “Little Seoul’s oriental eateries. Finally, mingle merrily with all persuasions in the bars of Zona Rosa.
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Steeped in history and culture, Mexico City is the ideal starting point for a holiday in Mexico. Visitors will find a wealth of attractions in its eclectic neighbourhoods – from museums and ancient ruins to sprawling parks and art galleries.
The capital of Mexico is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the historic centre of the city. You can view the remains of an Aztec structure at Templo Mayor or walk a few steps to admire the architecturally magnificent Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral nearby. The National Palace, Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zócalo Square are worth a visit too. A stroll down Paseo de la Reforma will lead you to the Angel of Independence statue that has become an icon of the city. Art lovers can head to the Frida Kahlo Museum and Museo Mural Diego Rivera.
At the cantinas (local bars), street food stalls and high-end restaurants of Mexico City, you can savour traditional delights such as tacos and quesadillas paired with drinks like mezcal and tequila. Tacos, especially the tacos al pastor variety (spit-roasted pork with a pineapple flavour) are a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike. Tlacoyos, oval-shaped thick corn tortillas topped with fava beans and other ingredients, are great for a hearty snack.
There’s no dearth of things to do in Mexico City. You can spend time picnicking, boating or cycling at Chapultepec Park. Day trips to the archaeological complex of Teotihuacán or the World Heritage Site of Xochimilco are popular too.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Average weekend price||$57 per night|
|Average weekday price||$57 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
As a solo traveler, I enjoyed more intimate parts of CDMX like Coyoacan. Even though I speak Spanish, I felt a bit on alert as a solo female traveler. Even still, lots to see, do, and eat. I am glad I went though next time I hope to bring a friend!
A huge city with much to offer. I was a single woman and found Condessa safe even at night in the bars and restaurants. Uber is the way to get across the city - its cheap and reliable. Lots of good places to eat, museums, green spaces and all relatively inexpensive
World class museums and safe walkable neighborhoods. Try to plan your trip carefully to avoid endless travel on highways. Must see the Museo Nacional de Antropología, located in a nice neighborhood in a wonderful park. We enjoyed the Frida Kahlo house and the nearby Coyoacan market. Wonderful restaurants in Roma Norte.
This was my first time to the city and most certainly won't be my last. I was really impressed and suggest a long weekend in CDMC in order to visit it well. I didn't have enough time to visit the Mayan temples and really get to see all of the city as it's pretty big. So Next time going to Mexico try and fit in Mexico City. Lastly the weather was beautiful when I went, a bit chilly in the morning and then a beautiful blue sky in the afternoon. The temperature rises of course but without humidity. Maybe I was lucky with weather!
Safe! I lived downtown DC for 12 years and Mexico City felt similar. Most areas felt completely safe! Like in any city people need to be aware and stay away from alleys that look dodgy. Food fantastic! Wish we had time for more street food! Uber was only about $5 (US) for rides 30minutes long! Public transportation is fantastic but we prefered saving time/hastle and luxury of arriving at entryways of our destinations. Tons to do! Shopping malls and indoor/outdoor markets! Historical areas, museums, boat market, pyramids, Luche Libre (boxing in costumes) & more!
Beautiful old & modern in different areas of the city. A lot of trees, statues and all kinda buildings. We went there for whole 4 days 4 nights, it should have been one more day. Be careful of some restaurants that they charged us for the 500ml water x 3 is MX $177 but outside 1.5 L water bottle is only mx $12-$16. Just go to the ones that show the prices. Be careful of thief and pickpocketting because my iphone was stolen from my pants' pocket and took me so difficult to travel and connected to the flights and hotels. Going to Chitchez Itza from Cancun was nice with tourguide on bus and the spot. Foods are not varieties, mostly taco at street food carts.
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