Ray Gudrups

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Updated on Jun 16, 2020 Useful Info

What to do in Mexico City?

Mexico City has more museums than any capital in the world. And with 26 million people in its municipal area, it is the largest metro system in the world outside of Asia.

With a deep history, delicious street food, and mild and comfortable weather year-round, Mexico City is a place that any traveler should visit.

El Zocalo

One of the absolute must-see sights in Mexico City is El Zocalo - one of the largest city squares in the world. Not only do tons of important sights surround the square, but it’s also the place for celebrations, demonstrations, and festivals—which makes it the coolest spot to people-watch in the city.

There’s always something happening.

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Avenida 5 de Mayo

Walking Avenida 5 de Mayo from Bellas Artes to the Zocalo is a great way to see the Centro area of Mexico City. This always-busy stretch passes by lots of shops, cafes, and restaurants, street musicians and performers.

Torre Latinoamericana

The view from the 44th floor of the Torre Latinoamericana (once used to be the tallest building the world) is marvelous. It offers a stunning 360-degree view of Mexico City.

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Metropolitan Cathedral

On the northern end of the Zocalo sits the impressive church formally called the “Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heavens.” You can enter for free to get an up-close look at the remarkable building, which began construction way back in the 1500s.

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Gran Hotel Ciudad de México

Even if you're not staying at this hotel on the Zócalo, it's worth stopping just to see the impressive interior. The building originally opened as a department store in 1899. Since then, its art nouveau style has been carefully maintained: The curving staircase is a replica of the one at Paris's Le Bon Marché, and the antique elevator, made of iron and concrete, was the first of its kind in Mexico City. But the pièce de résistance is the incredible Tiffany stained-glass ceiling, imported from France in 1908.

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Cafe Tacuba

Once feeling hungry, visit the oldest cafe/restaurant in town that dates back to the end of 19.century.

With beautiful tiled walls and classic dishes on the menu, it's a wonderful place to stop by.

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Eat tacos

One of any visitors must do (eat) while in Mexico is to try a real taco.

And no doubt the capital city is the best place to do it.

If you would ask local people for their favorite taco place - they have their spot. Everyone has. So you need to find yours.

You can check out this list with the best taco places in town I created so you know where to start

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National Museum of Anthropology

The single-most impressive museum in the city is the National Museum of Anthropology. This massive building contains so many rooms and exhibits that you could easily spend an entire day here studying about the history and culture of the people who lived in the area. It has an impressive collection from the stone age, to Azteca and Mayan original artifacts.

The giant fountain in it is also one of Mexico City’s top Instagram spots.

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Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor was the centerpiece of Tenochtitlán, the ancient Aztec capital, constructed in 1325 in the swamps of Lake Texcoco. The temple was mowed over and replaced by a cathedral during the Spanish conquest in 1521. Today, the bulky stone ruins lie at the heart of Centro Histórico, next to plaza Zocalo. Surrounded by streets and buildings, it is hard to imagine the temples in their original Aztecan glory, but the perfectly organized museum helps paint the full picture.

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Chapultepec Castle and park

The only royal castle in North America, Chapultepec Castle is a must-visit for Mexico City visitors. You have a chance to see historic castle rooms, mosaic glass windows, and beautiful tiled floors.

Once you are by the castle you get some of the best views of the city as it is located on a hilltop.

The park itself is twice the size of New York City’s Central Park, and Mexico City makes wonderful use of all that space. It has nine museums, a zoo, an amusement park, a castle, tons of monuments and landmarks, a lake and a pond with ducks and swans and, of course, plenty of green space. One of the coolest spots in the park is Audiorama, where you can hide between the lush green trees, and while laying on comfy sofas and listening to classical music read your favorite book or just chill...

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Museo Soumaya

Since it opened in 2011, Museo Soumaya in Polanco welcomes more than a million visitors per year, making it the most popular art museum in Mexico.

The collection made up of 66,000 pieces, features work by local artists like Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Beyond Mexican artists, the collection is dominated by many European icons like Matisse and Degas, Roden, Dali.

And the best part of it is - It is for free.

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Coyoacan neighborhood

Coyoacan neighborhood offers a more relaxed vibe than some of Mexico City’s other neighborhoods. The slow pace of life, boho, and artsy vibe make it a wonderful neighborhood in Mexico City to visit. Viveros Coyoacan is one of Mexico City’s most chill parks and the Mercado Coyoacan (Coyoacan Market) offers tons of tasty foods.

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Museo Frida Kahlo

The Museo Frida Kahlo is one of Mexico City’s favorite tourist attractions—and with good reason! Kahlo’s “Blue House”, located in the charming neighborhood of Coyoacan, offers an intimate look at the life of one of Mexico City’s most famous artists. Visitors can peer into her closet, check out her kitchen, and admire Kahlo’s collection of Mexican folk art. This is a very popular spot, so I suggest buying tickets in advance.

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The Venice of Mexico - Xochimilco canals is a must-do in Mexico City. Take a relaxing trajinera boat ride through the canals. Bring food and drinks if you like, or buy it from the floating vendors along the way. You’ll have to negotiate a price when you arrive, so it’s best to come with a large group to split the cost.

You can even visit a mysterious Doll island -

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The Museum of the Object of Objects

A museum about everyday objects may not sound interesting but believe us—the Museo del Objeto del Objetois one of the coolest museums in the city. Its display of everyday objects is ordinary at its base—old soapboxes, soup cans, etc.—but seeing the collection all together gives visitors a strong sense of the human history of Mexico City.