Wonderful Things to Do in Mexico City
Once considered a dangerous city, Mexico City has recently gotten its game together and has turned into one of the most sought-after destinations for those on the lookout for culture, gastronomy, and great nightlife. Safety measures have done their job in encouraging culture-loving travelers to book a flight to discover Mexico’s vibrant capital.
Its lively culture and arts scene, a scrumptious gastronomic heritage, killer nightlife and an exciting mix of the old and the new make CDMX one of the most fantastic destinations to visit.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as getting lost in the streets that make up the historical center of Mexico City. Every alleyway has centuries' worth of stories and historic buildings. A quirky fact is that most streets of the Cento Histórico have a theme. Calle Venustiano Carranza is full of fabric stores; Donceles hosts dozens of vintage bookstores; Regina street features shops that sell stationery, and so on.
Start your tour from Plaza de la Constitución or Zócalo, the second biggest plaza in the world, and get lost from there. You’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants, small cafés, and museums along the way.
Finding Aztec ruins amid a bustling big city isn’t something you see every day, but these were actually discovered while building the subway or Metro!
Templo Mayor was the heart of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. While little of the temples was spared after the Spanish conquest, there are still some ruins left to visit and envision the splendor of this important ancient capital.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
This stunning palace is a blend of Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco architecture. Also known as The Art Cathedral in Mexico, it hosts some of Mexico City’s most important cultural events that center around music, opera, theater, literature, and visual arts.
In the mood for some live music? Head to Garibaldi! The ultimate mariachi mecca in the heart of Mexico City’s busy historic center, Garibaldi is the hangout spot for mariachi bands that gather during the evenings and liven up the area. Many bars line up the Plaza, where you can enjoy the music drink in hand.
Frida Kahlo Museum
Locally known as Casa Azul for its lively blue facade and courtyard, this museum is actually the house where Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived during most of her life.
Casa Azul not only features her work, as a lot of her possessions and work instruments were left intact in order to give visitors an intimate look at what Frida’s turmoiled and creative life was like.
Chapultepec is considered the lung of Mexico City. This urban forest spans over almost 2000 acres and is a must for tourists and locals alike to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Not only is it home to a magnificent castle, but you'll also find museums, galleries, and hidden gems inside the forst.
National Museum of Anthropology
Set inside Chapultepec Park, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia is the biggest one in Mexico and one of the most renowned in the world. It features the largest collection of Mexican ancient artifacts with the aim to honor Mexico’s traditions, indigenous cultures and history.
Right in the Valley of Mexico, Teotihuacan is famous for its two huge pyramids that tower over the place, Pirámide del Sol and Pirámide de la Luna (Sun and Moon Pyramids).
Located an hour's drive away from Mexico City, Teotihuacan is considered the most important archaeological complex of all Mesoamerican sites, so a visit to the Mexican capital is really not complete without admiring its grandeur.
It is also possible to ride a hot air balloon at sunrise and float over the ancient metropolis.