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Things to do in Mexico City

Things to do in  Mexico City

Welcome to Mexico City

Culturally and culinarily rich, Mexico City is a vibrant Latin American metropolis which boasts hundreds of museums and several tree-lined neighborhoods perfect for exploring on foot. By day, enjoy walking tours of the Historic Center’s colonial buildings and Mexica ruins; artsy explorations through cobblestoned Coyoacán (one-time home to artist Frida Kahlo); and trajinera boat rides down the canals of Xochimilco. There are plenty of things to do after hours too—from late-night lucha libre spectaculars to barhopping in La Roma and after-hours taco tours of the city’s best street food stalls.

Top 15 attractions in Mexico City

Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)

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Known as the Blue House (La Casa Azul) for its bold blue façade, the Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo) was the birthplace and childhood home of the well-known Mexican artist. Inside, the fascinating collection of personal items, furnishings, sketches, and paintings offer insight into both the life and art of Frida Kahlo.More

Teotihuacan

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Known as the City of the Gods, Teotihuacán was the metropolis of a mysterious Mesoamerican civilization that reached its zenith around AD 100. Once the largest city in the region but abandoned centuries before the arrival of the Aztecs, Teotihuacán boasts towering pyramids and stone temples with detailed statues and intricate murals.More

Xochimilco

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With its brightly paintedtrajineras (flat-bottomed boats), traditionalchinampas (floating gardens), and network of flower-perfumed canals, Xochimilco—the “Flower Garden”—is the kind of place that will have you reaching for your camera at every turn.More

Coyoacán

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Coyoacán, one of Mexico City’s oldest districts, is alive with color and culture. Centered around twin plazas perfect for people watching—Plaza Hidalgo and Jardín Centenario—Coyoacán is characterized by museums, quaint cobblestone streets, and roadside churro vendors.More

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe)

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Among the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, the Shrine of Guadalupe atop Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City honors the legendary 16th-century appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, a local peasant. The shrine, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), is devoted to the patron saint of Mexico.More

Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)

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As Mexico City’s major cultural center, the Palace of Fine Arts hosts art exhibitions and a range of live events, including music, dance, theater, and opera. The building is a mix of art nouveau, art deco, and baroque architectural styles referred to as Porfiriano, after Mexican President Porfirio Diaz who commissioned the project.More

National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología)

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Considered one of the world’s most comprehensive natural history museums, the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología) is Mexico City’s most visited museum. Its collection includes notable historical items such as the Aztec Stone of the Sun, the giant carved heads of the Olmec people, and the Aztec Xochipilli statue.More

Plaza de la Constitución (Zocalo)

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Mexico City’s Plaza de la Constitución, better known as the Zocalo, is the cultural and historic heart of the city. This large open-air square in the Centro Historico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the city's top attractions, including Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, and Great Temple archaeological site and museum.More

Centro Historico

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Built on the site of the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, the Centro Histórico is both the historical heart and the modern epicenter of Mexico City. Centered on the grand Zócalo—Plaza de la Constitución—the sprawling district is preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is full of historic monuments, museums, parks, and hotels.More

Paseo de la Reforma

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Leafy pedestrian walkways, historical monuments, and numerous open-air art and photography exhibitions characterize Paseo de la Reforma, one of Mexico City’s busiest thoroughfares which splices Chapultepec Park and connects it with the historic center. Lined by towering skyscrapers and luxury hotels, Paseo de la Reforma is also home to Mexico City landmarks like the Ángel de la Independencia.More

Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)

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The only palace on the continent, Chapultepec Castle sits more than 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) above sea level in Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park. It has housed royalty, served as a military academy, and was even an observatory. In 1996, the castle was transformed into Capulet Mansion for the movieWilliam Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.More

Museo del Templo Mayor (Templo Mayor Museum)

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What remains of the Aztecs’ Great Temple (Templo Mayor) sits right in the middle of Mexico City, but many tourists miss it. In 1978, a massive, 8-ton (7,000-kilogram) stone depicting Coyolxauhqui (the Aztec goddess of the moon) was unearthed, marking the location of the temple, a gathering place sacred for the Aztecs during the 1300s and 1400s.More

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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The National Palace (Palacio Nacional) has served as the seat of the Mexican federal government since the age of the Aztecs. Although it’s a working building with many offices that are off limits to visitors, there’s still plenty to explore and admire, including Diego Rivera’s famous panoramic mural, The History of Mexico.More

Anahuacalli Museum (Museo Anahuacalli)

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Architecture, art, and pre-Hispanic culture combine at the pyramid-shaped Anahuacalli Museum, conceptualized by Mexican artist Diego Rivera and Juan O’Gorman and built from black volcanic rock. Opened in 1964, this singular museum houses Rivera’s collection of about 2,000 pre-Hispanic artifacts, murals, mosaics, and more.More

Chapultepec Park (Bosque de Chapultepec)

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Chapultepec Park, named for the Aztec word chapoltepec (at the grasshopper’s hill), is one of the world's largest city parks. The green space spans 1,695 acres (686 hectares) and is dissected by walking paths connecting quiet ponds, monumental buildings, and museums, including the Museum of Anthropology and the Rufino Tamayo Museum.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

Top activities in Mexico City

Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Bike or Walking Tour
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Private City Tour in Frida Kahlo, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco
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San Miguel de Allende Tour from Mexico City
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

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Hot Air Balloon fun over the Teotihuacan ruins - near Mexico City
Ken_D, Nov 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
put it on your list of things to do!
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The e bike was an awesome...
Sandy_L, Oct 2022
Mexico City E-Bike Tour with local foodie
The e bike was an awesome way to see the beautiful Mexico City!
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Best three hour intro to Mexico City
Beverly_P, Oct 2022
Mexico City Custom Private Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems
Lando was amazing, pushing us to see everything abd taking us to the best places.
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Money and time well spent
patrick_l, Oct 2022
Full-Day Teotihuacan & Basilica Guadalupe Tour
Carlos was awesome at speaking both Spanish and English so that everyone understood the history of Mexico City and the surrounding areas.
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Highly recommend
Qiwei_G, Oct 2022
San Miguel de Allende Tour from Mexico City
San Miguel is a colorful and tasteful place to visit.
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Best tour experience
Andres_C, Aug 2022
Teotihuacan: Private Tour From Mexico City
He was also able to give us tips of fun things to do with the rest of our stay in Mexico City!
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Great tour and amazing guide
Ryan_G, Aug 2022
Frida Kahlo Museum Private Tour & Coffee
I highly recommend this tour as it was a great opportunity to see the museum, get unique insight and to see the surrounding area.
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Great experience. Highly recommended.
David_P, Jul 2022
Mexico City Segway Tour: Chapultepec Park
And they made some other good suggestions for things to do while we we were in Mexico City.
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The best tour we have.
Antonio_G, Jun 2022
6-Night Best of Central Mexico Tour: Teotihuacan Pyramids, Taxco, Cuernavaca and Puebla from Mexico City
Love Taxco my fever place Mexico City is a beautiful place to visit I recommend the tour we take.
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Worth the Early Start
Ashok_F, Jun 2022
Teotihuacan Early Access tour with Tequila Tasting
Alexa, the English-speaking tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and energetic.
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Great day out
Emma_S, Jun 2022
Teotihuacan, Shrine of Guadalupe & Tlatelolco Day Tour
Her ability to switch between English and Spanish was very impressive!
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Would recommend tour
Lena_L, Jun 2022
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour
Would recommend for a nice day trip to see things around Mexico City.
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Knowledgeable and well-organisdd
Natasha_S, Jun 2022
Teotihuacán Full Day Tour from Mexico City
Our guide Luis was extremely informative and friendly (and was great at answering any questions) and the multiple activities were perfect for getting to know the Teotihuacan area.
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Jamie was the best
Jack_D, May 2022
Pyramids of Teotihuacan Private Tour
Jamie was so knowledge and easy to converse with in English.
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Friday Night Lucha
Brian_L, May 2022
Mexican Wrestling: Experience Lucha Libre in Mexico City
A must see for anyone visiting Mexico City to see at least once!
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A nice tour guide
Sophia_M, Nov 2022
Teotihuacan Early Morning Tour from Mexico City
He very impressively gave the tour simultaneously in Spanish and English.
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Highly enjoyable day trip
Jennifer_K, Nov 2022
Taxco, Cuernavaca and Prehispanic Mine Day Trip from Mexico City
Our group was more than half Spanish-speaking but she made sure to say everything in both English and Spanish.
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Flying over Teotihuacan
purveslindsay, Nov 2022
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
The sky was filled with balloons and it was incredible to see Teotihuacan so early, so quiet and so close, you felt as if you reached out you'd feel the stonework.
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Art, Museums, and History...Oy Ve!
Paul_L, Nov 2022
Private Mexico City Tour Anthropology Museum And Soumaya Museum
Overall, we enjoyed being able to explore the wonderful art that is plentiful to see in Mexico City.
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Teotihuacan Adventure
Paul_L, Nov 2022
Private Tour: Teotihuacan and Guadalupe Shrine
This tour was booked to see the Aztec Pyramids at Teotihuacan.
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All about Mexico City

When to visit

After the summer rainy season (which usually runs from late-May to September), the drier, warmer days of November are easily the best time to visit Mexico City. Not only does the start of the month see city-wide Day of the Dead festivities, it’s also when the Corona Capital music festival comes to town. Alternatively, spring—with its colorful jacaranda blooms and quiet Easter week—is just as pleasant for on foot exploration.

Getting around

While you can explore most of Mexico City’s central neighborhoods on foot, the metro is the most intuitive way for visitors to explore the sprawling capital. Color-coded and easy-to-access with a rechargeable metro card, navigating the Mexico City Metro shouldn’t require too much of a learning curve. However, it’s worth avoiding the morning and evening rush hours (6am to 9am; 5pm to 9pm), when basically every line is overcrowded and unpleasant—opt for a ride share instead but be prepared to hit traffic.

Traveler tips

Some of the best views over downtown Mexico City, including the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes), can be had from the Miralto bar on the 41st floor of the Latin American Tower (Torre Latinoamericana). Skip the organized viewings from the 44th floor observation deck and grab a sunset cocktail and window seat in Miralto instead. Prefer coffee? Visit the Don Porfirio café in the Sears building opposite Bellas Artes for (lower but just as striking) vistas.

A local’s pocket guide to Mexico City

Luis Solórzano

Luis spent the first 25 years of his life in his native Mexico City. He now lives in London and loves exploring the world, frequently playing tourist in his own country of origin.

The first thing you should do in Mexico City is...

avoid public transport and use Uber instead. It’s safer, pretty cheap and, unless you get stuck in a traffic jam, you’ll get where you need to be much faster.

A perfect Saturday in Mexico City...

starts with brunch and people-watching at Saks San Ángel, browsing the Bazaar Sábado, and coffee in Coyoacán. Finish the day with dinner and drinks in Condesa.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Anthropology Museum in Chapultepec Park, one of Mexico City’s largest green spaces. You can spend days there and still not see everything.

To discover the "real" Mexico City...

book a market and street food tour. You can tackle this on your own, but it’s difficult to know the best stalls and the last thing you want is “Moctezuma’s revenge” to ruin your trip.

For the best view of the city...

go up the Latin American Tower in the Centro Historico. Once Latin America’s tallest building, it’s withstood multiple earthquakes.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Mexico City is dangerous for tourists. Like any big city, you need to have your wits about you but Chilangos (Mexico City locals) are happy to help.

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