Formerly known as the City of Palaces, the Mexican capital today is a labyrinth where history and modern age come together to offer visitors an experience full of contrasts, culture and fun.
In Mexico City, travelers can admire on the same landscape beautiful buildings from several centuries ago and the most avant-garde architectural offerings; the traveler can also taste traditional flavors kept hidden in street markets, or have a delight with dishes prepared by internationally renowned chefs.
Museums, theaters, large avenues, stores, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shopping centers, gardens and quiet streets, make up a fascinating city: there are options for all tastes and budgets, for those who wish to submerge in the local culture, or those who prefer enjoying the most luxurious and exclusive places.
Among modernity and history
Certainly, Mexico City is a place full contrasts. In old neighborhoods, such as the Historical Downtown, the Roma Neighborhood and Coyoacan, one can find colonial architecture, handcrafts, traditional food and local fairs and festivals; they are the prime example of Mexican folklore.
On the other hand, more exclusive areas such as Lomas de Chapultepec, Polanco and Santa Fe reflect the arrival of modernization to this city. Here you can find the most prestigious stores, fine dining, international hotels and operating centers of large corporations.
The Historical Downtown is the city's oldest neighborhood and the one with the most activity as well. The Zocalo (the world's second largest civic square) is surrounded by emblematic buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and Templo Mayor Museum. Ancient homes now house shops, offices, hotels, museums, restaurants...
Likewise, when visiting this area, we recommend stopping by the Bellas Artes Palace, home of music, theatrical and dance performances; and the Garibaldi Plaza, a place for partying, mariachis and tequila.
Near downtown one can find Reforma Avenue, an important tourist and business corridor. On the other hand, the Romantic Zone, and the Roma and Condesa Neighborhoods, are the meeting place for locals and foreigners that gather at the cafes, bars, libraries, boutiques and antique stores found throughout the area.
The south, bohemian and colorful
On the city's southern district, one can find ancient neighborhoods with narrow streets, and colorful houses with balconies and outdoor cafes. San Angel is known for its cobblestone streets, churches, art bazaars and luxurious homes.
Coyoacan is the favorite spot for artists, young people and intellectuals from the city's southern district. Its plazas, kiosks, fountains, churches, libraries, craft markets, cafes and bars are especially popular on weekends.
Further south, you can visit the National Autonomous University, walk along its gardens, admire some of David Alfaro Siqueiros' murals at the Administration Building and the Main Library, and visit some of its museums.
Finally, we recommend taking a ride along the Xochimilco canals on a colorful trajinera (a sort of Mexican gondola). Here you will listen to mariachis and spend a good time with family and friends.