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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)

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


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


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, 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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)

Built on Aztec temple ruins, no building better exemplifies the history of Mexico City than the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). The vast stone edifice blends architectural styles and building innovations across four centuries. Highlights include the gilded Altar of Forgiveness and the painted canvases lining the sacristy.More

National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

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

Museo del Templo Mayor (Templo Mayor Museum)

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

Anahuacalli Museum (Museo Anahuacalli)

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

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How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

How to Spend 3 Days in Mexico City

Ways to Experience Mexican Culture in Mexico City

Ways to Experience Mexican Culture in Mexico City

Top activities in Mexico City

Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Bike or Walking Tour
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Teotihuacan and Basilica of Guadalupe with mezcal, tequila & handcrafts
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Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
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Teotihuacan: Private Tour From Mexico City
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Private City Tour in Frida Kahlo, Coyoacan, and Xochimilco
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Recent reviews from experiences in Mexico City

Must see in Mexico City.
Ken_W, Mar 2023
Frida Kahlo Museum
Fantastic to see and experience.
Great tour. Recommended.
Robert_B, Feb 2023
Xochimilco, Coyoacán and Frida Kahlo Museum Tour
This is a great way to see a few must see site on your visit to Mexico City.
One of the best things we...
Ash_A, Feb 2023
Frida Kahlo VIP: Skip-the-line + Bikes & Churros
Great fun way to see the area.
Excellent and fun food tour!
Clare_N, Feb 2023
3-Hour Night Tacos and Mezcal Crawl in Mexico with Guide
Really good way to see another district of Mexico City - Roma Norte.
Our Big Hot Air Balloon Adventure!
Vicky_S, Feb 2023
Hot Air Balloon Flight over Teotihuacan, from Mexico City
This was a very adventurous way to see the structures, that we won't forget.
Awesome day exploring Teotihuacán!
Jeff_E, Jan 2023
Teotihuacan: Private Tour From Mexico City
The car was spotless and comfortable, he was right on time, his English is impecable and he's a really nice guy.
Great trip
Vance_L, Jan 2023
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour
Tour guide was knowledgeable and got to see some great sites in Mexico City.
Don’t miss Mexico City with Claudia
Jerry_S, Jan 2023
Mexico City Half Day Tour with a Local Guide: 100% Personalized & Private
We were able to see inside buildings that we would never have seen on our own.
We really enjoyed this...
Sorcha_N, Dec 2022
Xochimilco + Coyoacan + Estadio Azteca + UNAM
We really enjoyed this tour and it was a great way to see what Mexico City has to offer!
Great way to see Mexico...
Lina_A, Dec 2022
Turibus Hop On Hop Off Mexico City Tour
Great way to see Mexico City.
Beautiful Views and Great Food
CaitlynLivingston, Dec 2022
Horseback, Food & Wine - Authentic & VIP Experience
The drive out of the city is a great way to see different parts of Mexico City if you're staying in the city center.
Great tour
StevenA_B, Nov 2022
Fly over to the Unexplored Parts of CDMX by Cable Car
It was very interesting to see the non tourist part of Mexico City.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Highly recommend
Qiwei_G, Oct 2022
San Miguel de Allende Tour from Mexico City
San Miguel is a colorful and tasteful place to visit.
Muy Hermosa - Volcanos! 🏔️🌋
Samantha_K, Mar 2023
Trekking Through The Volcanoes
We were able to see Popo very active on our journey.
Gerson is an outstanding guide and energetically shares his passion for culture
Nomar_R, Mar 2023
Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Guadalupe Shrine and Tequila Tasting Tour
We had to walk at a very fast pace to see the the three most significant temples in the allotted time, but it was very worth it.
A great way to see Teotihuacan
Colin_O, Mar 2023
Full-Day Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Tour from Mexico City Including Transport
Then you get a ride to the ruins to see them on foot which was great as well.
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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.

People Also Ask

What is Mexico City known for?

Mexico City is best known for the grand architecture of its historic center (Centro Historico), including the Palacio Bellas Artes and zocalo, as well as its world-class museums, such as the Museo Frida Kahlo and the National Museum of Anthropology, and stunning cuisine, which ranges from street-side to Michelin-starred.

What is the most visited place in Mexico City?

The most visited place in Mexico City is Chapultepec Castle, perched on the highest point of the Chapultepec Wood (Bosque de Chapultepec). Housed inside the castle—former home of the Mexican president—is Mexico’s National History Museum, with historic murals and indigenous artifacts dating back hundreds of years.

What are three tourist attractions in Mexico City?

Three tourist attractions in Mexico City are Chapultepec Park—home to Chapultepec Castle and the National Museum of Anthropology; the Museo Frida Khalo, located in Casa Azul, the artist’s home with her husband Diego Riviera; and the city’s historic center, home to the Palacio de Bellas Artes and Metropolitan Cathedral.

What can you do in Mexico City in one day?

If you only have one day in Mexico City, see the Zocalo in the historic center before strolling around Chapultepec Wood—home to Chapultepec Castle. Then, visit Casa Azul (Museo Frida Kahlo). At night, watch Mexican wrestling (lucha libre) and sample the city’s best tacos and tequila in the Roma neighborhood.

How many days is enough for Mexico City?

Four days will give you time to explore Mexico City hot spots such as the historic center, Chapultepec Park, Coyoacán, and Roma, in addition to taking a day trip. Close destinations include the ancient Teotihuacán Pyramids or the charming Pueblos Magico of the state of Puebla.

Is it safe to go to Mexico City?

Yes, Mexico City is safe to explore if you take the usual precautions, such as watching your belongings closely in busy areas like the historic center. The Condesa and Roma neighborhoods are safe, but keep an eye on your map and avoice areas like Doctores and Tepito—especially after dark.


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