Mexico City is called the City of Palaces, but it might as well be called the City of Gardens, since it is full of them. Many are well known and visited every day by tourists and locals, but there are also hidden gems that you’ll be surprised to find out they even exist.
Here’s a guide to our favorite hidden gardens of Mexico City, just a handful of charming, off the radar spots that will steal your heart. Read on!
In the middle of the Chapultepec Forest, there is a lovely shelter that cancels out all the noise and is perfect for a moment of relaxation among natural beauty and some good music. It is located right behind the Tribuna Monumental and equipped with colorful benches and hidden speakers that play classical music, jazz, new age, world music, and other soothing genres.
This little book is not so hidden, yet often goes unnoticed. Right by Paseo de la Reforma avenue, it contains a replica of the pagoda where the independence of South Korea was signed and arrived in Mexico City in 1968 as one of many cultural exchanges prompted by the Olympics. Nowadays, it is a peaceful garden that creates some contrast with its busy surroundings –perfect for a good read!
Masayoshi Ohira Park
Also known simply as La Pagoda, this beautiful site is located at the corner of Tlalpan and Churubusco avenues. It has the architectural design of a classic Japanese garden and it is full of exotic flowers and little ponds and bridges, a real charm!
Greenhouse at Vasconcelos Library
In this garden, you’ll find a great variety of plants that are native to different regions of the country. In a way, you can get in contact with all the natural beauty of Mexico in this space. The genius use of natural light and the proximity of the library make it one the very best spots to chill in the city.
Sound Garden at the Fonoteca Nacional
Among oaks and cypresses that are half a century old, there’s a hidden, multi-channel, high-quality sound system that plays classical and experimental music, as well as sound art and spoken poetry. The gorgeous design of the garden is the work of landscape architect Kees van Rooij.
You are now ready to explore the hidden gardens of Mexico City and discover a side of the great capital that escapes most of the tourists’ schedule. Keep navigating our blog for more interesting content like this!