Downtown Mexico City has a life of its own. This magical district alone is worth an entire vacation -there’s just so much to see and do!
If you feel like exploring the city’s oldest, most charming area, be sure to cover these top 10 things to do in Mexico City’s downtown:
1. Plaza de la Constitución. Better known as the Zócalo, this giant plaza is the symbolic heart of the country -notice how most protests and political manifestations end up there. It is home to multiple attractions, such as the Palacio de Gobierno and the Catedral Metropolitana.
2. Templo Mayor. There is little left of the Great Tenochtitlan, besides the remains of what was once its most important building. The twin temples of gods Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli has been turned into an impressive museum that is worth a visit.
3. Dulcería Celaya. The oldest candy store in the city -it opened in 1874. Between the exquisite, traditional candy and the place itself, full of gorgeous, antique decoration, you’ll fall madly in love with it.
4. Torre Latino lookout. The one view you can’t miss in Mexico City, period.
5. Museo Franz Mayer. Not only is it home to the largest decorative arts collection in Mexico, but it also host to temporary exhibitions such as the World Press Photo.
6. Café de Tacuba. Since forever, this place has been a major meeting point in downtown Mexico City. Staples like the freshly baked conchas and the mole poblano have kept its good reputation for ages.
7. Museo Memoria y Tolerancia. One of the most impressive of its kind, this museum promotes tolerance through the exposure of several episodes in history when human rights were violated. It is a profound, thought provoking experience.
8. Palacio de Bellas Artes. Beautiful on the inside, as well as the outside. Also, remember to take a walk through the adjacent Alameda Central.
9. MUNAL. We’re not sure which one is more spectacular: the building itself, or the art collection it houses.
10. Garibaldi. Whether you want to toast with a tequila shot to the sound of mariachi or visit the renowned Tequila Museum, this plaza is a Mexico City downtown must that you simply cannot miss.
Now you know it: there’s a lot to do in downtown Mexico City. If you’re planning a trip to the oldest side of the city, try staying at City Centro CDMX, a new concept that seeks to preserve historic buildings in the downtown areas of Mexican cities.