The national anthropology museum consists of permanent and temporary exhibitions of Mexican art, life and culture. Description texts and audio guides include Spanish and English and make it easy for international travellers to learn about pre-Hispanic and contemporary history. Plan at least two hours to explore the thematic halls of the museum.
This neo-classical building holds varying exhibitions, a stunning concert hall and dazzling white marble columns. In its four floors you can experience old and contemporary paintings and sculptures by renowned Mexican artists. Temporary exhibitions on the upper floor feature aspiring local and international talents.
This building contains the remains of revolutionary heroes and is a major landmark of Mexico City. Go up to the observatory on the massive glass lift and get a stunning view over the city, or come here at night for the colourfully lit fountains. In the museum nearby you can learn more about Mexican history.
The National Palace of Mexico holds the offices of the president as well as the Federal Treasury. Marvellous paintings of Diego Rivera are contained inside. Admire the building from the outside or join a guided tour and learn about recent political developments in the country.
On September 15th, city resident gather in front of the National Palace to hear the President shout "Vivia Mexico" from the balcony. The Independence Day is celebrated with a big party in the evening and a military parade the next morning. If you're around at this time of the year, make sure not to miss the festivities.
This public park is an ideal location for a romantic evening stroll or a quick run in the afternoon. The beautiful green gardens and flower beds will make you want to linger and appreciate the here and now. The park also serves as a "tree nursery" - a project started in an effort to combat forest damage.
Book a tour with a local provider to visit the impressive Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun. The archaeological site belongs to the UNESCO cultural heritage list, and is located about 45 km from the city centre. With its 65 m height, the Pyramid of the Sun is the third biggest in the world and dates back to the year 100 A.D. A mystical atmosphere envelops the place and you can get a whole new perspective climbing the stairs to the top.
With over 250.000 freshman students starting here each semester, this is one of the largest universities in the world. You can visit the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, take in its impressive buildings and take a look at the impressive library inside.
Unlike other nations, Mexicans celebrate the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, on November 1) with a feast. Instead of grieving the dead, cemeteries are decorated in bright colours and people meet up for a merry get together. Keep an eye out for city celebrations and join in!
Established to revive local crafts and trades, this market has evolved into a curious sight within Mexico City. Along with art and pottery you can buy all kinds of herbal medicine, witchery paraphernalia and all things occult. Want to know the cost of dried skunk innards or starfish blood? The answer lies at Mercado Sonora.
Quesadillas, tacos and other local specialities at low prices can all be had at Coox Hanal. The quirky interior and the broad selection of meat and vegetable dishes make this restaurant an ideal location for lunch. The interior (which may seem tacky at first glance) is part of its appeal.
Rokai is a reputable Japanese restaurant serving specialities such as ramen (rumoured to be exceptionally good), sushi, fish - you name it. Rokai offers a great selection of Asian classics and creative dishes. The friendly staff will take good care of you, so why not stay longer for some sake?
Jaguar's main draw is the ceviche - it comes in many varieties, all served in spoon-, medium-, or "Amazon"-sized portions. To try several at once, go with the spoon sampler, which allows you to try 6 different varieties. The menu extends to include Mexican cuisine, grills, salads, and lunch/dinner specials.
Located in Mexico's artistic neighbourhood (as well as several other places across the city), La Casa de Tono is a popular place for delicious casual meals. Excellent service and great value attract masses not only at the weekends. If you plan to eat here for dinner, a reservation is recommended.
The no-frills Cafe El Popular is, indeed, quite popular with the local crowd - the establishment buzzes with life all through the day, and remains open around the clock. Come here for hearty Mexican breakfasts or a casual dinner, and do not skip on the delightful house pastries.
Kickstart your day with a hearty Mexican breakfast and excellent coffee at Chiquitito Cafe. If you would rather have some healthy cereal rather than tacos with lots of cheese, this isn't an issue at Chiquitito either. The hip cafe brings the concept of a "hole in the wall" establishment to a remarkably different level.
Out of Orígenes Orgánicos' four cafe-shops across town, this one must the best located. Fresh, organic produce is the establishment's focus, which translates into a menu packed with healthy dining options (a real feast for vegans and vegetarians), and a compact yet well-stocked adjacent shop.
Cool down with an ice cream at this small hipster store where you can try flavours not fond anywhere else. Get their speciality - ice cream infused with alcohol/liquor, with flavors like cookies and cream with baileys and Kaluha or - better yet - mojito with watermelon. There are many inventive flavours to choose from and the staff are helpful and efficient.
Check out this trendy three-story bar if you do not mind the noise of its perpetually massive numbers of customers, and check their website which events are hosted when you are in town (Thursdays are often marked by some manner of live music). Drinks and cocktails on offer, with a smoking terrace available.
For an authentic German beer and pretzel experience you can drop by Nibelungengarten. Get a meat plate if you're feeling especially hungered. Delicious desserts (strudel, anyone?), a vast number of beers on draft and a breezy outdoor terrace will make your stay unforgettable. Prost!
Take in the Colors and flavours of Mexico City as you stroll through this beautiful market area. Located near Frida Kahlo's museum, it is an easy stop on a sightseeing tour. Do grab some delicious finger food while here. It's an ideal spot for people-watching and shopping for all manner of local goods.
Established to revive local craft and trades, this market has evolved to a curious sight within Mexico City. Next to art and pottery you can buy herbal medicine, witchery paraphernalia and all things occult. You want to know how much the cost is for the dried skunk innards or the starfish blood ? Go ahead, just name a price!
Known amongst locals as "El Chopo", this local market only happens once a week (on Saturdays), but is a cultural gathering of major scale, with dozens of vendors setting up shop selling all manner of things, from clothing to various knick knacks. Live music acts by upcoming local bands accompany the event.
You need a new charger for your phone, comfy shoes for sightseeing or just want to get a new dress for that party tonight? No matter what it is you need, Liverpool has got it all. Drop in and make sure to bring your credit cards, you won't leave this place empty-handed. The top floor of this particular branch is excellent for a buffet lunch with a view over Mexico City.
One of the largest shopping centers in not just the Mexican capital, but all of Latin America, is located just outside the city. The assortment of stores and boutiques really is staggering, and dining and entertainment options abound (there is even an ice-skating rink on site!).
Colourful knick knacks, lovely gifts and local crafts can be found at this city market. From traditional skull figures to necklaces, bracelets, and plenty of folk art and souvenir material, it is certainly easy to find the perfect item to bring back home. Do not hesitate to haggle, and pick up some street food to snack on.
The Benito Juarez International Airport is located in the east of Mexico City and has two terminals connected by a bus and light rail system. International airlines fly here from larger cities around the globe. You can reach the airport or city centre by taxi, metro or bus. There are several airport taxis recognisable as white and yellow (with black logos of an airplane) that transport you to and from the city. You can buy tickets inside the airport and cars are available at Terminals 1 and 2. Confort +52 55 5615 4658 Excelencia +52 55 55628054 Porto Taxi Ejecutivo +52 55 8421-3701 Sitio 300 +52 55 5571-9344 Sitio 300 Yellow Cab Aeropuerto +52 55 5785-7949 While the metro might not be the best option if you are travelling with heavy luggage, it provides a much cheaper way of getting to and from the airport. The stop "Terminal Aérea" on line 5 can be found next to airport Terminal 1. Line 1, 5, 9 and A are within walking distance from Terminal 2, and the stop is called “Pantitlán”. You can buy tickets at the metro station or purchase a rechargeable metro card. Alternatively, the Metrobus operates between city centre and the airport, and stops at Puerta 7 at Terminal 1 and Puerta 3 at Terminal 2.
This airport is located in Toluca, approximately 50 km from Mexico City. It has recently been transformed into an international airport and is not as easily accessible as Mexico City International Airport. If you arrive at or depart form Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport you best hire a car or take a taxi to the city centre.
Officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo or STC, the Metro is a cheap way of transportation and will take you almost everywhere in Mexico City. The 12 lines operate Monday to Friday 5am to midnight, Saturday 6am to midnight, and Sunday 7am to midnight. At rush hour, the first cars of each train are reserved for women and children (7.30-10am & 3-8pm). STC Metro tickets are among the cheapest in the world. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines in every station, or you can get a rechargeable Metrocard.
Along with the STC, the local bus system is a fast and easy means of transportation in the city. Tourist-frequented streets, attractions as well as multiple points of interest usually have at least one bus stop nearby, and one ticket costs very little (price is fixed regardless of distance travelled). Peseros (mini buses) are operated by multiple private firms and run alongside "official" RTP buses. In addition, there is the Metrobus which take you not only to and from the Airport, but also operate on their own routes throughout the city. For these busses you will need a rechargeable smartcard (may be purchased at vending machines).
While hailing a cab off the street can be risky, taxis can be a convenient means of transport in Mexico City. Your best bet is calling an official provider, especially if you don't speak Spanish. Taxi-Mex: +52 5519 7690 Servi-Taxi: +52 5271 2560 Radio-Elite: +52 5560 1122 Radio-Taxi: +52 5566 0077
The Palacio de Correos de Mexico (or Correo Mayor) is not only Mexico City's main Post Office, but also a historical building dating back to the 20th century. After an earthquake struck Mexico in 1985 much of the Palacio was destroyed, only to be restored in 1990. Post boxes are red in colour.
Farmacias del Ahorro operates 24 hours, provides home delivery Olivar del Conde 1ra Secc, Mexico City Farmacia Central: +52 5522-6422 Central de Abasto, Mexico City Farmacia Clinica Londres: +52 5229-8400 Durango 50-B, Cuauhtemoc, Roma Nte., Mexico City Farmacia Express: +52 5356-1156 Several shops in the City Farmacia París: +52 5709-5349 República del Salvador 97, Mexico City Farmacias Similares: +52 55 5709 9454 there are several shops throughout the city, some are open 24 hours