18 Amazing Things To Do In Mexico City (CDMX)

Cultural landmarks, stately museums, colorful boat rides, wrestling match are just a few in a long list of fantastic things to do in Mexico City.

To say that I had the best time in Mexico City would be an understatement. Fabulous food, delicious drinks, thrilling wresting match, glittery drag shows, and boundless art. But most importantly, my first time in Ciudad de Mexico was filled with good friends and meeting locals with beautiful hearts. Here are some of the best things to do in Mexico City, hope you have as much of a blast as I did.

Plan a trip longer than a weekend getaway: 

Not only is CDMX a large city in size, but there’s also a plethora of sites to visit and restaurants to experience. Plan at least five full days for your trip, so you can take advantage of all that Mexico City has to offer.

Zócalo

P.za de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Best neighborhoods in Mexico City
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The central square of Mexico City is Zócalo, or today’s Plaza de la Constitución. Before Spain’s colonization of Mexico, the Aztecs used this place as a ceremonial site. It is framed by Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace, Federal District buildingsand the Old Portal de Mercaderes. From here, you can wander through Centro and Centro Histórico.

Mexico City neighborhood Centro Historico
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Zocalo
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Zocalo
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Zocalo
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Gran Hotel Ciudad de México

16 de Septiembre 82, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Take a few minutes and stop by the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México to snap a photo of the Art Nouveau Dome. The immense stained-glass Tiffany ceiling designed by French artisan Jacques Gruber, is accompanied by a Louis XV-style chandelier in the lobby, and beautiful wrought-iron railings on the first three floors.

Gran Hotel Mexico City
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Palacio de Bellas Artes

Av. Juárez S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Then, walk over to Palacio de Bellas Artes, which is the Palace of Fine Arts where many calls it as the “Cathedral of Art in Mexico.” I didn’t have a chance to enter, but you’ll want to climb up to the second floor for famous murals completed by Mexican artists. 

You can admire the early works of painter Rufino Tamayo: México de hoy (Mexico Today) and Nacimiento de la nacionalidad (Birth of Nationality) – a significant portrayl of  of the mestizo (mixed ancestry) heritage. In addition, there’s a plethora of photography, sculptures and even more paintings inside the historic building.

Palacio de Bellas Artes
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Plaza Garibaldi

Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Looking for some fantastic live mariachi music? Also in Centro Histórico, there’s Plaza Garibaldi, or home of the mariachi music. At any time of the day, you’ll see mariachi bands waiting for bust out a tune. The tradition has been around since the 1920s, prepare some cash, and enjoy a live performance.

Plaza Garibaldi
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Plaza Garibaldi
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Plaza Garibaldi
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Plaza Garibaldi
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Plaza Garibaldi
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Artisan market (Mercado De Artesanías)

Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

If you love markets and you’re still in Centro, then check out Artisan market (Mercado De Artesanías) where I bought some locally-made clothes. The market was built before the 1968 Olympic Games to promote Mexico’s craft heritage.

Artisanal Market Mexico City
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Museo Soumaya

Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, 11529 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Now we move from Centro to Polanco, there’s Museo Soumaya which is a free-entry museum, named after the wife of Carlos Slim – the Mexican business magnate. The iconic structure is, nonetheless, bewildering to the eye. Thousands of silver hexagons make up the breathtaking architecture designed by Mexican architect Fernando Romero, who was Slim’s son-in-law. The museum houses more than 66,000 pieces of artworks created by Rodin, da Vinci, Dali, Monet and many Mexican artists.

Museo Soumaya
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Museo Jumex

Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, 11520 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Neighboring the Soumaya, Museo Jumex is one of the largest contemporary art museums in Latin America. Funded by one of the most prominent juice companies in Mexico, Grupo Jumex, the refined gallery boasts creative works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly…and many more.

Museo Jumex
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Museo Jumex
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Museo Jumex
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Museo Nacional de Antropología

Av. P.º de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Local Mexicans will proudly present Museo Nacional de Antropología as, without question, the most quintessential museum in Latin America. It thoroughly showcases Mexican art, history, life and culture in the most comprehensive manner. At the entrance, you’ll see a massive pillar fountain referred to as el paraguas, or the umbrella. It’s a symbol of our bond with nature.

This is the largest and the most popular museum in the country as it contains archeological and anthropological artifacts from the pre-Columbian era. You don’t want to miss the Stone of the Sun and the Aztec Xochipilli statue, and the Olmec head carvings of two stones that weigh almost 20 tonnes.

Anthropology Museum
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Anthropology Museum
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Xinú Perfumes

Alejandro Dumas 161, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

To change the pace a bit, after an abundance of art in Polanco, you might want to do a little shopping. Then stop by Xinú Perfumes, a concept store where the company infuses premiere perfumery with aromatic botany. Lotions, candles, perfumes…each makes the most fragrant souvenir.

Xinu
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Xinu
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