Best Sights in Mexico City

Most Radical Spot: Biblioteca Central

Covered in an impressive volcanic-stone mosaic, the Biblioteca Central sits at the center of Universidad Autónoma de México’s dynamic modern campus, a bastion of intellectualism and liberal thought.

The Biblioteca Central in Mexico City.
Most Radical Spot: The Biblioteca Central.
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Must See Square: Zócalo

A massive public plaza, the Zócalo has been the center of power in Mexico since before the Spanish arrived in the New World. It is surrounded by some of the most important landmarks in the city, including the Palacio Nacional and the Catedral Metropolitana.

Brick buildings with open storefronts along a street filled with pedestrians.
A street near Plaza de la Constitución in historic Mexico City. Photo © Antoine Hubert, licensed Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives.

Most Moving Museum: Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul)

Artist Frida Kahlo’s childhood home in Coyoacán is now the enchanting Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul), a museum dedicated to her immense legacy.

The Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul) in Mexico City.
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The Jewel of Mexico: Museo Nacional de Antropología

The beautifully curated collection of pre-Columbian art and artifacts at the Museo Nacional de Antropología is one of the country’s great cultural treasures.

The Jewel of Mexico: The Museo Nacional de Antropologia.Photo © LWYang, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.
The Jewel of Mexico: The Museo Nacional de Antropologia.
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The Cultural Heart of the Centro: Palacio de Bellas Artes

In addition to its impressive architecture and breathtaking interiors, the Palacio de Bellas Artes is the cultural center of utmost importance to the city. It also holds some of the most important early-20th-century murals in the city.

The Palacio Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
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Most Memorable Place for a Sunday Party: Canals at Xochimilco

Gather a group and rent a trajinera (a small, flat bottomed boat) to tour the historic tree-lined canals at Xochimilco.

Colorful poled barges in Mexico City's Xochimilco Gardens.
Traditional trajineras, poled barges once used for transporting local cargo along the canals, now serve as tour boats. Photo © Marcelo Rodriguez/123rf.

For even more sightseeing, be sure to visit the Castillo de Chapultepec, which houses the Museo Nacional de Historia. Many of the rooms have been preserved in the grand style introduced by President Porfirio Diaz in the late 19th century. Don’t forget to wander past art deco fountains, ponds, lush gardens, and dog walkers in Parque Mexico. And the original shroud that bears the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe is the centerpiece at the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe – one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.

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