The 20 Best Things To Do in México City

best things to do in Mexico City

Filled with captivating museums, beautiful gardens, and mouthwatering food, México City is a must for every traveler's bucket list. In this article, we'll walk you through the top attractions and hidden gems to add to your México City itinerary.

La Piedra del Sol in Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico CitySource: Unsplash

1. Museo Nacional de Antropología

Location: Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc

This world-renowned museum boasts awe-inspiring exhibits from Mexico's diverse pre-Hispanic cultures. Visitors can explore exhibits featuring treasures such as the Aztec Calendar Stone, the giant Olmec heads, and the Mayan jade mask of Pakal the Great.

Best time to visit: The museum is open year-round, but for a less crowded experience, consider visiting on a weekday.

Local Tip: "The museum's architecture, designed by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, is also noteworthy, with an impressive central courtyard and reflecting pool." — Carlos Torres (Senior Growth Manager, LATAM)

Interior of Chapultepec Castle, Mexico CitySource: Unsplash

2. Chapultepec Castle

Location: Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc

The only royal castle in North America, Chapultepec Castle, offers spectacular views of the city skyline. Once home to Mexican royalty, it now serves as the National Museum of History, showcasing gem-filled carriages, breathtaking murals, and antique furniture.

Best time to visit: Visit in the late afternoon to enjoy the sunset views over Mexico City.

Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico CitySource: Unsplash

3. Palacio de Bellas Artes

Location: Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro

The magnificent Palace of Fine Arts hosts some of the most notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera, and literature. Part palace, part opera house, part art gallery, this architectural marvel features works from famed artists like Diego Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros.

Best time to visit: Visit during sunset hours when the palace lights up.

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico CitySource: CN Traveler

4. Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul)

Location: Londres 247, Del Carmen

Frida Kahlo’s Blue House studio, where she was born, lived, and died, is now a museum dedicated to her life. Packed with personal effects, pre-Hispanic artifacts, and several of her most famous paintings, this is a must-visit for art lovers.

Best time to visit: Early morning or late afternoon on weekdays to avoid crowds.

Xochimilco Canals, Mexico CitySource: Unsplash

5. Xochimilco Canals

Location: Xochimilco

Drift down ancient waterways on colorful trajineras (gondola-like boats) at Xochimilco. The canals and chinampas (small floating gardens) are an echo of a time when these waterways were the primary transport routes throughout the Valley of Mexico.

Best time to visit: Weekend afternoons for a livelier atmosphere, or weekday mornings for tranquility.

Local Tip: "Along the way, you can encounter mariachi bands, food vendors selling traditional snacks, and other boats adorned with flowers and decorations." — Carlos Torres (Senior Growth Manager, LATAM)

Templo Mayor, Mexico CitySource: Heritage Daily

6. Templo Mayor and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán

Location: Seminario 8, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Cuauhtémoc

Venture into Aztec history at the Templo Mayor and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán. Located in the heart of Mexico City, it was once part of the ancient city of Tenochtitlán — the center of the Aztec world. 

Best time to visit: Any time of year is good, but mornings are generally less crowded.

Teotihuacan Pyramids, MexicoSource: Unsplash

7. Teotihuacan Pyramids

Location: San Juan Teotihuacán

Approximately 50 km northeast of Mexico City, the ancient ruins of Teotihuacán should be high on your México itinerary. Climb the Pyramid of the Sun, one of the largest pyramids in the Western Hemisphere, or ascend the Pyramid of the Moon for a breathtaking view of the Avenue of the Dead.

Best time to visit: Early morning to beat the heat and the crowd.

Palacio Nacional, Mexico CitySource: CN Traveler

8. Palacio Nacional

Location: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc

The National Palace, home to federal treasury and state archives, draws attention for Diego Rivera's most significant murals, depicting México's history from ancient civilizations to the revolutionary era.

Best time to visit: Weekday mornings to avoid large tour groups.

Mercado de San Juan, Mexico CitySource: CN Traveler

9. Mercado de San Juan

Location: Calle de Ernesto Pugibet No. 21, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro

Mercado de San Juan is a foodie's paradise. Explore stalls selling everything from exotic fruits to edible flowers and local cheeses. Sample fresh, seasonal produce, and don't miss a chance to try champulines (fried grasshoppers).

Best time to visit: Morning or early afternoon for the freshest options.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico CitySource: Matador Network

10. Metropolitan Cathedral

Location: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro

The Metropolitan Cathedral is one of the oldest and largest in the Americas. It showcases a combination of architectural styles, reflecting the many eras it took to finish.

Best time to visit: Late afternoon to enjoy the setting sun add a golden shine to this architectural masterpiece.

UNAM Central Campus, Mexico CitySource: Unsplash

11. UNAM’s Central Campus

Location: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the central campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is famed for its modernist architecture and vibrant murals that tell the story of Mexico's rich cultural history.

Best time to visit: Anytime during the academic year (avoid holiday periods for a lively experience).

Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico CitySource: Unsplash

12. Torre Latinoamericana

Location: Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro

This iconic skyscraper is one of the tallest in Latin America. Get a 360-degree view of the sprawling cityscape from its observation deck.

Best time to visit: Visit just before sunset for a breathtaking view of the city.

Square in Coyoacán, Mexico CitySource: Gobierno de la Ciudad de México

13. Coyoacán

Location: Coyoacán

Welcome to the artistic soul of Mexico City. This neighborhood, renowned for its bohemian ambiance, was once home to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Cobblestone streets veer off into art-filled plazas and markets, perfect for a leisurely exploration and a quick foodie pit-stop.

Best time to visit: Afternoons or weekends for a more vibrant atmosphere.

Parque México, Mexico CitySource: Gobierno de la Ciudad de México

14. Parque México

Location: Av. México S/N, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc

Relax, stroll, or people-watch in this art deco park in the Condesa neighborhood. You can also catch an outdoor concert or watch the locals walking their dogs.

Best time to visit: Visit any time for a relaxing stroll, but the park is particularly lively on weekends.

Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela, Mexico CitySource: TimeOut

15. Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela

Location: Balderas s/n, Centro

A heaven for shoppers, this marketplace offers a vast array of handmade Mexican crafts and textiles. Perfect for souvenirs and gifts!

Best time to visit: Weekday mornings for a leisurely shopping experience.

Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico CitySource: Gobierno de la Ciudad de México

16. Plaza Garibaldi

Location: República de Perú & República de Honduras, Guerrero

No trip to Mexico City is complete without a night at Plaza Garibaldi, famous for the mariachi bands that serenade you throughout the night.

Best time to visit: Weekend nights are the liveliest, though music fills the plaza every evening.

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Mexico CitySource: Wikipedia

17. Museo Memoria y Tolerancia

Location: Plaza Juárez, Centro hist.

One of the world's most compelling museums promotes the importance of tolerance and human rights. It's a deeply moving and educational experience.

Best time to visit: Weekday mornings.

Museo Jumex, Mexico City

Source: Fundacion Jumex

18. Museo Jumex

Location: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Amp Granada, Miguel Hidalgo

Home to one of the largest private contemporary art collections in Latin America, this museum is utterly mesmerizing.

Best time to visit: Try to catch one of their special temporary exhibits.

Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico CityBiblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico CitySource: The Daily Beast

19. Biblioteca Vasconcelos

Location: Eje 1 Nte. Mosqueta S/N, Buenavista, Cuauhtémoc

Beyond your standard library, Biblioteca Vasconcelos is as much a work of art as it is a place of learning, making it perfect for those Insta-worthy shots. Wander through this transparent palace filled with greenery, suspended shelves, and a vast collection of books.

Best time to visit: Whenever you feel the need for a bit of quiet or an Instagram-worthy shot.

Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico CitySource: Viator

20. Paseo de la Reforma

Location: Paseo de la Reforma

This bustling avenue is adorned with sculptures and monuments, including the iconic Angel of Independence. It's the perfect place for people-watching and soaking up the city's energy.

Best time to visit: Visit on Sunday mornings for "Ciclotón," a city-sponsored event where the avenue is closed to vehicle traffic.

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