While Mexico is popular with travellers for its endless coasts, perfect weather and sandy beaches, the interior of the country is also well worth exploring. The bustling capital, Mexico City, with its hectic urban lifestyle, artistic neighbourhoods and historic buildings, has long been neglected by summer vacationers, but is now being discovered by curious city trippers. CDMX never ceases to surprise travellers with its renowned arts and culture scene, as well as some of the best cuisine in the Western Hemisphere.
1 Mexican Peso (Mex$, MXN) = 100 Centavos
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Milenio — www.milenio.com/cdmx
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El Universal — www.eluniversal.com.mx
El Sol de México — www.elsoldemexico.com.mx
Opening hours are usually from 9 am to 8 pm. Big department stores or shopping centres might stay open until 9 pm.
21.8 million — Urban area
Secretariat of Tourism
Calle Nuevo León 56
Colonia Hipódromo Condesa, CDMX
+52 55 5212 0257
The vibrant national capital of Mexico is not only the political centre but also the cultural hub of the country, whose name dates back to the old Aztecs who called themselves “Mexica.” The city holds sights dating back to the beginnings of the high civilisation of the 14th century, and is home to one of the oldest Universities on the continent, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, established in 1553.
With over 9 million inhabitants, Mexico City is among the largest cities in the world by population. It is divided into several boroughs, each one holding a wide range of restaurants and sights for visitors.
Located 2,240 m (7350 ft) above sea level and framed by high mountains and volcanoes such as the Ajusco, the Popocatepétl and the Ixtaccihuatl, the city is a place for adventure seekers, city breakers and party people alike. Apart from an impressive amount of typical Mexican cantinas (where one can try traditional local drinks and food), there are many different ethnic groups that have added their cuisines and businesses to the urban landscape. With Cuban, American, Japanese, Chilean, Korean and Lebanese communities, Mexico City has got one truly multicultural identity.
With its 16 delegaciones (boroughs) divided into several hundred colonias (neighbourhoods), there is always something new to explore around Mexico City. While the historic centre of the city with the National Palace, the Mexico City Cathedral and the Palace of Fine Arts is a magnet for tourists, opportunities to have a good time abound both here and beyond. Climb the Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun, one of the largest of its kind, browse through amazing creations at craft markets or relax in the Viveros de Coyoacán public park.
National Museum of Anthropology
Frida Kahlo Museum
Palace of Fine Arts
Fuente de los Coyotes in Coyoacán
Day of the Dead
Six Flags México
Island of the Dolls
Viveros de Coyoacán
Monument to the Revolution
Independence Day and Parade
Mexico City has an impressive number of museums — over 150 of them! Given the country's rich history and love for art, it is no wonder that CDMX has so much to offer. You get the biggest collection of pre-Colombian artefacts at the National Museum of Anthropology, a fantastic smorgasbord of local and world art at Museo Soumaya, an abundance of Mexico's power couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, as well as an ever-changing assembly of modern folk art at the aptly named Museum of Folk Art.
This list is just a short introduction to the absolute best museums Mexico City wants to show you. Dive in!
National Museum of Anthropology
Frida Kahlo Museum
Palace of Fine Arts
Museum of Modern Art
Old Toy Museum of Mexico
Museum of Folk Art
Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art
House- Studio Museum of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo
Mexico's cuisine is without a doubt one of the country's biggest draws. Its typical flavors are beloved around the world, but there is so much more to try beyond the staples we all know. Keep an eye out for chilaquiles for breakfast or enchiladas for lunch, and enjoy the rich flavors of the incredibly varied local cuisine. Beans, corn and meat are staples. By the way, get ready to put your taste buds to the test with some authentic Mexican hot sauce.
La Casa de Toño
La Santa Gula
Agua & Sal
Masala y Maíz
Cafe El Popular
Sometimes it might seem that Mexican cuisine relies very heavily on grilled meat and corn tortillas. While this is an awesome combo that packs a flavourful punch, it is not exactly compatible with everyone's diet. And sometimes even meat-eaters could use some fresh vegetables and diversify their menu.
Vegan and vegetarian food options are plenty in CDMX if you know where to look. Start by checking out our list of the absolute best vegan-friendly restaurants and eateries:
Taquería Por Siempre Vegana (1&2)
La Pitahaya Vegana
Govinda Ram DF
Mexico City's numerous coffee houses are popular social hangouts for the young and old, locals and digital nomads. Here you'll meet self-employed creatives discussing business over laptops and espressos as well as seniors engaging in the usual coffee chit-chat. While sightseeing and museums might give you an impression of Mexico City, this is where you can truly experience local culture.
Triana Café Gourmet
Camino a Comala
Cardinal Casa de Café
Tomás Casa Editora de Té
Churrería El Moro
It's fair to say that Mexico City is a place that never sleeps. Bars, clubs and music pubs can be found on every corner, and jazz lovers can experience live gigs every day of the week. Adapt to the relaxed Mexican lifestyle, grab a drink and enjoy a musical evening.
Cantina "Tio Pepe"
Café de Nadie
Pan y Circo
Zinco Jazz Club
While big department stores and shopping centers have settled in Mexico City, there is also a large number of small craft shops, art galleries, curious markets and beautiful souvenir shops to be found in the city center. Along the big streets you can find many lovely places ideal for a spontaneous shopping spree.
Mercado de Coyoacán
Dulcería de Celaya
FONART - Galeria Reforma
Tianguis Cultural del Chopo
Centro Santa Fe
Best Time To Visit
If you're looking for pleasant weather and don't mind the hotel prices and lots of tourists, then you should visit the city between March and May. Winter daytime temperatures can also be pleasant, it tends to cool down overnight. Summers are known for being rainy, so remember to pack an umbrella with you. Low season in Mexico starts after Easter until a few days before Christmas. The city comes alive from September to November, when major festivals such as Día de la Independencia, Día de Los Muertos and Día de la Revolución take place. Be aware that Mexico City is situated about 7,382 feet above sea level, so remember to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.
Nearly every commercial airline flying into Mexico now includes the Tourism Tax (known as DNI – Derecho No Inmigrante) in the price of each flight ticket. Request an itemised receipt from your tour agent or airline, where the DNI charge is normally listed, and present it at check-in and/or immigration in order to avoid double payment.
If, however, your airfare does not include this tax, or if you’ve been travelling by land, the tax will need to be paid separately. If you’re leaving Mexico by air, the easiest way to pay this tax will be at the check-in counter for your departing flight/the airport immigration office. Note that the tax can only be paid in cash, in USD, Mexican pesos or Sterling. The exact fee is subject to change; at the time of writing, it amounts to just under $30 per person.
If you are departing by land, you are still required to pay this tax, which can also be done at a bank. Note that those arriving by land and departing from Mexico within 7 days are exempt from paying the fee.
The DNI tax is not to be confused with the Mexican Airport Departure Tax, which will be automatically included with any flight ticket purchase, and will also appear on the itemised receipt.
Make sure to hold on to any receipts, slips or documents issued to you by Mexican immigration authorities throughout the entire trip.
Passport / Visa
Visa exemption applies to citizens of all EU countries, most countries in the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and more. Both tourists and business visitors from these countries may stay in Mexico for up to 180 days. For Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian passport holders, electronic authorization (SAE) is required, which then grants travelers from these countries the right of a single entry followed by a stay of up to 30 days. Please consult an official source/consulate in your home country for the latest information on visa requirements.
When traveling to Mexico, you will need to fill out a Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM), which is essentially a visitor’s permit for Mexico. All travellers are encouraged to do so online prior to travel, and present the printed out document upon entering the country.
Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
The Benito Juarez International Airport is located east of Mexico City and it 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 center by taxi, metro or bus.
There are several airport taxis recognizable 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.
Sitio 300 +52 55 5571 9344
Excelencia +52 55 5562 8047
Nueva Imagen +52 55 5716 1616
Porto +52 55 5786 8993
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 center and the airport, and stops at Puerta 7 at Terminal 1 and Puerta 2 at Terminal 2.
Another option for lower fares is the rideshare company Uber.
Address: Av Capitan Carlos León, Mexico City
Phone: +52 55 2482 2400
Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport (TLC)
This airport is located in Toluca, approximately 50 km from Mexico City. It has recently been transformed into an international airport and it 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 center.
Address: 50226 Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
Phone: +52 722 279 2800
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 5h to midnight, Saturday 6h to midnight, and Sunday 7h to midnight. At rush hour, the first cars of each train are reserved for women and children (7h30 -10h & 15h - 20h).
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.
Phone: +52 55 5709 9213
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 traveled). Payment is made in cash when boarding the bus. 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 buses 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 55 9171 8888
Taxis Radio Elite: +52 5560 1122
For lower fares you can always order a cab through the Uber app.
The Palacio de Correos de México (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 color.
Address: Centro Histórico, Mexico City
Phone: +52 55 5512 0091
Farmacias del Ahorro
operates 24 hours, provides home delivery
Olivar del Conde 1ra Secc, Mexico City
Farmacia París: +52 55 5709 5349
República del Salvador 97, Mexico City
Farmacia San Pablo: +52 55 5354 9000
Aguascalientes 132, Mexico City
Farmacias Similares: +52 55 5709 9454
there are several shops throughout the city, some are open 24 hours
Country Code: +52
Area Code: 55
In Mexico the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 127 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.