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Trip List by Meggles23

Mexico City - Megalopolis Uncovered

Jun 22, 2006  Living in Mexico City.
3.5 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

10 Must Sees in the Largest City of the Western Hemisphere

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  • 1. National Palace (Palacio Nacional)
    National Palace (Palacio Nacional), Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    The National Palace, located on the east side of Mexico City's zocalo, houses the offices of the President of Mexico. More importantly it also contains the stunning murals by Diego Rivera which depict the history of the Mexican people. Be sure to bring your passport, as it's required for entry. No entrance fee.

  • 2. Catedral Metropolitana
    Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    This gargatuan cathedral occupies the entire north edge of Mexico City's massive zocalo. Filled with gilded scrolls and saints, altars and candles, scrolls and saints, you will have plenty to catch your eye. However, the descriptions/explanations are mostly in Spanish, thereby limiting English speakers.

  • 3. Churreria El Moro

    A great place, near the zocalo, to stop for a rest and try some of the best churros and hot chocolate you will find in all of Mexico.

  • 4. Palacio de Bellas Artes
    Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    An architectural masterpiece, filled with more murals by Rivera and others. It also houses various contemporary art exhibits. Most importantly, it is the home of the Ballet Folklorico, Mexico's premiere traditional dance company. Not only are the performances incredible, but buying a ticket to a show is the only way to enter into the theater and see its famous glass curtain.

  • 5. La Ciudadela
    La Ciudadela, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    If you want a taste of a Mexican market that's also selling tons of traditional artisan wares in addition to the regular tourist fare, this is the place. You can heckle your way through the many booths containing colorful glassware, carpets, jewelry, serapes, and more.

  • 6. La Fonda el Refugio

    Tucked away in Mexico City's Zona Rosa, you will find a classy restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine in high style. The mole poblano is superb.

  • 7. Saturday Market Coyoacan

    Coyoacan, once a small Mexican village, has been swallowed up by ever-growing Mexico City. There are tons of exciting shops selling antiques or traditional Mexican artwork. In addition, on Saturday, its park and zocalo fill with booths selling affordable and uniquely crafted jewelry. The park area is lined with small cafes from which to watch all the activity.

  • 8. Frida Kahlo Museum (Museo Frida Kahlo)
    Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    Known as the blue house, this popular museum contains few of Frida's original works, but tons of articles reflecting the artist's flare and passion, including her beautifully carved wooden bed with tiny portraits of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, and Trotsky hanging over the headboard.

  • 9. Bosque de Chapultepec (Woods of Chapultepec)
    Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    A gigantic park in the middle of the city, Bosque de Chapultepec offers a respite from the traffic and pollution notorious in Mexico City. Containing a free zoo, many museums, several lakes, two formal forums for entertainment, in addition to various street performers, there is never a dull moment here. Of particular note are the Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) and the Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle) which houses the National History Museum. The famous Museum of Anthropology is also just right across the street.

  • 10. Mama Rumba
    Mama Rumba, Mexico City, Central Mexico and Gulf Coast

    Located in Plaza San Jacinto of San Angel, Mama Rumba is a small Cuban dance club that's packed Thursday through Saturday nights. They have a live band, and incredible salsa and meringue dancers glide over the floors. You don't have to be a great dancer to go. Just grab a table and a drink and watch the fun.