Zocalo

Zocalo, Mexico City: Address, Zocalo Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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One of the largest public plazas in the world, the Zócalo is the heart of Mexico City and is one of the city's most famous attractions.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Centro Histórico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
How to get there
  • Zócalo • 2 min walk
  • Allende • 7 min walk
Popular mentions

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ClaudioY
Wilmington, NC46 contributions
Amazing and beautiful plaza
Jul 2021
Zocalo is located in the heart of the capital - Mexico City. Definitely a must see if you travel to Mexico City, beautiful plaza with amazing architecture, a lot of history.
Written July 27, 2021
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Eugene R
Mexico City, Mexico4 contributions
Graet
Sep 2020
One of the biggest plazas in the world, a must visit for all the new people in the town. Easily accesible and with mexican spirit
Written June 22, 2021
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Weimerunnr
Pasadena, CA153 contributions
The Heart of CDMX
May 2021 • Solo
There is much to see at the Zocalo.

A quick Google search on the Zocalo will give you a taste of Mexico City’s history, and this is a place to take pictures and connect with its history, culture, and people.
Written May 9, 2021
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Luan N
Long Grove, IL47 contributions
Most important Church in Mexico City
Apr 2021
If you want to visit a church in Mexico City, this probably the one you should, for both historical and architecture reasons. The inside are very classic, ornate and just simply Beautiful. There are 2 churches that were built at different time frames and are connected.
Written May 3, 2021
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Flitz8-A foodie travels
Athens, Greece2,680 contributions
Gigantic square
Apr 2021 • Solo
The square is gigantic and there is usually demonstration, free wifi here and cathedral as well, Mexican flag too
Written May 2, 2021
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada19,934 contributions
A space "to exhale" :)
Mar 2020
Among the many "main plazas" that I set foot on in South & Central Americas are three "more memorable" than the others, I would say, for their "somewhat jaw-dropping" vastness of magnitude (the ones in Bogota, Guatemala City & this one here in Mexico City), and yes quite likely is the case that it's this plaza which is "the biggest" among the three (with actually my first impression of it after coming out of the Zocalo metro station directly below and seeing this plaza being just kind of an "exhilarating one"). And yes, definitely enhancing the stature of the Plaza are the great buildings of impressive "sizes & lengths" all around (Catedral Metropolitana on the north side, Palacio Nacional on the east side and some "rectangular heritage-styled" buildings of 5 or 6 stories on the west & south sides) and also a big national flag at about the center and for some great photo-op with not just the Plaza but I would say the city as a whole is the big 'CDMX' sign right along the edge on the Plaza's south side. So actually, more than a plaza and kind of a "tour site" in itself, it's just for the absence of those such as a fountain (as at the plaza of Guatemala City) & a statue (as at the plaza of Bogota) that this plaza in my opinion is the biggest but not necessarily the greatest among the three.

And so, it's my suggestion of "a day" around this plaza for: Catedral Metropolitana with beautiful elaborate shrines but especially these two "shiny & golden" altars for the best impression of the Cathedral; Palacio Nacional with great-sized colorful murals of Mayan scenes which I would say are memorable for their "detailed nature" along the corridors on the 2nd level; the Plaza's northeast corner with 3 miniature models (but "pretty good-sized ones" of this city in the Mayan time when it was known as Tenochtitlan) & also a "ruin site" but at slightly below the ground level (viewable from above); and the souvenir vendors & miscellaneous shops for a nice browsing (along the west side & on the northwest corner near the Cathedral where there are actually also some "tour agents" for city tours & some sites outside the city). And yes, as for another day right in the vicinity of this plaza (just about a 10-minute walk west from the northwest corner of the Plaza after going through a "pedestrian street" with some street performers & such), there's the 44-storied Torre Latinoamericana (to go up to its "outdoor rooftop") followed by the "awesome-designed" Palacio de Bellas Artes (with also great art scenes inside, actually bigger than those at Palacio Nacional as just mentioned) and also the small museum inside Palacio Postal (actually more for the "ornate beauty" of the building's interior than for the museum).
Written February 13, 2021
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Natalia
London, UK25 contributions
Enormous place
Jan 2021 • Solo
Unfortunately was closed due to the pandemic.Inside the place was plenty of tents, protestation against the homelessness.
You can still walk around and enjoy the beautiful buildings.
Written January 26, 2021
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UriusT
Vilnius, Lithuania613 contributions
historical radiation of suffering
Jul 2020
The Aztec people, culture and architecture were destroyed and butchered to make this square and it's buildings. I did not enjoy being there at all. Being a historian, it was like visiting Auschwitz. The pain and tragedy I felt deep in my soul and heart will never be forgotten. I hope to never step foot in that square again. Never forget what colonialism, imperialism and racism can unleash.
Written January 8, 2021
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Alex
Norway13 contributions
Great area to walk in
Sep 2020
I felt very safe checking out this area. Even though there were demonstrations going on. Found some really good hidden and local gems just a few streets away
Written November 3, 2020
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bajajulio
Baja California, Mexico1,342 contributions
Great Downtown
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is the main Central Square of Mexico City. Great Cathederal and National Palace are here. Many stores and restaurants from the past. A must see and visit.
Written October 24, 2020
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