Historic Center (Centro Historico)

Historic Center (Centro Historico)

Historic Center (Centro Historico)
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The designated location of many of Mexico's older colonial structures.
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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
  • Bellas Artes • 3 min walk
  • San Juan de Letrán • 5 min walk
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  • Jason W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay at Hotel Centro Historico
    A comfortable hotel in which items from the Cafe (including beer) were complimentary. The breakfast was excellent, and the servers - Roberto, Gonzalo, and Arturo - were warm and friendly with great senses of humour. The staff all spoke excellent English and the hotel is in a great location. Would stay again.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 3, 2023
  • RobBoston80
    Boston, Massachusetts1,190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Safe and Clean
    The area has many historical attractions that all the book guides tell you to see. You could get them all done in 1-2 days. We stayed for a week and we stayed right here and really enjoyed it. Its safe and clean.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 25, 2023
  • jamusaba
    Florida381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See Attraction
    Perhaps the most important tourist site in Mexico. Great place to learn all about Mexico's colonial and indigenous history and see the most important government buildings, museums and national opera house. I devoted 2 whole days which was barely enough.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
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Totallyhonestlady
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This arwa of course isa not to be missed. It;s a very easy self walking tour. On Mondays some of the things are closed so plan ahead. We jumped into their Cultural, Center it's along the main drag....it's like a museum where there are three floors of crafts from local artists.
Written January 27, 2020
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Hassan H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates2,204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The historical district is a must to enjoy in Mexico city.
Many different and beautiful architectures everywhere and ever corner. Lots of walking paths with big numbers of shopping and dining options.
You can as well enjoy big number of live shows and musics around with fantastic Mexican rituals near the main square and the cathedral.
Without visiting the historical centre, don't count your visit to Mexico city as you are really missing huge enjoyment in this beautiful district.

Highly recommended
Written March 16, 2020
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datamath
Mexico City, Mexico71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Our historic center has been witness to the evolution of the Mexican culture from its early days. You can visit the Templo Mayor, which is the birthplace of the Aztecs. In the very same place you will see the main buildings constructed after the Spanish conquered the Aztecs. You can also see the evolution of the Mexican independence (the dolores bell is on the Palacio Nacional balcony). Finally you will get to see our 21st century Mexico, full of life and movement. An incredible blend hard to find elsewhere.
Written January 15, 2020
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Joseph K
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
From my point of view, the Historic Center is the Main Attraction of Mexico City. The main landmarks: Main Cathedral, Tenochtitlan/Mayor Temple, Cathedral of San Domingo, National/Presidential Palace, huge Main Plaza of Zocalo, Palace of Education. Here you can find the tickets for the main attractions, and for hop on tourist buses. I liked to relax and to have tasty dinner at the Templo Major Restaurant, with the views of Cathedral and Tenochtitlan
Written February 6, 2020
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Alfonso S
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Walking in central México City (Centro Histórico) is very wonderful. You visit the baement of the great piramids made by the aztecs, also the palaces of the wealthy people during colonial times, churches and a magnificient cathedral. Also you can visit many museums. The city has more than 200. Also you can go to concerts, folclorical dances, etc. Many excelent restaurant do have lunch.
Written February 12, 2020
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LHOVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,015 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Mexican Version of Tiananmen Square (Beijing) or Red Square (Moscow). Needs at least 3 or 4 Hours and you still can't finish it. Highlights would be the Temple Mayor, the Cathedral, the National Palace and Arts Museum. Good luck and enjoy!
Written January 11, 2020
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George S
Miami Beach, FL1,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
This is the place to visit if you come to Mexico City for the first time. Sure, there are more upscale neighborhoods to stroll in but if you want to see the history, culture and the soul of a city and nation you must spend some time in this area. Among sites to visit, you must start with the Zocalo, the central square. There is also the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Templo Major, Bellas Artes and other museums. I would also recommend a visit (or better still, a stay in ) to the Gran Hotel- beautiful interior. The area is great for its architecture, shopping and dining. Cannot be missed!
Written November 11, 2021
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Harper C
San Francisco, CA238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
Yes it is touristy, in that the shops are for tourists and you’ll find international brands here and ice cream shops on every block. But, you need to visit at least once. I highly recommend. Guided tour (I took a free one with Estacion Mexico *****) to learn about the architectural influences, the how and why of these European style buildings and the ancient ruins under your feet. It will help you appreciate the rest of the city and the history of Mexico City.
Written September 28, 2021
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mbellastyle
Boston, MA1,208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I enjoyed the beautiful plaza around the cathedral. Enjoy a day visiting the cathedral, museum, shops, and restaurants. The square is beautiful and makes a great backdrop. There are huge colorful tented area in the center with beautiful flowers. A great place to sit and people watch.
Written February 26, 2020
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Unlike new and stylish Polanco, the Centro Historico is the older and more historic part of CDMX. It does not have the nightlife of neighborhoods like Polanco, Condesa or Roma Norte, but it is packed with so many sights of historical significance. This is where the Zocolo is found, the second largest public square in the world, and it is surrounded by the Metropolitan Cathedral, National Palace and Templo Mayor which is a museum dedicated to the Aztec Civilization and contains the ruins of the Aztec pyramid that once that stood here. You can stroll along the always busy and lively pedestrianized Ave Francisco Madero to the Alameda Central Park and the adjacent Palacio de Bellas Artes. The Torre Latino and its observation deck can also be found here. Along with all this is great shopping, resturants and numerous street vendors and authentic taquerias.
Written January 1, 2023
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