Climbing skyscrapers line iconic thoroughfares, as the city stretches across a legendary valley bursting with bustling plazas and bohemian barrios packed with trendy boutiques, galleries and cafes. Indulge in one of the world’s best culinary scenes—from the humble taqueria to five-star restaurants. Relics of Aztec temples, Spanish palaces, and remarkable museums are just part of the cultural wealth of Mexico’s capital city.
High on a hillside in a spot historically sacred to the Aztecs stands a Neoclassical castle straight out of fairytale surrounded by thick parkland. The former residence of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico and his wife Empress Carlotta is now the National Museum of History. Explore grand period rooms with rich tapestry, gilded chandeliers, and a hallways lined with glorious stained glass windows.Learn More
Teotihuacan, known as “The City of the Gods,” is thought to be the place where the sun and the moon were created. Laid out in harmony with the cosmos, this vast, archaeological site is a testimony to the magnificent civilization that flourished here between the first and seventh centuries. Once the ceremonial center of one of the largest and most powerful cities in the Americas, Teotihuacan holds profound spiritual and cultural importance.Learn More
Follow the crowds of locals and visitors to this highly curated market of contemporary and traditional handicrafts held every Saturday. What began as a small collective of artist in 1960, is now a proper bazaar of ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, intricate textiles and decorative pieces on display in an 18th century colonial mansion.Learn More
Casa Azul, the Blue House, offers an intimate look into the life of legendary artist Frida Kahlo. Meander through 10 rooms, including her studio, in the place where Kahlo was born and took her final breaths. Incredibly well-preserved, it is adorned with the artist’s work, Mexican folk art, photographs, postcards and all manner of personal items that weave the tale of the Bohemian artist’s incredible life.Learn More
Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, architect and engineer Luis Barragan’s house and studio is a masterpiece of modern Mexican architecture. Interiors play with light, flat plains and bold color, and the original furniture and the architect’s impressive collection of contemporary Mexican art are on display.Learn More
The great glass and concrete MUAC museum designed by Mexican-architect Teodoro González de León is a fantastic optical illusion as it appears to lean forward towards a wide plaza. The light-flooded interiors are just as remarkable and host large scale exhibitions from the world’s leading contemporary artists.Learn More
Housed in a handsome Art Nouveau building in the trendy Roma neighborhood, Museo del Objecto pieces together a record of daily life in the 19th century through everyday objects. The curious items—matchbooks, sunglasses, perfume bottles—is a history of industrial and graphic design through a nostalgic lens.Learn More
Neoclassical, art nouveau and modern art deco styles mingle effortlessly in this white-marble palace to the arts. The treasures inside are just as impressive, including Diego Rivera murals, pre-Hispanic sculptural motifs, and a Tiffany-crystal dome. The theater hosts live concerts, including performances by the National Folkloric Ballet and National Symphony Orchestra.Learn More
Get blissfully lost in the stacks of this two-level bookstore and cafe. Flip through titles in both Spanish and English on the crowded shelves. Shop from the literary-themed novelty gifts and journals also stocked in-store.Learn More
Twice a year this festival takes over public spaces in the hip Roma Condesa area with an eco-conscious spin to promote art, design and culture.
Family and friends gather across Mexico during this multi-day holiday to remember loved ones who have died by creating elaborate altars and preparing special meals.
The “Cry of Dolores” on September 16, 1810 is said to have signaled the Mexican War of Independence against the Spanish colonial government and it’s marked by parades, patriotic programs and concerts.
Gather in Mariachi Square on the feast day of this important martyr for processions and a massive mariachi celebration.
This religious celebration at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Hidalgo marks the place where the Virgin appeared to the Mexican people through Juan Diego. A mass is followed by live music, dance performances, and vendors selling traditional food and crafts.
Founded in 2002 by Zélika García, this festival brings artists, collectors and galleries together from around the world for Latin America’s most high-profile contemporary art fair.
Festival of traditional and modern dance, music, visual arts, opera, theater held throughout downtown Mexico City to promote Latin American art in various forms.
Three-day alternative Latin music festival that mixes well-known Indie headliner bands with jazz, progressive rock and experimental acts.
Founded in 2005 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes, this festival promotes documentary film and film training through a tour of eight Mexican states.
It’s easy to be lured by the bright lights and constant buzz of the world’s fifth most populated city. However, there is a tranquil side of the city—if you know where to look.
Ease tensions and unwind with signature massages, healing rituals, soothing scrubs with essential oils and facials at this spoiling spa.Learn More
Chef Justin Ermini elevates farm-to-table fare at Anatol, and renowned Chef Martha Ortiz Dulce revisits traditional Mexican dishes at the elegant Patria.Learn More
Relax and feel pampered during your stay with a Cinq Monde facial and papaya body scrub, continental breakfast daily and complimentary soft drinks and snacks from the mini-bar.Learn More