10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Mexico City
Updated: Jun 22
It's as spicy as salsa, as intoxicating as tequila, and as surreal as any Frida Kahlo canvases. Looking for a reason to travel to Mexico? Mexico City has enough! We have listed the most famous and must-see places in Mexico City.
Mexico is the most populous Latino country. Ciudad de Mexico or Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. It has hosted many ancient civilizations.
We have listed 10 must-see places in Mexico City for a cultural trip and to get to know Mexico better.
1. Palacio de Bellas Artes
Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of Mexico City's most popular destinations. Constructed in 1680, the Santon Isabella Monastery flourished until 1934, turning it into the cultural center it is today.
The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a combination of various architectural movements such as art deco, neoclassical, and art nouveau at the turn of the century. The reason for the different styles is that the architect changes mid-project.
With its many artworks and murals, Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of the must-see places on your Mexico City trip.
2. Frida Kahlo Museum
An opportunity to see the life of famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo up close! The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as La Casa Azul, is one of the most famous must-sees in Mexico City. Frida Kahlo's house, which has been a museum since 1958, has worked such as " Viva La Vida", "Frida and the Caesarian", "Portrait of My Father ".
The house was turned into a museum by Diego after Frida's death. 22,000 documents, 6,500 photographs, books, drawings, personal belongings, clothes, corsets. These objects describe the life of Frida and Diego.
3. Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral or its full name "Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary" is the largest and oldest cathedral in Latin America.
It was built between 1573-1813. This situation has led to the emergence of different styles in architecture. These are the Baroque, Neoclassical, and Neo-Renaissance styles.
Some of the surfaces of the cathedral, which has ostentatious interiors, are gold. Admission is free for the history, art, and architecture you will witness.
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4. Museo Nacional De Arte
The museum was founded in 1982 as the Museo Nacional de Arte and went through a renovation process until it opened in 2000.
The Museo Nacional de Arte has a collection of Mexican art from the 16th to the 20th centuries. It hosts more than 3,000 works. Artworks are divided into three different periods. The colonial period, the post-independence war years, and the Mexican revolution.
Make sure to visit this museum, which is definitely worth a visit on your trip to Mexico City. It is free on Sundays.
5. Museo Nacional de Antropología
The National Museum of Anthropology is the most visited museum in Mexico. It covers the entire human history of Mexico, from the Neolithic to modern times. It is home to Aztec, Toltec, Olmec, and Mayan artifacts and has famous artifacts such as the Aztec Xochipilli and Aztec Sunstone. You should definitely visit this museum where you can learn a lot about Aztec Culture.
6. Bosque de Chapultepec
Chapultepec Forest is America's largest park. It is twice the size of Central Park. The history of the park goes back to the prehistoric Aztecs and was named by them as 'Grasshopper Hill'. In the park visited by 15 million people a year; There are also places like Chapultepec Castle and the zoo. One of Mexico City's most popular destinations.
A great place to hang out with your family or friends, you must visit this park located in the middle of Mexico City.
7. Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela
Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela is a traditional Mexican crafts market. Many handicrafts are sold here. Great place for gifts and trinkets from Mexico. You can find many products such as textiles, pottery, silver, old precious stones, t-shirts, key chains. One of the must-visit places to see and buy beautiful handmade Mexican art.
Also keep in mind that different animal meats are sold, although not suitable for everyone.
8. Mercado de la Merced
It is one of the best markets for traditional food in Mexico City. Fruit, vegetables, and meat are sold. There are also options where you can taste traditional Mexican dishes. It is one of the best places to have breakfast in the city.
This market is a good option to experience a market with locals and sample some traditional food.
9. Chapultepec Castle
It is located inside the Chapultepec park. It is the former royal/imperial palace. The castle's unique view, golden detailed rooms and marble stairs offer traces of the life of the kings. It is home to jewels, clothes of emperors and even chariots. To learn more about Mexican history, you must visit Chapultepec Castle.
Also, the castle has been the background for movies. In 1996 for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and in 1954 for the American war film Vera Cruz.
10. Pyramid of the Sun - Teotihuacan
Research continues for the mystery of the ancient site here. Because archaeologists cannot explain which ethnic group the people living here belong to. It is believed that the pyramids were built around 200 AD. The Aztecs who came later accepted this place as a holy place.
The name Teotihuacán means the city where the gods were born, it was named by the Aztecs. The symbol of Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent associated with ancient Mexico, was also found here for the first time.
The most important structures in Teotihuacan are the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, and the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl. The solar pyramid is the third-largest pyramid in the world. You are allowed to climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.
It is perhaps the most important structure to be seen in Mexico and Mexico City. If you want a cultural trip to Mexico City, don't miss this place. Although it is a bit far from the city center, it will be worth it.