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Things to see in Mexico City - a 24 hour guide

Published June 23rd, 2017

If you’re only visiting Mexico City for a swift 24 hours you’re going to want to pack in as much tequila and tacos as possible.

However you should probably go and see some stuff too even if only to say that you’ve been to the capital city of Mexico and saw more than a quesadilla, here’s a list of what to see and do...

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

First up head towards downtown Mexico City to begin your adventure in the Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitución. A fun fact is that it was the main ceremonial centre in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan.

While you’re in the area check out Latin America’s oldest and largest Roman Catholic cathedral that features stunning ornate chapels.


 

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Go shopping on Francisco I Madero

From the Zócalo you can walk along the pedestrian street and shopping strip of Av Francisco l Madero to drop your dineros on some new threads or just get a feel for the city.

Casa de Los Azulejos or ‘The House of Tiles’

If you’re looking for a good instapic then stop off at this stunning 18th-century palace and historical national monument built by the Count del Valle de Orizaba family.

The exterior of the palace is covered in blue and white Talavera tile from the nearby state of Puebla which makes for a pretty sweet gram. Nowadays the palace houses a department store and cafe, so grab a bite to eat/drink while you’re there.



Palacio de Bellas Artes

As you head towards the end of Av Francisco I Madero you will come across a colossal marble building.

Palacio de Bellas Artes is dedicated to the fine arts featuring a performance hall and museum featuring work by the likes of Diego Rivera (For the non-arty types: this was Frieda Kahlo’s partner and a very well-known artist in his own right).



Boutique shopping in Roma and Condesa

Next up jump in an Uber and head to the nearby Roma and Condesa neighbourhoods for Mexico City’s hipster haven filled with quirky boutiques and cute cafes.

Many of the little stores are spread out along Roma’s Colima Street, our favourite stops are the hip 180 Grados and Goodbye Folk. Walk around this leafy green area and see what other gems you come across.



Frida Kahlo Museum

Now head to the Frida Kahlo Museum which is, in fact, the house that Frida grew up and spent most of her life in.

Diego Rivera lived with Frida in the home in Coyoacán which was also referred to as the Blue House for its striking cobalt colour. This is an absolute must not miss Mexico City experience.


 

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El Bazaar Sábado

Finally, if you find yourself in Mexico City on a Saturday then count your lucky sombreros, as El Bazaar Sábado, otherwise referred to as Bazaar Saturday is held only on a Saturday.

The colourful market features crafts and artwork by local artists at a 19th-century home in the quietly wealthy area of San Ángel. Head there after breakfast if you can and explore the markets before tucking into a quesadilla in the courtyard afterwards.


 

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.