Discover Mexico City

The Zocalo (as locals call it) hosts an enormous Mexican flag, which waves proudly over a square of great importance...

At the heart of the city, the Historical Center is home to the country’s most famous landmark, the Plaza de la Constitucion. The Zocalo (as locals call it) hosts an enormous Mexican flag, which waves proudly over a square of great importance  a site of national gatherings, royal proclamations, military parades, independence ceremonies, national protests and religious events.

Adding more wow-factor, the square is bordered by the city’s most important cultural treasures, including the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor and the Federal District buildings. To experience the historic hub in all its glory, reserve a table at a Holiday Inn Mexico Zocalo’s rooftop restaurant and enjoy a standout view of the flag ceremony.

History also abounds in the Colonia del Carmen neighborhood, where the cobalt-blue walls of La Casa Azul house one of the world’s most famous home-museums. The striking building showcases artwork by Mexico’s most celebrated daughter, Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, alongside a collection of the couple’s art, artifacts, photographs, memorabilia and personal items.

For a more modern take on Mexico City, neighborhoods like La Condesa, Zona Rosa and Polanco are must-visit hubs.

Fusing fashion and fashionable food haunts, La Condesa is one of the city’s most trendy precincts. Home to original Art Deco buildings, innovative contemporary architecture and leafy boulevards, La Condesa is a hotspot for the young and in-the-know.

Financial and commercial district, Zona Rosa (the Pink Zone) enjoys a long tradition of modernity. Elegant houses host luxurious restaurants and exclusive nightclubs, while coffee shops, fashion boutiques and art galleries attract artistic, literary and gay communities.

Mixing sophisticated lifestyle and high-end shopping, Polanco is the country’s most exclusive enclave. Prestigious designer stores like Christian Dior, Hermés and Tiffany and Co, as well as the world’s most reputable hotels, dot streets named after famous writers, philosophers and scientists.

Words by Alice Nash - Published 12 August 2013
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