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Mexico City’s Historic District is one of the most popular areas in the city due to its astounding landmarks.
It would take you weeks to be able to visit every place in Central Mexico City; however, here is a list of the best landmarks, activities, and must do’s while visiting the Historic District.
If you are looking to book a hotel in this area of the city, we recommend you click above for our guide on hotels in the Historic District.
And if you would like to know what to do during your visit in Mexico City watch this video and keep on reading.
Best Things to do in Mexico City’s Historic District
Ok, now that you know about the secret tour with no charge let’s get into the must do’s in Central Mexico City.
Palacio de Bellas Artes
The Palace of Fine Arts, is one of the major venues for artists and artistic exhibitions in the country. The architecture is impressive and worthy of admiration. I can bet you will spend some time admiring the façade of this building.
To be able to go inside you must visit on the following days:
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 1:25pm there are tours into the palace’s theater.
You might get to see one of the many temporary exhibitions the landmark holds.
Templo Mayor del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México
Known as the Main Temple, this museum is dedicated to what used to be the great Tenochtitlan, which is nowadays the historic district of the city.
The museum holds 8 wings, a vast variety of prehistoric objects and it is located in one of the corners of the famous Zocalo building in the city.
If you have a sweet tooth, this candy shop is for you! Dulcería Celaya is a Mexican candy shop with over 100 years of history. Considered as the temple for Mexican candy, be ready to try some of the most traditional candies of our city.
El Zócalo Ciudad de México
The Zocalo also known as the Plaza of the Constitution is one of the most important landmarks in the city and home to some of the biggest cultural and artistic events.
Beside its unique beauty you might catch and enjoy an event or celebration happening in the plaza.
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- City Tour through Mexico City
If you want to learn about the city’s history and visit the most important landmarks in Mexico City’s Historic District, this tour is a great option. It is trustworthy and one of the cheapest options we have found.
Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia Centro Histórico
The Tolerance and Remembrance Museum looks to teach tolerance and non-violence as well as the significance of human rights.
This museum is incredibly interesting and touches on subjects like the Holocaust, genocides, and discrimination around the world.
Interesting, important, and endorsed.
Garibaldi is the mariachi plaza. Although the area can be dangerous, visiting the garibaldi plaza is one of the most famous activities in the Historic District. You will be able to listen to the most traditional and classical songs played by mariachis.
Bonus points: The Mezcal Museum is also at the Garibaldi Plaza and you can learn about and taste this traditional alcoholic beverage.
La Catedral Metropolitana
The Metropolitan Cathedral is located in the Zocalo Plaza and it is 250 years old.
The façade, architecture, and details of the cathedral are worthy of admiration.
The National Palace is one of the most important political buildings in the country and one every tourist must visit. Inside you can find beautiful murals by Diego Rivera and learn about the years of history of the palace. In order to visit you must have a reservation.
Churros el Moro
These are some of the most traditional churros! Churros el Moro are known as the best churros in the city. For this reason, it is a gastronomical must do.
The National Museum of the Arts is incredibly interesting and home to some of Mexico’s best pieces of art. If you are a traveler who loves art, you have to visit this museum while you tour around the Historic District.
The Postal Palace is one of the most emblematic establishments in Mexico City due to its architecture and yet another building full of history.
And if you would like to mail a letter while you are checking it out, it is completely doable.
Museo Franz Mayer
The Franz Mayer Museum is one of the most important art museums in Mexico. It is home to some of the highest praised decorative art exhibitions in the country. Highly recommended to those who love the arts.
La Torre Latino
The Latin American Tower is a skyscraper in Central Mexico City known for its rooftop view and restaurant Miralto.
Unfortunately, getting to the rooftop costs money, and in my opinion the cost is overpriced.
How to take a Free Tour around Mexico City’s Historic District
We have a surprise for you! If you want to get to know Central Mexico City deeper, there is a free tour that very few know about.
We highly recommend it because we belief it is much better getting to know a city with a guide that roaming around. If you are interested, check the tour here
¡Wait! You must know that even though the tour is free, the guide expects a tip at the end. So in reality the price of the tour is what you believe the guide deserves based on his services.
The tour is short, in the morning, and is not as thorough as the paid tour, yet it is a great option if you are traveling on a budget.
How to tour Mexico City’s Historic District in one day:
If you want to visit Central Mexico City on your own and have limited time, here is our short guide on how to tour Mexico City’s Historic District in one day. These are the places and activities you cannot miss:
1st Stop: Breakfast at Casa de los Azulejos or Café de Tacuba
2nd Stop: Check out the Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes)
3rd Stop: Get your Mexican candy at Dulcería Celaya
4th Stop: The Zócalo Plaza in Central Mexico City
5th Stop: The Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
6th Stop: Visit the Templo Mayor
7th Stop: To finish the day, treat yourself to a delicious churro from Churros el Moro.
There you have it. A quick, short itinerary on the best landmarks in Mexico City’s Historic District.
If you are planning on doing this by yourself, we recommend you check out and do research on the landmarks you plan to visit. Feel free to use our links to find a tour that can give you the best experience. The last thing we want is for you to miss out on the beautiful history of Central Mexico City by not being prepared.
More places you can visit in Mexico City’s Historic District
As we mentioned before, there are thousands of places to visit in Central Mexico City. Even though the following did not make it to our “Must Do” list, they can be a lot of fun to visit if you have some extra time:
- Chinatown Mexico City
- The Frikiplaza
- Bakery La Ideal
- India’s Marketplace/Bazar
- Museum of Torture
- Museum of Economics MIDE
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