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Things to do in Centro

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“The crown jewel of the historic downtown district. A French-inspired palace that houses Rivera, Siqueiros and more Mexican muralists. Book a concert if you have the chance. ”
  • 201 locals recommend
Opera House
“Impressive almost 100 years old opera house with a very cool art déco style”
  • 146 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Mexico City’s historic centre, known as the centro histórico or centro, is the heart of the Mexican capital and one of the spots that all first-time visitors to Mexico City should aim to explore, even if just for a day. Having said that, there’s more than enough going on in the historic centre to warrant staying far longer. ”
  • 210 locals recommend
Plaza
“One of the most iconic parks in Mexico City, right next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Plaza
“A favorite destination for good, and also mass-produced, handicrafts from all over Mexico. ”
  • 175 locals recommend
History Museum
“Templo Mayor (translation: main temple) was the centerpiece of Tenochtitlán, the ancient Aztec capital, constructed in 1325 in the marshes of Lake Texcoco. ”
  • 115 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Mexico City´s national art gallery. Great museum shops not to miss. The plaza outside is beautiful and there are a couple of cafés there where you can sit down and have a coffee and even eat something worthwhile (Girasoles and Eric Kayser have quality food). The museum has changing exhibits of pre-modernist art.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Church
“The main Catholic temple of the country, originally built in XVI century and then rebuilt in XVII century, on the remains of an Aztec temple destroyed for the construction of it during the Colony. Historic and architectural interest as well as a cult center.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Museum
“De los museos actuales, quizás el de mejor museografía. Duro por los temas que trata, tanto extranjeros como nacionales: Guerras, Persecuciones, Matanzas, Intolerancia Racial. Lo recomiendo bastante. One of the best modern museums, hard because of its content: Wars, Crime, Homophobia Human Rights. Great museography. Fun to watch the boys and girls doing choreographies in the mirror windows of the building next door. No idea why they do it! All the buildings that used to be in this area were destroyed by the earthquake of 1985...by the way.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Shops and Restaurants at Downtown Hotel. You hace Azul Histórico with great Mexican cuisine and Punta Arena with great seafood”
  • 90 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Travel back in time to the late 1800’s. Enjoy real Mexican food surrounded by original murals of Mexican artists. A unique experience!”
  • 84 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Traditional Mexican restaurant in city center. Order the chilaquiles for breakfast!”
  • 81 locals recommend
Building
“This 44-story skyscraper, built in 1965, is the tallest building in Centro Histórico. Head to the top-floor observation deck for jaw-dropping 360-degree views of the city, or to the newly renovated bar/restaurant (one floor below), which has equally impressive views and is almost always empty.”
  • 84 locals recommend
History Museum
“If you are downtown, check out if there is an exhibition. Sometimes this museum surprise me!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Stadium
“Its very fun to watch the lucha games drinking beer. Don’t miss out cute lucha libre souvenirs on the way out!!! ”
  • 73 locals recommend
Art Museum
“It is my favorite museum around, many of the indigenous art of the country in one place!”
  • 62 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Mexican Restaurant
“Shops and Restaurants at Downtown Hotel. You hace Azul Histórico with great Mexican cuisine and Punta Arena with great seafood”
  • 90 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Travel back in time to the late 1800’s. Enjoy real Mexican food surrounded by original murals of Mexican artists. A unique experience!”
  • 84 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Traditional Mexican restaurant in city center. Order the chilaquiles for breakfast!”
  • 81 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great for Breakfast try "Conchas with nata". Take an Uber to Alameda and enjoy a walk in the area afterwards. There is usually a 30 minute wait.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Great spot, amazing interior design, one of the tops restaurants, Mexican fusion, the host is super friendly, you should go for a fixed menu.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Breakfast here before starting your tour of Centro Historico is a must! The food is great, but most of all, the view over Zócalo is priceless. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“One of my favorite Cantinas. The place is very nice and they also serve nice food. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is very nice for breakfast. It has a terrace that offers a great view of the zocalo and the archeological site Templo Mayor. The service is kind of slow so it is better to go in the morning when it is not very busy. ”
  • 34 locals recommend

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