Simply put, Biblioteca de México José Vasconelos (not to confuse with Biblioteca Vasconcelos) is my favorite place in Mexico City. It hosts five beautiful book collections that belonged to famous Mexican writers, and it is a treasure trove of bibliographic rarities. In the more than 216,000 books of the project known as La Ciudad de los Libros, you can find stories illustrated by Frida Kahlo, art work by Oaxacan painter Francisco Toledo and a first edition of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar’s “Hopscotch.”
The Biblioteca also has has a patio that functions as a space for multiple free activities, which range from movie screenings to theater plays. It is located in the building known as La Ciudadela, just in front of the Balderas subway station.