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A Perfect Sunday in Mexico City

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Sundays in Mexico City are slower and simpler, fully intended to be savored, whether among family or with friends, or on your own. The main avenue is shut to traffic, so rent a bike or walk, enjoying the landmarks, plazas, and company of others.
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Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s mammoth cathedral was built across three centuries (1573–1813)—starting soon after Cortés and his allies vanquished the Aztec Empire—using stones taken from a destroyed indigenous temple. Today’s...
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Calle del Mercado 133, San Jerónimo, 16420 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The system of canals and chinampas (cultivated artificial islands fashioned from the area’s swampy soils) that has survived in the far-south neighborhood known as Xochilmilco once stretched all the way to the Centro. To this day, the...
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Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Each Sunday, Mexico City's main avenue, Reforma, shuts down to vehicular traffic and cedes to cyclists, rollerbladers, and walkers, who enjoy a slower, more scenic pace than is typical on one of the busiest streets. The program, called Muevete en...
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Insurgentes Sur 2113, San Ángel, 01000 Alvaro Obregon, CDMX, Mexico
This place, near the 16th-century Convento del Carmen, is famous for its churros, fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar. A mandatory stop. 4 Plaza del Carmen 52/55-5616-0978 As told to Nathalie Jordi. This story appeared in the March/April 2010...
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2a Frontera 37, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Right off the market hubbub is this colonial square flush with bougainvillea. You go through a narrow alleyway, and all of a sudden you’re in the most tranquil placein Mexico City. Near Calle del Arbol and 2a Cerrada de Frontera. As told to...
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Paseo de la Reforma 243, Col. Renacimiento, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There are plenty of Starbucks in Mexico City, and plenty of excellent independent cafés, too, but if you're looking for a quick cup to go, Cielito Querido isn't a bad option. The Mexico City chain is hipper than Starbucks, with its black, white,...
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Calle Chivatito s/n 1ª sección del Bosque de Chapultepec, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
Wake up early, lace up your walking shoes, and get ready for a day of adventure at the Chapultepec Zoo. Free and open to the public, the expansive grounds wind past panda bears, butterflies, and even a lake. The park is best enjoyed early in the...
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S/N, Balderas, Centro, 06040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
On any given Sunday, a multitude of Mexico City parks find themselves playing host to groups of dance aficionados, who gather together to practice their steps in a jovial, non-judgmental atmosphere. But perhaps no park has a better Sunday scene...
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Amsterdam 53, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
At first glance, Duo is just another one of those increasingly popular Mexico City bistros channeling a French vibe, what with its vitrine of pastries and its fancy espresso machine. But step inside and take a table, and you'll see that this café...