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Eight Days in Mexico City

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Centro Histórico, Centro, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Diego Rivera’s murals glorify Mexico’s peoples and history. The large building of the Secretaría de Educación Pública (education ministry) holds the most extensive collection of his murals in Mexico City. (Other famous murals can be found in the...
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Jesús María 39, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtemoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s Central district is home to many colorful if not unusual street finds. My husband and I began our tour of the Centro Histórico at the Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, noted for its stunning façade, and started to make our way to the...
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Ruta Metro Insurgentes a EH, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Polanco Metro’s staircase not only looks like a piano; it is a piano. During certain times of the day and night a switch is turned on and the steps become keys, resonating with the notes people make as they climb up and down.
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Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, 06000 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Its massive size, centrality to daily life in the capital, and easy accessibility (a Metro station opens up right onto the plaza) makes the Zócalo an ideal place for large-scale temporary exhibits. The government hosts occasional exhibits...
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Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There is so much to see and do in Mexico City, but this place should be on the itinerary of anyone interested in the incredibly varied world of Mexican folk art. The space is spacious and bright, which means the vibrant colors of, well,...
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Calle de Tacuba 8, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The smallish Plaza Manuel Tolsá—at the end of Calle de Tacuba—is an all-but-perfect urban conglomeration that will thrill architecture fans. To the south lies the 18th-century Palacio de Minería (a former engineering...
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Calle General Francisco Ramírez 4, Miguel Hidalgo, Ampliación Daniel Garza, Amp Daniel Garza, 11840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One can easily overlook the Archivo de Diseño y Arquitectura after a visit to its well-publicized next-door neighbor, the Casa Luis Barragán. The Archivo, a museum and gallery, is definitely worth a visit. It is home to a vast international...
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has no dearth of luxurious boutique hotels, but Las Alcobas is a special option. Designed by famed firm Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel is full of gorgeous details, from hand-stitched leather wall coverings to a spiral staircase that surges...
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Alejandro Dumas 81, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Péndulo elevates the café-bookstore concept exceptionally well, inviting you to linger for hours over coffee and pastries in its large, two-level cafe (there are even tables on the second floor's balcony). Books in Spanish and...
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Lindavista Vallejo III Secc, 07750 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has one of the busiest subway systems in the world, carrying about 5 million people a day. Having lived and used public transportation in New York City, the first thing I noticed about the Mexico subway system is that it is very clean....
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City is often depicted—and not incorrectly—as a capital city teeming with buildings, people, and cars. It also, though, has a surprising number of green spaces and parks, the most expansive of which is Bosque de Chapultepec, right on the...
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Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Never underestimate the power of shocking pink. The intimate but lively dining room at Dulce Patria—the smash hit by celebrity chef Martha Ortiz—feels not unlike a stage set. Soon after 2 p.m., it starts to fill with high-powered...
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Av. Emilio Castelar, Polanco, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Spend an afternoon wandering the Polanco neighborhood, around streets named after famous political and literary figures -- Alejandro Dumas, Emilio Castelar, Tennyson, and Edgar Allan Poe. Beautifully preserved mansions with elaborate sculptural...