Literary Mexico City
Collected by Julie Schwietert Collazo, AFAR Local Expert
Mexico City has long attracted American and Latin American writers, many of whom have settled—some temporarily, others permanently—in the capital as expats. The city also hosts a robust community of homegrown writers in every genre. Their homes and haunts are a mix of public and private spaces, many of which you can visit for yourself.
Donato Guerra 24, Juárez, 06600 Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
American writer William Burroughs moved to Mexico City in 1949 in an attempt to escape legal and financial troubles that plagued him in the U.S. He wasn't entirely successful; in fact, his problems grew exponentially in the capital, primarily...
Lázaro Cárdenas, Tlatelolco, 06900 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tlatelolco, the area where you'll find the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, is full of significant architecture, spanning centuries that represent three distinct time periods: the Pre-Hispanic, the colonial, and modern-day. The oldest structure here is...
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Nobel Prize–winning writer Gabriel García Marquez was born in Colombia, but, the story goes, when he came to Mexico City for the first time in 1961, he loved it so much he decided to make it his new home. The author, who composed the Nobel-winning...
Samuel 27, Guadalupe Tepeyac, 07840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Interest in Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has only increased since his death at the age of 50 in 2003. Given the amount of time he lived in Mexico City and his reputation as a rebellious anti-establishment upstart, his work has a considerable...
Calle Isabel la Catolica 26, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
The 2010 death of the great Mexican journalist Carlos Monsiváis was a profound loss. Perhaps the best-known chronicler and editorialist among many excellent journalists, Monsiváis was especially well-known for his commentary about social problems...
Balderas 202, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Nineteenth-century Cuban independence leader José Martí lived a short but full life, creating a considerable body of writing and traveling extensively. He spent long enough periods of time abroad that he could have been considered an expat; he...
Av Francisco I. Madero 73, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Avenida Álvaro Obregón 99, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Housed in a mansion built in 1911, Casa Lamm is a cultural center, art school, and gallery. The permanent collection includes works by such notable Mexican artists as landscape painter Abelardo López and sculptor Jorge Marín. Sign up for a...
Av. Isaac Newton 35, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Rizzoli Studio is the Mexico City outpost of the beloved independent publisher and bookstore that specializes in architecture, art, design, fashion, food, interior design, photography, and literature. Rizzoli has long published books in Spanish,...
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