Winter in Mexico City
Collected by Ann Shields , AFAR Staff
The week between Christmas and New Year's provides visitors to Mexico City with a different kind of city—many CDMX residents take advantage of the holidays to travel to beaches or abroad. The streets, notoriously clogged with traffic, are navigable and restaurants, markets, and museums are still open for business.
Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
My wife and I traveled through Mexico for over a month, visiting the fabulous ruins of the Toltecs, Aztecs, Maya, Olmecs, and so on, and staying in beautiful colonial towns absorbing the cultures of each region. We traveled central and southern...
Dr. Lavista 189, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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Paseo de la Reforma, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Paseo de la Reforma–or just "Reforma" to locals–is Mexico City's principal avenue, and its generous width means there's ample space to maintain large-scale public artworks. Among the best-known artists who have sculptures along Reforma...
Av Chapultepec 398, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The discreet roll-up garage door near Glorieta de Insurgentes opens to reveal a lovely beer garden at the edge of Colonia Roma. By the entrance, a stall serves bar food and there's a full bar along the garden's back wall....
Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Fabrica Social is located inside the Downtown complex, where hotelier Grupo Hábita has a property that includes accommodations, restaurants, and a number of boutiques. This is a shop where you can buy handmade goods ranging from clothing...
Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, 11520 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You used to have to be both adventurous and patient if you wanted to see the holdings of Jumex, one of Mexico's juice and canned good producers; its art gallery was beyond city limits and required a taxi or a combination of Metro and bus rides to...
55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico
This view is from the top of the "Moon Pyramid" in Teotihuacan looking out over a 2 kilometer stretch that's been excavated. It's a common misconception that the Aztecs built these structures, but they actually discovered and inhabited them...
Seminario 8, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
When you have fantastic ancient Aztec ruins located smack-dab in the middle of the city, you have no excuse but to go see them. So, if you’re visiting Mexico City, you have to go to Templo Mayor. Templo Mayor was one of the main temples of...
Calle Republica de Cuba 96, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
Near the lovely Plaza de Santo Domingo, on a street torn up by post-earthquake construction, you step over the door jamb of an old colonial building into a small modern hotel lobby, lit by a skylight six floors up. The bright terrace restaurant,...
Av. Pdte. Masaryk 201, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Ultra-modern Hotel Habita sits on upscale avenue Presidente Masaryk, in the midst of the Polanco's fine restaurants and shops. Opened in 2000 and renovated in 2012, the hotel, which looks like a glass cube, continues to attract travelers who...
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