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Centro Histórico
Centro Histórico

Centro Histórico

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark, Nail Salon
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Avenida Juarez 66, Mexico City 06000, Mexico
+52-5-5121012
http://festival.org.mx/
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Centro Historico is the historical center of Mexico City. Zocalo, the main plaza that anchors the area, is one of the largest plazas in the world and regularly hosts events and festivals. Zocalo is ... Read more
also home to the National Palace, the Metropolitan Theater and the Templo Mayor ruins and museum, just to name a few. You will have to be economical with your time in Centro Historico, as in addition to Zocalo, it boasts over 1,500 historical buildings that paint a picture of the city’s development from an Aztec capital to a Spanish colony. In between visits to museums and historical sites, you will have to plan to simply walk through Centro Historico to soak in its rich history and architecture.

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Phoenix

Great place for a stroll! So much beautiful architecture all around. Reminds me of a European city....but with more vendors selling Chinese-made goods.

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The Mexico City center is wonderful, the old buildings and the Mexican culture merge on the Streets.

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Local from Mexico City

Take a walk and try any bar to grab a bite or a Patagonia beer, no regrets at all!!

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Wobderful buildings, amazing food, history and tradición. A lot of things to do and ser.

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Isabel la Católica station
Your station in downtown Mexico City. Go under the rails and upon exiting ask for Madero Street, a pedestrian street which is north of the station: this will be your axis between two poles: Alameda Park to the west and Zocalo Square to the east. Very near the station you will see an old white building: el Claustro de Sor Juana. It used to be a convent, is now a University and can be visited. Take Isabel la Catolica Street to the north. You can stop at Librería Antigua Madero (at number 97 on your left) which specializes in used books about Mexico, take an expresso at Jekemir (88 on your right) or visit the very nice shops at DownTownDF (number 30). Buy a scarf for your mom at Pineda Covalín: they have fantastic Mexican designs. At DownTownDF there are two restaurants which we recommend: Azul Histórico (Mexican) and Primos (international); don’t miss the murals at the staircase and take a look at the stores. Across the street, inside Casino Español, there is a very good Spanish food restaurant. You can buy figuritas de mazapán to boost your energy at Mazapanes Toledo, 29 Uruguay Street. Mazapanes are an almond delicacy which recipe comes directly from North Africa. Don’t miss Biblioteca Lerdo de Tejada. It has been a church and a theater (Anna Pavlova and Enrico Caruso performed there!!) and now it’s a library with amazing murals by the Russian Mexican artist Vlady. 49 República de El Salvador. Mo-Fr 9am – 5.30pm. When you get to Madero street, Alameda park will be to your left and Zocalo to your right.
Places to see around Alameda Central.
This park was built in 1592 and is surrounded by museums (remember museums close on Mondays). Start with Palacio de las Bellas Artes, which has some of the best murals by Mexican masters Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Behind it to the right, on 8 Tacuba street, you can visit Museo Nacional de Arte or Munal, which has a very nice collection of Mexican art. On the northern side of the park is Museo Franz Mayer of colonial furniture and paintings. It has a delightful patio, a true oasis that gives you the sense of what must have been the ambiance in those convents and houses of Mexico City in the old times. Don’t have lunch there, just coffee. There is also an impressive library on the second floor. On the Western side of the park you can visit Museo Mural Diego Rivera which was specially built for a mural depicting a visit of the park at the beginning of last century. Two streets to south, on Independencia and Revillagigedo streets, there is Museo de Arte Popular or MAP; it used to be a fire station and now hosts a collection of Mexican arts & crafts. Don’t miss the museum store. One block to south, inside Alameda Hilton Hotel, you can have breakfast or lunch at one of the branches of El Cardenal Restaurant, certainly one of the best Mexican restaurants (reserve: 55186632 & 33). For breakfast don’t miss conchas con nata and for lunch try one of their moles (or all of them!!). If you are on a budget you can try El Hijo de Don Toribio on Independencia and Luis Moya. We recommend tortilla soup or fideo seco. You can also visit Torre Latinoamericana. This 1950’s skyscraper has the best view of Mexico City. Go with someone you love, or really like, and kiss, or hug. Address: Eje Central and Avenida Juárez, on the southern corner or Alameda park. Open Mo-Su. 9 am to 10 pm. You can also visit la Casa de los Azulejos just across the street, it used to be a palace and is now a Sanborn’s store and a cafeteria. The second floor is nice too (I love the China tiles on the stairs).

Places to see around Zocalo Square (also known as Plaza de la Constitución)
You can visit Palacio Nacional, where the house of Hernán Cortés used to be and is the office of the President now. There are important murals by Diego Rivera. You can also go to the Cathedral. Ask for the tours to see (and listen to) the bells. Visit the Museo del Templo Mayor, that shows the Aztec pieces that have been uncovered there. I recommend visiting the Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda on 4 Moneda St, not because of the art it displays, but because on your left side as you enter you will be able to see some of the stairs of the pyramid upon which it was built. It really gives you the impression of a civilization been forced onto another one. The whole “centro” was built on Aztec constructions which are still around us. Don’t miss El Mayor restaurant, 17 República de Argentina & Donceles. The food is not the best, but it’s ok, and the view is unmatchable. The perfect place to have a beer and some quesadillas, or coffee. Our recommendation for lunch or breakfast is around Zocalo is El Cardenal, on 23 Palma, a few blocks from there. Reserve: 5521-8815, 5521-8816 & 5521-8817. Ask for a table upstairs.

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Outstanding and encompasses all of Mexico's diverse history from its indigenous origins to its political present. Gorgeous examples of both Baroque and Art Deco architecture, wonderful art museums, and traditional restaurants.

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Playa del Carmen

Lots of places to see, things to do, Anna great restaurants!

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Oakland

A lot of history

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Most of these historic buildings were constructed between the 16th and 20th centuries.

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Brooklyn

Mexico City's historic center is the perfect base for first-time visitors interested in exploring the cities history and museums. Trendier parts of the city aren't far but traffic means you'll spend quite a bit of time getting to them.

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Foster City

The historic center of Mexico City also known as the Centro or Centro Histórico, is the central neighborhood in Mexico City, Mexico, around Zócalo or main plaza and its surrounding area.

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Local from Mexico City

Desde su remodelación a mí me gusta mucho caminar por las calles, encuentras de todo y las construcciones y vistas se disfrutan al máximo.. me encanta!

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El mejor lugar de la CdMx, no se puede perder la visita guiada en catedral y el museo del templo mayor

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