For many visitors, Mexico City can seem chaotic and confusing, with many world-class attractions and sites. To help you explore the diversity of this sophisticated urban center, we asked the readers of Inside México to share with us 100 Hidden Gems – their favorite restaurants, shopping centers, museums, parks and attractions – that will enrich your visit and provide a more authentic Mexico City experience. (All figures in Mexican pesos)
Only Red Square and Tiananmen Square are larger than Mexico City’s impressive public center. This crossroads of the country (and the world) is an architectural marvel, and a great place to sample the city’s unique energy. Don´t miss the Diego Rivera murals in the Palacio del Gobierno.
Address: Metro stop Zócalo
One of the few Japanese restaurants in Mexico where you will almost always see Japanese customers having dinner. Enough said!
Address: Anatole France 71, Colonia Polanco
Mon-Sat: 1 pm-12 am; Sun: 1 pm-7 pm. Payment: all cards.
Un Lugar de la Mancha Café-restaurant and bookstore
An intimate and bookish oasis set among business high-rises. Try the tampiqueña or the vegetarian pita.
Address: Prado Norte 205
Mon-Fri: 8 am-10 pm; Sat-Sun: 9 am-10 pm.
One of Mexico City’s cinephiles’ favorite haunts. Pick up the latest art house flick or find old classics, both international and Mexican.
Address: Alfonso Reyes 238
Mon-Sun: 11 am-10 pm
See the business crowd buzz at lunch, doing deals over tequila and Mexican classics.
Address: Homero 704, Colonia Polanco
Mexico City’s best vintage clothing store. Get your 70s and 80s on in this fashionista mecca.
Address: Cordoba 108, corner of Alvaro Obregon, Colonia Roma
Viveros de Coyoacán
Looking for green space and sun-dappled paths? The park has an excellent 2100-meter loop for runners and walkers. A grid of garden pathways and green patches ills the space between.
Address: Melchor Ocampo, Colonia Coyoacán. The entrance to the plant nursery is at the corner of Melchor Ocampo and Av. México
Mon-Sun: 6 am-6 pm; Mon-Sun: 10 am-6 pm, to enter plant nursery
Volaris Virtual Terminal
Leave your car, check your luggage, pick up your boarding pass and hop a shuttle to catch flights from the Toluca airport to California and Texas.
Address: Avenida Prolongación Paseo de la Reforma # 1130, Colonia Santa Fe
Check out this cutting edge gallery representing Mexican and international artists.
Address: Melchor Ocampa 154-A, Colonia San Rafael
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