Food, fun and fiestas: Mexico City is the ultimate destination for lovers of adventure. Experience as much culture as you can in this colourful city.
As the capital of Mexico, Mexico City is the place to learn about the country’s history. Start your educational adventure at the Museo Nacional de Antropología. This phenomenal museum dives into the anthropological history of Mexico, looking at its social evolution from its early indigenous communities, from the rise and fall of the Aztec Empire, to the invasion of the Spanish. Go back in time as you walk through the archaeological site of Templo Mayor, the Great Pyramid of the Aztecs, and envision how different this city was 600 years ago.
An astounding tribute to the resilience and adaptability of Mexican culture, learn how indigenous rituals and beliefs were able to blend (almost seamlessly) into Catholic traditions. Understand the depths of this religious fusion when you visit the Santuario Nacional del angel de la Santa Muerte or talk to the street vendors at the Mercado de Sonora. While here, explore the breadth of eccentric products for sale at this famous witches’ market.
One of the highlights of the Mexican calendar, coordinate your visit to Mexico City with the annual Day of the Dead. Held on 2 November each year, La Dia de los Muertos is a chance for Mexican people to remember and celebrate their deceased relatives. The best part about this festival? The massive party the city throws in its honour. Be amazed at the incredible costumes and skeletal face paint of this lively festival. If you’re visiting in late February, don’t despair: Carnaval is a pretty good substitute. With huge, flamboyant floats and party vibes, let some steam off with the locals at the last party before the season of Lent begins.
Between all the significant sites, mystical rituals and good times, you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Mexico City.
Currency: Mexican peso
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Mexico.
Dialing Code: +52
Time Zone: (GMT -05:00)
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You’re probably already familiar with this Mexican staple, but we bet you’ve never had tacos like this before. Pujol Restaurant in Mexico City takes the Japanese concept of omakase – where their chef chooses the degustation for you - and applies it to their own cuisine. Head down to Pujol for your own taco omakase surprise.
Best eaten at - Pujol, Tennyson 133, Polanco IV Sección, Polanco IV Secc, 11570
Even though they originated in Spain, churros have become one of the most-beloved desserts of Mexico. These curly lengths of deep-fried dough are dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served piping hot. Try dipping them into chocolate or dulche de leche for an even sweeter experience.
Best eaten at - Churrería El Moro, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000
With its sweet, earthy aroma, cochinita pibil is always a crowd-pleaser. This iconic barbecued pork comes from the Mexican state of Yucatán, but is a favourite dish all around the country. Marinated with spices and juicy Seville oranges before being wrapped in banana leaves, this hunk of pork is slow cooked underground for hours. Try this mouth-watering dish at El Turix Restaurant in Polanco, Mexico City.
Best eaten at - El Turix, Calle Emilio Castelar 212, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550
Unlike the name would suggest, tortas aren’t cakes in Mexico. But what they are is just as delicious: monster-sized sandwiches. A Mexican street food staple, tortas are built up on a massive milk bun and stuffed with anything that takes the vendor’s fancy, including chorizo, potato, avocado, breaded-and-fried flank steak, turkey and pierna (pork leg). Try one of the thousands of tortas on offer in Mexico City.
Best eaten at -Tacos Árabes la Periquita, Antonio Caso 125, Colonia San Rafael
With its origins dating back before Spanish colonisation, tlacoyos are a flat, diamond-shaped bread made from masa. Cooked on a griddle over hot coals, tlacoyos are often stuffed with fava beans, cheese and bits of fried pork belly. These mouth-watering snacks need to be eaten straight off the grill.
Best eaten at - Street vendors on the southwest corner of Francisco Pimentel and Joaquín Vázquez de León, Colonia San Rafael