52 reasons to love Mexico City

From historical buildings, music, movie and art festivals, here’s a list of what you can’t miss in Mexico City

Vista aérea de la Ciudad de México
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Por Time Out México editores |

The best places and activities in Mexico City

Galanga Thai Kitchen
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Restaurantes, Mundial

Gastronomic hot spots

These are the new gastronomic proposals in Mexico City. Know them and discover the culinary secrets that await for your visit in each area of ​​the city.

Licorería Limantour
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Bares y cantinas, Coctelerías

Distillery Limantour

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The renewed fascination with cocktails in Mexico came up with a name: Limantour. It was one of the first bars in our city who decided to pull over and offer an experience that is far from a simple bar with cocktails that do not go beyond the martinis. Here, beverage science reaches new levels with drunken combinations that are surprising to the palate. They incorporate to their drinks sweet, bitter and herb ingredients, and bitters, mezcal and gin in a constant game that honors both, those bartenders in the twenties, as seeks to innovate in their blends.

Las dos Fridas
Foto: Mariana Guillén
Arte, Escultura

Artistic rutes: Kahlo, Siqueiros, Rivera and Orozco

Mexico City witnessed the great talent of the most important artists of our history. Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Mathias Goeritz left their mark in different venues of the metropolis, whether in museums, homes and murals which you sould visit.

palacio de bellas artes
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Museos y centros culturales

Palacio de Bellas Artes

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Offers guided visits shortly after noon at no cost. The sculptures placed in the square opposite the exhibition, design by Agustín Querol, were originally placed on the hub of the main room. The work was suspended and these representations of Pegasus flew to National Palace between 1921 and 1928. Then, when Ignacio Mariscal was responsible for completing the project, a design flaw was detected that prevents them from being placed in its original place: Bellas Artes is sinking because they are three structures in steel, concrete and marble.

Maratón nocturno de Noctambulante
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A person who is a fan of science fiction and horror films cannot miss the opportunity to unravel with Noctambulante’s movies. In the neighborhood Guerrero, the Forum The Galleon housed for many years a film club. After the death of the project in 2008, an heir to protect loyal moviegoers with a distinguished selection of films was needed. The collective Pánico de Masas was chosen to continue the mission and then Noctambulante was born. Conceived as a traveling project, the first night marathon was hosted in a house in Coyoacán.

Tianguis Cultural del Chopo
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Shopping, Música y entretenimiento

Chopo’s Cultural Market

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Since the mid-nineties was already in decline because they had lost the essence of the exchange of records and had become a place to buy. It was still a good place to get Mexican rock records which was hard to find and was a mecca to find cult movie or videos with good quality as they were recorded directly from DVD to VHS. The Chopo’s cultural market was organized in 1980 by the University Museum of el Chopo intending to stay for a month. It consisted on bringing people together to exchange discs or sell them. Such was its success that continues to this day. 

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Museos y centros culturales

Ciudad Universitaria

Let’s go back for a moment to the last years of the 1940s. From here, seems an eager and beautiful Mexico City. At the time of Miguel Alemán, a time of strength and progress, in which land expropriation was decreed in the Pedregal de San Ángel to develop Ciudad Universitaria, as the university district in downtown was insufficient. It has been many years since CU remains equally worthy and relevant.

Alejandra Carbajal
Gay y lésbico

Gay bars at Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa is the place where it all began for public scene LGBTTTI community. Although, nowadays you can easily find amusement-rainbow options in the Roma, Condesa, the Centre and even the East of Mexico City, it is always good to go this pioneering area.


Monumento a la Revolución
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Museos y centros culturales, Historia

Monument of the Mexican Revolution

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The project Revolucionarte boards the words Revolution, evolution and art. It is a concept created by the team of the Monument to the Revolution (MRM ) to keep alive this space. The purpose is for people to be surprise in each of their visits: a new exhibition, concert or any manifestation of art they may have. At the top, 65 meters high, is the lantern from which you have a 360 ° view of the city.

Baños Rocío II
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Gay y lésbico

Steams showers

The tradition of the saunas, better known as steamers, began as an alternative form of relaxation. But its isolation and divided areas for men and women, became spaces which homosexual community took over. Vapors are a very important part in the gay identity of the city, such as the Finisterre bathrooms or the Dew bathrooms.

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