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Downtown Mexico City

Discover the historic central plaza, scenic park and lovely architecture of this busy central district.

Downtown Mexico City is the center of the country’s capital. This enormous district covers an area of almost 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) and encompasses about 9,000 buildings. Stroll along the zigzagging alleys leading off from Zócalo, a square that marks the center of the city.

Spend some time wandering around Zócalo and appreciate the different styles of buildings surrounding the square, which were constructed at various times over the past five centuries. Notice structures of colonial and pre-Hispanic design.

See the spectacular Palacio Nacional looming over the square. Home to the offices of the president of Mexico and the Federal Treasury, this grand building is known for its spectacular murals depicting important events in the history of the country. Gaze up at the famous balcony, from which the president shouts “Viva Mexico!” annually to celebrate national independence. Check out the palace’s treasury and botanical garden.

On the northern side of the plaza is the Catedral Metropolitana. Built over more than 200 years, its blend of architectural designs reflect the ways styles of building have changed over the centuries. Admire its imposing twin towers and peruse the ecclesiastical artwork decorating its interior.

Relax with drinks and snacks at one of the cafés in the plaza. A popular spot is the bar of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, which offers particularly excellent views of the square.

Visit the attractions found just off the square, such as the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum and the Supreme Court. View the impressive art collections housed at the National Museum of Art and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Adjacent to Zócalo is the Alameda Central public park. Bring the kids to enjoy a picnic on its lush grounds and stroll amid its trees, fountains and statues. Walk around the nearby Chinatown to explore intriguing restaurants and shops.

Downtown Mexico City is located in the center of the larger Mexico City municipality. Get here by taking the metro and then begin your exploration of the capital.


Guide to Exploring Downtown Mexico City


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Hotel Fontan Reforma Mexico

Hotel Fontan Reforma Mexico

Paseo De La Reforma 24, Mexico City
3.5
of 5, from 611 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alameda Central and Palacio de Bellas Artes. Torre Latinoamericana and Cristobal Colon Monument are also within 15 minutes.

Hostal Centro Historico Regina

Hostal Centro Historico Regina

5 de Febrero 53 Esq. Regina, Mexico City
3.6
of 5, from 26 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Ayuntamiento, Zocalo, and Plaza de la Constitucion. Palacio Nacional and Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

C$29
Hotel Castropol

Hotel Castropol

Av. Pino Suarez, 58, Mexico City
4.2
of 5, from 216 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ayuntamiento, Palacio Nacional, and Plaza de la Constitucion. Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.

C$65
One Ciudad de México Alameda

One Ciudad de México Alameda

Av. Juárez No. 88, Mexico City
4.2
of 5, from 213 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alameda Central, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Torre Latinoamericana. Cristobal Colon Monument and Teatro Diego Rivera are also within 15 minutes.

C$143
Historico Central

Historico Central

Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City
4.8
of 5, from 191 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zocalo, Plaza de la Constitucion, and Palacio Nacional. Metropolitan Cathedral and Torre Latinoamericana are also within 10 minutes.

C$143
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico

Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Mexico City
4.7
of 5, from 620 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico overlooks the Zócalo, the city's vast central square, making it a sightseer's dream. History buffs can stroll to the National Palace, art lovers to the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Zócalo Metro Station is a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

C$55
ibis México Alameda

ibis México Alameda

Balderas No 49, Mexico City
3.9
of 5, from 102 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Ciudadela, Alameda Central, and Cristobal Colon Monument. Torre Latinoamericana and Palacio de Bellas Artes are also within 15 minutes.

C$93
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico

Fiesta Inn Centro Historico

Av. Juarez 76, Col. Centro, Mexico City
4.2
of 5, from 167 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alameda Central, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Torre Latinoamericana. Palacio Postal and Cristobal Colon Monument are also within 15 minutes.

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