The heart of our beloved Mexico City is an area called the Centro Historico. It’s got everything from culture to art to architecture to food to bars to fabulous people and people watching. Here are some of our favorite unsung reasons to love the heart of this soulful city (and one disappointing sandwich warning).
The Angel of Independence is not technically in the Centro Historico, but it is the official symbol of Mexico City. Get here early enough on a weekend morning and you can score a pass that lets you (and a strictly limited number of others) climb into the statue's pedestal up to a small observation deck.
Mariachi cops patrol the Plaza Alameda near the Centro Historico in Mexico City.
The gloriously Art Nouveau and Art Deco Palacio de Bellas Artes is home to wonderful live performances and some of the most iconic murals in Mexico.
Mexico City's Catedral Metropolitana is the largest and oldest cathedral in The Americas.
Grand tiled buildings dot the streets of central Mexico City's Centro Historico. This one happens to house a terrific BBQ chicken joint on the ground level and is on the same block as our beloved Cafe Popular.
Welcome to Mexico City's central post office. The opulent architecture of what's fittingly called Palacio Postal almost makes paying nearly US$1 for a post card stamp from Mexico to the US worth it...
Old and (somewhat) new mingle like friends in Mexico City's Centro Historico. The Torre Latinoamericana was the tallest building in Latin America when it was built and Mexico City's tallest building from 1956 until 1984.
The Palacio de Bellas Artes and Plaza Alameda as seen from the observation deck of the Torre Latinoamericana.
The bright lights of Mexico City as seen from the observation deck of the Torre Latinoamericana.
Mariachi's outside the brand new Tequila Museum in Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City.
Ideal Bakery is a massive, delicious and addictive institution in Mexico City's Centro Historico.
Cafeteria El Cuadrilatero is owned by famous lucha libre star Super Astro. The wall of costumes from other famous lucha libre wrestlers is interesting and we appreciate the challenge of The Gladiator (if you eat this massive sandwich in 15 minutes or less it
We have no idea why, but Mexico City's Centro Historico is peppered with perfumeries ready, willing and able to craft a custom perfume or copy your favorite at a fraction of the price.
Classic 19th Century architecture in Mexico City's Centro Historico.