While Mexico is popular with travelers for its endless coasts, perfect weather and sandy beaches, the interior of the country is also well worth exploring. The bustling capital, Mexico City, with its hectic urban lifestyle, artistic neighbourhoods and historic buildings, has long been neglected by summer vacationers, but is now being discovered by curious city trippers.
1 Mexican Peso (Mex$) = 100 Centavos
Opening hours are usually 9.00-20.00. Big department stores or shopping centres might remain open until 21.00.
Tourist Information Office in Mexico City
Avenida Nuevo Leon 56. Col. Hipodromo Condesa
06100 Ciudad de México
+52 55 5212 0257
The vibrant national capital of Mexico City is not only the political centre but also the cultural hub of the country, whose name dates back to the old Aztecs who called themselves “Mexica”. The city holds sights dating back to the beginnings of the high civilisation of the 14th century, and is home to one of the oldest Universities on the continent, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, established in 1553.
With 8.8 million inhabitants, Mexico City is among the largest cities in the world by population. It is divided into several boroughs, each one holding a wide range of restaurants and sights for visitors.
Located 2,200 meters above sea level and framed by high mountains and volcanoes such as the Ajusco, the Popocatepetl and the Ixtaccihuatl, the city is a place for adventure-seekers, city breakers and party-people alike. Apart from an impressive amount of typical Mexican cantinas (where one can try traditional local drinks and food), there are many different ethnic groups that have added their cuisines and shops to the urban landscape. With Cuban, American, Japanese, Chilean, Korean or Lebanese communities, Mexico City has got one truly multicultural identity.
With its 16 delegaciones (boroughs) divided into several hundred colonies (neighbourhoods), there is always something new to explore in Mexico City. While the historic centre of the city with the National Palace, the Mexico City Cathedral and the Palace of Fine Arts is a magnet for tourists, opportunities to have a good time abound both here and beyond. Climb the Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun, one of the largest of its kind, browse through amazing creations at craft markets or relax in the Viveros de Coyoacán public park.
National Museum of Anthropology
Frida Kahlo Museum
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Independence Day and Parade
Viveros de Coyoacán
Six Flags México
Island of the Dead Dolls
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Day of the Dead
Mexico's cuisine is without a doubt one of the country's biggest draws. Its typical flavors are beloved around the world, but there is much to try beyond the staples we all know. Keep an eye out for chilaquiles for breakfast or enchiladas for lunch, and enjoy the rich flavors of the incredibly varied local cuisine. Beans, corn and meat are staples, and get ready to put your taste buds to the test with some authentic Mexican hot sauce.
Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar
La Casa de Toño
La Santa Gula
Cafe El Popular
Mexico City's numerous coffee houses are popular social hangouts for the young and old. Here you'll meet creative self-employed creatives discussing business over laptops and espressos as well as seniors engaging in the usual coffee chit-chat. While sightseeing and museums might give you an impression of Mexico City, this is where you can truly experience local culture.
It's fair to say that Mexico City is a place that never sleeps. Bars, clubs and music pubs can be found on every corner, and jazz lovers can experience live gigs every day of the week. Adapt to the relaxed Mexican lifestyle, grab a drink and enjoy a musical evening.
Pan y Circo
Talismán de Motolinía
Zinco Jazz Club
While big department stores and shopping centres have settled in Mexico City, there is also a large number of small craft shops, art galleries, curious markets and beautiful souvenir shops to be found in the city centre. Along the big streets you can find many lovely places ideal for a spontaneous shopping spree.
Mercado de Coyoacán
Tianguis Cultural del Chopo
Centro Santa Fe
Dulcería de Celaya
Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
The Benito Juarez International Airport is located in the east of Mexico City and has two terminals connected by a bus and light rail system. International airlines fly here from larger cities around the globe.
You can reach the airport or city centre by taxi, metro or bus.
There are several airport taxis recognisable as white and yellow (with black logos of an airplane) that transport you to and from the city. You can buy tickets inside the airport and cars are available at Terminals 1 and 2.
Confort +52 55 5615 4658
Excelencia +52 55 55628054
Porto Taxi Ejecutivo +52 55 8421-3701
Sitio 300 +52 55 5571-9344
Sitio 300 Yellow Cab Aeropuerto +52 55 5785-7949
While the metro might not be the best option if you are travelling with heavy luggage, it provides a much cheaper way of getting to and from the airport. The stop "Terminal Aérea" on line 5 can be found next to airport Terminal 1. Line 1, 5, 9 and A are within walking distance from Terminal 2, and the stop is called “Pantitlán”. You can buy tickets at the metro station or purchase a rechargeable metro card.
Alternatively, the Metrobus operates between city centre and the airport, and stops at Puerta 7 at Terminal 1 and Puerta 3 at Terminal 2.
Address: Av Capitan Carlos León, Peñón de los Baños, Venustiano Carranza, Mexico
Phone: +52 55 2482 2400
Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport (TLC)
This airport is located in Toluca, approximately 50 km from Mexico City. It has recently been transformed into an international airport and is not as easily accessible as Mexico City International Airport.
If you arrive at or depart form Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport you best hire a car or take a taxi to the city centre.
Address: 50226 Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico
Phone: +52 722 279 2800
Officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo or STC, the Metro is a cheap way of transportation and will take you almost everywhere in Mexico City. The 12 lines operate Monday to Friday 5am to midnight, Saturday 6am to midnight, and Sunday 7am to midnight. At rush hour, the first cars of each train are reserved for women and children (7.30-10am & 3-8pm).
STC Metro tickets are among the cheapest in the world. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines in every station, or you can get a rechargeable Metrocard.
Along with the STC, the local bus system is a fast and easy means of transportation in the city. Tourist-frequented streets, attractions as well as multiple points of interest usually have at least one bus stop nearby, and one ticket costs very little (price is fixed regardless of distance travelled). Peseros (mini buses) are operated by multiple private firms and run alongside "official" RTP buses.
In addition, there is the Metrobus which take you not only to and from the Airport, but also operate on their own routes throughout the city. For these busses you will need a rechargeable smartcard (may be purchased at vending machines).
While hailing a cab off the street can be risky, taxis can be a convenient means of transport in Mexico City. Your best bet is calling an official provider, especially if you don't speak Spanish.
Taxi-Mex: +52 5519 7690
Servi-Taxi: +52 5271 2560
Radio-Elite: +52 5560 1122
Radio-Taxi: +52 5566 0077
The Palacio de Correos de Mexico (or Correo Mayor) is not only Mexico City's main Post Office, but also a historical building dating back to the 20th century. After an earthquake struck Mexico in 1985 much of the Palacio was destroyed, only to be restored in 1990.
Post boxes are red in colour.
Address: Centro Histórico, Mexico City
Farmacias del Ahorro
operates 24 hours, provides home delivery
Olivar del Conde 1ra Secc, Mexico City
Farmacia Central: +52 5522-6422
Central de Abasto, Mexico City
Farmacia Clinica Londres: +52 5229-8400
Durango 50-B, Cuauhtemoc, Roma Nte., Mexico City
Farmacia Express: +52 5356-1156
Several shops in the City
Farmacia París: +52 5709-5349
República del Salvador 97, Mexico City
Farmacias Similares: +52 55 5709 9454
there are several shops throughout the city, some are open 24 hours
Country Code: +52
Area Code: 55
110-120 V, three-pin plugs