Holidays to Mexico City were made for exploring Aztec ruins, dancing to Mariachi music and tucking into tasty tacos.

City breaks to Mexico City

Mexico City is now a buzzing metropolis in place of the previous Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. There is something for every kind of traveller here, from free activities and first-rate museums to live music, lush parks and hiking trails. Chapultepec Park is made up of 1700 acres of woodland, perfect for a picnic to break up all the palace and gallery hopping – The Palacio Nacional and Palacio de Bellas Artes are worth it, though. Pinch a book at the Audiorama garden or listen to its chilled tunes, piped from speakers in the trees.

Full-on fiesta

Salsa, Latin, jazz – the music scene here really is something. Plaza Garibaldi has mariachi bands belting out tunes every evening and the streets are lined with cocktail bars and live music venues. If you’re wanting something a bit more seasonal, Festival de Mexico takes place in either March or April and takes over the city’s venues with dancing, theatre and music. Of course, Day of the Dead in November is another huge cultural celebration to keep an eye out for.

Artistic minds

You can’t escape the city without seeing Frida Kahlo’s face painted on walls or posted on t-shirts, so a visit to her house – Casa Azul – which now forms a museum, is an absolute must. Just make sure to book your tickets well in advance! The gallery scene is hot here, but this city’s creativity isn’t only kept inside. Its street art is everywhere. Head to the Roma or La Romita neighbourhoods to see some of the best urban artwork in the world.

Top-tier tacos

Mexico City comes out top as a major destination for foodie travellers. From world-renowned restaurants to tiny street food trucks, there’s something tasty for every budget. There’s even an emerging vegan scene, too. Tacos and gorditas always go well washed down with a cerveza (beer) or you could opt for a mezcal or tequila tasting.

At a Glance

  • Make for Plaza Garibaldi for some Mariachi music
  • Hike to Pico del Aguila to view the Valley of Mexico
  • Visit Frida Kahlo’s house