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The best way to understand a city is by walking it. The streets of Mexico City are full of history, culture and the unmistakable Mexican folklore that invites everyone to explore them a little further. Of course, there are some streets that offer an overall greater experience than others. The following spots will take you through the most traditional and colorful corners of Mexico City, so grab your best pair of shoes and get ready to explore this astounding urban jungle.

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1. Avenida Francisco Sosa

 Avenida Francisco SosaCiudad de México, MexicoThis street has a great colonial charm. Full of beautiful and colorful houses, cafés, small restaurants and cultural centers.

2. Higuera

 HigueraCiudad de México, MexicoThis small and picturesque street connects the heart of Coyoacán with the beautiful Plaza de la Conchita. Here you will find the famous Mercado de Antojitos (you HAVE to eat something here), La Coyoacana saloon, cozy coffee shops and some small neighborhood restaurants.

3. Paseo de la Reforma

 Paseo de la ReformaCiudad de México, MexicoThis is one of the most emblematic streets in the city. I recommend to walk it from Avenida Insurgentes to the Estela de Luz. Here you will find restaurants, hotels, shops, bookshops and one of the most important icons of the city: the Angel of Independence. The “Sunday bike ride” is amazing and the street is closed from 8am to 2pm, so hundreds of persons can enjoy the avenue without cars and ride their bicycles with friends, family and pets.

4. Avenida Presidente Masaryk

 Avenida Presidente MasarykCiudad de México, MexicoIf you’re looking for luxury shopping this is the street you have to go to. Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci… do I need to say more? It also has very good dining options.

5. Amsterdam street

 Amsterdam streetCiudad de México, MexicoBeautiful tree-covered street full of coffee shops, restaurants and options to have a drink in the always vibrant Colonial Condesa.

6. Orizaba street

 Orizaba streetCiudad de México, MexicoStreet full of options to eat, drink, see art and have a wonderful time in trendy Colonial Roma.

7. Calle Regina

 Calle ReginaCiudad de México, MexicoGrab a beer or a mezcal in Regina, a pretty cool pedestrian street with a relax atmosphere.

8. Calle Londres

 Calle LondresCiudad de México, MexicoThis is the best street to walk in beautiful Colonia Juárez. Here you can find coffee shops, some restaurants (La Casa de Toño is delicious!), clothes shops, an artisans market, the Wax Museum and Ripley’s Museum. Bazar Fusión is an excellent place to buy objects, clothes and all kind of stuff from independent Mexican designers.

9. Calle Madero

 Calle MaderoCiudad de México, MexicoTo walk through this pedestrian street is a must in Mexico City’s downtown. Full of shops, historic buildings and a couple of beautiful temples, it’s a great promenade that connects the Palace of Fine Arts with the Zócalo (main square).

10. Avenida Juárez

 Avenida JuárezCuautitlán, MexicoOne if the main streets in Mexico City’s downtown. Here you can find extraordinary museums, such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the Diego Rivera Mural Museum and the Museum of Memory and Tolerance. It’s better if you walk this street on the side of the Alameda Central (the huge park).

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