Cathedral in Mexico City. Photo: Francisco Diez.

Mexico City

Most people have an opinion about Mexico City, or DF (for “Distrito Federal”), typically involving one or more of the following adjectives: polluted, poor, dangerous, chaotic (ok, so the last one’s true), though they’ve never been there.

For people who have been there–or better, have lived there– there’s a centrifugal force we can’t quite explain that pulls us back again and again. In all the chaos, there’s remarkable order. Alongside soaring skyscrapers, there are centuries old temples. You can buy a street stall or market taco for 5 pesos at lunch, then sit down for a six course “new” Mexican dinner for 500 pesos. You can wander through Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul and relive the high period of 20th century Mexican painting, then stumble upon a pop-up street gallery exhibiting punk art. You can dive headlong into the city’s intensity or escape into mountains in 30 minutes.

In short, though plenty of places market themselves as having “something for everyone,” Mexico City really does.

Mexico City Articles
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14 spots for a perfect weekend in Mexico City

by Odette Herrera
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8 best experiences you can have for free in Mexico City

by Odette Herrera
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10 best walks in Mexico City

by Odette Herrera
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The 8 best museums in Mexico City

by Odette Herrera
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6 of the best spots in downtown Mexico City

by Odette Herrera

8 Mexico City experiences you can’t miss

by Whitney Shindelar

25 places we’re dying to explore right now

by Matador Team
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9 of the world’s best cities for tacos

by Rulo Luna
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10 signs you’ve never been to Mexico City

by Susannah Rigg
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6 essential bars and cantinas in Mexico City

by Travesías
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13 unusual places to go on a first date in Mexico City

by Rulo Luna
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9 safe and awesome places to travel in Mexico

by Hal Amen
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The world’s best cities for late night food

by Sascha Matuszak
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Top 10 nightlife spots in Mexico City

by Julie Schwietert
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Green guide to Mexico City

by Julie Schwietert
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8 spots to discover Mexico City’s most impressive murals

by Odette Herrera
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Mexico City’s tacos are just perfect. This is why.

by Rulo Luna
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Where to find the best street food in Mexico City

by Agustín Córdova Cuitláhuac
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