From Frida Kahlo’s house to the Templo Mayor, the classic spots of Mexico City are well known and well-visited. But for those who looking for some of the most beloved local spots in Mexico City, check out these places you won’t see in the guidebooks:
A pyramid inside a subway station
This pre-Hispanic structure is a shrine to Ehécatl, the Mexican god of the wind. The pyramid was discovered during the excavation works for the construction of Pino Suárez subway station and remains there to date. You can see this little treasure of ancient Mexico while you are transiting from line one to line two of the subway system.
An old water tank with a mural inside
The mural “Water, origin of life” of Diego Rivera was thought to be submerged in the water that arrived at the Cárcamo de Dolores. This hydraulic work was built in the 50s to receive the water of the Lerma River and distribute it to Mexico City.
A creepy island full of old dolls
The island of the dolls in Xochimilco is surrounded by many legends. The “official” story tells that a girl died there and that every night she bothered the only man who inhabited the island. To reassure the girl’s spirit, this man began leaving dolls that eventually became old, dirty and ugly. The truth is that some of them give chills just to see them.
A museum dedicated to chocolate
Its name is MUCHO and it’s located in Juárez neighborhood. In addition to learning about the history and cultural roots of this delicious product, at this museum you can do tastings and attend workshops to learn how to make different kinds of chocolates.
A theater whose curtain is made with crystals from Tiffany’s in New York
It is the curtain of the main hall of the Palace of Fine Arts, an artistic jewel that weighs more than twenty-two tons. It reproduces a view of the Valley of Mexico with the volcanoes Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, and the different vegetation of the Valley of Mexico.
A colorful Moorish kiosk
Located in Santa María la Ribera neighborhood, this beautiful kiosk was created to be Mexico’s pavilion at the Universal Exhibition of 1884, held in New Orleans, United States. That was the first year in which the country took part in an international exhibition.
A Korean karaoke
An ideal place for those who love to sing with all their energy. London Karaoke is located on Londres street #167 in the Juárez neighborhood. As the Korean and Japanese karaokes usually are, it has private rooms to avoid any embarrassments (yours or from others).
A bar inside a fridge
The entrance of Jules Basement is through the door of a fridge located in Julio Verne street #93 in Polanco neighborhood. Its idea of being “secret” is to honor those hidden places of the prohibition era in the United States, which gave rise to the term “speakeasy”.
A park with natural waterfalls
Los Dinamos is a protected natural area located in the city. In its almost 2,500 hectares you can go hiking, cycling, climbing, rappelling, camping and even horseback riding.
A building that looks like a washing machine
Although is colloquially known as “la lavadora” (the washing machine), this smart building located in Santa Fe is called “Calakmul”, since its architectural elements were thought to allude that great Mayan city in Campeche.
A neighborhood that every year brings back to life the historic “Battle of Puebla”
The battle that gave rise to the great celebration of May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), celebrated more in the United States (we can’t understand why) than in Mexico, revives every year in the Peñón de los Baños neighborhood, located to the east of Mexico City. During that day, hundreds of people gather in the streets to represent that glorious battle in which the troops commanded by General Zaragoza defeated the feared French army of Napoleon III.
An outdoor ice rink
It’s true that in winter Mexico City’s temperature goes down, but no one would’ve ever imagined to see an outdoor ice rink in the Zócalo (main square). Well, for some years now, the government of Mexican capital city installs every winter a huge ice rink for the enjoyment of its inhabitants. In some of the nearby streets, there are even snow machines to wrap up the “winter experience”.