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Downtown Mexico CityMexico City

Discover the historic central plaza, scenic park and lovely architecture of this busy central district.

Downtown Mexico City is the center of the country’s capital. This enormous district covers an area of almost 4 square miles (10 square kilometers) and encompasses about 9,000 buildings. Stroll along the zigzagging alleys leading off from Zócalo, a square that marks the center of the city.

Spend some time wandering around Zócalo and appreciate the different styles of buildings surrounding the square, which were constructed at various times over the past five centuries. Notice structures of colonial and pre-Hispanic design.

See the spectacular Palacio Nacional looming over the square. Home to the offices of the president of Mexico and the Federal Treasury, this grand building is known for its spectacular murals depicting important events in the history of the country. Gaze up at the famous balcony, from which the president shouts “Viva Mexico!” annually to celebrate national independence. Check out the palace’s treasury and botanical garden.

On the northern side of the plaza is the Catedral Metropolitana. Built over more than 200 years, its blend of architectural designs reflect the ways styles of building have changed over the centuries. Admire its imposing twin towers and peruse the ecclesiastical artwork decorating its interior.

Relax with drinks and snacks at one of the cafés in the plaza. A popular spot is the bar of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico, which offers particularly excellent views of the square.

Visit the attractions found just off the square, such as the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum and the Supreme Court. View the impressive art collections housed at the National Museum of Art and the Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Adjacent to Zócalo is the Alameda Central public park. Bring the kids to enjoy a picnic on its lush grounds and stroll amid its trees, fountains and statues. Walk around the nearby Chinatown to explore intriguing restaurants and shops.

Downtown Mexico City is located in the center of the larger Mexico City municipality. Get here by taking the metro and then begin your exploration of the capital.


Popular places to visit in Downtown Mexico City


Top Hotels in Downtown Mexico City

Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue
Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue
3.5 out of 5
Viena 8 Col Juarez, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$965 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Reforma 222. Monument to the Revolution and U.S. Embassy are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (870 reviews)

"Everything was amazing. Great service. People were very kind."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/5

Hotel El Ejecutivo by Reforma Avenue
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,660 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Located in Historic Center, this luxury hotel is steps from Plaza de la Constitucion and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (985 reviews)

"This is a beautiful, beautiful property - the equivalent of spending a night in a museum. Being able to walk the corridors and use the facilities is an extraordinary experience. To top it off, the staff is attentive, caring and incredibly helpful, going over and beyond to help. Truly, one of my favourite ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/6

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,622 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo, and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,182 reviews)

"Great place to stay, Pandemic hindered the full experience, but amazing views staff was amazing did their absolute best and can’t wait to come back!!"…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/7

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Fiesta Inn Cd de Mexico Forum Buenavista
Fiesta Inn Cd de Mexico Forum Buenavista
3.5 out of 5
Eje 1 Nte. (Mosqueta) 259, Buenavista, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,172 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Downtown Mexico City, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de Bellas Artes, Torre Latinoamericana, and Metropolitan Cathedral ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (464 reviews)

"El servicio al cliente , la seguridad y la limpieza son excelentes , felicito a todo el personal y a la gerencia por el entrenamiento a sus empleados . 👍"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/17

Fiesta Inn Cd de Mexico Forum Buenavista
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
3.5 out of 5
Av. Juarez 76, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$1,406 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Reforma, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Alameda Central. Torre Latinoamericana and Palacio de Bellas ...

4.4/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Great location very clean incredible staff very nice helpful highly recommend it"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/24

Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
Hilton Mexico City Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Avenida Juarez 70 Colonia Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
The price is NT$2,790 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Metropólitan, Paseo de la Reforma, and Alameda Central. Palacio de Bellas Artes and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (976 reviews)

"It was clean, everyone was so nice and also I love the location of the property."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/24

Hilton Mexico City Reforma
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