Zócalo

Zocalo featuring heritage architecture, a city and night scenes

Zócalo

This is the heart of Mexico City with wide-ranging architecture, cultural events and a lively arts scene.

The Zocalo is the epicenter of Mexico’s capital city. The massive square can hold more than 100,000 people, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Officially named Plaza de la Constitucion, the Zocalo was once the heart of Tenochtitlan, an ancient Aztec city. You can see the square’s history in the wide variety of architecture, which ranges from pre-Hispanic ruins to palatial structures and modern buildings. Make sure to step into the Zocalo Metro Station, where you can see models of how the square has changed over time.

On the eastern side of the square is the National Palace. This site has served as a home for Mexico’s rulers since the Aztec era, and the building that stands today uses some of the materials from Moctezuma II’s original palace. Visitors can explore some of the National Palace’s rooms, which have been converted into a museum. Be sure to keep your eyes open for artist Diego Rivera’s frescos in the courtyard. The building is also home to the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada, one of Mexico’s grandest libraries, a botanical garden and the president’s private quarters.

The square is a hub for political and cultural events. Centuries ago, the Zocalo was where bull fights were held, and today, it hosts festivals, concerts and outdoor markets. The Independence Parade, held annually in September, features a military procession that goes through Mexico City before ending here. Every morning, military personnel raise a massive Mexican flag that has become symbolic of the historic district. Stop by the square at 6 o’clock, when they ceremoniously lower the flag for the day.

Luxury hotels and fine restaurants flank the Portal de Mercaderes, where you can savor fine dining and quaint shops. Enjoy an aerial view of the Zocalo from the rooftop of the Majestic Hotel or take an afternoon drink at the beautifully preserved Gran Hotel.

The Zocalo is a perfect home base while visiting Mexico City, as it provides historic sightseeing and is easily accessible to the city’s other destinations.

Top Hotels Close to Zócalo

Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
4 out of 5
Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, 06000
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The price is NT$3,546 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (975 reviews)
"My family party of 5 really enjoyed our visit thanks to Gonzalo, Roberto and Arturo. They went over and beyond to make sure we had the best breakfast experience every morning. Very friendly, funny and helpful. Also the gentleman in housekeeping was very nice with a smile and great personality. We're ..."

Reviewed on 2022/5/13

Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$3,690 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (1,239 reviews)
"Wonderful service, kind employees, clean, and perfect location for sightseeing."

Reviewed on 2022/5/15

Zocalo Central Mexico City
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av 16 De Septiembre N 82, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$4,887 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Mexico City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (983 reviews)
"Heriberto Coria Patinó was an amazingly friendly and helpful staff member. We so enjoyed seeing him every day. The hotel is beautiful and special."

Reviewed on 2022/5/14

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
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Best Lodging Options Near Zócalo

Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
3 out of 5
Madero 30 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, 6000
The price is NT$1,611 per night from May 25 to May 26
Hotel Ritz Ciudad de México
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Zocalo Central Mexico City
4 out of 5
Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$3,690 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Zocalo Central Mexico City
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
4 out of 5
Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$3,546 per night from May 23 to May 24
Histórico Central, Fine Coffee Shop & Walking tour included
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
4.5 out of 5
Av 16 De Septiembre N 82, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$4,887 per night from May 18 to May 19
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
Hotel Catedral
Hotel Catedral
4 out of 5
95 Donceles Col. Centro, Mexico City, 6020
The price is NT$1,666 per night from May 26 to May 27
Hotel Catedral
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
4 out of 5
Palma 42, Col. Centro, Mexico City, 06000
The price is NT$2,213 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
Barceló México Reforma
Barceló México Reforma
4.5 out of 5
Paseo De La Reforma 1, Mexico City, 06030
The price is NT$2,785 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Barceló México Reforma
Best Western Majestic
Best Western Majestic
3 out of 5
Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, 6000
The price is NT$2,291 per night from May 23 to May 24
Best Western Majestic
City Centro Ciudad de México
City Centro Ciudad de México
3.5 out of 5
Republica de Uruguay No 45, Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, 6000
The price is NT$2,084 per night from May 30 to May 31
City Centro Ciudad de México
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