Mexico City

Mexico City is the world's third-largest metropolis. Mexico's best and worst ingredients are all here: music and noise, brown air and green parks, colonial palaces and skyscrapers, world-renowned museums and ever-spreading slums yet Mexico City is a magnet for Mexicans and visitors alike.
Mexico city is the capital of Mexico. It is the most important economic, industrial and cultural center in the country, and the most populous city with almost nine million inhabitants. The Historic Center and the "floating gardens" of Xochimilco in the southern borough have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
Famous landmarks in the Historic Center include the Zcalo the main central square with its time clashing Spanish-era Metropolitan Cathedral and Palacio Nacional, and ancient Aztec temple ruins Templo Mayor are all within a few steps of one another.

The capital has eateries for all tastes and budgets, with plenty of European, American, Argentine, vegetarian and even Middle Eastern, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in addition to Mexican. Some of the best are cheap, while some of the more expensive options are well worth the extra bucks.
Mexico City's entertainment and nightlife scene is as varied and lively as everything else about the city. The locations of some events take some finding, but enough goes on in the central areas to keep you happy for a good while at least. Note that many bars and nightspots are closed on Sunday.

What to see
Alameda Central
Alameda Central is Mexico City's only sizeable downtown park and is surrounded by some of the city's most interesting buildings and museums.

Basilica de Guadalupe
Designed by Pedro Ramrez Vzquez, architect of the Museo Nacional de Antropologa, it's a vast, round, open-plan structure with a capacity for over 40,000. The image of the Virgin hangs above and behind the main altar, with moving walkways to bring visitors as close as possible.

Cathedral Metropolitana
Construction of this cathedral began in 1573 and took two and a half centuries to complete. Because of its placement atop the ruins of an Aztec temple complex, the massive building has been sinking unevenly since its construction, resulting in fissures and cracks in the structure. While visitors may wander freely, they are asked not to do so during mass.

Centro Historico
Centro Histrico (Historic Centre) brims with fine colonial buildings and historic sites. Its nerve centre and the heart of Mexico City is Zcalo, the Plaza de la Constitucin, which is home to the powers-that-be. On its east side is the Palacio Nacional, built on the site of an Aztec palace. It now holds the offices of the president, a museum and historical murals by Diego Rivera.

Museo De Arte Moderno
The Museum of Modern Art exhibits work by Mexico's most noteworthy 20th-century artists.

Palacio Nacional
The National Palace is home to the offices of the president of Mexico, the Federal Treasury and dramatic murals by Diego River

Where to eat
Caf de Tacuba
This popular place, located in Centro Historico, has been open since 1912

Caf El Popular
Also in Centro Historico, true to its name the place is very popular spot to enjoy fresh pastries and combination breakfasts.

Hosteria Santo Domingo
Hugely popular among locals this place has a great atmosphere and great Mexican dishes.

San Angel Inn
This beautiful place serves traditional Mexican and European cuisine

Where to party
Bar Milan
Casual hang-out place

El Nivel
The countrys first cantina, has been open since 1855.

Salon Corona
For true beer-lovers

Salon Los Angeles
Cuban music, live performances and dancing

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