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My Mexico City Guide 2

Destination(s): Mexico City

Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

  • Avenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:5512 2593
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06050

Construction of the Palace of Fine Arts started in 1904 and ended in 1932. Technical difficulties, budgetary constraints and the 1910 Mexican revolution interrupted what was supposed to be a four year project.

It is a magnificent white marble building used for world-class performing arts shows such as symphonic orchestras, operas, plays, singers and performers. It is undoubtedly the most prestigious performing arts center in all of Mexico.

In addition, the building is also a museum with a steady stream of shows of Mexican and European painters. The interior walls have murals by Jose Clemente Orozco as well as stunning bronce sculptures and stained glass windows.
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Catedral Metropolitana

Catedral Metropolitana

  • Donceles 95
  • The <i>z&oacute;calo,</i> on Cinco de Mayo, Centro Hist&oacute;rico
  • tel:+52 55 5512 9467 / +52 55 5512 7096
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06020

Construction of this grand cathedral began in the early 1570s and took two and a half centuries to complete. The resulting Catedral Metropolitana, or "La Catedral" as is known to locals, is a grandiose monument to Mexican devotion which uses a variety of architectonic styles (including neo-classicism, Spanish renaissance and a few obvious touches of Baroque). Inside the three vaulted basilica are intricate 16 Century wooden altars, gold gilded statuettes dating from the 16 Century, and 14 massive, astonishingly decorated chapels. Since the "Catedral" was constructed atop Aztec ruins, and due to the sheer weight of marble, stone and brick, the "Catedral" is sinking at a slow, but very noticeable rate. This is a definite must see. read more about Catedral Metropolitana

Mirador de la Torre Latinoamericana

Mirador de la Torre Latinoamericana

  • Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas esquina Francisco I. Madero
  • Colonia Centro
  • Mexico City, 06010
Templo Mayor

Templo Mayor

In Aztec times this place was considered the center of the universe and it was at this temple that human sacrifices, a traditional ball game and many religious ceremonies took place. Dating from around 1375 the temple went through many reconstructions until in 1520 the Spaniards decided to destroy it and build on top of it. A reconstruction in the early 1980s revealed what was left of an impressive archeological site. Nowadays the Templo Mayor has a large and impressive museum focusing on the culture and traditions of Mexico City's early inhabitants. It houses sacrificial stones, statuettes and sacred artifacts. The museum itself is expansive and might take some time to visit in its entirety, but it is definitely worth the visit. read more about Templo Mayor

Alameda central

Alameda central

  • Avenida Hidalgo y Avenida Juárez
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:+52 55 533 4700 (Información Turisticos)
  • Mexico City, 01000
Museo Nacional de Arte

Museo Nacional de Arte

  • Tacuba 8
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:5544 1327
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06000
Café Tacuba

Café Tacuba

  • Calle Tacuba 28
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:5518 4950
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06060

When you are walking around the downtown area, this is a perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner. It serves traditional Mexican food and has outstanding mole, rivaling this State of Puebla specialty. Order it with chicken or enchiladas and I assure you you will not be disappointed, actually you can't go wrong with any of the items on the menu. The decor will charm you, old historic paintings and Talavera tiles give it an authentic Mexican flavor. You will find an eclectic combination of locals and tourists from all over the world in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Entrees are in the $8 to $12 range and they have a full bar. It's location is perfect, just a few blocks from Palacio de Bellas Artes and Zocalo, the main downtown square.
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El Cardenal Restaurante (Sheraton Centro Histórical Hotel)

El Cardenal Restaurante (Sheraton Centro Histórical Hotel)

  • Av. Juarez 70
  • Colonia Centro
  • tel:52 55 5518 6632 33
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  • Mexico City, 06010