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Mexico’s capital city has the largest offer when it comes to culture, entertainment, fun, shopping and events. Considered one of the world’s largest and most populated cities, Mexico City is an obligatory stopover of national and international travelers and the chosen destination of millions of visitors, who are delighted by its unique mix of modernity and tradition.
There’s no room for boredom in Mexico City. Throughout its 16 boroughs are some iconic places and hidden jewels, traditional neighborhoods and all kind of cultural precincts where one can discover a little more of the history of Mexico and its capital city. Mexico City is one of the cities with more museums in the world, exceeding the 150 and up to 43 art galleries.
Unsurprisingly Mexico City is also called The City of Palaces. It’s home to some of Mexico’s most beautiful buildings: from the spectacular Palace of Fine Arts in Juarez Avenue, with its murals by Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, the historical Palacio de Mineria in Tacuba 5 and the beautiful Postal Palace in Tacuba 1, to the imposing Chapultepec Castle; our country’s most representative monuments are in Mexico City: the Angel of Independence Monument, the Monument to the Revolution, the Diana Cazadora Fountain, El Caballito and the Hemiciclo a Juarez are authentic icons and silent witnesses of the history of Mexico.
With 170 museums and 43 art galleries, you won’t have a problem finding one that you like. Undoubtedly the most visited one is the National Museum of Anthropology, although there’s also the Templo Mayor Museum in the Historic Centre. The Soumaya Museum is a modern precinct that exhibits the work of Auguste Rodin, Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, just to mention a few; the Chocolate Museum offers you the full cacao experience, from the harvest to the production and tasting; Papalote Children’s Museum is the perfect place for the little ones, since they learn while having fun and enjoy the spectacular IMAX screen. The Casa Azul or Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan is visited by thousands of people a year, fans of the life and work of this Mexican artist. Other museums worth visiting in Mexico City are the Chapultepec National Museum of History, the National Museum of Art and the Memoria & Tolerancia Museum.
Mexico City has a huge variety of shopping malls, easing the purchase of any specific item. Just the Historic Centre has all kind of small shops and big department stores, but in the west side of the city, in Santa Fe, is the largest shopping mall, not only in Mexico but in all Latin America: Centro Santa Fe, with over 500 shops and parking space for more than 5000 cars; Antara in Polanco is an exclusive shopping mall with over 140 shops that sell the most prestigious international brands; Perisur, in Periferico Sur and Insurgentes Sur, has shops and restaurants with something for everyone in the family; Reforma 222 in Paseo de la Reforma is a shopping mall located in a modern complex of 3 towers, with cafeterias, restaurants and all sort of shops.
Mexico City hosts hundreds of national and international events every year and for it has some truly world-class venues.
The Azteca Stadium is Mexico’s biggest stadium as it receives up to 187,000 people. In addition to being the natural venue of the best sporting events, it has welcomed artists like Paul McCartney, U2, Arctic Monkeys and Michael Jackson; the Foro Sol can receive up to 65,000 people and has been chosen to welcome artists like Pearl Jam, The Rolling Stones, The Killers, Roger Waters and Lady Gaga, among many others; the Palacio de los Deportes receives up to 22,000 people and was built to held the 1968 Olympic Games, although now is commonly used for massive concerts. A rich billboard announced in advance is the perfect excuse to visit Mexico City. Plays, Cirque du Soleil shows, Grand Prix races, sporting events, music festivals like the Viva Latino and Hell & Heaven, among many others, promise a visit to Mexico full of memorable experiences.