Where to Stay in Mexico City – the largest city in the Western hemisphere
The largest city in North America, the second-most populous city in the world, and the capital of Mexico, Mexico City is also the oldest city in the Americas. Founded in 1325, this city was the capital of the Aztec Empire. Furthermore, during the colonial period, Mexico City served as the capital of New Spain. This city didn’t gain independence until 16th September of 1810. To honor this important milestone in Mexican history, the city hosts numerous exciting and interesting festivities.
Moreover, Mexico City has the largest number of palaces in the Americas and several archeological sites. Together with authentic colonial architecture and some of the Aztecan ruins, they testify to the immense cultural and historical heritage of this global metropolis. That is why it comes as an utter surprise to discover that this incredible destination is, in fact, a hidden gem of this part of the world. The large majority of tourists who visit Mexico City are usually domestic travelers while the international ones pass out on the opportunity of engaging in a truly unique experience.
In case you decide to visit this marvelous city, owing to everything Mexico City has to offer, you may become overwhelmed with deciding where to stay in this gigantic city. There is no need to worry, as we have prepared a detailed guide with the best areas of the city.
Five best neighborhoods to stay in Mexico City
As Mexican capital and the largest city in North America, Mexico City is divided into 16 boroughs or ‘’alcadias’’ for easier and more efficient functioning. These boroughs are further divided into countless neighborhoods or ‘’colonias’’. People of Mexico City select the area to live in based on their income and social status.
On the other hand, tourists decide to stay in neighborhoods that will allow them to explore the city easily and enjoy its major landmarks. It is important to add that due to the enormous proportions of Mexico City, it is quite impossible to visit all its cultural and historical landmarks during one visit. To put it simply, Mexico City will enchant you and leave you wanting more.
To help you with your quest of finding the ideal place to stay in this splendid city, our top neighborhoods are the following ones:
- La Condesa
- Roma Norte
- Centro Historico
When combined with the majority of activities and attractions they have to offer to its visitors, it looks like this:
This area contains the majority of historical landmarks of the city
It has an incredible vibe fueled by numerous restaurants, clubs, and bars
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Affordable accommodations with some historical landmarks
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Museums, cobblestone streets, colonial architecture
The ideal mixture of culture and tradition
Where to stay in Mexico for the first time – Reforma
When they say Reforma, the locals usually mean the area surrounding the most famous avenue in Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma, which runs between Alameda Central and Chapultepec. This area contains the majority of the cultural and historical values of this metropolis. That is why it is the most suitable area for staying in Mexico City if you are visiting for the first time.
Apart from these landmarks, it also has numerous business and office buildings, shops, and restaurants which makes it a very trendy place as well. Due to its attractions, it is one of the most congested districts in the city.
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Things to see and do in Reforma
The area surrounding the Paseo de la Reforma contains numerous museums, parks, lakes, castles, and iconic monuments. Check out what we have selected as musts in Reforma:
- Castillo de Chapultepec
- Anthropology Museum
- Diana the Huntress Fountain
- Angel of Independence
Chapultepec is one of the largest parks in Mexico City. It provides a piece of nature and a relaxing oasis in the middle of the bustling city. This park also contains a Zoo, two artificial lakes, and a castle. The Monument of Young Heroes (Monumento a Los Niños Héroes) is located at the entrance of the park, as the remainder of the war between Mexicans and Americans.
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This castle is found in the Chapultepec park and through history, it served several purposes. From being an imperial palace, presidential residence, observatory, to what it is today, the National Museum of History.
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Museo Nacional de Antropología is the largest museum in Mexico City. It contains some of the most remarkable archeological and anthropological artifacts from several historical periods.
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Diana the Huntress Fountain
Fuente de la Diana Cazadora is one of the most impressive fountains dedicated to Diana, the Roman goddess, or Artemis, the Greek counterpart.
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Angel of Independence
El Ángel or Monumento a la Independencia is the most prominent landmark of Mexico City. Both used for celebrations and protests, this sculpture symbolizes Mexico’s fight for independence and ultimate victory.
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Where to stay in Mexico City for nightlife – La Condesa
For eclectic nightlife go to La Condesa. It actually consists of three smaller neighborhoods such as Condesa, Condesa-Hipodrómo and Hipódromo, but the locals here don’t separate them and refer to this area simply as La Condesa. This whole area is a great mixture of urban and bohemian.
With numerous shops, boutiques, refined restaurants serving both local and international food, and bars on the one hand and art galleries, museums, colonial buildings, authentic street markets on the other, La Condesa successfully and stylistically merges the traditional with the modern. If you are interested in its more urban side than feel free to wander along Avenida Insurgentes which will show you the modern buildings and cafes as well as some of the most picturesque parks of Mexico City.
Things to see and do in La Condesa
As the nightlife hub of Mexico City, La Condesa offers plenty of options when it comes to bars, pubs, taverns, restaurants, and shops while during the day you can relax in some of the nearby parks or check out some of the finest buildings in Art Deco style. We recommend:
- Tacos Gus
- La Xampa
- El Plaza
- Azul Condesa
If you are looking for a unique local food experience, don’t miss a chance to try some of the best tacos in the whole of Mexico! Gus, the owner, offers countless different items to choose from and prepares the taco of your choice on the spot with love.
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For a place with great food, even better drinks, and lovely live performances by local artists, visit La Xampa, as it is one of the most popular restaurants in town.
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