Should You Visit Mexico City?

Is Mexico City worth visiting?

We loved visiting Mexico City and, yes, it's absolutely a city that any traveler should visit. By the end of our time here, it felt like a second home.

Whether you're a traveling as a family, a couple, or a backpacker, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the amazing museums and fantastic food.

It's often mentioned as one of the best places to visit in major publications, such as in Time Magazine's World's Greatest Places in 2023.

While most vacationers head to the beach towns in Mexico, those that want to experience the heart of the country will go to Mexico City. This huge metropolis is filled with history, architecture, and culinary delights. There are beautiful squares and plazas, as well as parks and diverse neighborhoods.

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7 Reasons to Visit Mexico City

1. Museums

The city is filled with historic buildings, fascinating museums, and interesting landmarks. At the heart of the city is Zócalo, where the country's constitution was signed. Nearby you'll find the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Templo Mayor. Other interesting museums in the city include the National Museum of Anthropology, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the National History Museum.

2. Food

The city food scene is as diverse as the population itself. There are countless ways to experience the amazing street food, but there are also world class chefs working in award winning restaurants. Make sure you try the chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, and chiles en nogada.

3. Nightlife

It's a huge city, so of course there's no shortage of diverse nightlife activities. Some of the most popular neighborhoods for nightlife include the downtown, La Condesa, and Colonia Juárez. For upscale clubs head to Polanco and for trendy and eclectic venues check out Roma.

4. Shopping

The city has everything from open-air bazaars (tianguis) to modern shopping malls. There are international brands as well as local art galleries, handicrafts, and retail outlets.

5. Historical Sights

Centro Historico spreads out from Zócalo Plaza, and has many buildings that date back as far as the Aztec period. Many tourists gather here to explore the history and wander down the pedestrian-only Calle Madero.

6. The Costs

Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Mexico City might be a very affordable destination for you. Check out the travel costs for Mexico City here or see if Mexico City is expensive here.

7. Authenticity

Mexico City has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.

Expert Advice from Local Travelers

We're asking our community members and registered users to contribute their experiences about Mexico City.

What makes Mexico City a budget-friendly destination? Or not?

We found a pretty cheap hotel that was still somewhat nice, so that made out budget go further. The local restaurants here are also terrific, and much less than in the more touristy areas of the country. Make sure you check out the street food options because they are so cheap but delicious and filling, too.

Jul 11 2023

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Things to Consider Before Visiting Mexico City

Not As Romantic
For couples, this destination does not have a great vibe for romance compared to other places.


What is Mexico City most famous for?

Mexico City is most famous for its vibrant street food scene, colorful markets, and historic architecture. People visit this impressive city for its great museums, food, nightlife, and shopping. Many people love the historical sights, too. It is often described as colorful, cultural, diverse, vibrant, and dynamic.

What is the most famous sight in Mexico City?

The most popular sight in Mexico City is Zócalo. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Mexico City on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Zócalo and other attractions here.

How touristy is Mexico City? Is it a popular city to visit?

Mexico City is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

    • Teotihuacan Private Tour: $179
    • 19 City Highlights Bicycle Tour: $37
    • Teotihuacán: Private Tour from Mexico City: $99
    • Heritage Bike Tour CDMX evolution since Tenochtitlan: $56
    • Premium Foodie Tour in Polanco: Mexico Culinary roots!: $159
    • ART NACÓ Roma-Condesa Bike tour: $46
    • Graffiti & Urban Art Biketour: $66
    • ANDARES FreeWalkingTour: Historical route in downtown Mexico City: $20

    How long should I spend in Mexico City?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Mexico City is at least three or as many as five days. Since Mexico City has a variety of activities such as dining, nightlife, shopping, and museums, most people need this much time to see and do everything here.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Mexico City?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Mexico City?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Mexico City?.