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Guidebook for Centro

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Guidebook for Centro

Entertainment & Activities
This is a bathhouse that is generally clean and orderly. You can rent a private jacuzzi room, a steam room, or a dry heat sauna. Fun to go with couples or close friends. Very relaxing!
Señorial
92 Calle Isabel la Catolica
This is a bathhouse that is generally clean and orderly. You can rent a private jacuzzi room, a steam room, or a dry heat sauna. Fun to go with couples or close friends. Very relaxing!
Art house films... right now it is closed due to earthquake damage.
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La Casa del Cine
52 República de Uruguay
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Art house films... right now it is closed due to earthquake damage.
Arts & Culture
Spectacular building with collections and exhibitions of art from around the world.
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Museo Nacional De Arte (MUNAL)
8 Calle de Tacuba
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Spectacular building with collections and exhibitions of art from around the world.
This is the old central pyramid site of Tenochitlán. Very close to the house.
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Templo Mayor Museum
8 Seminario
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This is the old central pyramid site of Tenochitlán. Very close to the house.
City museum. Building is cool and synchronistic (aztec carvings in the volcanic rock). The architecture is more interesting than most of the exhibits though! Very close by.
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Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico
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City museum. Building is cool and synchronistic (aztec carvings in the volcanic rock). The architecture is more interesting than most of the exhibits though! Very close by.
Food Scene
Fancy & delicious Prehispanic cuisine with a contemporary flare. Expensive-ish but totally worth it. Get appetizers only if you're on a budget. The waiters will try to push the insect offerings! Closes at 11pm.
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Limosneros
3 Ignacio Allende
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Fancy & delicious Prehispanic cuisine with a contemporary flare. Expensive-ish but totally worth it. Get appetizers only if you're on a budget. The waiters will try to push the insect offerings! Closes at 11pm.
Open during the day only. Go up to the second floor dining room instead of staying in the groundfloor loncheria for spectacular views, food and service. Relaxed casual, attentive, business oriented.
Don Toribio
31 Calle de Bolívar
Open during the day only. Go up to the second floor dining room instead of staying in the groundfloor loncheria for spectacular views, food and service. Relaxed casual, attentive, business oriented.
Bosforo is actually the mezcal bar next door, but they have a lunch/ dinner spot next door that has no name. My understanding is that it is very local food- from D.F. and Estado de México. It is delicious and soulful with simple, beautiful & authentic ambiance
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Bósforo
31 Luis Moya
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Bosforo is actually the mezcal bar next door, but they have a lunch/ dinner spot next door that has no name. My understanding is that it is very local food- from D.F. and Estado de México. It is delicious and soulful with simple, beautiful & authentic ambiance
One of the oldest fine restaurants in the city. Their menu is traditional had has been the same (legend has it), since 1945.
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El Cardenal
23 Calle de la Palma
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One of the oldest fine restaurants in the city. Their menu is traditional had has been the same (legend has it), since 1945.
This restaurant is the sister restaurant to trendy MOG in Roma. It is almost always empty, unlike MOG where it is impossible to get a table. Japanese sushi (real, traditional, not tons of rice and mayo), Thai and Phô. Closes around 12am.
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Ah-Un
31 A Calle de Motolinia
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This restaurant is the sister restaurant to trendy MOG in Roma. It is almost always empty, unlike MOG where it is impossible to get a table. Japanese sushi (real, traditional, not tons of rice and mayo), Thai and Phô. Closes around 12am.
Burgers. Tasty
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Cancino Alameda
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Burgers. Tasty
Kiosk cafe on Madero, and another location on Tacuba next to the MUNAL. Great coffee, excellent service. The food isn't great, but it opens early.
Maison-kayser Tacuba
Kiosk cafe on Madero, and another location on Tacuba next to the MUNAL. Great coffee, excellent service. The food isn't great, but it opens early.
24 hour diner a few blocks from house.
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La Pagoda Cafeteria
10 Av. 5 de Mayo
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24 hour diner a few blocks from house.
INSANELY DELICIOUS ENCHILADAS in a cazuelas de barro (clay dishes). They come out boiling and are 60 pesos with soup and rice. This is your 3pm comida (daytime only). On a colorful old alley way next to house.
Las Enchiladas De La Abuela
14 1a. Cerrada 5 de Mayo
INSANELY DELICIOUS ENCHILADAS in a cazuelas de barro (clay dishes). They come out boiling and are 60 pesos with soup and rice. This is your 3pm comida (daytime only). On a colorful old alley way next to house.
Brazilian steakhouse. Delicious and worth the price, which I believe to be 269 per person. The salad bar is great but still, probably not a great pick for vegetarians. The building is colonial and lovely - the ambiance is strangely somewhere between sporty (I recall tv's with soccer) and classy (white table cloth, good service)
Lagrange Churrascaría Centro Historico
Brazilian steakhouse. Delicious and worth the price, which I believe to be 269 per person. The salad bar is great but still, probably not a great pick for vegetarians. The building is colonial and lovely - the ambiance is strangely somewhere between sporty (I recall tv's with soccer) and classy (white table cloth, good service)
Try the baguettes. Can do your regular shopping here or try comida corrida.
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Mercado de San Juan
21 2ᵃ Calle de Ernesto Pugibet
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Try the baguettes. Can do your regular shopping here or try comida corrida.
Personally I don't think the food is that great, but the ambiance is outstanding. They have menus from all over the country and change the offerings frequently, so give those special items a shot. Exquisite aguas de sabor (flavored waters). Also, the deserts will never disappoint.
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Azul Historico
30 Calle Isabel la Catolica
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Personally I don't think the food is that great, but the ambiance is outstanding. They have menus from all over the country and change the offerings frequently, so give those special items a shot. Exquisite aguas de sabor (flavored waters). Also, the deserts will never disappoint.
This place is a cab ride for sure but if you're a night owl, take note. It's been open for decades and the corner on which it stands was once a bustling train station with late night food offerings for travelers. That's all gone, but Biarritz is still open almost every night until 2am - by far the best food you'll get at that hour! The tacos are more like fat flautas and the caldo de galena is to die for. A working class, traditional spot little known to tourists and hipsters, even though it is only two blocks away from Roma Norte.
Merendero Biarritz
This place is a cab ride for sure but if you're a night owl, take note. It's been open for decades and the corner on which it stands was once a bustling train station with late night food offerings for travelers. That's all gone, but Biarritz is still open almost every night until 2am - by far the best food you'll get at that hour! The tacos are more like fat flautas and the caldo de galena is to die for. A working class, traditional spot little known to tourists and hipsters, even though it is only two blocks away from Roma Norte.
DELICIOUS and a BEAUTIFUL ambiance.
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Panadería Rosetta Havre
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DELICIOUS and a BEAUTIFUL ambiance.
Coffee is ok but not unbelievable. It's close to the house. The people who work here are really nice. Inside Downtown hotel. They open officially at 7:30 but I wouldn't be sure until 8am. If you want nice coffee and don't mind walking, go to Panederia St. Regis next to Barrio Alameda. It is a little better but still expensive. They open later, say 9am-ish.
Café Torino
28-30 Calle Isabel la Catolica
Coffee is ok but not unbelievable. It's close to the house. The people who work here are really nice. Inside Downtown hotel. They open officially at 7:30 but I wouldn't be sure until 8am. If you want nice coffee and don't mind walking, go to Panederia St. Regis next to Barrio Alameda. It is a little better but still expensive. They open later, say 9am-ish.
Before I went here, I had eaten food prepared by one of the owners, Scarlet. It was very memorable and made me want to visit. Recommended if you are looking something new and gourmet made with soul! The ambiance is nice and moody - go during the day to eat and at night to drink (the food menu is delicious but very limited at night). It is a hotspot for young expats.
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Cicatriz
44 Calle Dinamarca
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Before I went here, I had eaten food prepared by one of the owners, Scarlet. It was very memorable and made me want to visit. Recommended if you are looking something new and gourmet made with soul! The ambiance is nice and moody - go during the day to eat and at night to drink (the food menu is delicious but very limited at night). It is a hotspot for young expats.
Hidden away, this place is a white tablecloth Lebanese restaurant that has been around for ages. Ask to sit on the terraza. Beautiful colonial building. Somewhat pricy (150-400 a person) and they give you way too much food, which they will wrap very neatly for you afterward to go. I recommend the mesa libanesa, the agua de jocoque y menta, and the café árabe along with all of the exquisite classic middle eastern deserts. They also have breakfast, I have not tried it. 9am-6pm, but double check!
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Al Andalus
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Hidden away, this place is a white tablecloth Lebanese restaurant that has been around for ages. Ask to sit on the terraza. Beautiful colonial building. Somewhat pricy (150-400 a person) and they give you way too much food, which they will wrap very neatly for you afterward to go. I recommend the mesa libanesa, the agua de jocoque y menta, and the café árabe along with all of the exquisite classic middle eastern deserts. They also have breakfast, I have not tried it. 9am-6pm, but double check!
Delicious, super cheap and fast, with tons of vegetarian options. Tacos de guisado and fresh flavored fruit waters (aguas) which you can get made to order and sans sugar. Tacos are 15 pesos each and the salsas are super. Very close to the house. Only open during the day.
Los Callejeros
10D Av. 5 de Mayo
Delicious, super cheap and fast, with tons of vegetarian options. Tacos de guisado and fresh flavored fruit waters (aguas) which you can get made to order and sans sugar. Tacos are 15 pesos each and the salsas are super. Very close to the house. Only open during the day.
Shopping
The iconic antiques market. Go to shop or just to drink micheladas, coconut water, piña colas, palomas, etc. etc. ONLY ON SUNDAYS - it is NOT the brick and mortar market (dangerous) you want to go to but rather the "tianguis" (pretty safe). Go early - 9 or 10 am to get the best stuff. It starts to shut down around 3/4pm.
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La Lagunilla Market
46 López Rayón
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The iconic antiques market. Go to shop or just to drink micheladas, coconut water, piña colas, palomas, etc. etc. ONLY ON SUNDAYS - it is NOT the brick and mortar market (dangerous) you want to go to but rather the "tianguis" (pretty safe). Go early - 9 or 10 am to get the best stuff. It starts to shut down around 3/4pm.
Flower market. Tons and tons of flowers. Beautiful to see. I recommend eating huaraches with Celia "La Guera" stand 154 if you go. She wears lots of makeup (if I'm off on the stand number, that's how you will know!) and is really, really nice. More importantly, her food is extremely delicious and affordable. Put pápalo on it so your tummy can handle the grease.
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Mercado Jamaica
45 Guillermo Prieto
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Flower market. Tons and tons of flowers. Beautiful to see. I recommend eating huaraches with Celia "La Guera" stand 154 if you go. She wears lots of makeup (if I'm off on the stand number, that's how you will know!) and is really, really nice. More importantly, her food is extremely delicious and affordable. Put pápalo on it so your tummy can handle the grease.
The best vintage store in the city. Affordable and great selection. Joel, our neighbor here in the building, is the owner!
Vintage Hoe
The best vintage store in the city. Affordable and great selection. Joel, our neighbor here in the building, is the owner!
Kind of a mall - it is a remodeled Art Deco building that houses little shops. Good for gifts I suppose but everything is overpriced in my opinions. You are better off going to the markets. There are some independent clothing designers and illustrators - a hard thing to find many of under one beautiful roof - so it's worth the trip if that piques your interest!
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Barrio Alameda
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Kind of a mall - it is a remodeled Art Deco building that houses little shops. Good for gifts I suppose but everything is overpriced in my opinions. You are better off going to the markets. There are some independent clothing designers and illustrators - a hard thing to find many of under one beautiful roof - so it's worth the trip if that piques your interest!
This is IT for your Mexican craft one-stop-shop. They have everything you could ever want to bring back home.
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La Ciudadela
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This is IT for your Mexican craft one-stop-shop. They have everything you could ever want to bring back home.
Drinks & Nightlife
Cute, hidden cocktail bar. Haven't tried it myself but looks really lovely. In the same hotel complex as Lagrange espadas brasileñas.
Cotidiana
Cute, hidden cocktail bar. Haven't tried it myself but looks really lovely. In the same hotel complex as Lagrange espadas brasileñas.
Greasy tasty Spanish food. Kooky, eclectic bar feel. Great for groups of friends. Always busy. A lot of meat on the menu but they do have some veg. options. A pioneer of the Centro - it has been in business for nearly 10 years.
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Hostería La Bota
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Greasy tasty Spanish food. Kooky, eclectic bar feel. Great for groups of friends. Always busy. A lot of meat on the menu but they do have some veg. options. A pioneer of the Centro - it has been in business for nearly 10 years.
Rooftop terrace great for drinks and escaping the bustling street.
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DOWNTOWN MEXICO
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Rooftop terrace great for drinks and escaping the bustling street.
Listed already in food (because of the nameless restaurant next door), but Bósforo itself is actually a mezcal bar. Go during the week when it is less busy - it gets really full and is not relaxing on the weekends. Try the agua de maricuyá (passionfruit water) if you don't drink.
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Bósforo
31 Luis Moya
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Listed already in food (because of the nameless restaurant next door), but Bósforo itself is actually a mezcal bar. Go during the week when it is less busy - it gets really full and is not relaxing on the weekends. Try the agua de maricuyá (passionfruit water) if you don't drink.
Great music, hip scene. A huge menu of non alcoholic drinks as well.
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LA CHICHA
171, Local 4 Orizaba
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Great music, hip scene. A huge menu of non alcoholic drinks as well.
Quality mezcal bar in La Condesa. They make it so they know it. Not very cheap but good stuff. Food is good here too.
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Antolina
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Quality mezcal bar in La Condesa. They make it so they know it. Not very cheap but good stuff. Food is good here too.
Sightseeing
Not very safe so watch your belongings. I'm listing it since a lot of people ask me about it. Also known as the "witches market". You can buy everything from a soul cleaning to a peacock here. Interesting, exciting, authentic, yes, but also sad to see animals in cages. Not for novices. Next to la Merced market which is a labyrinth of daily goods mostly imported from China. I recommend taking the pesera (little rickety green buses) that runs on Corrigidora versus the train. The train literally leaves you in the middle of La Merced whilst the pesera leaves you in front of Sonora Market. The bus will have a sign that says SONORA. Proceed with caution and avoid going towards dusk.
Mercado de Sonora
Not very safe so watch your belongings. I'm listing it since a lot of people ask me about it. Also known as the "witches market". You can buy everything from a soul cleaning to a peacock here. Interesting, exciting, authentic, yes, but also sad to see animals in cages. Not for novices. Next to la Merced market which is a labyrinth of daily goods mostly imported from China. I recommend taking the pesera (little rickety green buses) that runs on Corrigidora versus the train. The train literally leaves you in the middle of La Merced whilst the pesera leaves you in front of Sonora Market. The bus will have a sign that says SONORA. Proceed with caution and avoid going towards dusk.
This is a skyscraper that is a few blocks away. Go to the mirador and have a drink to see the whole gaping beautiful mess that is Mexico City from a privileged point of view. Great photo op.
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Torre Latinoamericana
2 Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas
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This is a skyscraper that is a few blocks away. Go to the mirador and have a drink to see the whole gaping beautiful mess that is Mexico City from a privileged point of view. Great photo op.
Listing this as a sight to see since the history and ambiance are more interesting than the food. It's not terrible but it's not great. However, it's worth a visit so you can check out what is the longest continuously run restaurant in Mexico City. It was once a hotel and feels like Dracula still rents a room. Take a spin around plaza Santo Domingo and head here after.
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Hostería de Santo Domingo
70-72 Belisario Domínguez
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Listing this as a sight to see since the history and ambiance are more interesting than the food. It's not terrible but it's not great. However, it's worth a visit so you can check out what is the longest continuously run restaurant in Mexico City. It was once a hotel and feels like Dracula still rents a room. Take a spin around plaza Santo Domingo and head here after.
Come to see the Diego Rivera Murals.
Secretaría De Educación Pública (Edificio Anexo)
31 República de Brasil
Come to see the Diego Rivera Murals.
This is where you can catch tours of the city, pyramids (Teotihuacán), etc. It is a block away from the house in front of the agave and cactus gardens!
Turibus Tours
This is where you can catch tours of the city, pyramids (Teotihuacán), etc. It is a block away from the house in front of the agave and cactus gardens!
Parks & Nature
It's as close to nature as you're going to get in this area! The oldest park in Latin America. Go for a walk and get an ice cream or paleta - on the weekends it is very busy and there will be kids in the fountains!
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Alameda Central
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It's as close to nature as you're going to get in this area! The oldest park in Latin America. Go for a walk and get an ice cream or paleta - on the weekends it is very busy and there will be kids in the fountains!