See Historic Sites, Museums
If shopping appeals, spend a morning in San Angel in the southwest part of the city. El Bazar Sabado, a market in an 18th century home open every Saturday, offers quality goods — think gift-worthy spices and salts, high-end tea and drinking chocolate, handmade pottery and artwork, and embroidered apparel. Just outside, artists sell their paintings on the paths winding through Plaza San Jacinto.
No visit to Mexico City is complete without a trip to Centro Historico, where the ancient and modern collide. Just off the main square, you can tour the archeological site of Templo Mayor. Before the Spanish invasion in the early 1500s, the site served as the main temple in Tenochtitlán, a city-state built by the Mexica people (more commonly known today as the Aztecs).
The Spanish later destroyed much of Tenochtitlan, and over a span of 240 years, between 1573 and 1813, they built the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven adjacent to Templo Mayor.
Tenochtitlán once stood on an island in massive Lake Texcoco. Over centuries, the Spanish conquerors drained the lake to expand a new city from the ruins of Tenochtitlán. That expanded city is now modern-day Mexico City.
Mexico City sits at the intersection of three mountain ranges: the Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Madre Occidental and the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. For a look at all that majesty, head downtown to the Torre Latinoamericana and take the elevator 45 stories up to El Mirador, the viewing platform at the top of the skyscraper. On your way back down, make time to visit the tower’s Museo de la Ciudad de México, where you can see how the city has evolved over time.
Whether you come to Mexico City for the historic sites, trendy neighborhoods or delicious food, you may find yourself staying for the feeling — a welcoming vibe and an exciting itinerary.