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Mexico City’s Historic Center

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Spotlight on the historic center of Mexico City

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La historia de la calle de Corregidora@mxc_insider

Where to eat
Los Girasoles, Tacuba #8A. Adjacent to the National Art Museum and the Carlos IV statue, this restaurant offers a new take a traditional cuisine. Valet parking is available.

La Casa de las Sirenas, Republica de Guatemala #32. Restaurant and tequila bar behind the cathedral. Choice spot on the roof for people-watching. lacasadelassirenas.rest

Sanborns Casa de Azulejos, Avenida Madero #4. A national landmark. The patio of this 16th-century manor has been converted into one of Mexico City’s most famous restaurants. This is the flagship of the Sanborn’s restaurant chain. Less known is that the business was started by a pair of Gringo brothers just before the Mexican Revolution.

Cafe La Blanca, 5 de Mayo #40. Just a few blocks from the Zócalo, this is an airy cafe with good coffee and gigantic windows that showcase life in the centro.

Cafe Tacuba, Tacuba #28. It’s not just a Mexican rock band. This is one of the older (opened in 1912) and classier restaurants in the centro with great meals, often accompanied by live music in the afternoon and evening. Try their excellent tamales! cafedetacuba.com.mxHistoryFacebook

Restaurante Vegetariano, Filomeno Mata #13. Located on a pedestrian walkway between Avenida 5 de Mayo and Avenida Madero, this popular restaurant features generous portions of vegetarian fare. Open daily 8am-10pm.

Restaurante El Cardenal, Palma 23, restauranteelcardenal.com @elcardenalmr

Dulces = Candy

Dulcería de Celaya
5 de Mayo

Hostería de Santo Domingo, Belisario Domínguez 70-72. hosteriasantodomingo.mx

Where to drink
Ruta 57, Calle Republica de Cuba #14. Facebook

Salon Corona, Bolívar #24. Founded in 1928. Photo

Dos Naciones, Bolívar #58A – Con tres bebidas coma todo lo que quiera por persona

De la India, El Salvador #42 (corner of Bolívar)

La Faena, Venustiano Carranza #49. TripAdvisor: The incongruous mix of plastic chairs, high ceilings and mannequins sporting bull fighter attire lends the appearance of a once elegant cantina overtaken by squatters. The signature painting of a man picking a nocturnal fight with a bull is a frequent backdrop to electronic music shows. Fluorescent lights illuminate what the broken chandeliers cannot. Facebook

Coffee and Dessert
Churreria El Moro, Lazaro Cardenas (Eje Central) #42. Churros, the cinnamon-sugar-coated pastries that taste like funnel cake are served with steaming hot cups of hot chocolate — Mexican and French styles are highly-recommended. This famous establishment is more than sixty years old and open 24/7.

Pasteleria Ideal, Avenida 16 de Septiembre #18. Not a restaurant but a bakery with a cavernous interior. If you see people walking around town with boxes wrapped in light blue paper, you’ll know they bought confections from this place. Ideal for early-risers, the bakery opens at 6:30am. and does not close until 9pm. Try the jello.

Cafe La Habana, Morelos #62 and Bucareli. Actually, a few blocks west of the historic center of town, this cavernous spot is frequented by reporters who work in the nearby newspaper district. This cafe opened in 1954. Hot milk never tasted as good as when served with expresso coffee in steaming hot lecheros. Don’t burn your fingers!

Mercado San Camilito, Plaza Garibaldi. The market has a row of good restaurants serving pozole and other Mexican specialties. Highly recommended is the combo stand (#15 and #16 — Los Güeros). Afterwards, visit Tenampa, Mariachi Headquarters and sample some pulque on the plaza square.

Where to stay
Hotel Catedral, Donceles #95. Just a few blocks from the Zócalo and the Templo Mayor, this hotel offers clean rooms and a sparkling lobby. The roof-top veranda has one of the best views of the historic downtown.

Hotel Diligencias, Belisario Dominguez #6. Two blocks from Garibaldi Plaza, the hotel maintains a quiet, family-friendly ambiance. Parking is next door. Website

Hotel El Salvador, República del Salvador #16. Website

Hotel Monte Carlo, República de Uruguay #69. This is where D.H. Lawrence stayed when he wrote The Plumed Serpent.

Hostal Moneda, Moneda #8. Located one block east of the Templo Mayor and the Zócalo, this hostal has private and dormitory rooms (six beds).

Gran Hotel

Sombreros Tardan, Plaza de la Constitución #7 – Facebook@tardanmoda

San Idefonso, Justo Sierra 16

Laboratorio Arte Alameda (Pinacoteca Virreinal, Exconvento de San Diego)
Doctor Mora #7

Museo Mural Diego Rivera. Integrante del INBA, dedicado a conservar y difundir el mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central, de Diego Rivera.

Hidalgo #85
Bicycle parking!

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