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Teotihuacan

Just 50km Northeast of Mexico City in the Basin of Mexico is the enormous archaeological sight of Teotihuacan, with 2 huge pyramids (Pirámide del Sol and Pirámide de la Luna, or Pyramids of the Sun & the Moon). They are mostly impressive for their size and well preserved condition, and the fact that you can climb them! Part of the city layout is still recognizable, including the main street “Avenue of the Dead”, and there are many well preserved Murals also on site.

Definitely worth a visit, especially if you are only stopping in Mexico City and won’t have a chance to visit any other similar sights in Mexico.

Buses go regularly from Terminal Norte between 7am and 6pm (around MX$40, taking one hour). At Terminal Norte, head to the far left and look for the desk to ‘Los Pirámides, not the town of Teotihuacan.

Zocalo

The Zocalo is the main plaza in the Historic Center of Mexico City. The plaza itself, one of the largest city squares in the world, is mostly empty apart from the enormous Mexican Flag that is ceremoniously hoisted and lowered daily, before being returned to the National Palace. I was not able to catch the ceremony, but if you can you really should. Raising is around 8am & lowering at 6pm, check with your accommodation for up-to-date times. The flag really is awesome and a great photo spot! You can actually see the flag from numerous places around the city.

The square has historical significance as the base of events and ceremonies over the years, as well as protests, the most recent being over the fraudulent 2012 elections.

At Zocalo Metro Station.

National Palace

The National Palace (Palacio Nacional) was the Presidential Home in Mexico until Manuel González in 1884 (the current home of the President is Los Pinos). Today the Palace houses offices of the Treasury and National Archives, huge murals by Diego Rivera depicting the history of Mexico, and the President rings in the celebration of independence here each year on September 15.

This building is best visited as part of a tour to really understand the history and significance.
Free entry, but you will need to put most of your belongings in a locker before passing security.

Right near Zocalo Station, entrance on Moneda.

09:00 ~ 16:30

Post Office Palace

The Post Office Palace (Palacio de Correos de Mexico) is a beautiful building (and still active post office) in the Centro Historico area. This golden building was designed by Italian Adamo Boari, built with yellow quarry stone, and inaugurated in 1907. There is a postal museum on the 1st floor if you’re really interested, but just walking around the ground floor is the main reason to visit.

Tues – Fri 10:00 ~ 17:30
Sat – Sun 10:00 ~ 16:00

Ideal Patisserie

The Queen of Patisseries in Mexico, Pasteleria Ideal is almost a tourist sight as much as a bakery. The store is huge, the ground floor offers a range of cookies, breads, pastries and cakes, while the second floor is a display of monstrous cakes, up to and over 100kgs & multiple tiers (mostly icing!). Unfortunately there aren’t many vegan options here, but vegetarians will love it, and I’m sure you can find something if you ask.

For the pastries, take a tray, make your selection, and get in line to pay. For the biscuits, you must get a ticket for the bag size and pay for it before making your selection.

Walk from Zocalo Station

Open Daily 06:30 ~ 21:30