This story was originally published in February 2020 and was updated in November 2021.
Where to eat, drink and explore in Mexico City
Perhaps the best way to capture the essence of Mexico’s capital city is by visiting the cinematic neighbourhood of Centro Histórico: it may have a centuries–old past, but it’s also the heart of modern–day Mexico. Aztec emperor Montezuma, Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés, peasant armies and all the Mexican presidents have walked through its cobblestone streets. There’s a chaos to the Centro Histórico that one can learn how to manage, but never master. Streams of people walk this way and that. Someone holding too many parcels stops abruptly in front of a window display, while a hurried man on a bike–cart nearly takes you out at the knees.
Related: How to Find Magic in Mexico (Hint: It Involves Butterflies)