Mexico City, a charming and entertaining capital

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

The grand metropolis of Mexico

The capital of Mexico, the grand Mexico City, holds treasures from history, architecture, culture, gastronomy and arts. It’s little wonder it has been compared to those big centers in Europe, as it offers many options to feel like in any chic European city, with great weather, mountains and many places to enjoy and appreciate Mexican culture.

Mexico, as a country, is more than what meets the eye. Many preconceived ideas about it are proven wrong, and its capital city is the perfect example… the city has constantly lived under the lens as a place of violence, pollution and dense traffic. The reality is that all of these situations have been coming more under control, with the city becoming a better metropolis.

Mexico City CathedralOriginal Image: “Mexico City Cathedral” by Francisco Diez, used under CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Starting off with culture: the capital itself is the where everything started in the country. Here lies a grand history of culture, which is probably is one of the reasons the city has a load of museums. In fact it is the city with most museums in the world. Some of the museums include the Anthropology and History Museum, the Natural History Museum, the San Ildefonso Museum, and the Templo Mayor museum, as well as those dedicated to art.

Speaking of art, Mexico City has been home of the making of great artists such as muralists Rufino Tamayo, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera, who was married to the best known Mexican female painter Frida Kahlo. There are a whole lot of museums featuring classic, modern and contemporary art; besides number of art galleries and a prodigious contemporary art scene with new artists.

Fountains Mexico CityOriginal Image: “Fountains” by Angélica Portales, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

And how can we forget about music, dance, theater and films. These other artistic expressions are also widely featured in the city. Concerts, theater plays, film festivals and performances happen all over town, especially in one outstanding architectural jewel: the Palace of Fine Arts.

Which takes us to architectural value; the city has magnificent examples of different architectural periods and styles. Colonia Roma is filled with classic European constructions that have been well kept until today. Of course there are also modern buildings that are statement and iconic pieces of the city, such as the Soumaya museum.

The most appealing features from those classic buildings is that on some occasions, they are occupied by chic, eclectic and charming shops, cafés and restaurants, which brings us to the culinary scene. Mexico City is the place where fine dining and street food merge beautifully and deliciously.

Condesa Ciudad de MexicoOriginal Image: “Condesa 02771” by Omar Bárcenas, used under CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr.

High-end restaurants, chic cafés, home-style cooking fondas, taco stalls and so on; the food options in town are so varied and tasty that one could choose a different place to eat, probably for a year or more. In the city one can find from classic tacos al pastor to signature restaurants recognized around the world.

Mexico City is a metropolis in evolution that is no longer a daunting city. It is a vibrant city filled with all kinds of people, the focus of Mexican culture, and proud capital of the beautiful country that is Mexico.

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