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Walking around Mexico City’s Downtown, also known as the Historic Center (or in Spanish, Centro Histórico) is my idea of the perfect way to experience this incredible city.

With so many sights to see and SO many streets to walk on, I try to get myself purposely lost, every time I’m there.

Some of the sights are the ones that a guidebook will tell you to visit, and others are my personal favorites that I recommend to visitors I meet.

Vámonos, let’s take a photo tour of Mexico City’s Centro neighborhood. I’ll take you through a few of my highlights.

First, we have the Palacio de Bellas Artes. This Mexico City icon gets me excited every time I lay eyes on it. It’s located in the heart of the city, and it’s just as magnificent from my perch on the top floor of the SEARS across the street as it is from ground level. The cafe on the roof of SEARS is called Cafe Finca Don Porfirio, and you’ll find more info at my Mexico City travel guide.

Next, we pass by the Torre Latinoamericana, which some people joke is the Empire State Building of Mexico City. Or, maybe that’s my joke. I forget.

The first time I went to Mexico City, I hadn’t known about the building with the Portuguese-style blue azulejo tiles. When I went back, I was sure to visit and get close up for these photos.

As we cross just a few streets, we’re heading to the Palacio de Correos de México (Postal Palace of Mexico City). And it’s really a palace! It’s also one of the places I recommend in the best photo spots in Mexico City guide.

Coming up next is the Gran Hotel Ciudad de México, one of the most lovely hotels in the city.

If I’m hungry, I stop at Taqueria Tlaquepaque. The name gets me every time because it’s so fun to say. This no-frills spot is unbelievably popular and the food is fantastic.

Golden hour is hitting soon, so I walk faster to Chinatown, my next destination.

Mexico City’s Chinatown, or Barrio Chino, is pretty small, but has one pedestrian-friendly lane where vendors sell treats, souvenirs and knick-knacks. You’ll find it all on Dolores, starting at Avenida Independencia. And here are some of my favorite photos of Mexico City’s Centro.

Staying safe in Mexico City: While it’s a generally safe place, I recommend visiting my Mexico City safety tips for some must-know precautions like scams, especially when visiting Centro. Enjoy!

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