Destination

Places to Visit in Mexico City

The finest restaurants, the trendiest shops and some of the most fascinating attractions in Mexico City – they’re all only moments away when you stay with us.

Located along the spectacular Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, where hip stores and cutting-edge architecture line the street, Marquis Reforma is perfectly located near both major corporate offices and popular cultural attractions. Stroll through the lush gardens of Chapultepec Park, discover exquisite shopping at Plaza La Rosa or explore one of Mexico’s most beautiful buildings at the Fine Art Palace.

The City of Mexico also hosts major events and concerts on a regular basis, including performances by Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Cher, Madonna and others. To find out what artists will be in the City of Mexico during your stay, please check out www.ocesa.com.mx.

If you have any questions about upcoming events, area attractions or would like assistance in booking a tour, please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly concierge.at concierge@marquisreforma.com


Downtown Mexico City

Centro, Cuauhtémoc
06060 Ciudad de México, DF

El Zócalo

Centro, Cuauhtémoc
06060 Ciudad de México, DF

Metropolitan Cathedral

Plaza de La Constitución S/N
Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, DF

National Palace

Cuauhtémoc
Mexico City, DF

Templo Mayor

Seminario 8 Centro Historico, Cuauhtémoc
06060 Ciudad de México, DF

Fine Arts Palace

Avenida Hidalgo 1 Centro, Cuauhtémoc
06050 Ciudad de México, DF

Paseo de la Reforma

Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, D.F

National Museum of Anthropology

Av. Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi s/n
Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, DF

Chapultepec Castle/ National History Museum

Chapultepec Paseo de la Reforma
Bosque de Chapultepec I, Miguel Hidalgo, 11100 Ciudad de México

Chapultepec Park

Bosque de Chapultepec I, Miguel Hidalgo
11100 Ciudad de México, DF

Modern Art Museum

Paseo de la Reforma y Campo Marte SN
Polanco Chapultepec, 11560 Miguel Hidalgo, DF

Polanco

11550 Ciudad de México, DF

La Condesa

06140 Ciudad de México, DF

Papalote Childrens Museum

Av. Constituyentes 268 Daniel Garza, Miguel Hidalgo
11830 Ciudad de México, DF

Kidzania

Vasco de Quiroga 3800, Local 1
Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, 05109 Ciudad de México, DF

Chapultepec Fair

Circuito Bosque de Chapultepec S/n. Segunda Seccion
Bosque de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México

Chapultepec Zoo

Paseo de la Reforma Bosque de Chapultepec I
Miguel Hidalgo, 11100 Ciudad de México, DF

Six Flags

Carretera Picacho-Ajusco Km. 1.5 Heroes de Padierna
Tlalpan, 14200 Ciudad de México, DF

National Art Museum

Tacuba 8 Centro Historico, Cuauhtemoc
06010 Ciudad de México, DF

Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum

Museo 150 San Pablo Tepetlapa
Coyoacán, 04620 Ciudad de México, DF

Frida Khalo Museum

Londres 247 Del Carmen, Coyoacán
04100 Ciudad de México, DF

Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo House Studio Museum

Mexico, DF

Mexico City Tour

Mexico, DF

Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Club Campestre, 76903
Santiago de Querétaro, QRO, México

Taxco and Cuernavaca Tour

Cuernavaca, Morelos

Cholula and Puebla Tour

Puebla Mexico

Folkloric Ballet of Amalia Hernandez

Violeta 31 Guerrero, Cuauhtémoc
06300 Ciudad de México, DF

Saturday Bazaar

San Jacinto 11 San Angel, Álvaro Obregón
01000 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México

Centro Santa Fe

Av. Vasco de Quiroga No. 3800 Col. Antigua Mina la Totolapa, Santa Fe
C.P. 05109, Del. Cuajimalpa de Morelos, Mexico D.F.

Mercado la Ciudadela

Plaza de la Ciudadela Emilio Donde s/n
Colonia Centro Cuauhtémoc, 06040 Ciudad de México

Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa

Paseo de la Reforma 465 Col.
Cuauhtemoc. Mexico, D.F. 06500



Mexico City Attractions

Downtown Mexico City

Downtown México City is a historic, financial, arts and business center that has preserved its rich history and architectural beauty. Declared a part of Mexico's cultural heritage by UNESCO, this four-mile district is filled with beautiful residential areas, museums, parks, restaurants and stores.

Downtown Mexico City offers some of the world's most significant historical sites, including the ruins of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlán, which was partially constructed in the 14th century.

El Zócalo

The Plaza of the Constitution, called El Zócalo, is one of the most magnificent plazas in the world. An immense flag waves in the middle of this vast square which is dominated by two buildings - the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. A harmony of old and new, Zocalo features historic buildings, restaurants, stores, hotels, and ancient Aztec ruins.

Metropolitan Cathedral

Dominating the Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral is Latin America's oldest and largest cathedral. Featuring 67-meter towers, it is the heart of the most populated diocese in the world. Constructed over three centuries (from 1525 to 1813), the cathedral reflects the classic, neoclassic, baroque and Mexican churrigueresque architecture. Metropolitan Cathedral contains prized works of art from the colonial era, in a variety of artistic styles, as well as statues and altarpieces. This historic and spiritual site presents a sound-and-light show called "Voices of the Cathedral" - a candlelit stroll through the cathedral enhanced by period music.

National Palace

Located on Mexico City's Zocalo, the National Palace was residence of the President of the Republic and the seat of Mexican government. Constructed during the Renaissance, the palace's most impressive feature is the great mural over the building's main staircase, which was painted by Diego Rivera at the height of the Revolution. The impressive site has been a palace for the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec empire, and much of the palace's red tezontle facade is from the original that belonged to Moctezuma II.

Templo Mayor

Recently discovered in Mexico City, Templo Mayor (Great Temple) is a massive stone pyramid with two Aztec temples built in the 14th century in honor of the Aztec gods of war and water. The Templo Mayor Museum illustrates the splendor of the Aztec Empire with over 3,000 artifacts excavated from this ancient site and in central México. The centerpiece is an 8 ton carved round stone discovered at the Templo Mayor depicting the moon goddess Coyolxauhqui. Notable pieces in the temple include: Tzompantli-Shrine or Wall of Skulls, a panel made of rows of human skulls covered with stucco; two identical life-size clay statues of Aztec warriors dressed in eagle costumes; and a stone eagle symbolizing the god Huitzilopochtli, where the hearts of sacrificial victims were placed. Visit www.conaculta.gob.mx/templomayor/.

Fine Arts Palace

The most beautiful building in México City, Fine Arts Palace is Mexico's national theater and opera house and home of Amalia Hernandez's folkloric ballet. Admire the elegant harmony of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as fine Mexican art. Tiffany's in New York created the theater's main curtain, a mosaic made from one million crystals that depict the Mexican valley. The palace features the work of five great Mexican muralists -Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan O’Gorman and Rufino Tamayo. The magnificent venue presents artistic and cultural activities, including opera performances, classical music concerts, and art exhibitions or painting and sculpture.

Paseo de la Reforma

Mexico City's most beautiful tree-lined avenue - between Downtown and Chapultepec Park - features luxury hotels, office buildings, art galleries, ancient areas, spectacular monuments and stunning architecture. One of the most extraordinary and longest streets in Latin America, Paseo de la Reforma is highlighted by historic monuments and statues of the Republic’s heroes that decorate its squares. Landmarks like Christopher Columbus statue, Diana Fountain and Independence Monument are dear to the Mexican people. At the southern end of Paseo de la Reforma. In front of Chapultepec Forest, Polanco is a dynamic neighborhood with the trendiest shopping and dining district.

National Museum of Anthropology

Opened in 1964, the enormous National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park is home to the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian, Aztec and Mayan artifacts in the world. At the finest anthropological museum in the world you learn about Mexico's colorful, pre-Hispanic history. The museum’s ground floor highlights the native cultures of México before the Spanish conquest, and the famous Aztec sun stone is displayed among the impressive collection of artwork from the indigenous peoples. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 to 7:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 6:00. Call 5553 6381 or visit www.mna.gob.mx.

Chapultepec Park

This beautiful 2,100-acre park is a cultural and recreational focal point of Mexico City. Chapultepec Park offers lush, green fields, children's recreational areas, amusement parks, a lake, and Chapultepec Zoo - the top zoo in Latin America. The magnificent, historic park features six important museums, including the Museum of Anthropology and Modern Art Museum, as well as the National Palace, residence of the president of the Mexican Republic.

Chapultepec Castle/ National History Museum

The centuries-old Chapultepec Forest is crowned by the most magnificent castle in Mexico City. Constructed during the 18th century, this neo-classical castle served as home of the Emperor Maximiliano. Today, this historic landmark and world heritage site houses the National Museum of History, featuring various salons with opulent furnishings, historic jewels, the splendid imperial carriage and amazing murals by Orozco, Siqueiros and O’Gorman - the greatest muralists in México. The spectacular castle delights with incredible views of the city and manicured grounds. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Modern Art Museum

Located in Chapultepec Park, the Modern Art Museum houses Mexico City's permanent art collection and features an impressive collection of artwork by Mexico's greatest contemporary artists including Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Frida Kahlo. Museum exhibits include Mexican painting, sculpture, lithography and photography. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 to 5:00.

National Auditorium

This impressive 9,683-seat performance and convention center is the leading concert and performance venue in Mexico City. Ranked the top concert venue in the world by Pollstar Magazine in 2007, the National Auditorium presents a diversity of blockbuster concerts, international performers and events with technologically advanced sound and lighting. Many international figures have performed here including Placido Domingo, Paul Simon, Kirov Ballet, Juan Luis Guerra, David Copperfield, Sting, Jose Carreras and The London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Auditorium houses the largest pipe organ in Latin America. For upcoming concerts and events, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx.

Polanco

Polanco is a dynamic neighborhood with Mexico City’s trendiest shopping and dining. Mexico City's Polanco district is a fashionable shopping area sporting high-end shops, trendy designer boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Stroll down Presidente Masaryk, the main shopping drag, and stop in shops like Armani, Luis Vuitton, Gucci and Christian Dior. This street also houses upscale restaurants and sidewalk cafes perfect for an afternoon bite or dining out.

La Condesa

Known for restaurants and cafés, this shopping destination is sprouting designer boutiques, jewelers, shoe shops, and hip houseware stores for the younger scene.

Centro Santa Fe

Located in the western part of the city, Centro Santa Fe is one of the largest shopping centers in Latin America. Centro Santa Fe boasts a diverse collection of 300 upscale shops, department stores, boutiques selling name brands, as well as restaurants, play areas for children, entertainment and a 10-screen movie theater. This popular shopping center offers a unique upscale shopping experience with the top brands and the boutiques of Mexico.

Mercado la Ciudadela

Located on the corner of Balderas and Dondé, this covered market features wide variety of artisans and authentic crafts from all over Mexico. This market offers great jewelry, clothing, artwork, crafts, pottery, silver, rugs, and handbags. Be willing to bargain, and you will walk away with a great deal on the perfect souvenir. Open daily 10:30-6:30.

Kids Attractions

Papalote Children's Museum

Described as one of the most technologically advanced museums in Mexico, this colorful museum was designed to delight and inspire children. The museum features more than 248 interactive exhibitions divided into five areas: Con-science, I Am, Expressions, I Communicate and Our World. Kids are encouraged to discover the world and themselves through interactive games and educational exhibits that highlight culture, art, science and history. Check out the Megapantalla IMAX, where 3-D films like Grand Canyon are shown on the gigantic screen. Visit www.papalote.org.mx.

Kidzania

Take your family to this exciting recreational center where children participate in fun activities typically performed by grown-ups, like baking bread and grocery shopping. Located in the Santa Fè Shopping Center, City of the Children was awarded the prized Thea Award, considered to be the Oscar of the amusement parks industry. Open Monday through Sunday from 10:00 to 3:00 and from 4: 00 to 9:00.
Festival del Centro Histórico -
Held in early spring, this free festival in Mexico City’s El Zocalo explodes with street theater, fun events, great food, concerts, big-name singers, dance performances and spectacular art exhibitions. Visit www.festival.org.mx

Chapultepec Fair

Located in Chapultepec Forest, just east of Lago del Nuevo Bosque, La Feria is Mexico City's most impressive amusement park. Chapultepec Fair features more than 50 exciting rides and fun attractions, including the Big Dipper. Open: Tuesday through Sunday from10: 00 to 6:00.

Chapultepec Zoo

The top zoo in Latin America, Chapultepec Zoo is part of the Mexican tradition of conserving animals that dates back to ancient times. Located in Chapultepec Park, one of the most significant zoological parks in the world houses a collection of over 2000 animals from more than 200 species. The Zoo is internationally famous for its renowned breeding program and three female Giant Pandas, Xiu Hua, Shuan Shuan and Xin Xin. Chapultepec Zoo consists of 7 areas - Desert, Pastures, Coastal Strip, Tundra, Aviary, Tempered Forest and Tropical Forest. Explore the Reptile House and the new butterfly house.

Six Flags

One of the most exciting amusement parks in the world and the largest in Latin America, Six Flags features 48 thrill rides, pulse-pounding roller coasters, fun attractions and ever-changing family shows. Located in the Ajusco forest south of the city, Six Flags features an amazing collection of extreme rides and coasters like The Dark Knight, Superman El Ultimo Escape, Batman The Ride, Medusa, Roller Skater, Escorpion, and Catarina Voladora. The amusement park also features Adventure Kingdom, featuring new rides featuring new rides such as Wild River, Unexpected Trip, and Roller, and Dolphin Discovery, where you can swim with dolphins! Visit www.sixflags.com.mx.

Mexico City Attractions

National Art Museum

Located in the former Communications Palace, the National Art Museum features a great collection of Mexican art ranging from the 16th to the first half of the 20th centuries. The National Art Museum features revolving exhibits of contemporary painters, sculptors, lithographers, and photographers from around the world. Marvel at paintings by Juan Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Eugenio Landesio and the largest collection of paintings by the outstanding Mexican landscaper, Jose María Velasco. A whole room is devoted to the plastic arts of México from the 1930s to the 1960s. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Sundays are free.

Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum

Designed by the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, this 23-room museum features an interesting collection of Pre-Hispanic Mexican ceramics and sculpture - the largest in Mexico. Meaning “House of the Valley of Mexico, the museum includes a replica of the painter's studio, along with sketches of the famous mural he painted in New York's Rockefeller Center, which was destroyed for political reasons, and re-created in the Fine Arts Palace. Built with volcanic rock and stone, Rivera took elements of Teotihuacan and Aztec architecture to highlight the pre-Hispanic past and create a significant artistic center. A central plaza sets the stage for theatrical and musical representations. Visit www.anahuacallimuseo.org.

Frida Khalo Museum

The house where the artist was born and lived, the Frida Kahlo Museum is a reflection of Khalo’s personality and art. The fascinating museum includes personal objects, work utensils, and some of her art work like giant papier-mâché skeletons outside the gloriously decorated kitchen. The collection also displays pictures and sketches of Diego Rivera, and paintings by Jose, Maria Velasco, Joaquin Clausell, and Paul Klee. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 and 3:00 to 6:00. Tel: 5-554 5999.

Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo House Studio Museum

Formerly the avant-garde abode where Diego Rivera lived with Frida Khalo, this museum features the works of these two famous Mexican painters. The museum displays a few examples of Rivera´s exceptional art and a lot of memorabilia from the famous artist couple. Rivera lived in the house until his death in 1957. Open: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tel: 5-550-1518.

Tours and Activities

Pyramids of Teotihuacan

An ancient Aztec phrase meaning “place where men become gods,” Teotihuacan is an incredible archeological landmark just beyond Mexico City. Take a wonderful tour of Teotihuacan and climb the sun and the moon pyramids, which are sacred structures in Mexican culture. This tour also guides you to the Quetzalpapalotl - "palace of the jaguars" and the "avenue of the dead." Before touring the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, you will see the great basilica of Guadalupe. Visit www.teotihuacan.gob.mx.

Mexico City Tour

This 4-hour tour covers important downtown areas. Embarking from the Zòcalo, you will visit the National Palace and see Diego Rivera's famous murals before proceeding to the Metropolitan Cathedral. Enjoy walking through an ancient Aztec civilization, then take a ride down the Paseo de la Reforma, an avenue highlighted by beautiful statues. This Mexico City tour culminates in the impressive Aztec Room at the Anthropology Museum.

Folkloric Ballet of Amalia Hernandez

Held at the magnificent Fine Arts Palace, the Folkloric Ballet of Amalia Hernandez features spectacular presentations of folk music, dances and costumes from all the corners of Mexico. Shows: Wednesday at 8:30 and Sundays at 9:30 and 8:30.

Taxco and Cuernavaca Tour

Journey through the Mexican landscape and Sierra Madre mountains to experience the most beautiful destinations in Mexico. The 10-hour tour takes you to Cuernavaca, the city of the eternal spring. One of the oldest cities in Mexico, Cuernavaca features a beautiful 16th century cathedral and the Palace of Cortés. Following you will be transported to Taxco, the city of silver. Located on a magnificent mountain, Taxco is one of best preserved colonial cities in México. Tour significant landmarks such as the Church of Santa Prisca, which features a churriguresque façade and elaborate sculptures, and the Plaza Borda, famous for its colorful market and silver shops. This tour is approximately 10 hours.

Cholula and Puebla Tour

Puebla is a colonial city that has remained architecturally intact over the years. Called the City of the Angels, Puebla is recognized for the talaverana tiling that embellishes its walls, cupolas and interiors, and mole poblano, the area's national Mexican dish. In Puebla, you will enjoy seeing the Cathedral, the Church of Santo Domingo and one of the many factories where talavera and onyx pieces are produced. This 8-hour tour also takes you to Cholula, an area well known for the famous pyramid of Quetzalcoatl. Upon leaving México City, you will see impressive sites including the Popocatepetle and Iztacihuatl volcanoes, famous for their dramatic beauty.

Saturday Bazaar

Experience this unique, outdoor Mexican market where elaborate crafts, jewelry, cut crystal, ceramics, decorative objects and art are found. Located at Plaza San Jacinto in San Angel, the Saturday Bazaar showcases Mexico's finest handicrafts and reflects hundreds of years of traditions and architecture in Mexico City. Shopping at this market is an atmospheric experience with marimba music filling the air and the aromas of authentic Mexican foods from the surrounding cafes and restaurants. Open: Saturdays only from 10:00 to 7:00.