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Mexico City's Best Museums, Street Walks, and Neighborhood Bistros

Travelers Today       By    Patricia Sim

Updated: Oct 18, 2016 06:56 PM EDT

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 23: A child plays while waiting for her mother to finish work in front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes as people walk home following a political demonstration in Mexico City's zocalo square on June 23, 2012 in Mexico City, Mexico. Thousands of Mexican youth, most supporters of leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, have been demonstrating for a fair electoral process ahead of the July 1 presidential election. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Just a quick trip across the border, Mexico City gives an insight into this bustling city's old world charm and modern hustle. Here are some of the attractions to watch out for in this historical and cultural city, no matter what kind of adventure you are looking for.

1. Museo Nacional de Antropologia - For Would-be Archaeologists

Beside Chapultepec park, the biggest green space in the city, lies this Museum rife with artifacts from the Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations. The museum also features mementos and images of over 50 of Mexico's many indigenous populations, still living in their unique cultures as of today. Private tours after-hours may be arranged with the museum or tour guide.

2. Centro Historico District - For Architecture Nerds

A mishmash of Aztec empire ruins and Spanish colonial palaces, the city center is home to some of the best and most well-preserved architectural masterpieces in the city. Stop by buildings lke the Palacio Nacional, Caterdral Metropolitana, and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes. Take the afternoon off with a stroll along The Zocalo, the city's main square.

3. Miguel Hidalgo, Roma & La Condesa Neighborhoods - Foodie Paradise

Elena Reygadas, one of Latin America's Top 50 chefs has her Italian-inspired traditional Mexican food in Pretty Rosetta, known for amazing risotto. Another great spot in this neighborhood is Mercado Roma, another 'Eataly'-themed culinary market with pop-up shops and artisanal vendors.

Great bars include the laid-back bar Limantour or the trendy Condesa boutique hotel, which has been open since 2005, when the neighborhood was still shady and dangerous, lending it a cool authenticity.

4. Tane, and Talleres de Los Ballesteros - Shop Silver Till You Drop

"I've always loved silver, and Mexican silver is the best," said Mary Kaye Schilling, a recent traveler to Mexico, tells Town and Country Magazine, "My two favorite shops are Tane, whose vermeil is absolutely gorgeous and never fails to remind me of the table settings of my childhood, and Talleres de Los Ballesteros, an Aladdin's cave of silver objects where many women register for their weddings."

5. Teotihuacan - A Day Trip In Time

Built 1,000 years before the Aztecs, this UNESCO Heritage site features the Pyramid of the Sun, the 3rd largest pyramid in the world.

According to The Girl and Globe, the bus from Mexico City to Teotihuacan takes about an hour, but is worth it, given amazing views overlooking the complex, as well as intricately carved marvels such as The Palace of Quetzlpapalotl and The Pyramid of the Moon.

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