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TRAVEL GUIDE: MEXICO CITY, D.F. (Distrito Federal)

Mexico consists of 31 states plus the Mexican Federal District or Distrito Federal (D.F.). It is the seat of the Mexican Federal Government and comprises Mexico City and its environs. La Ciudad de los Palacios ("city of palaces") is one of the largest megalopolises in the world and, despite problems like traffic and pollution, one of the world’s most stunning. Travelers find themselves deeply impressed by the trademark golden Angel of Independence, the central Zócalo district, endless museums, palaces and art galleries.


World's Richest Man Opens Museum in Mexico City

Billionaire Carlos Slim brings art to the masses with the opening of the admission-free Soumaya Museum in Mexico City's swanky Polanco District, featuring works from his 66,000-piece collection.

The exterior of Soumaya Museum in Mexico City’s swanky Polanco District

Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City
Mexico City
Although overlooked by tourists and expats who tend to favor the country's coastal resort areas, Mexico City is an exciting destination that offers something of interest for every traveler and every taste, with its arts and culture, historical sites, nightlife, recreation and culinary excellences.

Dining in Mexico City
From traditional Mexican food or updated tapas at D.O. Denominación de Origen, to sushi and even Lebanese cuisine, the capital city offers many restaurants to satisfy any craving. Search our database or check out our list of the Hot 10 restaurants in Mexico City.
The Best Restaurants in Mexico City

D.O. Denominación de Origen

The St. Regis Mexico City, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, and the Diana fountain

The St. Regis Mexico City
Located at the Paseo de la Reforma, this Cesar Pelli-designed building stands as the second tallest in Mexico City. The elegant property has 189 guestrooms and suites and a 15th-floor spa, pool and fitness center, all boasting unobstructed views of the city.

Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.
With plenty of modern amenities to keep both business and pleasure travelers satisfied, this gem of a hotel is an oasis in the middle of a sometimes chaotic Mexico City. Dine in the elegant Reforma 500, lounge in the comfortable Presidential Suite or relax with a spa treatment featuring a unique tequila rub.

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Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F.

Restaurant Bar Alfonso in Mexico City

Mexico City

Avant-garde and sophisticated Mexico City is facing huge changes: its ever-closer ties to the United States bring in not only a lot of money, but a lot of people and services as well. Their trendy restaurants, hot hotels and off-the-clock diversions are drawing in a smart set of travelers.


Get Close to Culture
Be sure to visit Mexico City's vibrant southern suburb of Coyoacán where Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Leon Trotsky and his wife lived. Don’t miss the Kahlo museum ("Blue House") on the corner of Allende and Londres and Anahuacalli, a museum designed by Rivera.

Visit the official website of Mexico City

Guide to Mexico
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