We developed this map, a tourist map of Mexico City for our clients driving into Mexico City from the United States or from other parts of Mexico. We highlight and break out 4 distinct sections of the city – because it’s so large! Spending 2 weeks in Mexico City is hardly enough time…you could spend a week in each section and not see it all.
This map of Mexico City calls out four distinct Colonia’s to sections of Mexico City that are perfect for the tourist to visit: Polanco, Roma, Central, and Coyoacan. If you’re booking a hotel you might consider these parts of the Mexico City Map in your search. Continue reading for more information on why we highlight these areas.
Section 1 – Mexico City Historic Center
The highly condensed political, cultural, and historical center of Mexico City is one of the safest and most accessible areas you can explore in this vast, fascinating metropolis. Its many attractions fill an area of no more than a dozen blocks in any direction. Numerous art and history museums have their homes inside the Historic Center’s ancient colonial buildings, and at its very core lies the enormous central plaza, also called the Zocalo.
Facing this vast public space is the immense 16th century Mexico City Cathedral, which is absolutely worth a guided tour that takes you right to its roof for a panoramic view of the surrounding cityscape. Immediately to one side of the Cathedral are the excavated prehispanic ruins of the giant Templo Mayor complex, which held the religious core of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan before the foundation of Spanish Mexico City literally over top of it. Other stunning local attractions include the Bellas Artes art museum and several vibrant urban markets, such as Mercado San Jose.
Mexico City Map Section 2 – Colonia Roma District
The magically eclectic Colonia Roma district (Colonia means neighborhood in Spanish) is famously hipster-friendly and full of trendy attractions amidst architectural treasures. This large neighborhood is home to a colorful culinary scene that’s one of the most interesting in Mexico and its cultural spots are just as fascinating. A visit to the world-famous Museo del Objeto del Objeto is something you can’t miss during a visit to Roma for a taste of the decidedly strange in modern art.
A relaxing afternoon or evening stroll down the district’s main thoroughfare, the Avenida Álvaro Obregón will open you up to the full scope of daily life and culinary treasures as only Mexico creates them. For an even more diverse exploration of food and culture from all over Latin America, a visit to the nearby Mercado Medellin in Roma Sur (Roma’s southern part) is essential.
Mexico City Map Section 3 – Chapultepec and Polanco Districts
Polanco and Chapultepec welcome you to one of the most upscale and beautiful parts of Mexico City, where foreign embassies share space with lovely Spanish Colonial Revival mansions, fine restaurants, dessert shops, and sidewalk cafes. Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology is also nestled in Polanco and is the largest of its kind in all of Latin America, offering a singularly unique opportunity for exploring Mexican and world archeological treasures.
Directly beside Polanco and easily accessible is the sprawling Parque Chapultepec Urban Park. This vast green space in the heart of Mexico City offers both the Museum of Modern Art and the Tamayo Museum as its main art lover’s attractions. A short distance away, you can also find the towering Chapultepec Castle, which is a National Historical Museum of the city’s colonial history. Some of the best panoramic views of Mexico City are right there.
Section 4 – Coyoacan
The extensive Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City is a bit removed from the city’s urban core but that’s because it was once its own distinct colonial village. This heritage shows in the form of a charmingly placid town center that will easily make you forget you’re in the middle of a city of 20 million people. Coyoacan’s central plaza is ringed with restaurants and cafes and filled with the typical street culture that makes Mexico so vibrant. A walk of just a few blocks along streets filled with historical architecture will take you to the stunningly blue Frida Kahlo Art Museum and exploring just a few blocks further leads to the Leon Trotsky Historical Museum. Other nearby historical jewels include the 16th century Ex Convent of San Juan Bautista and its surrounding gardens.