One of the coolest things about Mexico City is its founding story. It was founded by the Aztecs.
The Aztecs date back to the 1300s and they travelled to Mexico City from the north of the country. They called themselves Mexica. The capital of the Aztec Empire was Tenochtitlan and modern-day Mexico City was constructed on the ruins of Tenochtitlan.
The old Aztec capital, Mexico City is now one of the world's largest and most densely populated cities in the country.
Nowadays, it is home to many precious stories, secrets and tourist attractions that make it a truly special place to visit.
In this blog, I will unveil some of the most awesome secrets in Mexico City.
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list
Did you know that Mexico has four places in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list: the Historic Center, Xochimilco, the UNAM Campus (public university) and Luis Barragan’s house and studio (a prominent Mexican architect).
All of these sites are steeped in ancient history and the architecture alone stands as a testament to the culture and workmanship of an ancient civilisation that still leaves its mark in and around the city.
Mexico City is an art lover’s paradise. The art scene isn’t always well publicised in the
city, but its art scene has been steadily on the rise for years now. Currently, some of the best contemporary galleries can be found tucked into the centrally located Roma and Condesa districts.
If you’re anything like me, and you’re fascinated by architecture, then you'll definitely want to head on down to San Miguel de Chapultepec or Kahlo’s former haunt Coyoacán.
Real-Life American Castle
Another interesting fact about Mexico City is that it is home to the only real castle in the Americas. The Chapultepec Castle was home to the Spanish viceroys and the Austrian Emperor Maximilian of Habsburg.
Nowadays, that castle has been transformed into a museum where you can learn more about the history behind the building. The castle museum is based in Chapultepec park, which is twice the size of New York’s Central Park.
You Just Can’t Beat Mexican Food
Another reason to visit Mexico City is its awesome cuisine. On the streets, you can find vendors selling local dishes and family recipes, to traditional Mexican favourites such as tacos, tlacoyos and tamales.
And that’s without even mentioning the gourmet restaurant scene, where you’ll discover the best fine-dining establishments in the country, such as Pujol and Padella.
Of course, no blog on Mexico City would be complete without mentioning the awesome nightlife. It’s got everything from jazz and reggae bars, to some of the more sophisticated outlets in the upmarket Polanco district and LGBT bars that line the streets of the Zona Rosa.
Nowadays, we hear so many negative things about Mexico in the news - especially in the US. We always hear about crime occurring in Mexico, illegal immigration and corruption. However, every country has its good and bad elements. The truth is there is so much more to this beautiful city than is currently portrayed on the news. It is steeped in ancient culture, tradition, museums, natural scenery and of course, mouthwatering cuisine.
While you have to exercise caution as with any place in the world, a quick trip to Mexico will show you just how misrepresented it is. And the thing I love the most about Mexico City is that it doesn’t matter what you’re into - you are likely to find it here. You’ll find everything from art and architecture, historical ruins, shopping malls, natural landscapes and gourmet restaurants. In other words, you’ll fall in love with it, regardless of your tastes and interests.
Janine Griffiths | Journalist
Janine is a copywriter and marketing strategist from England, with a background in journalism. She has represented many major brands throughout her career such as HSBC, Prudential and BIM. She runs a popular travel blog called janinesjourneys.com and has made has previously worked for major regional newspapers in the UK such as the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and the Shropshire Star