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Mexico City is apparently the second most instagrammed destination in Mexico, pipped to the post only by perennially popular holiday hotspot Cancún. What is it about Mexico City that makes it so popular with Instagram users? The vibrant colours, historical monuments or the amazing, picture ready street food? More than likely a combination of all of the above. We’ve put together a guide to the Mexican capital’s 15 most Instagrammable places.
Carlos Slim’s architecturally impressive, geometric art gallery, Museo Soumaya, is a favourite with Instagram users, under both #mexicocity and #museosoumaya categories.
The world’s largest triumphal arch, Mexico City’s Monumento a la Revolución regularly shows up on the #mexicocity feed. Given that it’s one of the capital’s key landmarks and most culturally interesting sites, this is unsurprising.
A lesser known spot, but a destination that includes all the key features of a good Instagram photo, the Morisco Kiosk in the Mexico City colonia of Santa María de la Ribera is a fantastic find.
There’s nothing better for a cracking Instagram picture than some 1920s art deco architecture. With its combination of curved and clean lines, you can get some great shots and unique angles in La Condesa, a neighbourhood known for its wealth of art deco design.
Quirky Coyoacán is perhaps the most Instagram-friendly neighbourhood in Mexico City, in terms of street art at least. From museums that have well-known and large scale murals to the religious inspired street art images you can find throughout this sprawling zones criss-crossing avenues, it’s an Instagrammer’s dream.
Another hugely popular Instagram location in the Mexican capital is the Ciudad Universitaria’s Espacio Escúltorico. The minimalist, geometric metal sculptures that you’ll find there make for excellent photo fodder and are also incredibly cool to see up close.
No visit to Mexico City is complete without popping up to the Miralto bar at the top of the towering Torre Latinoamericana to soak up the views over the historic centre. From this vantage point, you can even sneak a peek at the distinctive blue roof of the Basílica de Guadalupe in the north.
The zócalo is a year-round must-see area of Mexico City, hemmed in as it is on all sides by a number of incredibly impressive and important buildings. However, in September the zócalo dresses up to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, and the sparkly, tinsel-esque adornments making for great Instagram material.
Another must-visit destination in the historic centre of Mexico City is the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a building which just celebrated its 82nd anniversary. However, the shimmering tiles of the roof are what you need to get a good snap of if you want to reel in the Instagram likes.
A library may not seem like the most obvious place to get a good snap, but Biblioteca Vasconcelos in the north of the city is a definite exception to this rule. Even the non-bibliophiles among your followers will be won over by the futuristic stacks of neatly arranged books.
An often underrated Mexican modernist, architect Luis Barragán’s house is a great spot to go in Mexico City whether you’re a fan of his work or not. The vibrant colour palette and minimal layout are awesome, and work great on the Instagram platform.
Chapultepec Forest, and the castle that is contained within, are classics of the #mexicocity feed on Instagram, given that they offer opportunities for candid squirrel photoshoots, as well as more artsy stained glass window snaps.
Just off the zócalo is one of Mexico City’s most undeniably impressive buildings, which has a grand interior and dominating exterior. Although it may only be a post office, this doesn’t make it any less popular with Instagram users in Mexico, as this is a top photo destination.
Instagram is the spiritual home of the aesthetically pleasing food shot and with the street food being as good as it is in Mexico, you really can’t pass up the chance to snap away at some spicy tacos or expertly grilled elotes. The city is your oyster when it comes to foody Instagram photos.
Finally, although it’s not always wise to get your phone or camera out on the often crowded Mexico City Metro, it does sometimes offer up the chance for some truly artsy candid shots that will delight your Instagram followers. Worth sneaking a photo, if you get the opportunity.