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The Best-Kept Secrets Of Mexico City
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The Best-Kept Secrets Of Mexico City

Picture of Paula Zamorano Osorio
Updated: 25 October 2016
Behind the landmarks and tourist attractions, Mexico City, hides marvelous secrets. New cultural points of interest appear every day, month and year in this mysterious city, whether an Aztec artifact, an art exhibition or a new bookshop. We list some of the most interesting things to discover here.
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Museo de la Memoria y Tolerancia

Museum of Memory and Tolerance opened in 2010. The museum narrates and shows the suffering and pain of people when minority groups are oppressed, while promoting acceptance, tolerance and responsibility within society. Exhibitions are often praised for being powerful, intriguing and informative.

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Avenida Juarez 8, Centro Historico, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5130 5555

Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia | © PetrohsW/WikiCommons
Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia | © PetrohsW/WikiCommons
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Mercado de Medellin

When a desire for Cuban ice cream, good-quality Colombian coffee or Venezuelan arepas strikes, this is the place to go. Alternatively, for those who do not have the chance to explore beyond Mexico’s borders, it is a great chance to sample authentic Latin American cuisine. Look out for Frutería Rafael (a Colombian fruit stall) and Helados Palmeiro (a Cuban ice-cream parlor).

Mercado de Medellín 234, Roma, Mexico City, Mexico

Mercado de Medellín | © Marrovi/WikiCommons
Mercado de Medellín | © Marrovi/WikiCommons
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Víctor Artes Populares Mexicanas

Tucked away on 3rd floor of a perfume shop is the Víctor Artes Populares Mexicanas. Materials used in the handicrafts here include silver, tin and traditional textiles, while designs vary from traditional Huichol art to Frida Kahlo-inspired styles. Hand-painted glass pitchers, combs made from horn, and dolls made from papier-mâché are some of the delicate and colorful crafts sold here.

Victor Artes Populares Mexicanas, Isabel la Católica 97, Centro, Ejido delCentro, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5512 1263

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Foro El Bicho

Foro El Bicho is a small theater with only 45 seats and is dedicated to the support and promotion of Mexican experimental and modern drama. Foro El Bicho works both with budding artists and more experienced dramatists to nurture theater and cinema, producing excellence and offering the local community the chance to explore and reflect on modern Mexican culture.

Foro El Bicho, Colima 268 Col. Roma, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 2623 2220

Courtesy of Foro del Bicho
Courtesy of Foro del Bicho
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MUCHO Mundo Chocolate

Inside a beautiful 20th century house is Mexico City’s first ever chocolate museum, Mucho Mundo Chocolate, which outlines the historical and gastronomical importance of cacao through interactive exhibits. Displays include chocolate masterpieces and coffee pots, as well as the opportunity to glance into the kitchen to see the production process.

MUCHO Mundo Chocolate, Milán 45, Juárez, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 55 14 17 37

Cacao Hall | Courtesy of MUCHO Mundo Chocolate
Cacao Hall | Courtesy of MUCHO Mundo Chocolate
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Momumento y Museo a la Revolución

The Monument and Museum of the Revolution, stands as a reminder of the tragedies of the Mexican Revolution. Five heroes of the Revolution are buried under this impressive landmark, which acts as their mausoleum. Climb the arch to have a wonderful panoramic view of the city, day or night, or take a stroll around it and the beautiful fountains before the monument.

Monument to the Revolution, Plaza de la República S/N, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5592 2038

Monumento a la Revolución | © Haakon S. Krohn/WikiCommons
Monumento a la Revolución | © Haakon S. Krohn/WikiCommons
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Jardín del Arte

The art on display is what makes Jardín del Arte a joy; the idea is that artists sit along the path of a beautiful park to show their work. Some frequent creatives even become well-known. The artists work on their pieces, whether it is a painting, sculpture, or wax work, sharing and selling their work with passers-by.

Jardín del Arte, Villalongin 46, San Angel, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

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Museo de la Caricatura

Generally, not much serious art focus is placed on caricatures; however, this modest museum in the Centro Histórico does exactly that. Whether you are a fanatic or know nothing about caricatures, the Museo de la Caricatura is the perfect museum to visit for some enlightening entertainment.

Museo de la Caricatura, Calle Donceles 99, Cuauhtémoc, Centro Histórico, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5704 0459

Museo de la Caricatura | © Omar Bárcena/Flickr
Museo de la Caricatura | © Omar Bárcena/Flickr
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Salón Los Angeles

Salón Los Angeles offers an excellent night of Latin American entertainment. The open dance-floor and backdrop in the style of Golden Age Mexican Cinema invites all to feel and enjoy the rhythms of Latin American music, whether salsa, cumbia or mambo.

Salón Los Angeles, Calle de Lerdo 206, Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico, +52 55 5597 8847

Mambo dancing | © gnuckx/Flickr
Mambo dancing | © gnuckx/Flickr