The Best-Kept Secrets of Mexico City, Mexico

You can climb the Monumento y Museo a la Revolución for a panorama of Mexico City
You can climb the Monumento y Museo a la Revolución for a panorama of Mexico City | © Drokebyt / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Paula Zamorano Osorio
6 September 2021

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 artefact, an art exhibition or a new bookshop. We list some of the most interesting things to discover in the capital of Mexico.

Interested in exploring secret sights? Then book your place on Culture Trip’s five-day Mexico City tour, where our local insider will lead you to some lesser-known places.

Museo de la Memoria y Tolerancia

Mexico City, Mexico-2 December, 2018: Museo Memoria y Tolerancia (Memory and Tolerance museum) in Mexico city - W9GGCB
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The Museo de la Memoria y Tolerancia (Museum of Memory and Tolerance) opened in 2010 and narrates the suffering of people when minority groups are oppressed. It aims to promote acceptance, tolerance and responsibility within society. Exhibitions are often praised for being powerful, intriguing and informative.

Mercado de Medellín

Mercado Roma, Mexico City, Mexico T3J84M
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When a desire for Cuban ice cream, quality Colombian coffee or Venezuelan arepas strikes, this is the place to go. And for those who do not have the chance to explore beyond the Mexican 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).

Víctor Artes Populares Mexicanas

On the third 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 and dolls made from papier-mâché are some of the delicate and colorful crafts sold here.

Foro El Bicho

Cinema, Theater
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. It works both with budding artists and more experienced dramatists to nurture theater and cinema, producing excellence and offering the community the chance to explore and reflect on modern Mexican culture.

Mucho Mundo Chocolate

2D0GDDY A woman stands next to more than 2,000 chocolate samples adhered to the walls inside "Mucho", a chocolate museum, in Mexico City October 29, 2013.
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Inside a beautiful 20th-century house is the first chocolate museum in Mexico, 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.

Monumento y Museo a la Revolución

Monumento y Museo Nacional de la Revolucion in Mexico City, Mexico is a mausoleum, museum, and monument in the Plaza de la Republica. M9GJK7
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The Monumento y Museo a la Revolución (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 for a panoramic city view, day or night, or take a stroll around it and the beautiful fountains in front.

Jardín del Arte

BDF8EC - Young woman looking at paintings for sale at the art show held every Sunday in the Jardin del Arte, Sullivan Park, Mexico City. Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.
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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 develop their pieces, whether it is a painting, sculpture or waxwork while also sharing and selling their art with passers-by.

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.

Salón Los Angeles

Cinema, Music Venue
The Salon Los Angeles dancehall in Mexico City
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Salón Los Angeles offers an excellent night of Latin American entertainment. The open dance floor and backdrop in the style of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema invite all to feel and enjoy the rhythms of Latin American music, whether salsa, cumbia or mambo.
These recommendations were updated on September 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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