Zocalo
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Zocalo, or Plaza de la Constitucion, is one of Mexico City's most popular spots that dates back to the Aztec era. It's a large and historic public plaza that never sleeps, always buzzing with traditional Aztec dancers and performers, cultural events, and even political demonstrations. The square is surrounded by beautiful architecture and landmarks, such as Palacio Bellas Artes and the Templo Mayor, making it a great starting point to explore the city. Be sure to join a city walking tour to learn more about the history and culture of Zocalo. Visit in the morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Centro Histórico
The beating heart of the city lies within Centro Histórico, the vast expanse of historical buildings and monuments that are a must when exploring Mexico City. Places such as the Museo Biblioteca Palacio Postal, Casa de los Azulejos and Palacio de Bellas Artes are the perfect eye candy for anyone seeking to admire arts and architecture. Don't forget to visit the wide variety of markets and plazas where any vintage item, handicrafts and jewelry characteristic of each state in Mexico can be found on Sundays. Admire majestic views of the city from the Monumento a la Revolución and Torre Latinoamericana, and round out the experience with restaurants of all cuisines nearby.
How to get there
  • Zócalo • 2 min walk
  • Allende • 7 min walk
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  • WorldTravellerSoon
    Canada378 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mix of historical buildings and vendors
    We walked from our hotel (Bacelo Mexico Reforma) to Zocalo and we walked pass a lot of cafe, restaurants, attractions and shopping area before we reached the square. There was a protest that day. Historical buildings and structures were surrounded by steel fence to protect from any damage. There are lots of street vendors selling souvenirs and snack. They are not aggressive at all.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • berniece2000
    Burnaby, Canada1,177 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hire a Guide
    History as far as the eye can see, and then some. Our experience wasn't perfect, but what would have made it so is hiring a guide for the day. The museums - and there are many - are not clearly identified, so we went to a couple that we basically stumbled upon, but gosh it would have been wonderful to be with someone who knew the area and could explain things to us and guide us into the museums we were interested in. Also we were there NY Day - bad idea. The market, which seems to be larger than most towns I've been to, is difficult to navigate and hard to escape once entered.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Kelly M
    Charlotte, North Carolina346 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see Mexico City
    El Zocalo is also known as Plaza de la Constitución, and is a must-see when you visit. It is bordered by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, Federal District buildings, and the Old Portal de Mercaderes. It is considered the main square in the city. In the center is a glorious, gigantic Mexican flag, and the square is a gathering place for Mexicans. Many celebrations and parades are held here and have been held here for centuries, as it dates back to the 16th century. We enjoyed getting photos, as this is definitely an important landmark in the city. Highly recommend as a must-see in Mexico City.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 January 2024
  • TOURtheWORLDMexPal
    United States2,989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Heart of Mexico City
    A visit to CDMX won’t be complete unless you visit Zocalo area…. I extremely and highly recommend visiting the area on Sunday for the full effect…. When the area comes to life. I also highly recommend to read and to look at photos of the sections and building before you visit the area, so you know which is which and what they call.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2024
  • 706traveler123
    Smyrna, Georgia23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to explore
    Exploring a very iconic place with my dad was amazing. So much history, architecture, places to eat. The cathedral itself is majestic. Even if you are not catholic, you will be amazed by the history it involves, the old paintings the multiple temples within the cathedral. And the relatively new excavations and ruins from the Aztec(Mexicas) empire. Tipa: despite being rooftop restaurants be clear on prices , I got ripped off. Great area for currency exchange, if you have larger bills to exchange you get better rate for your buck . Go early to avoid huge crowds and take at least a whole day to walk around, maybe I missed to see other places but this area is iconic
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 May 2024
  • Musicians Mum
    1,202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a wander around to experience life.
    Big plaza with flagpole. Plaza areas always interesting . Day we went ,striking teachers camping out in tents in front of government offices! Just around the corner ,behind cathedral car park area,i nteresting bench on pavement, follow around for sculptures, murals .
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2024
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Musicians Mum
1,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Big plaza with flagpole.
Plaza areas always interesting . Day we went ,striking teachers camping out in tents in front of government offices!
Just around the corner ,behind cathedral car park area,i nteresting bench on pavement, follow around for sculptures, murals .
Written 13 June 2024
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706traveler123
Smyrna, GA23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Exploring a very iconic place with my dad was amazing. So much history, architecture, places to eat. The cathedral itself is majestic. Even if you are not catholic, you will be amazed by the history it involves, the old paintings the multiple temples within the cathedral. And the relatively new excavations and ruins from the Aztec(Mexicas) empire.
Tipa: despite being rooftop restaurants be clear on prices , I got ripped off.
Great area for currency exchange, if you have larger bills to exchange you get better rate for your buck .
Go early to avoid huge crowds and take at least a whole day to walk around, maybe I missed to see other places but this area is iconic
Written 12 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TOURtheWORLDMexPal
United States2,989 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A visit to CDMX won’t be complete unless you visit Zocalo area…. I extremely and highly recommend visiting the area on Sunday for the full effect…. When the area comes to life. I also highly recommend to read and to look at photos of the sections and building before you visit the area, so you know which is which and what they call.
Written 26 April 2024
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Lorenzo
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The area around the Zocolo is safe. Loads of police all around and many people on the streets. We stayed at the NH Hotel a block away for one week and ventured out to the local sights, restaurants and shopping during the day and early evening. Felt perfectly safe at all times. Lots to see here. Temple Mayor and it's museum. The Cathedral. Grand Hotel and City Hall. National Palace is unfortunately closed so you can't see the Diego Rivera mural that is located there. Palace of Belle Arts, House of Tiles and plenty more to see.
Written 19 April 2024
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bigwavejames
bigwavejames169 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you only look at the Zocalo, the history is there, but so are vendors and hassle. If you count the whole neighborhood, with the Templo, Cathedral, museums, some nice shops, history that is everywhere you look, the rating pops up instantly.
It is a must for the senses.
Written 31 March 2024
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Kelly M
Charlotte, NC346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
El Zocalo is also known as Plaza de la Constitución, and is a must-see when you visit. It is bordered by the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace, Federal District buildings, and the Old Portal de Mercaderes. It is considered the main square in the city. In the center is a glorious, gigantic Mexican flag, and the square is a gathering place for Mexicans. Many celebrations and parades are held here and have been held here for centuries, as it dates back to the 16th century. We enjoyed getting photos, as this is definitely an important landmark in the city. Highly recommend as a must-see in Mexico City.
Written 19 January 2024
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Aashish P
Jersey City, NJ1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It's a big square with the cathedral on one side and Govt. offices on one side and the other 2 sides have buildings with shops. The restaurants are off the square unlike the Plaza de Mayor in Madrid where there were numerous eateries in and around the square. Lots of people milling about; lots of traffic. There were quite a few Aztec performers where one can watch or take photos with them. Overall it's a hyped up place to visit. There are many other attractions in MDX where time is well spent.
Written 10 January 2024
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berniece2000
Burnaby, Canada1,177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
History as far as the eye can see, and then some. Our experience wasn't perfect, but what would have made it so is hiring a guide for the day. The museums - and there are many - are not clearly identified, so we went to a couple that we basically stumbled upon, but gosh it would have been wonderful to be with someone who knew the area and could explain things to us and guide us into the museums we were interested in. Also we were there NY Day - bad idea. The market, which seems to be larger than most towns I've been to, is difficult to navigate and hard to escape once entered.
Written 7 January 2024
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Piotr M
Warsaw, Poland1,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Very nice and big square in the middle of the city, where many people meet, there are shops and restaurants around.
Written 5 January 2024
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Kevin C
Dallas, TX47 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We had high hopes for the Zocalo area of Mexico City. Unfortunately we were disappointed with the area. First, the central square buildings were dirty, like they all needed to be steam cleaned. So much of Mexico City is so well cared for that it's surprising to me that the central square would have buildings in such need of cleaning. Second, we got ourselves lost in what felt like an endless market right off the main square. We must've walked for 10+ blocks before getting out, it was honestly a bit scary. So, if you go to Zocalo, make sure you have a very good plan on exactly what you want to visit and I don't recommend wandering off. As for the rest of Mexico City, we absolutely loved it! Check out Coyoacan.
Written 20 November 2023
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