Built atop an ancient meeting place Zocalo serves as a center of activity in the capital, hosting protests, celebrations, and the bustle of daily life. Originally a nexus of commerce in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, the square encompasses an entire city block and has drawn visitors for more than seven centuries. Wander the expansive plaza and marvel at the surrounds, which range from pre-colonial relics to grander buildings, such as the presidential palace and national cathedral. Grab a bite to eat or a drink from one of the many surrounding restaurants, or pick up a memento of your trip at a souvenir stand. Keep your eyes peeled for the musical performances and Aztec dances that frequently take place in the square. Take a look at our Mexico City trip tool to schedule your visit to Zocalo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Place became history! I have had the opportunity to go on 2 occasions to the Zócalo, but at my first opportunity I could not log in since it was under renovation. In this last time it was ready, and is a meeting point between foreign and national tourists. You will appreciate the architecture exhibitions and museum rooms. In this square, considered the largest in Latin America and the 2nd worldwide you will find the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government, National Palace and Palace of the City Hall building. Just a few steps you can enter to the Museum of the templo mayor. A place not to be missed if you are else seen in the city of Mexico!
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  • Certainly, it has undergone numerous changes over time, as it can be seen in old photographs that showed him as a space for recreation by its beautiful green areas, currently is a true iron, exclusively dedicated to host of time complete the flagpole flag hoisting our patriotic labaro, and occasional host of expos and traditional fairs like the skating rink and other holiday facilities. Despite everything, this icon of our megalopolis it is possible to appreciate a matchless view of 360 ° all buildings commercial portals for most beautiful, most emblematic of our Executive and the head of Government is and topped with our beautiful Metropolitan Cathedral . Safety pin!
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  • Absolutely magnificent grand place during the year-end holiday, decoration makes this more magical place. A giant and free ice rink is installed in the middle of the square. We are eroding everywhere, very good for 2 cents mobile stalls.
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  • Just letting everyone know I went to the Zocalo during the winter season. They have (free) ice skating and tubing in the middle of the plaza. They decorated the whole plaza with Christmas decorations. They have restaurants to eat at the top with a nice view, a museum, two churches right next to each-other, and places where you can exchange money here as well (I suggest the airport since their hours vary). Oh yeah, the National Palace (president's quarters) are here as well! I suggest going here if you want to walk around and see everything. I HIGHLY recommend this plaza.
  • The most happening place in CDMX. Always a joy to be here. There would be a lot of people moving around. This square has been an important place since Aztec period. The amazing fact about this place is in the first picture I have added in the review. The view of Zocalo from the terrace restaurants are really amazing.
  • The absolute Mexican inmensity is reflected here... magnificent scenario: the Cathedral, the remaining of Aztec Great Temple, the Grand Hotel, the City Palace and National Palace all in one set. The bad news is the joke that local Government has made of this landmark: total disrepect to turn this solemn place into a mere market in an infamous mercantile decision. However, being in Constitution Plaza is a must regardless it's nowadays status. Each and every look at plaza buildings details is a cultural and never ending experience. A good call is to take a seat in Grand Hotel and look at the place, please consider that local government has kidnapped Plaza so view could be obstructed. Hope this ends short time.
  • The already renewed Square of The Constitution. Varied events, galleries, concerts, seasonal decoration, and public demonstrations happen here continuously. A special mention of September 15 and 16 should be made due to the anniversary of Independence when it's totally packed of a crowded nationalism. A daily displaying of the National Flag reminds all around there's a symbol that congregates this Great Nation.
  • The main plaza in Mexico City, enormous, magnificent, imponent, beautiful. You can see in one side the Government Palace and in the other side the amazing Metropolitan Cathedral, they are rounded by colonial buildings, restaurants, cafés, hotels and many shops. An obligated stop in the town.

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