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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  • ES imprecionante the Zócalo square, enormous, let yourself be lost in its streets and facades, there are a few pedicabs that make you a tour of the socket or take the turibus so you can learn more about the history of cdmx.
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  • Like everything else in Mexico City's huge space. Great place to walk. Many shops and restaurants, besides a central square when we visited met many attractions in tribute to the dead. Great attraction for those who like to observe architecture, restaurants and people.
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  • Beautiful place in the city, boisterous, full of attractive, impressive in its grandeur and Majesty, framed by National Palace, Palace of Government of the city and the Cathedral.
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  • Look no further for the best selection of handicrafts, jewelry and pottery to take back home as souvenirs. Zocalo, a bustling street market with historical buildings and ancient churches that lend a beautiful charm and grandeur to the place is your sure stop for souvenir shopping. From high end designer wear on one side to super affordable trinkets on the other, Zocalo proves a delight to all. Food joints and delectable pastry shops line either side of the streets, paraded by people decked up in costumes of superheroes and fairy tale characters. Exhibitions, sales, live shows and performances- name it all- you have the whole place vibrant with people and activity the year round. The square with a colossal sized Mexican flag hoisted in the center provides a great spot for the mandatory photo. Authentic Mexican arts and handicraft stores, gold and silver, antiques and the history of the place make it truly worth experiencing.
  • 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 is a total disrepect to turn this solemn place into a mere market 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.
  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Sadly the day I was there a large event was happening in the center of the "plaza" they had large tents set up unfortunately changing the entire atmosphere. Can't wait to get back someday and hopefully not have this problem.
  • If you like to visit a historical places in the city,this is the first stop. Here you find the ruins of our ancestors EL TEMPLO MAYOR. Also the chapel we call CATEDRAL and many others.
  • We got to see the flag be taken down. It was a nice experience. The architecture around us was really beautiful as well.

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