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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  • This was the center of the Aztec universe and today it is still an icon of both CDMX and Mexico. You might want to start your tour here.  more »
  • A wide open space surrounded by history. Take note in 2020 the Presidential Palace actually houses this particular president (not all stay here). The church is open and Aztec ruins are right there...  more »
  • People watching central! One huge plaza that’s fun for people watching, checking out all the vendors and more. Several restaurants around the square but their mostly tourist traps. Felt very safe...  more »
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  • First time here and its a pleasure to see part of Mexico's history...where "El Grito" takes place. Even when its not September you can feel the energy going through this place. Loved every minute of my time spent w my family spent at this great historical place. I need to add it to my bucket list to live in September.
  • A must see when you visit Mexico City. Breath taking opportunities to take great pictures of the flag. Worth checking the city schedule because you can usually enjoy different exhibitions or experiences according to the time of the year. Sometimes you will see concerts or an enormous ice skating ring during the winter festivities. My photos showcase the monumental offering to commemorate Day of the Dead.
  • Great place to hang out. Most of the times during public holidays days there are some programs if the other here. Great restaurants around the place too with lots of shopping options!
  • What a WOW place. Very beautiful designed building. Historical and very close to the center. On the new year they had skating going on. Inside the church also beautiful. Free to enter and even a little shop on the inside. #azaditransltion
  • We were here on the day of Christmas... this place was amazing.. so festive... cheerful !! The metropolitan church is beautiful.. the architecture is commendable. I loved the hustle bustle around the square... street music, the Aztec healers... lots of street foood... it's a great experience!!

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