I recently had the chance to visit Mexico City and during my trip I fell in love with how beautiful the city is. I never would have guessed just how many pretty photo spots Mexico City has to offer. From restaurants to hotels to markets, CDMX has plenty of Instagram worthy places to discover during your visit!
Around the City
Casa Gilardi is truly the place of Instagram dreams. This is one of the most colorful pieces of architecture I’ve ever been to. From pink and purple walls, to a yellow hallway and a technicolor swimming pool, it’s well worth it to reach out and arrange a tour of the house in advance of your trip to CDMX.
La Casa Azul
Known also as the Frida Kahlo Museum or The Blue House, La Casa Azul is a historic art and house museum dedicated to the life and work of Frida Kahlo and is one of the most popular attractions in Mexico City. Frida was born, raised, and died within the house, so it is a true memorial to her. While the museum can be quite busy and therefore difficult to photograph without other people getting in the way, you should definitely pre-book your visit and make time to explore Frida’s life and art here.
Catedral Metropolitana, with its tile patterns in front of the cathedral along with the impressive exterior and magnificent wooden doors, makes for a great photo stop while in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main plaza. Nearby, you can also explore the Palacio Nacional and the ruins of Templo Mayor.
Chimalistac Neighborhood in Coyoacán
Wandering the streets of Chimalistac, you’ll find some of the most photogenic houses in Mexico City. From intricate carved doors to tiled walls and cobblestone streets, there are plenty of Insta-worthy spots in this area of the city.
A trip to Mexico City isn’t complete without a visit to this market! Here you’ll find all the vibrant creations from Mexican artisans, such as blankets, hammocks, bags, and embroidered clothing. Bring your pesos and be ready to shop!
Mercado de San Juan
This is a very different type of market compared to La Ciudadela. The San Juan Market is more than 150 years old and is frequented by locals looking for fresh fruit, exotic ingredients, and gourmet delicacies.
Palacio de BELLAs ARtes
Bellas Artes is an architectural marvel that you must see when visiting Mexico City. For the best picture, go into the Sears building across the street and up to the 8th floor to the cafe, Finca Don Porfirio. You just can’t beat this view of Bellas Artes!
In Xochimilco you’ll find canals originally built by the aztecs and colorful gondolas, called trajineras, floating along the waterways around the chinampas, which are artificial islands. Make sure to pre-plan your trip here so you can experience a gondola ride around the area!
This one is a bit outside of Mexico City, about 45 minutes to an hour drive away, but it’s well worth it! In my opinion, the best photo op to be had here is to sit on top of the Moon Pyramid looking outwards over the Sun Pyramid.
Corazón de Maguey
Delicious Mexican food and amazing mezcal in the heart of Coyoacán.
Located inside the Downtown México hotel, this restaurant always has magical decor. Though don’t get too attached to one look - they regularly change it! In the two times I’ve been I’ve seen it decorated in red string lights, and another time with beautiful hanging lanterns. Make sure to try the tortilla soup which comes in the adorable bowl seen below!
Rooftop Lounge Bar at Downtown México
Conveniently upstairs from Azul Histórico you can find a super cute rooftop lounge bar with views of the Centro Histórico neighborhood. The pool at the Downtown México hotel also cannot be missed.
Churrería El Moro
There are many Churrería El Moro locations throughout Mexico City, so make sure to stop by for a churro or churro ice cream sandwich as well as a photo op with their photogenic tiles walls.
This restaurant is only about a 10 minute drive from Teotihuacán, so make sure to get a lunch reservation for here while you’re out of the city visiting the pyramids. It is quite a unique experience to dine here inside of a cave!
Camino Real Polanco
The Camino Real Polanco hotel was originally designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta for the Mexico City 1968 Olympics. You can find bright colors throughout the property, especially pink and blue, and bold geometric shapes. There are Instagrammable spots galore to be found here.
Hotel Carlota has arguable the most Insta-worthy hotel pool in Mexico city. While the whole property is gorgeous, the pool is the real Instagram standout.
Gran Hotel Ciudad de México
Look familiar? This beautiful hotel can be seen in the James Bond movie Spectre and also inspired architecture in the Disney movie Coco.
Know any more Insta-worthy spots in CDMX that I forgot? Tell me in the comments!
Disclaimer: I was hosted in Mexico City by the Mexico City Tourism Board. As always, all opinions are my own.
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