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Zocalo

This is the heart of Mexico City with wide-ranging architecture, cultural events and a lively arts scene.

The Zocalo is the epicenter of Mexico’s capital city. The massive square can hold more than 100,000 people, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Officially named Plaza de la Constitucion, the Zocalo was once the heart of Tenochtitlan, an ancient Aztec city. You can see the square’s history in the wide variety of architecture, which ranges from pre-Hispanic ruins to palatial structures and modern buildings. Make sure to step into the Zocalo Metro Station, where you can see models of how the square has changed over time.

On the eastern side of the square is the National Palace. This site has served as a home for Mexico’s rulers since the Aztec era, and the building that stands today uses some of the materials from Moctezuma II’s original palace. Visitors can explore some of the National Palace’s rooms, which have been converted into a museum. Be sure to keep your eyes open for artist Diego Rivera’s frescos in the courtyard. The building is also home to the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada, one of Mexico’s grandest libraries, a botanical garden and the president’s private quarters.

The square is a hub for political and cultural events. Centuries ago, the Zocalo was where bull fights were held, and today, it hosts festivals, concerts and outdoor markets. The Independence Parade, held annually in September, features a military procession that goes through Mexico City before ending here. Every morning, military personnel raise a massive Mexican flag that has become symbolic of the historic district. Stop by the square at 6 o’clock, when they ceremoniously lower the flag for the day.

Luxury hotels and fine restaurants flank the Portal de Mercaderes, where you can savor fine dining and quaint shops. Enjoy an aerial view of the Zocalo from the rooftop of the Majestic Hotel or take an afternoon drink at the beautifully preserved Gran Hotel.

The Zocalo is a perfect home base while visiting Mexico City, as it provides historic sightseeing and is easily accessible to the city’s other destinations.

Popular Activities at Zocalo

There's no place in the world quite like Zocalo. To make the most of your visit, we've put together a list of the best things to do:

Check out our Mexico City things to do page to find more activities while you're here.


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Best Lodging Options Near Zocalo

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Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico ¥13,290
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico

Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico

Av. 16 de Septiembre #82, Col. Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Mexico City, this luxury hotel is steps from Ayuntamiento (City Hall), Plaza de la Constitucion, and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio Nacional are also within 5 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Allende Station is 9 minutes.

    Zocalo Central Mexico City ¥10,986
    Zocalo Central Mexico City

    Zocalo Central Mexico City

    Cinco de Mayo 61, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), Zocalo, and Templo Mayor. Palacio Nacional and Palacio de Bellas Artes are also within 10 minutes. Allende Station and Zocalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Barceló México Reforma ¥8,487
      Barceló México Reforma

      Barceló México Reforma

      Paseo de la Reforma, 1, Colonia Tabacalera, Mexico City, CDMX
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Teatro Metropólitan, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Reforma 222. Zocalo and U.S. Embassy are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hidalgo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Juarez Station is 8 minutes.

        Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico ¥9,005
        Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico

        Hampton Inn & Suites Mexico City - Centro Historico

        Calle 5 de Febrero No. 24, Colonia Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and Plaza de la Constitucion. Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) are also within 10 minutes. Zocalo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Pino Suarez Station is 8 minutes.

          Histórico Central Mexico City ¥10,927
          Histórico Central Mexico City

          Histórico Central Mexico City

          Bolivar No. 28, Mexico City, CDMX
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madero Street, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Zocalo. Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio Nacional are also within 15 minutes. Allende Station is only a 4-minute walk and San Juan de Letran Station is 6 minutes.

            Hotel Castropol ¥2,667
            Hotel Castropol

            Hotel Castropol

            Av. Pino Suarez, 58, Col. Centro, Del. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, CDMX
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ayuntamiento (City Hall), Plaza de la Constitucion, and Palacio Nacional. Zocalo and Templo Mayor are also within 15 minutes. Pino Suarez Station is only a 2-minute walk and Isabel la Catolica Station is 7 minutes.

              Best Western Majestic ¥7,110
              Best Western Majestic

              Best Western Majestic

              Av Madero 73 Col Centro, Mexico City, CDMX
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is steps from Zocalo, Plaza de la Constitucion, and Ayuntamiento (City Hall). Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and Palacio Nacional are also within 5 minutes. Zocalo Station is only a 3-minute walk and Allende Station is 7 minutes.

                Hotel Canada ¥4,147
                Hotel Canada

                Hotel Canada

                Calle 5 de Mayo, No. 47, Centro Historico, Mexico City, CDMX
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Mexico City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Zocalo and Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana). Plaza de la Constitucion and Ayuntamiento (City Hall) are also within 10 minutes. Allende Station and Zocalo Station are within a 5-minute walk.