Strolling through the center

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Till you drop. You can tour the center until your feet are worn out. But we recommend that you stop, poke around, look, ask, buy, eat. If you don't have much time, choose what you want to do.

Between the Zocalo and the Alameda there are three streets you shouldn't miss: the pedestrian artery 5 de Mayo and, on each side, the Tacuba and Madero streets. The Casa de los Azulejos is the perfect place for breakfast: the first Sanborn's of Mexico, with a beautiful dining room in the main courtyard and another that takes you back to the 50s; the bar (upstairs) is also a journey back in time, but perhaps it's a little early for a drink.

If you like fine arts we recommend various museums: The National Art Museum; the Iturbide Palace, now known as Palacio de la Cultura Banamex which houses works by Mexican artists and an interesting collection of folk art, and La Profesa gallery.

For browsing around, try the Mexican Museum of Design which is located in the former palace of Hernán Cortés, the Shoe Museum, the Interactive Economy Museum, the Inquisition Museum, the Telegraph Museum and an exquisite little find: the Estanquillo Museum with an amazing terrace overlooking 5 de Mayo, ideal for a break.

At noon the streets come alive and there is a book swap on the Callejon de la Condesa. For a quick snack try something typical of DF: tortas (sandwiches): breaded meat, leg of pork or anything else you like. On Tacuba street, there are some centuries old establishments such as Dulcería Celaya (do not look if you have a sweet tooth!) or Bar La Ópera with a lovely bar and bullet holes iin the ceiling, which legend says Pancho Villa himself shot.

At end the day, go up to the Torre Latinoamericana for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

As in any crowded place, watch your belongings in the street when you stop to watch the street performers and mime artists.

Both in Alameda and in the Zocalo there is a lot to do. Take your time.

Should you prefer a guide tour, check out the free walking tours that each Sunday are organized by the Secretaría de Cultura, through its Paseos Históricos program (only in Spanish). There is a lot to do at the Historic Center for nostalgics: centuries-old shops, second-hand bookstores,...

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