Coyoacán, A Point of Interest in Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the most populated and cosmopolite cities in the world; it’s the perfect place to go shopping, eat in gourmet restaurants, visit art galleries and spend a relaxed afternoon surrounded by green areas. Yes, you read well, Mexico City has several ideal corners where you can do all these activities, but if you want to do them and at the same time enjoy being outdoors, then you should go to Coyoacán. We invite you to discover all the colorful places this special meeting point for defeños –inhabitants of Mexico City– harbors by offering you a tour that you’ll love.
Guide to Coyoacan
Start your visit before noon in front of the Church of San Juan Bautista, located in Coyoacán’s main square. This religious building from the sixteenth century sees a lot of lively activities take place in tis premises, from weddings and local celebrations to quinceañera parties. If you’re a fan of photography, sit on one of the nearby benches right in front of the church’s entrance and take a few minutes to capture the variety of visitors and traditions that meet there.
Then, go on a shopping spree and profit from the chance to take home something new. Walking across Hidalgo Garden –the one with the huge kiosk– you’ll spot a series of yellow stone arches; past them, you’ll find the famous artwork bazar together with numerous businesses distributed in a two-level plaza. There they sell unique pieces of jewelry, ornaments and Mexican fashion.
The Best Food in Coyoacan
If you’re already hungry, all you have to do is walk along Av. Mexico where you’ll discover a varied selection of antojerías –small local restaurants that offer traditional gastronomy– and cafés for all tastes. DINKtravelers recommends buying some delicious churros with sugar (or sweet fillings) and a café de olla –coffee with cinnamon and brown sugar–, before you continue your way to the Frida Kahlo Museum.
This museum was recognized with the Travel Awards in 2013 and it’s one of the most visited in Coyoacán, followed by the Museum of Popular Cultures. In order to get there you must walk along the same Av. Mexico until you get to the corner of London St. There, when you reach number 247 you’ll find the house-studio of one of the most renowned female painters in the world. Take your time to enjoy your visit and don’t forget to use the free WiFi service in the area to share your photos with us on Instagram.
On your way out, walk against the traffic flow on Ignacio Allende St. and in less than 10 minutes you’ll reach the Coyoacan market. Enter to discover a picturesque variety of local products, and before leaving, snack on a huitlacoche quesadilla –an edible flower that’s cooked and served in corn tortillas– and fresh fruits water.
If you follow this route you’ll have the chance to visit four of the most emblematic sites in Coyoacán thanks to these tips. Shall we?