These are flanked by dozens of public parks and city squares, of which the Alameda Central is just the most ornate. There are public spaces of every level of charm, naturalism, and even small town curios-ness.
But even some of old Tenochtitlan's canals (rios) and causeways (calzadas) are getting in on the act. As the city evolves, reclaiming green and public spaces has increasingly meant reclaiming natural waterways that haven't flowed freely for generations.
The Canal Nacional is just one such project. Others are simply lining more streets and through ways with more trees so they seem more like parks.
Some others are squares almost forgotten in the mist of the past. These often serve as important neighborhood meeting points. For international visitors, they're a fascinating glimpse at Mexico City public, vibrant, and welcoming personality.
A quiet sun-dappled hemicycle in Chapultepec remembers the fallen in battles near and far.
One of Central Mexico City's most divine historical plazas is a thriving patch of green.
One of the oldest of chapels in Benito Juárez, the Xochimanca harks back to a very old original…
A surprisingly tranquil corner of an otherwise lively neighborhood, and a must-visit for fans.
Always open, the Jardín Centenario is the park at the very heart of one of the City's favorite…
Some of the oldest remains in the Valley of Mexico throw everything into question.
The Tabacalera Park is the former garden of the Palace of Buenavista...
The former seat of Tlalpan government is today a marvelous example of Porfirian architecture.
One of Mexico City's most beautiful historic squares, it's a meeting place for booklovers and dealers.
One of the country's most spectacular national parks takes up a massive part of the south of the…
One of Mexico City's most spectacular skylines, it's a National Park and a tremendous spectacle.
One of Tlatelolco's central open green areas is a park like few others in the city.
A park with a long history in tune with San Agustín de las Cueva's reputation as a refuge…
The atrium of the Temple of the Merced today honors the master builder who'd laid out Mexico City's…
One of the City's newest and most breathtaking greenspaces, it's a park that keeps giving back.
One of the most beloved of natural areas in the City, it's always a breath of fresh air,…
With 700 meters of clay running track, it's not a bad place to find yourself each morning.
One of Mexico City's most fascinating parks helps explain the famous Jacaranda trees all over the City.
One of the most truly underrated Mexico City parks is a verdant work by Mario Pani.
A remarkable Japanese garden in Coyoacán enchants visitors from near and far.
Not just a neighborhood thoroughfare, it's actually a fun point of contact with a past never quite forgotten.
A park that's gone by many names, it's a tribute to postal workers in the neighborhood just for…
A storied chapel on a plaza of the same name, don't miss the long story behind this one.
Named for a hero of the 1847 war, a park this well-loved is an honor indeed.
In the shadows of the Plaza San Lucas, a dramatic history is redeemed in symmetry.
One of the City's most serene church interiors is on one of the most raucous of City Center…
Still a gusty breath of wind from the past, a monastery in Tacuba is as impressive as any…
One of Mexico City's most obvious churches is too often passed right by. Take a look.
One of Xochimilico's most accessible enchanted forests, Nativitas has something for everybody.
Some of Mexico City's wildest and most beautiful terrain is a protected wildlife reserve.
One of Mexico City grandest of national parks, Ajusco has something for everyone.
The spiritual center of Catholic Xochimilco, it's a great introduction to the central neighborhoods.
One of the City's biggest environmental and sustainability experiments, it's a terrific place for kids, too.
One of the city's most accessible, giant national parks, this one lives up to its vast reputation.