Tacubaya is a Mexico City neighborhood and a former city in its own right. As such, it's a universe of its own. The sites below are intended to guide you on a walking tour. By rights, a good walk of the neighborhood should include just about all of the places below.
The ancient city of Tacubaya was inhabited from about 450 BCE. These peoples were believed to have been Chichimeca. But as the area was mostly known for its strategic access to fresh water, there's little doubt that it changed hands multiple times.
Originally called Acozcomac, it was later renamed Atlalcuihaya, meaning “where water is gathered” in Nahuatl. "Tacubaya" is the Hispanicized version of this same name.
For most of the colonial period, and well into the 19th century, Tacubaya was a suburban town, albeit, an important one. The "Plan of Tacubaya" was the original government reform law which triggered the Reform War of 1861. The city was even renamed "Tacubaya of the Martyrs" in honor of the many people who fell in that war.
The town included neighborhoods all along the ancient lakeshore. Importantly, all of Escandon and Mixcoac to the east and south, and as far north as San Miguel Chapultepec.
Tacubaya was not really subsumed into the greater urban agglomeration until well into the 20th century. And then it was done with many of the setbacks and poor planning decisions that beset other great urban projects of the time. Don't let the traffic turn you away.
Any Tacubaya walking tour needs to emphasize caution in crossing some of the biggest and busiest of avenues here. But don't be overwhelmed too soon. Emerging from the Metro at Tacubaya one enters a world of markets and commerce, culture and promise. It's too much promise to miss out on.
The sites below are only the highlights. Tacubaya is all the thriving life and spirit you'll encounter along the way between them.
One of the most prominent facades on the skyline in Mexico City, it's your first step into Tacubaya.
Best loved for it's wooded atrium, it's a little known temple and former monastery in the thick of…
A Republican Garden, dating from the mid-19th century, it marks a special place for Tacubaya in the City's…
One of the old hilly neighborhoods of Tacubaya, Becerra's not just a market but a treasured chapel too.
Big, old, and in the midst of Tacubaya, it's the most famous market in the area and for…
One enchanted corner of Tacubaya holds onto a glimpse of ecclesiastic and cartographic history.
With food you'll never forget, Tacubaya's other enormous market is not to be missed.
With the oldest continuously operating seismographs in the hemisphere, this one's got a story to tell.
Among San Miguel Chapultepec's most noteworthy landmarks, it's a surprisingly quiet behemoth.
60 years of food, fun, and community in San Miguel Chapultepec...
Metro Observatorio is the end of the line in the city's west, but don't let that stop you.
At home in one of the city's strongest counter-cultural scenes, Metro Tacubaya is still rocking.
Among the most important homes of the 20th century, the Casa Luis Barragán studio and museum is unmissable.