Having lived here for about a year and a half now, I’ve gotten to discover so many amazing photo opportunities in Mexico City. This place is truly a photographer’s dream; old colonial architecture, colorful buildings, ancient ruins, unique architecture, and more.
But with a city so big, you’ll only have time for so much so I’ve created this guide to help you use your time wisely. I don’t want to share too many of the “cliche” spots but the places I personally love to visit and shoot in, and I know you will love them, too!
So let’s jump straight into it – The Instagrammer’s Guide to Mexico City:
Churerria el Moro
The first spot on the list is the famous chain of churro restaurants that are a must for anyone visiting the city. I specifically recommend the Parque Mexico location (pictured above) that’s right on the park, has cute seating outside for photos and the interior is pretty as well. And I mean, who doesn’t want an excuse to eat churros?
I didn’t get great photos the time I visited since it was raining that day, but wow is this place a photographer’s dream! It was designed by the famous architect Luis Barragan and was his final work that was completed when he was in his 80’s. Not to be confused with the Luis Barragan house in another part of town, which I haven’t been to. But from the photos I’ve seen, I think this house is the more photogenic of the two, and it truly was one of my favorite experiences I’ve had in Mexico City. Note: You must reserve a private tour with the family that owns the house to visit.
If you want to talk about photo opportunities, you can’t miss Teotihuacan. This pyramid site was ones the center of the Aztec empire and the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon are some of the only in the world you can actually climb. I highly recommend going at sunrise when you can witness the hot air balloons that take off before the park opens. It says on Google the park opens at 9am, but you can actually get there earlier. But if you don’t want to wake up that early since it is an hour drive, make sure to get there by 9am to avoid massive crowds.
The oldest cathedral in Latin America, Catedral Metropolitana will surely not disappoint with its gothic architecture and intricate detail. It’s in the City Center, known as “Zocalo” and it’s a great way to knock off some of the historical sites nearby such as Templo Mayor and Palacio Nacional. I recommend going on a weekday because the area can be very crowded on the weekends.
Frida & Diego Studio
Most people know to go to Casa Azul, the famous home of Frida Khalo in Coyoacan. But I personally prefer the lesser-known Frida & Diego studio in San Angel, about 10 minutes from Coyoacan and arguably an even more beautiful neighborhood. This is a great place for photos and the best part is you don’t even have to pay to explore the grounds, but only to go inside the museum. San Angel is the most beautiful neighborhood in Mexico City in my opinion, so make sure to explore the streets to find endless cute homes, doors, and facades.
Coyoacan is another beautiful neighborhood filled with old churches, plazas, and colorful homes and streets. If you plan to visit Casa Azul, make sure to save some time to explore the neighborhood and see what you find. It can be popular on the weekends so go early in the day or on a weekday to avoid people in your photos.
This artisan market is one of my favorite places in the city. Row after row of handmade crafts, woven bags, clothing, and home decor make for the perfect photo backdrop. There is one spot in the market with a bunch of rugs hanging that is the classic “Instagram” spot (pictured above), but see if you can get creative here and try a different shot!
Xochimilco is where you’ll find the “trajineras” or colorful boats that you can rent with friends for a couple of hours with friends and float down the canals. It’s a really fun way to spend a Saturday or Sunday if you’re looking for more of a “party” vibe, since it’s always packed and filled with young locals playing music, drinking, and dancing on the boats. Or if you’d prefer a more mellow experience, just go for an hour during the week to relax.
If you’re looking for more of a cafe vibe, Cicatriz can’t be missed. It’s one of my favorite spots in the city and has a really cute and cozy design, and is a great place for those of you who are more into cafe hopping/food blogging.
One of the most beautiful parks in the city and my favorite spot in the city to walk around and relax. There are tons of photo spots here, so I recommend just walking through the park and along the perimeter and you’ll find a bunch. It’s also right by Churerria el Moro so you can stop by for churros 🙂 Also, if you happen to be here in the spring you’ll be able to see the magical jacarandas in bloom (pictured above) which are a great photo opportunity!
All this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what there is to see in Mexico City, and for that reason I’ve created a Complete Guide to Mexico City which you can purchase here for $20 or by clicking the photo below! It goes over everything from the best time of year to visit, where to say, how to prepare, and lists out all of my favorite sites, museums, restaurants, cafes, and bars. If you’re planning a trip to Mexico City and don’t want to spend countless hours researching or want a local’s perspective, I would love for you to purchase the guide and let me know what you think! My email is at the end of it if you have any questions or want to share which spots where your favorite!