Why Easter Week is the Best Time to Visit Mexico City

Admittedly, when one thinks of spring break, the mind does not rush to Mexico City. But here’s why we recommend it heartily.

México City has a crazy amount to offer visitors at almost every price point. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

For starters, you’ll avoid competition for space on Mexico’s coastal resorts. México’s beaches overflow with domestic and international tourists during the Easter holidays, known in Mexico as Semana Santa, or Holy Week. This means rooms are hard to come by, restaurants are full and the price of everything gets turned up to eleven. 

Because Semana Santa means time off for workers and students alike, many Mexican families take their big holiday this time of year. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Meanwhile, so many middle-class and affluent folks flee Mexico City at this time of year that getting into great restaurants and other attractions suddenly becomes considerably easier. This also means the city gets a little less hectic, traffic is lighter, and museums are a little faster to get into. 

There is no getting around the fact that Mexico City can sometimes feel overwhelming, but during Semana Santa, it’s possible to get at least a little respite. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

With Latin America’s busiest airport, Mexico City is also very easy to get to, especially from elsewhere in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. 

Mexico City has two commercial airports, with the now almost two-year-old Aeropuerto Felipe Angeles growing in popularity. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Museums in Mexico City 

Mexico City is famous for having the second-most museums in the world, after London. But it’s not only the number of museums that is impressive in CDMX, it’s their quality. Some of the most popular include the Museo Soumaya in the Plaza Loretto district, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Chapultepec, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes downtown.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is a masterpiece of Art Deco and Neoclassical architecture. It houses some of the most important works of Mexican art and hosts international exhibitions. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Also extremely popular are spaces like Palacio Nacional and the Education Ministry, where the work of Mexico’s most famous muralist, Diego Riviera, can be admired. Of course, museums dedicated to Rivera’s even more famous wife, Frida, are an even bigger draw. 

Rivera’s most famous mural, “The Epic of the Mexican People,” spans the entire staircase of Palacio Nacional. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Archaeological sites

Panoramic view from the summit of the Pyramid of the Moon, with the Pyramid of the Sun, Citadela and Avenue of the dead in view. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Teotihuacán is an obligatory day trip for any visitor to Mexico City with even the most passing interest in history or archaeology. But Mexico City is home to several amazing archaeological sites like El Templo Mayor and Tlatelolco in the heart of the city and others under 30 minutes away from downtown (with light to moderate traffic).

El Templo Mayor Complex, the remains of the great Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan, is located downtown in Mexico City, just behind the Cathedral. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Perfect for kids

Mexico City is a great place to visit with kids. There are tons of free activities, such as exploring the vast Chapultepec Park and its fairgrounds, the interactive Papalote Museo del Niño, and attractions like Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Chapultepec Park is also a great spot to pick up souvenirs like traditional toys at reasonable prices. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The food

Mouth-watering fish served with cambray onions and potatoes at Cantina la 20 just off Avenida de la Reforma. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Food is a huge part of experiencing Mexico City, as its gastronomic scene is one of the best in the entire world. If one is in the mood for fine dining, Mexico City is home to some of the most exclusive restaurants in the world, including Pujol, Restaurant Quintonil, and Sud 777. Great meals on the less expensive side can be had just about anywhere, but some of the city’s best parts of town for a snack or dinner include Coyoacán, La Roma, and Centro Historico. 

A popular restaurant chain among locals, La Casa de Toño, is a great place to enjoy some great “Chilango food.” Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine


Mexico City’s fantastic, energetic nightlife caters to a wide range of tastes. Whether you’re into upscale cocktail bars, pulsing nightclubs, or funky cantinas, you’ll find something to keep you entertained until the early hours. Some top neighborhoods for night-time vibes include the posh Condesa and Polanco, the particularly LGBTQ+ friendly Zona Rosa, and the always vibrant Centro Historico.

Zona Rosa is known for its speakeasies, like the famous Hanky Panky Bar, which is crazy fun but always requires a reservation. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Gorgeous hotels

The Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México is famous for its breathtaking Art Nouveau interior, including a jaw-dropping Tiffany-style stained-glass ceiling, one of the four largest of its kind in the world. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

There is no shortage of excellent hotels in Mexico City. Some of our favorites include the Hotel Geneve in Zona Rosa, the Pug Seal Polanco, and the Gran Hotel de la Ciudad de México in the heart of downtown. With a little luck, these hotels can often be booked for under US$150 a night, but during high season, they can go for as much as $300-500. Some of the best boutique hotels in the city include those operated by Tesoros de Mexico, all of which offer luxury and value. 

The Hotel Geneve in La Zona Rosa is over 100 years old and has hosted several of the most famous figures in Mexican history. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine


Like any major city, Mexico City has its issues but is safe. However, being on the lookout for scammers and pickpockets is always a good idea, especially in tourist areas or the subway. 

So what are you waiting for? Mexico City awaits!

If you enjoy sweet, Churreria El Morro is an obligatory stop. Make sure to ask for extra chocolate or caramel. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht /Yucatán Magazine
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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