Alameda Central- Best neighborhood for local flavor in Mexico


To Mexico, you can experience the city center of old along the busy streets south of Alameda Central. Start with tequila in the atmospheric Tío Pepe, the oldest bar in town that was described by beat writer William Burroughs as a “cheap cantina” in his 1953 novel Junkie.

Next, mosey on over to the original location of El Huequito, a hole-in-the-wall taco joint that has been slicing some of the city’s tastiest tacos al pastor (spit-cooked pork) for more than six decades.

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Of course, a visit to this neighborhood wouldn’t be complete without spending time in Alameda Central itself, the oldest urban park in the Americas and home to Palacio de Bellas Artes, which houses masterful works of art by Mexico’s big three muralists: Rivera, Siqueiros and Orozco.



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The Alameda park was created in 1592, by the then Viceroy Luis de Velasco. The name Alameda comes from the Spanish word ‘Alamo’ (Poplar) trees planted in the park. This park has now become the symbol of traditional Mexican parks.
The original park was much smaller, as compared to the one today. During the days of the Inquisition, this space was used to burn victims at stake. After the end of the Inquisition, the park remained open only to the members of the nobility.

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Since its inception, the park has been fitted with; a Moorish kiosk, marble fountains from Paris; poplar, ash and willow trees. A royal statue of Benito Juarez, one of Mexico’s most loved presidents, also features in the park.

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