The most famous southern neighbourhood in Mexico City, Coyoacan is legendary for being the birth place of Frida Kahlo and playing host to her wildly popular museum. For this reason, I think, I found it the most touristy area we visited, and it is the most popular place to visit after Zocalo in Historico Centro .The square, is dominated by a fountain depicting the drinking coyotes, that gave the town its name. We visited during the week, on the weekends the place is packed. Even so we couldn’t move for Mariachi bands and extremely tame squirrels, the restaurants lean toward the American idea of food.
We both had our boots shined however and my RMs have never looked so good.
The place is interesting tho …. spirited debates over the merits of democracy and communism feverishly churn in Coyoacán‘s coffee shops and on its park benches. Sequestered in the south of Mexico City, this fiercely independent and intellectually eager neighbourhood actually was independent of the city until fairly recently. The neighborhood’s progressive attitude and unbending countercultural zeal make it a legendary place to visit—not to mention seeing the marks left by legendary figures like Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera.
This area is filled with narrow cobblestone streets and small plazas, which were laid out during the colonial period, and today give the area a distinct and bohemian identity. The area is filled with mostly single family homes, which were former mansions and country homes built between the colonial period to the mid 20th century. The Project for Public Spaces ranked the neighborhood as one of the best urban spaces to live in North America in 2005 and is the only Mexican neighborhood on the list. This area was designated as a “Barrio Mágico” by the city in 2011.
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