Whether you have 4 days in Mexico City or a month, Coyoacan, Mexico City is one of our favorite places to visit and for plenty of good reasons. This cute little sliver of the city has so many amazing parts to it you could walk around for hours and not get bored. We spent over seven hours walking here and feel like we barely scratched the surface. Let us guide you through our top things to do in Coyoacan, Mexico City.
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How to get to Coyoacan, Mexico City
Coyoacan is in Mexico City even though it may not entirely seem like it when you are there. Coyoacan is only 11.9 KM from the historic center of Mexico City. With there being three main ways to get there you have plenty of choices. We will list them below being priced cheapest to most expensive.
Taking the subway may only cost you $1 and approximately 16 minutes to get 11.9 KM but it doesn’t really take you directly to the Coyoacan center. The subway station is called Metro Coyoacan and fools many people because of that. It’s actually around a 20-minute walk from the center of the town itself. The neighborhood is safe so you can walk if you would like but remember there still are two other ways to get there.
Unfortunately, the bus doesn’t get you much closer to the town because the bus stop is located at the Metro station. So you will still be walking around 20 minutes from the stations. This option takes around 32 minutes and tends to be a lot more crowded. With the cost being around $1 we suggest you either take the Subway or a Uber
This is the option we went with. For $6 Uber will take you directly from the city center and drop you off in the center of Coyacan. This is the easiest and more comfortable option you have when traveling from Mexico City center to Coyoacan.
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I promise the journey by Uber is worth the extra money much easier. You don’t want to make the mistake of taking the bus and regretting it.
Hotels in Coyoacan Mexico City
Looking for a hotel can sometimes be hard but when staying in Coyoacan it is a little bit easier. They have some very nice hotels that are only 2KM from the town center and over 300+ Airbnb homes. Some of the best ones we have seen are:
Address: Parroquia, 1056 Colonia Santa Cruz Atoyac, 03310 Mexico City, Mexico
With over 280 8.5+ ratings this is one of the best hotels and is very close to the town center. With it being only 2.1 Km from the town center it’s only a short taxi ride away from the peaceful little town. With a trusted branch-like Holiday in you are sure to have a nice stay.
Address: Popocatepetl, 546, 03330 Mexico City, Mexico
With more than 500 reviews the City Express has an 8.1 rating for being one of the best hotels in Coyoacan Mexico City. This property tends to be around $160 USD a night but comes with all the amenities you will need.
If you are looking for something a little more budget-friendly we highly suggest looking into Airbnb. They have tons of options to choose from. This tends to be our go-to option when we are traveling. It’s convenient, close to the town center and much more affordable. We find this to be the best way to get the inside scoop on the town as well. When you are renting from a local they are generally very helpful and give you the best recommendations on what to do, where yo go and what to see.
Restaurants in Coyoacan
Some of the best places to eat in Mexico City are the Restaurants in Coyoacan. This colorful little town has some of the best cafes and tacos we have ever had.
If you are looking for street food the Coyoacan market is a great place to taste a large variety of dishes and delicacies. From the amazing street tacos to the tostadas you are sure to leave with a full stomach.
The best Taco we had while in Coyoacan was at Super Tacos Chupacabras. We had never heard of it until we arrived here. After making a quick search for food noticed this was one of the best-rated tacos in town. After tasting the Super taco its a place we will never forget it.
If you are looking for something more relaxing and upscale there is plenty to choose from as well. They offer a large number of choices around the park that give you a chance to sit in the shade and enjoy the cool air as it blows through the park. It’s really a relaxing place to sit and sip as you listen to live music and watch the street performers.
Things to do in Coyocan Mexico City
When we visited Coyoacan it was right before Día de Muertos also known as Day of the Dead Festival. This is a very famous time to visit Mexico and something we would highly recommend seeing it. We spent the afternoon wandering the park, hanging out with kids, taking pictures of the beautiful churches and just roaming the colorful streets. The whole town had this feeling of community. The parks were full of kids dressed up for the celebration and everything was so decorated and colorful. Most of the things we are going to talk about fall right in the town center so grab your camera and let’s jump into the top things to do in Coyoacan.
There are two main markets in Coyoacan and we suggest you visit them both. The Coyoacan Artisanal Market and the Mercado de Coyoacan. Both are very unique and offer a completely different feel to them.
The Coyoacan Artisanal Market
This is a market full of amazing arts and crafts. Coyoacan is where they produce multiple kinds of Mexican hand made goods and distribute them to the other states so this is the place you want to go to get all the unique nicknacks to take home for your friends and family. The market is open Monday-Thursday 1100 – 2100 and Friday – Sunday 1000 – 2300.
Mercado De Coyoacan
Here you can still find some handcrafted items but this is more of your fresh foods market. You will find tons of street food and produce. They say if you want to learn about the local way of life all you need to do is spend one hour in the local food market. Especially first thing in the morning, this is when the market really comes to life. If you visit here during a holiday like we did you will see all the vendors sell everything you would need for that specific day. Including costumes, food, candy and even the flowers specific for that celebration.
Church of San Juan Bautista
Built-in the 1500’s the Convent, the temple and the orchard of San Juan Bautista all are connected and situated in the center of Coyoacan. This beautiful structure was rebuilt multiple times and was last rebuilt in 1947. It’s one of the main attractions to Coyoacan and a symbol of the beautiful history that this town has. Its detailed walls and hand-painted murals make it a must-see when visiting.
Sitting right next to the Church of San Juan Bautista is Parque Centenario. This is one of the most peaceful parks we went to while in Mexico City. This park is small but I think that’s what gives it so much charm. With only a fountain in the center, beautiful treetop coverage and local street performers, this is a great place to unwind and relax. You can grab a drink from the local restaurants surrounding the park or sit next to the fountain. Whatever you choose it’s sure to be relaxing.
There are plenty of reasons why you should love Mexico City when you are traveling here but Coyoacan’s unique little town makes it that much harder to leave. If you are traveling in Mexico City for a couple of days make sure you check out the rest of our post on the city.
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