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Coyoacan is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City.
It’s a bit outside of the center but there’s so much to do and see there that it’s definitely worth the trip because you can easily spend a whole day exploring the shops, markets, restaurants, and national park (yep, you read that right) in Coyoacan!
I’ve gone twice now (because I just can’t get enough) and decided to make a guide to the 18 best things to do in Coyoacan.
Before you dive in, though, you need to know that Coyoacan is a huge neighborhood. So, although most of these things are in the central and most popular part of Coyoacan, some are farther away and actually not even in walking distance of the center.
But, I still think they’re worth mentioning.
I’m going to start with the 15 best things to do in central Coyoacan. They’re all in walking distance of each other and you can easily navigate between them on foot with my map at the bottom of this post.
But, I’m also going to add three more things to do in Coyoacan that will require an Uber ride from the center – if you’re in the area you might still want to add them to your itinerary!
Now that that’s out of the way, these are the 18 best things to do in Coyoacan to help you plan the perfect day trip to one of my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City.
Line wrapping around the Frida Kahlo Museum on a Saturday in Coyoacan
1. Frida Kahlo Museum
Londres 247, Del Carmen, 04100
230 mxn / 12 usd per person
The Frida Kahlo Museum isn’t just one of the best things to do in Coyoacan, it’s one of the top sites in all of Mexico City.
Frida was a famous Mexican painter in the early 1900s and you may recognize her for her self-portraits and unabashed unibrow. The museum houses some of her art and also a lot of personal history – it’s in the home she was born, grew up, and died in.
If this museum is your main reason for visiting Coyoacan, make sure to buy your tickets online and whatever you do, don’t go on a weekend or you’ll be stuck waiting for hours in the line that wraps around the home!
You can also visit the museum on a day trip to the Frida Kahlo house and the Xochimilco boats on this guided tour through Airbnb.
Interior of the San Juan Bautista Church in Coyoacan
2. San Juan Bautista Church
Centenario 8, Coyoacán, 04000
This 500-year-old Franciscan church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and has seen a lot of history.
Entrance is free to both the church and convent so take a break from the hot sun to step inside and marvel at the intricate paintings on the roof and ornate gold altar piece when you’re passing by.
Entrance to Jardin Centenario
3. Plaza Hidalgo and Jardin Centenario
Ignacio Allende, Av Miguel Hidalgo Esquina, Coyoacán TNT, Coyoacán, 04000
These two squares are connected at the corner and form the heart of Coyoacan. Plaza Hidalgo has vendors and performers while the Jardin Centenario is a bit quieter and shaded with more trees.
Wander through both and take a minute to rest your legs and your mind on the peaceful benches before heading to the next destination on this list.
4. Tranvia Coyoacan Trolly Tour
Jardín Plaza Hidalgo, Coyoacán TNT, Del Carmen, 04100
60 mxn / 3 usd per person
This trolly tour picks up right in front of the San Juan Bautista church so it’s impossible to miss. I didn’t do the tour but the trollies were packed every time they passed by so it definitely seemed like a popular activity in Coyoacan.
The trolly website shows the route through Coyoacan but doesn’t have too much info about how long the tour is or what languages they give it in – however, there’s always a worker standing at the pick up point who can answer all of your questions.
Cheeky squirrel lookin’ for his nut in Viveros de Coyoacan Park
5. Viveros de Coyoacan Park
Viveros de Coyoacán, Del Carmen, 04100
Mexico City is actually pretty green, something I didn’t know or expect before I moved here.
There are large parks in many neighborhoods and Coyoacan is no different. Viveros de Coyoacan covers almost 100 acres is also a tree nursery that provides a million seedlings a year for parks and projects around Mexico City.
Although it’s small it was actually named one of the national parks in Mexico in 1938!
Mexican art and other goods at Los Mercaderes Coyoacan
6. Shop ‘Til You Drop at Los Mercaderes Coyoacan
Ignacio Allende 37 a, Del Carmen, 04100
Lots of blogs and Coyoacan guides recommend visiting the Artesan Market in the center of Coycoacan but I was actually pretty underwhelmed by it.
Instead, I prefer going to Los Mercaderes Coyoacan when I’m in the neighborhood. It’s pretty small but really nice and full of gorgeous tempting souvenirs like jewelry, clothing, bags, and more.
They also sell a wide variety of tequila and mezcal and will give you samples so you can finally understand the difference between the two drinks and determine which one you like best.
If you’re looking for gifts for friends and family back home or just for yourself, Los Mercaderes Coyoacan is the place.
7. Browse the Shelves at Centro Culturo Elena Garro
Fernández Leal 43, La Concepción, 04020
The Centro Culturo Elena Garro is a beautiful book store and cafe named after an important woman in Mexican history.
Elena Garro was a screenwriter, novelist, and playwright in the 1900s and one of the first female writers to be widely recognized in the country. So, this book store celebrates her story in an absolutely gorgeous setting in Coyoacan!
Feeling v. cultured at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares
8. Get Cultured at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares
Av Miguel Hidalgo 289, Del Carmen, 04000
15 mxn / 1 usd per person (free on Sundays)
This museum is easily one of the best things to do in Coyoacan, especially because it costs less than one dollar per person. It has regular changing exhibitions and none of them are boring.
We saw a giant soaring owl made from jicara fruit, immersive photographs, paper jewelry, and the eclectic art of Francisco Toledo (like the one pictured above) who made cloth kites, paintings, sculptures and many other prominent, bold, unforgettable pieces.
The museum as a whole takes about an hour to go through and has information in both Spanish and English.
Dope architecture at the Cineteca Nacional de Mexico
9. Visit the Cineteca Nacional de Mexico
Av. México Coyoacán 389, Xoco, 03330
Reasons to visit Cineteca Nacional de Mexico: the building is crazy, they have free tiny movie-related exhibitions, there’s cool shops, they play indie and classic films, and it’s a nice walk from central Coyoacan through more of the neighborhood to get here.
Even if you don’t go to a movie (we didn’t) I recommend stopping by for the photos ops and to learn a little more about Mexican cinema.
Tasty tostadas and peach juice at the Mercado de Coyoacan
10. Eat Tostadas at the Mercado de Coyoacan
Ignacio Allende s/n, Del Carmen, 04100
The Mercado de Coyoacan is full of good eats, so no matter which stall you stop at I’m sure it’ll be delicious.
But personally, I have to recommend the Tostadas de Chaparrita de Coyoacan. It spans a few stalls and has a massive yellow menu strung up behind them so it’s really impossible to miss.
Dan and I tried the tostada with pollo and mole, the picadillo tostada with ground beef and potato, and the cochinita tostada with pork and achiote sauce and we both agreed the pork was the best one. The tostadas cost 30 mxn / 1.50 usd each and are super filling.
11. Eat Churros!
After you fill up on meat treat yourself to some warm, crispy, sugary, churros.
Spanish conquistadores may have brought churros to the country but Mexicans have made them their own and sell churros rellenos filled with caramel, chocolate, cream cheese, and lots of other sauces.
I love a classic, though, and went for the plain ones at Churreria General de la Republica (Av Francisco Sosa 1, Del Carmen, 04100) where you can get four for 25 mxn / 1.25 usd.
I liked Churreria General just because it was kind of hip and modern but the Helados Siberia in Plaza Hidalgo is another good place to try them because they sell churro cups with ice cream for 50 mxn / 2.50 usd. I’m not gonna lie, I had a little bit of churro regret when I saw that.
Besides these two places you can also buy churros from street vendors if you keep an eye out for them (or just sniff them out, it’s not that hard) as well.
12. Check out Fonoteca Nacional
Av Francisco Sosa 383, Santa Catarina, 04010
Fonteca Nacional is a “national sound library” and is definitely on my list for my next visit to Coyoacan.
The center is run by the government and explains that “One of the commitments of the Mexican State is the preservation and safeguard of the cultural heritage of our country. The sound heritage is a fundamental part of that heritage and a fundamental element of national identity and memory.”
They have concerts, exhibitions, galleries, a ‘sound garden’ (I don’t know what that is but I want to go) and much more – click here to check it out their upcoming events!
Treats on treats on treats at Le Caroz Bakery
13. Treat Yo’Self at LeCaroz Bakery
Ignacio Allende 5, Del Carmen, 04100
If churros aren’t enough to tempt you then you’re truly a monster I dare you to step inside LeCaroz Bakery.
The shelves are overflowing with desserts and the walls are lined with tray after tray of cookies, bread, donuts, cakes, and every type of baked good imaginable. Many of them I had never seen before, so I think this is a great place to try some typically Mexican bakes that you won’t be able to find at home.
Cute n’ cozy Cafe Negro
14. Recharge at Cafe Negro
Centenario 16, Coyoacán, 04000
If you need to recharge after walking back and forth all over Coyoacan, grab a coffee and a seat at Cafe Negro. It’s super bright and has wifi so you can plan your next move or just zone out a bit before moving on with your day.
15. Explore the Alfredo Gauti Rojo National Watercolor Museum
Calle Salvador Novo 88, Santa Catarina, 04010
The Alfredo Gauti Rojo National Watercolor Museum has multiple exhibitions of, you guessed it, watercolor paintings from different time periods.
Entrance is free and they’re open every day of the week from 10 am to 6 pm. Outside of opening hours they also host lots of special events like a museum night and painting classes that you can time your visit around as well.
Bonus: Take a Tour
Airbnb now offers guided experiences around the world – with over 700 in Mexico City alone – and have tons of different options in Coyoacan. To make the most out of your day trip to this pretty neighborhood, check out:
- The Colorful Coyoacan: Street Food and Legends tour
- This top-rated professional photoshoot in Coyoacan
- Coyoacan Legends tour mentioned in the New York Times
- Coyoacan at night bar and taco crawl
And many more Mexico City experiences on Airbnb!
Use this map to visit the top 15 things to do in central Coyoacan.
Everything mentioned so far is in the center of Coyoacan and easy to reach on foot from one to the other, as you can see on the handy map above.
These last three things to do in Coyoacan are not in the center but they’re still in the Coyoacan neighborhood which means they’re only a short Uber ride away – check them out!
16. Visit Museo Anahuacalli
Museo 150, San Pablo Tepetlapa, 04620
90 mxn / 4.75 usd per person
27 minutes by foot from central Coyoacan and 10 minutes by car
Diego Rivera is a famous Mexican artist but he was also a history enthusiast.
Though the Anahuacalli Museum was built after his death it houses his personal collection of thousands of cultural and historical artifacts in a unique pyramid-like building made from black lava rock. There’s also a small exhibition on his life and art as well.
Club America vs. Monterrey at Estadio Azteca
17. Watch a Soccer Game at Estadio Azteca
Calz. de Tlalpan 3465, Sta. Úrsula Coapa, Coyoacán, 04650
Tickets from 150 mxn / 8 usd and up
One hour by foot from central Coyoacan and 17 minutes by car
Dan and I paired a day out in Coyoacan with an evening at a soccer match and it was a perfect fit.
Estadio Azteca is the 7th biggest stadium in the world and holds up to 80,000 people, so even for a non-rivalry match the atmosphere and energy was pretty catching!
Read my complete guide on going to a soccer game in Mexico City to find ticket prices, transportation advice, and lots of other tips and tricks ya need to know before you go.
18. Explore the UNAM Campus
Av Universidad 3000, Cd. Universitaria, Coyoacán, 04510
Over an hour walking from central Coyoacan but only 15 minutes by car
I always love wandering around college campuses when I visit a new city, but UNAM is extra special because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Honestly, I think I might save this for a day trip all on its own because there’s so much to see and do.
The school itself is impressive because it was founded in 1551 (take that, Harvard) and has produced some of the country’s most famous citizens. It also has Diego Rivera murals, a contemporary art museum, a massive library, and the Pumas de la UNAM soccer stadium – basically I can’t wait to check it out and you should go too!
Bonus: Best Places to Stay in Coyoacan
Dan and I really considered getting a place in Coyoacan for our six week stay in Mexico City because we love the quiet, artsy neighborhood so much.
If you want to stay outside of the popular Roma, Condesa, and Polanco neighborhoods when you visit, Coyoacan is a great option because it’s cheaper and just a bit less trendy and more authentically Mexican.
Some Coyoacan hotels with fantastic reviews on Booking.com are:
- Casa Hidalgo
- The Coyohouse Bed and Breakfast
- Bed and Breakfast Casa Ayvar
- Hostal Cuija Coyoacan
- Hostal La Encontada
- Hostal Casa Frida
They’re all super central (remember Coyoacan is huge so just because a hostel or hotel is in the neighborhood doesn’t mean it’s in the center) and they all cost $50 or less per night!
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