The neighborhood of Coyoacán, Mexico is the home of Frida Kahlo. A welcoming and charming neighborhood pulsating with history and culture, that also includes the home La Malinche. The cobblestone streets wind through colorful colonial buildings, inviting travelers to explore its rich heritage. The highlight of course is the Frida Kahlo Museum, Casa Azul, offering a glimpse into the artist's life, now celebrating 65 years as a museum. Nearby, the lively main square, Plaza Hidalgo, teems with street vendors, cafes, and the stunning Parish of San Juan Bautista. Coyoacán's allure extends beyond landmarks, boasting a lively arts scene, bohemian atmosphere, and an array of Mexican cuisine. This neighborhood is an enchanting blend of tradition and contemporary vibrancy, captivating all who visit.
#1 La Casa Azul
Most people come to Coyoacán to see Frida Kahlo’s childhood home La Casa Azul. The house turned museum features original art pieces by Frida, a walk through her art studio, her fabulous kitchen, bedroom (where she died), and an exhibition of her stunning clothing. The museum includes a gift shop and café, along with peaceful gardens. Another highlight is a collection of Diego Rivera’s pre-Hispanic art. Those Frida admirers will certainly get a sense of Frida’s life and her love for Diego Rivera.
Purchase your tickets on-line, the museum does not sell tickets at the door, visit the musum official website:
#2 Mercado de Coyoacan
Coyoacán Mercado is only 2 blocks from Casa Azul, visit the Mercado after you Casa Azul visit. This Mercado has it all, food stalls, for a quick lunch, original folk art, clothing, fresh spices and veggies. The market has a cool vibe, one of my favorites in all of Mexico. Of the hundred or so mercados I have visited, Coyoacan remains a top favorite.
#3 Sunday Open Air Art Market
Only on Sunday’s, across the street, the Mercado hosts an open air art market . This is why I travel! I love to meet the artists; as they love to share their creative vision and techniques. You will be thrilled to purchase a one of kind piece of art.
#4 San Juan Bautista Church
The San Juan Bautista Church in Coyoacán’s city center, is a historic and architectural gem. Constructed in the 16th century, it exemplifies the Baroque architectural style. The church's facade is adorned with intricate stonework and features a striking combination of indigenous and European design elements.
Inside, visitors will discover a serene and ornate interior. The church's altarpiece is a masterpiece, showcasing fine craftsmanship and religious iconography. The ambiance is both reverent and culturally rich, offering a glimpse into Mexico's colonial past.
#5 Mercado de Artesanías
Shop for traditional Mexican crafts, jewelry, and clothing at the Mercado de Artesanias, such as El Jardín del Arte and Bazar Artesanal de Coyoacán.
#6 Dine in one of the many restaurants and cafes
Enjoy a meal or a coffee, ice cream at one of the many charming cafes and restaurants in Coyoacán, like La Bipo, Los Danzantes, or El Jarocho
#7 Enjoy Plaza Jardin del Centario
Plaza Jardín del Centenario, in the heart of Coyoacán, This picturesque square, surrounded by colonial-style buildings and lush greenery, exudes a timeless charm. Its centerpiece is the iconic bronze fountain adorned by coyote sculptures, providing a serene focal point for visitors to relax and soak in the atmosphere. The plaza is lined with benches, perfect for people-watching and enjoying street performances, also lined with cafes, restaurants, and artisan stalls.
#8 Museo de Culturas Populares
The Museo de Culturas Populares in Coyoacán is an institution dedicated to celebrating Mexico's rich tapestry of folk and popular culture. Housed in a charming colonial building, the museum showcases an extensive collection of traditional crafts, art, textiles, and artifacts from various regions of Mexico. The museum also hosts workshops, lectures, and cultural events, providing an immersive experience into the living heritage of Mexico. It's a must-visit destination for those seeking a deeper understanding of Mexican culture and traditions.
#9 Museo de Anahuacalli
The Museo de Anahuacalli, a museum conceived by Diego Rivera private collection of pre-hispanic art. This architectural marvel is a homage to pre-Hispanic Mexico, designed to resemble an ancient Aztec temple. Inside, visitors encounter an extensive collection of over 50,000 pre-Columbian artifacts, including sculptures, ceramics, and jewelry. The exhibits offer a profound journey into the indigenous cultures of Mexico, showcasing their art, spirituality, and history. Rivera's own art, as well as his studio, can also be explored, providing insight into the artist's deep connection with Mexican heritage.
#10 Casa de la Malinche
Casa de la Malinche, also known as La Malinche's House, is a historic landmark in Coyoacán. This colonial-era building, constructed in the 16th century, has an intriguing past. It is believed to have once belonged to La Malinche, also known as Doña Marina, a significant figure in Mexican history who played a crucial role as a translator and advisor to Hernán Cortés during the Spanish conquest.
Today, Casa de la Malinche houses a cultural center and museum. Visitors can explore its well-preserved architecture and learn about the complex and controversial legacy of La Malinche, making it an important site for understanding Mexico's colonial history and cultural heritage
#11 Art Galleries
Coyoacán has numerous art galleries showcasing contemporary and traditional Mexican art. Check out places like Galería Carillo Gil Serrano and Galería Arvil.
# 12 Hacienda de Cortez
Hacienda de Cortez now a restaurant, located in La Conchita, within Coyoacán. Hacienda de Cortés without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful places in Coyoacan. It is a colonial-style house where it is said that Hernán Cortés had his stables before its construction.
The Hacienda offers a small bazaar on Saturdays, and an outdoor restaurant area. It’s a perfect place to go during the weekend and just have a coffee and sweets. I enjoy having breakfast in the outdoor serene courtyard.
#13 Antojito Market
Foodies will love this mercado, as Mexico is known for amazing street food to include finding the perfect tacos al pastor. However, for the most delicious street food in the smallest space under a single roof, Coyoacán’s street food market, the Mercado de Antojitos, is a one stop shop for low-key, delicious, authentic, friendly and cheap food.
#14 Watercolor Museum
The Alfredo Guati Rojo National Watercolor Museum was the first museum in the world dedicated specifically to watercolor painting. Housed in a former private house which was donated to the museum by the city government.
#15 Book a day Tour
There are many reputable touring companies that can provide a day tour to enjoy a visit to Coyoacan:
Guided Insights: Tour guides are knowledgeable about Frida Kahlo's life, art, and the history of Casa Azul. They can provide in-depth information and fascinating anecdotes that you might miss on a self-guided visit.
Skip the Lines: Popular attractions like Casa Azul can have long lines, especially during peak times. Booking a tour may allow you to skip the lines and save valuable time.
Contextualization: A tour can provide a historical and cultural context, helping you understand the significance of the museum and Kahlo's impact on Mexican art and culture.
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