Mexico DF’s city center is based around the Zocalo/ Plaza de La Constitución. With most of Mexico City’s historical sights from the colonial era. The area has been selected by the UNESCO to be included in its list of World Heritage sites. In the area can be found the city’s cathedral, the Templo Mayor (an Aztec Temple), the National Palace, and dozens of other landmarks and museums. The historic center is generally safe, but beware of pickpockets attracted by the large number of tourists. Crowded streets and plazas, especially those with a lot of street vendors, are where the pickpockets are most frequently found.Advertisment
Zona Rosa/ ReformaThe Zona Rosa is a business and nightlife neighborhood near the Centro. The area is home to the Mexican Stock Exchange, in front of the famous Angel de la Independencia statue. Many hotels and restaurants can be found in the area.
Condesa & RomaCondesa and Roma, south of the Centro, are young and relaxed neighborhoods around Parque de Mexico. The area is home to the city’s trendiest restaurants, clubs and shops. The area is safe, although as in all the city there are many pickpockets in the subway and public buses. Note: for a more detailed crime map, look at HoyodeCrimen‘s website.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : HIGH
Mexico City is an averagely safe city: stay in the touristic zones to avoid any trouble. With a rating of 44% Mexico, is ranked 114th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Mexico City. The crowded streets and the subway are prime location to get your belongings stolen. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Mexico City is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Express Kidnappings can happen from fake taxis. Be aware of dangerous zones by looking at the map, asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Mexico City. Avoid people doing “magic tricks” around subway stations, asking you to sign (fake) petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
The B line of the subway and its stops should be avoided. There is a high risk of pickpocketing in the subway and buses, especially during rush hour. Never hail a random taxi in the street, use apps suchs a Uber, EasyTaxi or Taxiaviso to make sure you are getting an official taxi.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Mexico (see the page about Mexico for more advice).
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Mexico City is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Women should avoid walking alone at night, particularly in empty areas, and should take the women reserved cars in the subway and train.