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Plaza de Los Arcángeles is a serene little park in the otherwise busy city. Composed of lush green tress, colorful flowers and stone angels, this tiny square is a great place to seek a momentary respite from the rat race. At the center of the square is a fountain, surrounded by benches, which is an ideal place for a solitary break with a cup of coffee.
If you feel like visiting a market on Saturday, take a trip to Plaza San Jacinto, located in the San Ángel district. Bazar Sábado is a superb handicrafts market that has created quite a name for this plaza. The plaza itself has a turbulent history: the main building of the Bazar was used by invading soldiers from the US and France. It is also the place where more than 50 Irish soldiers who belonged to the Saint Patrick's Battalion died while trying to help the Mexicans repel the invading US armed forces.
Jardín Centenario is an excellent place to wander around, especially if you have children. Take a stroll, admire the surrounding old colonial buildings, buy an ice-cream or browse the local handicraft stalls. The impressive-looking church, built in neo-classical style, is also worth visiting. And you will very likely see local mime performers giving a street show. The ideal spot for an afternoon outing.
Formerly known as the Plaza de la Concepción, this attractive little plaza is well worth a visit. At one corner you can see the Casa de la Malinche (or Casa Colorada), which was built by the conquistador Hernán Cortés for his Aztec interpreter cum lover: however, the building is not open to the general public. On the eastern side of the plaza is the Capilla de la Conchita (the Chapel of Conchita), a pretty little Baroque church that dates back to the 18th century.
Bosque de Tlalpan is a scenic park in the heart of Tlalpan. The lush green recreational space features marked paths for walkers and joggers. The park is part of a sprawling 252-hectare (622.70-acre) forest that is home to a number of indigenous wildlife species like sparrow hawks, ducks and snakes. Bosque de Tlalpan serves as an idyllic venue for summer camps, sports events and day picnics.
This park is better known as the Sunken Park or Park Hundido, as it is below the level of the streets which surround it. It is also associated with an enormous floral clock situated by its entrance, which marks the starting point of various tracks and routes for runners, joggers and or cyclists. The routes have several distance markers and also offer information on different pre-Hispanic cultures, from which each of them take their name, for example the "Maya Route." The park has no specific timings.