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Best Hidden Gems in Mexico City

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Sombreros Tardán

There are few shops in Mexico that specialize in hats and this is one of them. It is located, strangely enough, in the middle of the Portales de los Mercaderes, flanked by a wide selection of jewelry shops. Tardán stands out as an true original, stocking all manner of fashionable headwear for women and men.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Museo del Zapato

Opened in 1988, this fascinating museum exhibits the collection of the Villamayor Ballinas, a family of shoe-shop owners in the city. The thousand life-size and 15,000 miniature shoes on exhibit span several centuries, originate from different cultures and showcase a variety of styles. Porcelain, bronze and silk, are only some of the materials from which they are made; there is even a replica of a pair of boots worn by an astronaut from the Apollo II space flight.

Mexico City, Mexico
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La Lagunilla Market

La Lagunilla Market is one of the biggest markets in Mexico which is located at a close distance from downtown. The market is a traditional one and is divided into three sections which cater to clothing, furniture and food. The market devoted to furniture also has a separate section that sells antiques. It generally caters to the low income groups and offers things at a cheap price. This place also has a weekly market called Baratillo, which sells second hand items.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Jardín del Arte Sullivan

The Jardín del Arte Sullivan is an open air art market located in the lovely neighborhood of Colonia San Rafael. The market takes place on every Sunday and a horde of artists, painters, sculptors and photographers put their art pieces on display. This market was started in the 1950's by a few artists who could not display their artwork at galleries or exhibitions. So finding out a cheaper alternative to display their work, they started this wonderful market. A stroll around this place will open you up to the work of these local artists who have a story to tell. A lot of events are conducted by the artists as well as the association that runs the market.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Audiorama

Audiorama is one of Mexico City's most unusual spots. Music lovers come to this outdoor space to sit quietly and listen to piped-in classical, jazz, and new age music. Tucked into the base of the hill surmounted by Chapultepec Castle, Audiorama requests silence from its visitors, who wander about the 90-foot wide garden or lounge comfortably on multi-colored metal benches. Lush bushes and flowers surround the listening area and create a sylvan ambiance. Audiorama provides a peaceful retreat from Mexico City's frenzy. Enter Audiorama from the left side of the Monumento al Escuadrón 201, a memorial to Mexico's World War II pilots.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Away Spa & Fitness Center

Tucked away at the W Hotel Mexico City in the prestigious neighborhood of Polanco, the Away Spa is an oasis of calm. Sweat it out in their Temascal lodge or try one of their rejuvenating facials, massages, pedicures, manicures or scrubs. Their special spa packages are a great way to pamper yourself or a loved one for an afternoon. So whether you're in town for business or for pleasure, Away Spa is sure to please even the toughest of clients.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Centro Comercial Interlomas

Interlomas, more than selling exclusive clothing, is focused on service, for there are many establishments there from which to purchase groceries, paint for you home, flooring, interior decoration supplies, and establishments which offer computer courses, travel agencies or furniture stores with exclusive or inexpensive items. It is made up of three stories, the last of which is an open terrace where several restaurants are located, mainly offering inexpensive Mexican food and a small soda fountain. The most visited restaurant is Giambelino, which serves Italian food. There are playgrounds for children and a Cinepolis movie theatre complex, plus speciality stores which offer items such as miniatures, sporting goods, electronic appliances, lingerie and video games.

Huixquilucan, Mexico
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Bosque de Tlalpan

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.

Mexico City, Mexico
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Island of the Dolls

Tucked away amongst the canals of Xochimilco in Mexico City, Isla de las Muñecas or the Island of the Dolls, is one of the more unusual and strange attractions found in the area. Home to hundreds, if not thousands, of dilapidated baby dolls, this man made island isn't for the faint of heart. Strewn throughout trees with missing limbs, scarred skin, and staring eyes, legend has it that a local farmer, Don Julian Santana Barrera, began collecting the dolls to please the ghost of a little girl who he believed was haunting him. Today, visitors flock to the site on boats ferried by locals to see the weird and wonderful attraction.

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