Where to Find the Romance Hidden in Mexico City

5 uber-romantic spots in this incredible city.


Plaza de Danzón

On Saturday afternoons, the beautiful square called ‘Plaza Morelos’ (outside of the Ciudadela market) is filled with couples learning to dance. These famous dancing lessons –a tradition in the area– are offered free of charge, and have led the square to be also known as Plaza de Danzón (Cuban Dance Square). Hundreds of couples gather to dance a seductive Cuban dance called the danzón. The danzón, while no longer popular in Cuba, is danced by people of every age all across Mexico. With men flamboyantly dressed in zoot suits and fedoras and the women in high heels and dresses, it is hard not to get caught up in the romance, even as a spectator. To really experience the magic though, take a danzón lesson during the week, and join as the pachucos and pachucas move to the Cuban rhythms.

Where to Find the Romance Hidden in Mexico City

Get swept up in the romance of the dance

Cineteca Nacional

When walking to an outdoor movie screening at the gorgeously modern buildings and lush lawn of the Cineteca Nacional, couples are sometimes suggestively asked if they would like one or two mats to place on the grass while watching the film. This should tell you all you need to know about the romantic potential of this Mexico City outing.

Where to Find the Romance Hidden in Mexico City

Watch a movie under the stars

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 49 Comments

  1. Avatar of Monica Geller

    Aside from the scary gang members, The rampant cab kidnappers, theft and so much more crime in Mexico City. What else is romantic about it?

  2. Avatar of Genesis White

    Genesis White

    Any place is romantic, You just need the right person for it. Basically anywhere anytime with the right person, the moment will be perfect.

  3. Avatar of Sasha Smith

    Sasha Smith

    Mexico City was like the younger, more rebellious sibling of New York City.
    The energy and life that buzzes through the city at all hours of the night and day; the world-class museums, art galleries, and restaurants; the vast green parks; the gridlocked traffic and zooming taxis; the businessmen and women that move with such purpose; the hipster cafes…and the hipsters themselves.

  4. Avatar of Gina Mehari

    Mexico City sounds great – I have never been, but I have been to many other places in central amercia which I loved. I stayed in downtown Cancun for a week so I could do a PADI course about 8 years ago and loved the mexican food!

  5. Avatar of Jodie Carpenter

    Ahh I reeeeally want to go. I have a friend from there who has been on at me for years to visit. It’s definitely up there on the list.

  6. Avatar of Summer Rosie Ferrel

    i definitely agree that mexico city is HIGHLY underrated. i havent been in a few years and must get myself back there! they had a quirky cafe culture and an affinity for craft beer which i also loved.

  7. Avatar of Christina Cavanaugh

    Christina Cavanaugh

    So grateful for this post! I’ve been here for a week and I’m here for another four because I love it so much. The food, the museums, the parks, the monuments, the markets…Your post couldn’t come at a better time! Great recommendations, excited to try the restaurants!

  8. Avatar of Brenda Nelson

    Brenda Nelson

    I’d say what is said of violence and theft are highly exaggerated since Mexico City is actually one of the safest cities of Mexico. Of course, as any other big city there are places to avoid, but in general, it’s a great place to enjoy for days and days. Beautiful architecture, rich history, awesome food! I loved the photos and the story! It is a city that never keeps the same as before, and every time you come you will discover extraordinary new things. I’m glad you had a good experience.

  9. Avatar of Deborah Henry

    Deborah Henry

    I was also so intimidated by Mexico City. It was the first stop for us on a 7 month trip through Latin America. I spent 3 days there but what I saw was really beautiful and diverse, I only wish that I could have gone there after spending a while in other parts of the country first to gain my confidence. I will definitely return to explore some of the vibrant neighbourhoods and the food scene. Thanks for the great post ?

  10. Avatar of Nancy Musselman

    Nancy Musselman

    Love Mexico City, especially on Sundays when most of the museums are free! I was also amazed that Chapultepec Zoo was world-class and absolutely free… desire to see a panda bear, now satiated! Thanks, Hilary and Mike ?

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