19Safest - Mexico City

That’s right: Mexico City. Surprised?

Despite its stigma and gritty past, the national capital of Mexico is incredibly safe – a fact that’s particularly remarkable when you think for a moment that it happens to be one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world (not to mention the most densely populated city

in North America).

Now, how’s that for a little perspective?

With zero travel restrictions, especially in the downtown core, feel free to go right ahead and roam through this incredibly cosmopolitan city. Walk up and through its massive Plaza de la Constitución (the main square is called the Zócalo by locals, if you want to fit in), and be sure to check out Frida Kahlo's old studio, the 13th-century Aztec Templo Mayor and its baroque-style Catedral Metropolitana de México.

From hip boutique hotels to its growing, unbelievably vibrant culinary scene, you'll certainly want to experience the eateries of the city's bohemian Condesa and Polanco districts, two of Mexico City's many, many up-and-coming neighbourhoods right now. It's a must-visit, especially for first-timers, despite the devastating earthquake that hit the city  late last year.

And whether you’re into art or not, you’ll no doubt be blown away, whether it's by the recently opened Soumaya Museum owned by the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, or the historic murals and public art peppered throughout the city by some of the country’s most famous artists, including the likes of Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiro. With so much to offer, aren't you glad to learn that Mexico City is one place you don't have to avoid?

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