Other well-known central neighborhoods include *Condesa (map), known for its Art Deco architecture and its restaurant scene; Colonia Roma (map), a beaux arts neighborhood and artistic and culinary hot-spot, the *Zona Rosa (map), formerly the center of nightlife and restaurants. Santa María la Ribera (map) and San Rafael (map) are the latest neighborhoods of magnificent Porfiriato architecture seeing the first signs of gentrification.
The most recognizable icon of Mexico City is the golden Angel of Independence on the wide, elegant avenue Paseo de la Reforma (map).
*Chapultepec (map) houses the Chapultepec Castle (map), now a museum on a hill that overlooks the park and its numerous museums, monuments and the national zoo and the National Museum of Anthropology (which houses the Aztec Calendar Stone, map). Another piece of architecture is the *Palacio de Bellas Artes (map), a white marble theatre / museum whose weight is such that it has gradually been sinking into the soft ground below.
According to the Secretariat of Tourism, the city has about 170 museums, over 100 art galleries, and some 30 concert halls, all of which maintain a constant cultural activity during the whole year. The Museo Soumaya (map), named after the wife of Mexican magnate Carlos Slim, has the largest private collection of original Rodin sculptures outside Paris.
La Villa de Guadalupe (map) – In the borough of Gustavo A. Madero in the northern part of the city. Home to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe (map), perhaps the holiest Catholic site in the Americas. Draws a large crowd of pilgrims from around the world every day.
Plaza Garibaldi-Mariachi (map). The square is surrounded by cafés and restaurants much favored by tourists, and in these and in the square itself groups of musicians play folk music.
The city’s main source of fresh produce is the Central de Abasto (map). This in itself is a self-contained mini-city in Iztapalapa borough covering an area equivalent to several dozen city blocks.
The principal fish market is known as La Nueva Viga (map), in the same complex as the Central de Abastos. The world-renowned market of Tepito (~map) occupies 25 blocks, and sells a variety of products. The weekly San Felipe de Jesús Tianguis (map) is reported to be the largest in Latin America.
Photography >> For the avid photographer, there are a few pointers to keep in mind. The city is paranoid about cameras and especially about tripods. You might be asked to delete pictures, even if they were taking from a public space. You are not allowed to use a tripod in any ticketed place, such as museums, the metro stations, and architectural ruins. You will be politely asked to hold your camera in your hands.