Mexico City is a street art lover’s paradise, with enormous urban artworks lurking round practically every corner, no matter what neighbourhood you happen to find yourself in and that’s great for me, because, long story short, I LOVE taking photos of the most eye-catching, colourful and sometimes downright weird Mexico City street art I can find. Even so, I don’t claim to have even scratched the surface of this sprawling capital’s flourishing street art scene. In fact, it’s worth mentioning now, so as not to disappoint, that I don’t have any Xochimilco street art represented in this piece (yet) because I’ve not explored the area well enough, despite it being considered the birthplace of Mexican street art.
So, if you’re wondering where to find the best street art in Mexico City, then this post can help you hone in on the areas that are the most filled to the brim with gorgeous wall paintings that are worthy of that iconic street art chilango hashtag. Plus, I’ll be regularly updating it over the coming months.
Even if you’re not in Mexico City right now though, you can still scroll away and take a virtual tour of some of the world’s best street art without even leaving your bedroom. I don’t judge. (Oh, and while you’re here, why not check out my Quick + Dirty Insider Guide to the Best Neighbourhoods in Mexico City!)
If you’re looking for something in particular, use these links to jump ahead.
Hotspots for street art and Mexican graffiti in the historic centre include the incredible Calle Regina, where a ton of the Meeting of Styles street art exhibition pieces can be found, as well as Calle Reforma (which runs through Juárez and into the centro histórico). Don’t forget to wait ‘til the shops close either, because their shutters are often vividly decorated and beautiful.
I tend to stick to the centre of Coyoacán, and that’s where I found most of these examples. It really doesn’t take much wandering near the central Jardín Centenario to find some awesome pieces of art though, and I imagine there are even more lesser-spotted examples if you go further afield.
Key spots to head to in Roma-Condesa include Calle Zacatecas and Plaza Luis Cabrera, but these neighbourhoods are completely overrun with street art for you to happen upon as you wander around. Don’t miss out on the nearby Colonia Doctores though, which has plenty of great street art examples and is home to the Museo del Juguete Antiguo, a building full of fantastic artworks.
The main UNAM campus and a place I only (shamefully) visited a couple of days ago, after almost a year of living in Mexico City, is so great for street art and murals. Like, seriously, go check it out. The green floral, female mural is my new favourite piece of street art ever, btw, and my photo really does noooot do it justice.
If you’ve taken even a quick browse through this post already, you won’t be surprised to hear that there are numerous notable Mexican street artists that you can and should be on the lookout for when in the Mexican capital. (In fact, some have already featured in this piece, like the inimitable Farid Rueda.)
Even so, if you’re tempted by the idea of taking an artist specific street art tour through the streets of Mexico City though, I’ve listed some of the other most influential street artists below and included links to their websites for you to check out.
As an aside, if you want even more Mexico City street art, then the Instagram you have to follow is @streetart_chilango (who also offer guided street art tours around the city, if you’re interested). And my Insta of course – @northernlauren__
Which was your favourite piece? What areas and artworks did I miss off? Let me know in the comments!