Church in Coyoacan, Mexico

What to know about Coyoacán

Church in Coyoacan, Mexico

If you are reading these lines, you are interested in getting to know one of the most important cultural and intellectual centers in Mexico City.

Coyoacán, a toponym of Nahuatl origin that translates to place of coyote owners, is a place that will surprise you.

For a very complete trip, we recommend several tours of Mexico City that we believe may be of interest to you.

History of Coyoacán

The beginnings of Coyoacán date back to the years 1000 and 600 A.D. thanks to the inhabitants of a small village who made clay pottery. In the year 1521 the Spanish conquistadors arrived and since then Coyoacán has been an emblematic and recognized place throughout Mexico and beyond.

Downtown Coyoacán

This is where the political powers of the city’s delegation are concentrated, and is composed of a plaza that houses the Hidalgo and Centenario gardens. There are several places of interest in the area that we list below:

Jardín Hidalgo and Jardín Centenario

Jardín Hidalgo is part of the historic center of Coyoacán, the second most visited square in Mexico City. It is surrounded by the Municipal House, known as the Casa de Cortés, the parish church and the former convent of San Juan Bautista. The most important events are also celebrated here, such as the Day of the Dead, the tamale fair, among others.

The Centennial Garden is named in commemoration of the first 100 years of the country’s independence. Here you will find a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.

Historical and cultural museums

You can find several scattered throughout the city, such as the Museum of Interventions, which explain the details of the different battles against the U.S., Spain or France.

You can visit the National Museum of Popular Cultures, which brings you closer to the customs, histories and cultures of the typical Mexican towns.

We also recommend the essential Leon Trotsky Museum, a house where the Russian Lev Davidovich Bronstein lived his last years. Exiled from his country by Stalin, he spent the last stage of his life in this house, until he was murdered in his own studio.

You can’t miss the Frida Kahlo Museum, better known as La Casa Azul (The Blue House). See firsthand one of the spaces where the world-renowned artist Frida Kahlo lived, explore her works, gardens, decor and much more.


It is here where fairs, cinema cycles and everything at a very affordable price are organized. If you want to learn about the history of Mexico, this is a good method. There are also very interesting workshops and conferences, so don’t hesitate to get information before you go.

Coyoacán market and handicraft market

The Coyoacán market is full of food, typical dishes and all the objects you can imagine. It was inaugurated in 1921, although not on Allende Street as it is currently centralized.

The handicrafts market divides the Hidalgo and Centenario gardens, and is perfect for souvenirs, souvenirs, typical Mexican art, costumes and much more.

Garden in Coyoacán, Mexico

Coyoacán Church

The church and former convent of San Juan Bautista is one of the oldest temples in the country. Construction began in 1527 and was completed in 1550. Next to the parish church is the former convent of San Juan Bautista, which dates back to the 16th century.

Coyoacan Subway

The Coyoacán subway is open from 5:00 to 24:00 on weekdays and from 7:00 to 24:00 on Sundays and holidays. It is one of the stations of the Mexico City subway, belonging to line 3. Note the station icon, it is a silhouette of a coyote.


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