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Viewing Bellas Artes from Café de la Gran Ciudad

The Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of Mexico City’s most striking buildings. Construction began in 1904, but only finished in 1934. The exterior combines Neoclassical and Art Nouveau, while the interior is Art Deco.

The building is at the corner of a major pedestrian intersection and there are always crowds around the front of the building, making it nearly impossible to get a great photo from the street.

Directly across from Bellas Artes is a large Sears department store. We ventured into it to see if we could get a good photo from their windows. To our surprise, we discovered a café on their rooftop, the Café de la Gran Cuidad. The view is absolutely spectacular. Enter the main Sears entrance (Av. Juárez 14) and take the escalators almost to the top (the cafe is located one floor below the top floor). Order a drink, enjoy the view, and take a few unobstructed photos of Bellas Artes!

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