I learned of the expansion of Ciudadela offerings from my friend Lirio Garduño,a poet and artist, French and Spanish teacher, and authority on cuisine for culture vultures visiting Paris and Mexico City. My pal Sterling and I had danced Danzón one Saturday afternoon some years ago in the Plaza of the Ciudadela, but had not learned of the more recent development of book stores, exhibition spaces, and personal libraries, including one with 24,000 books and folios once belonging to cultural critic Carlos Monsiváis (1938-2010). The man loved books! In Spanish, of course, but many in English. And many about cats, which he loved and provided for through Gatos Olvidados
A library and play area for children, and children’s bookstore, too.
And a media center.
There’s also a fabulous crafts market in the area.
La Ciudadela is walking distance from Mexico City’s historic center.