Understanding how the city functions involves an analysis of its social and physical structures. While much has been said about the shape, uses and perceptions of the city at different historical moments, little attention has been given to the conceptual and analytical tools used to obtain this knowledge. The epistemological foundations of how we understand the city are vast, but do not tend to be explicitly identified. Even less attention has been given to the examination of the spatial metaphors that serve as analytical tools to understand the city. This paper seeks to 1) uncover the implicit and explicit spatial metaphors used to convey knowledge about cities, as well as 2) attempt to unmask the assumptions about the city upon which these metaphors rest. An awareness of the way knowledge is produced emerges from the sociology of knowledge. Feminist scholars have taken upon the task to critically examine the way in which dominant epistemological traditions operate. Among the many contributions made, notions such as situated knowledge or social situatedness, social location, and standpoint theory are examples. All these metaphors, presented here as examples of concepts that have help advance social thought are very spatial. Spatial metaphors are excellent analytical tools to convey ways of understanding and analyzing society. In the practice of seeking knowledge about the city there is also an important use for spatial metaphors. In cities specifically, spatial metaphors are abundant, they serve as tools to better understand urban dynamics. After all cities are largely composed of forms and shapes that delineate urban structures, so does spatial metaphors. They delineate the thinking about (the analysis and conceptualization) of cities. Therefore, this presentation will seek to examine the spatial characteristics in the production of knowledge about the city. Some of the metaphors that will be included in this presentation are: concentric circles, continuum, scales, layers, skein, thicket, multi-nuclei, network, frame, satellite, spoke and hub, among others. These metaphors are embedded in discourses that represent certain economic, social and political conditions. The origin of this metaphors in terms of the scientific discourses that promote them, as well as the methods used to apply these metaphors in the analysis of urban processes will be addressed in this paper. This exercise seeks to uncover the possibilities and limits of the knowledge these spatial metaphors produce. The perspectives, assumptions, points of views from which these spatial metaphors emerge are important considerations that filter our understanding of reality, in this specific instance, urban.