Setting out for what would be 2016's top cities to visit (according to the Times), I was determined. My father said it was one of his favorite cities, others talked of its splendor in cuisine and arts, and one friend even said they could of stayed a few weeks there. What would this all mean for me?
A six day trip in Mexico City, filled with surprises and wonder, and recognizing that our perceptions are often rooted in myths.
(If you read my last post on Mexico City, you'll see what I mean by myths)
Mexico City was vibrant. Every turn seemed to bring something new, whether a local artisan in the Condesa showcasing their forward thinking style in design, or perhaps a small coffee shop creating a space where locals poured in and out of. The city is metropolitan, and to the likes of NYC, where somehow 22 million people, come in and out, weaving through the city in different neighborhoods and boroughs – it's all beautiful. Tall skyscrapers shaped like legos stacked tower over the Centro, whereas in the Roma the streets are lined by colonial historic buildings painted with lush greenery. Rooted in old tradition and marked by innovating design, Mexico City is truly the city that has it all.
The Mexico City Guide
Know Before You Go:
- Credit card is widely taken, but pesos on hand is important for street food and local markets.
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- Uber is very convenient to use and we used it a couple of times a day. Should you need a taxi, have your hotel/restaurant arrange.
- Best time of year: year round.
- Lunch is at three pm, not noon.
- Not a city to wear shorts, it's quite professional/metropolitan similar to NYC.
- Three to four nights is a good amount of time to experience the city.
Where to Stay in Mexico City:
- Las Alcobas: rated one of the top hotels in Mexico City and located in the swanky Polanco district, Las Alcobas has perfected service. They understand how to help the international traveler who is looking for an in-depth experience in Mexico City. We stayed here for three nights and adored the design of the rooms and space, finding it to be the best place to call home.
- Hotel Condesa: A design hotel in the heart of the Condesa, with spacious rooms and contemporary design.
Where to Eat in Mexico City:
- Quintonil: Rated the number 35 restaurant on this years World's 50 Best List, the menu highlights fresh ingredients with an artistic presentation.
- Mercado Roma: similar to the likes of Chelsea Market, this three floor space with a rooftop beer garden, and a plethora of dining options is not to be missed.
- Pujol: Rated the number 16 restaurant on this years World's 50 Best List, with just 13 tables and a coursed out dinner featuring traditional Mexican cuisine.
- Anatol: an intimate dining space inside Las Alcobas, this restaurant features cuisine from Mexico to classic American dishes — be sure to try the burrata and salmon gravlax.
- Romita Comedor: an incredible space for great mixology and good food.
- Rosetta: Classic Italian and Mexican influenced dishes, in a historic building.
- Merotoro: a Baja-style spot with surf and turf elevated dining.
- El Huequito: This spot can't be missed for Al Pastor tacos.
- Jules Basement: This underground, speakeasy bar is all the craze as one of the top bars in the world. Be sure to make a reservation online as walk-ins are incredibly tough.
- Churreria El Moro Rio Lerma: Churros and Mexican hot chocolate all around — we went here almost every day.
- Dulce Patria: Colorful and playful dishes over a coursed meal, featuring fine ingredients.
- Alipus Endemico: Known for their mezcal drinks.
Where to Get Caffeinated in Mexico City:
- Hotel Carlota pool patio: A hip hotel that features a lobby worth hanging out, this spot is the place to be in the late afternoon.
- Chiquitito Cafe: Located in the Condesa, this smalll coffee shop is favorited by locals for a great cup of coffee.
- Panaderia Rosetta: Bakeshop and coffeeshop featuring all that you could want in a bakery, with incredible pastries.
- Cafe Toscano: Located right next to Plaza Rio de Janeiro, this cafe is a classic.
- Otro Cafe: With a selection of traditional cuisine, Otro also does tastefull cappucinos and lattes.
- La Balance: A French-style bakery and cafe.
What to See/Do in Mexico City:
- Biblioteca Vasconcelos: A modern wonder and an absolute gem of a library to walk through at least once.
- Chapultepec Castle: Situated at the top of the hill, this castle host's the the National Museum of History.
- Parque Mexico, Parque Espana: Two parks in the city that are leafy and host a wide variety of local music, great benches for hanging out, and strolls.
- Mexico City Cathedral & Zocalo area for history
- San Ildefonso: Both a college and musuem, this place is noted for their incredible murials.
- + Xochimilco
- Walk Avenida Amsterdam in Condesa for interior design shops
- Museums: Frida Kahlo's Casa for a tour on her life and works, Museo Tamayo for contemporary art, Museo Soumaya for a collection of works from Rodin to Chinese artifacts, and Casa Luis for one of Luis Barragan's famous works.
- Neighborhoods: Be sure to check out the Condesa, Roma, Polanco