TRAVEL GUIDE TO MEXICO CITY by Jocelyn L. (Updated 2020)
Jocelyn L. is an Urban Explorer, Foodie, and Music Lover. She loves architecture, history, music, art, and food. If you are into these, her travel diary will help you decide where to stay, eat, hang out, and play.
Mexico City is a sophisticated metropolitan city with good urban planning and very rich Mexican and Spanish culture. It's an old city (home of the Aztecs) but it is very modern at the same time. I am fond of colonial cities because they exhibit a blend of different cultures seen in the buildings, language, and custom. The historical buildings, the sleek modern buildings, and the tree lines and plants in Mexico City are very impressive and beautiful. It's one of my favorite cities in the world.
If you are into food, art, architecture, nightlife, shop (great local designers like Sandra Weil and Kris Goyri), and history, this is your city. I have a good number of close friends who either want to move to Mexico City or consider Mexico City as their second home.
You can tour Mexico City by food, culture or architecture.
Check out this architect-guided tour of Mexico City Tour from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/travel/seeing-mexico-city-guided-by-architects.html
A few fun facts about Mexico City
It used to be a swamp, so some building are slightly crooked.
It is not your typical Mexican city because a lot of Mexicans are part Spanish or Jewish
It has a lot of wealth compared to other Mexican cities
DO NOT wash your mouth with tap water!!! Use bottled water to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth
Drink only bottled water
Uber works here. Take advantage of the discounted price. Most drivers can't speak English though, so learn some basic phrases like: turn left (gira a la izquierda), turn right (gira a la derecha), go straight (ve derecho), or stop here (detén aquí)
Where to Stay
Nima Local House Hotel
Where to Eat
Contramar - Seafood restaurant. MUST-haves include tuna toastadas, aguachile verde, pescado a la talla verde y rojo, and fig pie.
Niddo - it has the best breakfast sandwich
Lardo - I love to their food
La Cardenal - Traditional Mexican breakfast and lunch. Try their wonderful omelette and super soft buns.
El Pujol - Affordable Pujol and casual. Note: They don't take reservations.
Ojo De Agua - Smoothies, pressed juice, salad, fruit, chia pudding, and everything on the menu! (This is the only place you can have loads of veggies in Mexico.)
El Califa - Tacos!
El Parnita - The taco viajero is a must.
Pasillo de Humo - Oaxaca food
Pujol - Make sure you make a reservation in advance.
Maximo - Farm-to-table. You need a reservation here too.
De Mar a Mar - Ceviches, laminas, and shrimp quesadillas.
Where to Play
Bar San Luis
MN Roy - late-night after 2AM
Historic Center of Mexico City - James Bond...
Museo Nacional de Antropologia - Learn about all the Mexican subcultures and tribes
Bosque de Chapulepec - Similar to NYC's Central Park. Bike through and visit the castle.
Frida Kahlo Museum
Templo Mayor Museum
Pyramid of the Sun - Go by hot air balloon if you can wake up at 5AM!
Shop & hang out:
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