Hola Mexico City

96 hours in Mexico City

Mexico mi lindo, where one comes to indulge in life. Indulge in the food, music, people, drinks, culture and art. My family from both sides, come from Mexico. My dads side of the family grew up and currently live in Mexico City. So it’s no wonder why I love Mexico more than any other destination. Having family living in Mexico City, makes visiting that much more special. They are always excited to have family visit and are always taking us to the best places in the city. Which is why I was ecstatic to visit with my friends, especially those who haven’t been before. There’s plenty to see in Mexico City, full of history, culture and delicious food, you leave wanting more. I always go with a list of places I would like to go see and experience, I rarely tick off everything, but that just gives me more of a reason to go back. I will share with you my lists and the places we visited. 

WHERE TO EAT:

From street food to rooftop, Mexico City has it all and for every budget. You can find incredible street vendors selling everything from chips, churros, elotes, and so much more to sitting in some of the best rooftops, sipping on a fun cocktail all while overlooking the city. In my opinion the best restaurants are right in the middle. I’m not sure how to describe them but they are small restaurants, with an open patio or floor to ceiling windows. The openness to these restaurants are inviting and cozy, like going to your tia’s house. When it comes to snacks, the street vendors are the way to go. Chips, fresh juice, ice cream, candy, fruit, churros.. you name it, I want it. And the perfect way to unwind, for me, is to enjoy a hand crafted cocktails, while embracing Mexico’s glam side. There are so many new bars and rooftops that are very glam and hip. Making you feel and experience a side to Mexico, the media doesn’t share. My two tips when it comes to eating in Mexico, is one; if you eat street food just be smart and make sure the vendor is using bottled water to cook with and two; indulge without any worry, try new dishes, and enjoy the food. 

WHAT TO DO:

Mexico City is filled with history that can be seen throughout the city along with new and historic architecture. Like San Francisco, there are different districts known as colonias, each with its own personal charm. The most popular neighborhoods are Condesa, La Roma, Coyoacán, Polanco, and Zona Rosa.

Getting around the city has become so much easier, thanks to uber, with each ride averaging to five dollars. Driving in Mexico City is chaotic and heart stopping at times, I would recommend leaving it to the pros. There’s so much to see and experience while in Mexico City, you would need a week or more to see it all. During this trip this is where we went..

El Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square. Before the Spaniard colonization, it was the main ceremonial center in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Today there is a cathedral and national palace, surrounded by the financial district. On a quiet day you can stand in the center and really take in just how big this plaza is, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be in town for some event that’s held in the plaza. My first time here, was to celebrate El Grito, the plaza was beyond lit, like a Mexican wedding but a million times better. Grab a drink at the Gran hotel, and enjoy sipping it out on a balcony overlooking the square. 

Casa de los Azulejos, is a beautiful building covered in blue tiles. Inside you can roam around up and down the stairs or enjoy a meal on the ground floor. My aunt took my cousins and I here years ago and it’s been one of my favorite restaurants ever since. After you eat, go upstairs and find an open window that leads to a balcony. You can take a fun photo or people watch. 

Xochimilco, the Venice of Mexico. This has been on my to-do list for some time. Here you can rent a long boat and have someone steer it through a lake. The bigger the party the better. Make sure to bring plenty of food, drinks, and a portable speaker. You can bring your own food and drinks (alcohol too) or you can buy from local vendors. It’s a fun place to spend a few hours with good company, celebrating any occasion. 

Chapultepec Castle sits on a hill that was scared for the Aztecs. It’s a beautiful castle but nothing special besides it’s beauty and opportunity for photos. The castle overlooks a good portion of the city. The castle is located deep in Chapultepec park. In the park there are a lot of vendors selling snacks and candy. There were a lot of families out enjoying the day. Walking the grounds of the castle, I couldn’t help but to think what would this hill and city be like of the Spanish stayed in their lane and left Mexico alone. 

Teotihuacan sitting in the valley of Mexico, is the ancient Mesoamerican city. Consisting of the moon pyramid, sun pyramid and the Avenue of the dead, this ancient site is worth the visit and drive. During one of our Uber trips, the driver offered to take us to the pyramids and he can give us a tour. He gave us a great deal and he did an amazing job. Teotihuacan is breathtaking and the photos really don’t capture just how big the pyramids are. It may seem scary but take the time to go up to the top of the pyramid, the view is worth it. It’s an indescribable feeling to be standing at the base of each pyramid or when walking down the Avenue is the Dead. I just kept thinking how incredibly smart and powerful were our ancestors, all the while so mysterious. 

Frida Khalo’s house, the iconic blue house is located in Coyoacán. Her home is gorgeous and persevered very well. You can find her paints and paint brushes, sketches and see first hand the details inside her home. The first time I went, we didn’t need to buy tickets beforehand. We were able to buy them the same day and there was no line. Now you have to buy them in advance because it has become very popular. So popular that the will call line wraps around the house and down the street. Once inside you’ll need to buy a sticker to wear inorder to take photos inside the home. 

Palacio de Bellas Artes has hosted some of the most notable events in music, dance, theatre, opera and literature and has held important exhibitions of painting, sculpture and photography. The best view is from the Sears building across the street. Take the elevator to the top floor. You’ll need to purchase something from the cafe in order to go out to the balcony. 

La Villa de Guadalupe, one of the most important places in Mexico City. This is where the Virgin Mary appeared on a cloak of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Many travel far to see the cloak first hnd. In the 20s a vase of flowers was placed at the altar inside the church. Inside the vase was a bomb that destroyed the interior yet the cloak was untouched. The old basilica is now attached to the newer one, which was recreated because the original basilica was sinking. Today you can still see the tilt of the original basilica 

WHAT TO WEAR:

Wear whatever suits you. Here you’ll find a ray of style and fashion that can be found in the states. The only tip I would recommend is that if you go out at night, especially to a club or lounge, dress up. Fashion is taken pretty seriously depending where you go, for both men and women. We tried going to La Santa and were not let in because some of the ppl we were with were not dressed up enough. Depending on the neighborhoods you visit, you will find women and men dressed really well, no matter the time and day.

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