Our guide to Mexico City...the art filled, tree lined metropolis full of architectural masterpieces buzzing with creative energy.
1. Stay…Le Meridien …Paseo de la Reforma …It was a joy staying at Le Meridien. The rooms were spacious and comfortable, the staff was very hospitable (I was surprised with a Birthday cake in our room on my Birthday), and the location along the Paseo de la Reforma (the Champs Elysee of Mexico City) was ideal…
On Sundays, the Paseo de la Reforma is closed to cars and thousands bike, walk, skateboard on the famous tree lined avenue. The hotel has bikes for guests.
2. See…. There is so much to see in Mexico City. We were there for a week, I feel that there is so much more to discover.
My favorite sites….
La Casa Azul Museo Frida Kahlo in Coyoacan…the house where Frida Kahlo was born, lived with Diego Rivera and died. The place felt like a time capsule and a glimpse into her beautiful painful world.
I was thrilled that Vogue Mexico had an exhibit of her personal wardrobe pieces and dresses by Comme des Garcons and Jean Paul Gaulthier which were inspired by her.
Museo Nacional de Antropologia … A fascinating collection of archeological and anthropological artifacts. The museum is quite large and we stayed for hours.
Palacio de Bellas Artes…an art deco masterpiece. We visited the David Douglas Duncan Photographs Pablo Picasso exhibit. (Unfortunately, no photos of the exhibit were allowed.)
The Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitucion) …the main plaza square which was once the center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. A fun spot to people watch and shop. I was awed by the size of the area and grandeur of the buildings.
Basilica de Guadalupe ….the church was built near the hill where Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin.
The New Basilica has the original tilma (cloak) with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Visiting the church felt special and I felt very grateful to be there.
Recommend: We like taking hop on hop off sight seeing bus tours when available to get ourselves acquainted with a new city. We purchased a two day Turibus pass which cost less than $12 per day and stopped at many sites.
Transportation Tip: If you are not taking the Turibus, take Uber …We love Mexico City, but the one thing that annoyed us were the taxis. Frankly, we were being hustled and grossly overcharged. There was an incident when we asked a cab driver if he would turn on the meter, he agreed then told us while were were riding that the meter was broken and charged us over $15 for a ride that would have cost $3. We switched to Uber on our 3rd day, our taxi nightmare was done and we continued enjoying our trip. Taxi hustling is my traveling pet peeve….Uber or Uber style apps should be used in taxis all over the world.
Outside Mexico City….
Teotihuacan Pyramids …A magnificent ancient holy city..
We will definitely be back! Next time, we plan to cross the border and fly from Tijuana to shorten the flight time.
We took the bus from Terminal Central del Norte which cost us less than $10 each and then hired a local tour guide with a car at the pyramids. Detailed bus directions here
It is quite a hike so bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Nothing makes me feel more like a world traveller than exploring pyramids.
3. Eats …So much to eat, so little time! Eating out in Mexico City was a joy. The waiters and servers were very warm, friendly and took the time to really talk to us. When it came to food service, we did not have any bad experience.
We were told that servers will not give you a check unless you ask for the bill as it is considered rude to do otherwise. I love it…no rush!
Dulce Patria - Artsy Cuisine , Polanco …. Elegant, vibrant decor, creative dishes and impeccable service. On our visit, they had a seasonal insect menu and we tried the escamoles (ant larvae) with egg in a tortilla. We loved it!
Club Piso51 …Beautiful views on the 51st floor. It is a member’s only club and Club Corp members can visit but have to make advance reservations.
Antojeria La Bonita, Condesa Roma …Casual, vibrant, delicious tacos and tortas.
El Caminero – Our go to taco shop since it was near our hotel. Inexpensive chorizo tacos and beer.
Calle Río Lerma 138, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Cafe La Habana ….A historical coffee house where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara planned the Cuban revolution. The coffee is very strong!
Morelos 62, Cuauhtémoc, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
Street food…Huitlacoche & Gorditas for $0.77