A (Quick) Trip to Mexico City
After the recent earthquake, I’d been a bit hesitant on writing this Mexico City travel guide, but after giving it some thought I realized that despite the tragic incident, life in this beautiful city continues. By now, most people have resumed to their daily lives and I imagine it’s just as lively as ever–or at least I hope it is.
It’s been beautiful to see how so many people around the world have gathered and worked towards bringing hope and aid to Mexico. Here in New York, we’ve been gathering donations through Project Paz and we’ve already garnered more than $200,000 in funds. It’s been so inspiring to see how united Mexico is, no matter where we are.
I was lucky to have visited the city back in September. We flew for a few days to celebrate JL’s birthday, and I returned feeling inspired to write this post. Although JL and I had been there before (we have family and friends there!), our friends had never been–so we made of this trip a touristy one. We stayed in a three bedroom Airbnb in Polanco, but I would also suggest Condessa or Colonia Roma. Below are most of the spots we made sure to visit during our trip. And if you have yet to travel to this wonderful place make sure you add it to your bucket list stat!
WHERE WE ATE / DRANK
El Rey del Suadero- Yummy tacos.
Balcon del Zocalo- A definite must! Food was delicious and the view was amazing.
El Farolito- My friend ordered the Farolada and life will never be the same again.
Churreria El Moro- One of the best churros I’ve EVER had.
La Cerveceria - Here we enjoyed of delicious micheladas and clamatos. The empanadas and fried calamari were also pretty good.
El Cardenal- We were recommended this place by several people. If you go to have breakfast you must try natas de leche with pan dulce.
El Pendulo- This is a bookstore, but it’s a cute place to have coffee or even a quick bite.
Cantina La Coyoacana- Found in the center of Coyoacan (one of my favorite neighborhoods) is this place with delicious food and mariachis!
Xampaneria - This bar was the perfect place to have a drink after long hours of walking and touring the city. Although their specialty is champagne, they had a vast selection of drinks and good music to accompany.
WHERE WE WENT
Casa Azul - Museo de Frida Kahlo - Frida’s former home was turned into a beautiful museum that still holds her treasures and tells the story of her life alongside Diego Rivera.
El Zocalo - A plaza in the center of the city, where you will see everything from street vendors, artisan and food markets, to historical sights. You cannot leave the city without visiting this place!
Palacio de Bellas Artes - This is the place to go for any music, theatre, opera, or dance events.
Estadio Azteca - This renowned soccer stadium is a must for all soccer fanatics.
Xochimilco - The Venice of Mexico! Plan a day with friends, family, or a romantic date while riding in the trajineras. You can eat, drink, and sing with mariachis! Make this a must-visit!
Angel de la Independencia - This iconic monument represents Mexico's independence and is situated on a roundabout off Paseo de la Reforma.
Castillo de Chapultepec - A beautiful castle atop the Chapultepec hill that housed presidents in the 18th century and was later turned into a National Museum of History.
Coyoacán - In this district you will find great markets for buying souvenirs and many artisan and local goods. It's a very artsy neighborhood with cobbled streets, colonial churches, and sidewalk cafes. It's where the Frida Kahlo museum is located so it's a definite must!
Museo Soumaya - I'm listing this because we didn't enter, but probably should have! This art museum looked amazing from the outside.