Welcome to Mexico City. Bienvenidos a Mexico City. You have found yourself in the right place and hopefully at the right time. Your decision to visit this city is the first step to what you’ll learn too be an excellent decision. Now let’s begin on your Mexico City travel tour.
Mexico City Travel Overview
- Must Visits
Mexico City Food
Mexico City is blessed in so many ways, but the one aspect that gets me excited more than anything else is: the FOOD. Food is everywhere and it’s availability is constant. Make it a priority to eat as many Tacos Al Pastor as possible with your time here. If you didn’t eat the one that you just passed on the corner, not to worry, there is guaranteed to be another stall a block in any direction. (Seriously).
Aside from tacos here are some other must trys:
- Tlayudas – Think Mexican Pizza
- Jugos Natural
Mexico City Neighborhoods
Traveling to a new city always poses so many obstacles. One of the major ones is deciding where to base yourself. Because Mexico City is sprawling and has so much too chose from, it’s advantageous to be in a prime location.
Upscale and hip neighborhoods of Mexico City and where many tourists will base themselves for their stay. Both neighborhoods feature beautiful parks lined with lavender trees & a variety of lush verdant offerings. As expected, it is more expensive than other sections of the city but well worth a stay. These sections offer quality nightlife destinations as well as boutique shops and upscale dining.
My favorite part of Mexico City is definitely Coyoacán. Situated about 15 minutes south of the Heart of the city, this haven deserves at least 1 full day of exploration or even more for those who don’t move as fast with their travels. Quaint, colorful homes, tree lined streets and one of Mexico City’s top lively markets. This happened to be my 2nd favorite favorite market in all of Mexico City, specifically for the Tostada corner.
The business center of Mexico City. It’s pretty spectacular to see such lavish, modern buildings juxtaposed to rampant poverty just a few blocks away. Reforma is worth a visit to awe at the skyscrapers and get a sense of the business zone of Mexico City.
The wealthiest part of Mexico City. Wealth is just oozing & the buildings around match it. Home to some of the cities best museums, Polanco isn’t for everyone but it is undoubtedly a lovely spot. If museums are your thing, don’t miss out on the Soumaya Museum, that is located in Polanco.
Other CDMX Areas
There are plenty of other spots to stay but these are the ones I know the best and where most people base themselves. If you are lucky and have a friend who lives in an other neighborhood that’s beneficial, lucky you!
Mexico City Travel Attractions
Angel of Independence is one of the most recognizable sites of Mexico City and be sure not to miss it. Situated in Reforma and centered in a roundabout, this site is best enjoyed at night but remember that your chances of a perfect selfie will be limited with droves of people seeking the same.
Insider tip –> Take the 10 story claustrophobic spiral staircase trip to the top for panoramic views of the city. Register for free with a city official or give a few dollars to an overseer of the angel there.
Museums. Mexico City is home to some of the most exquisite museums in the world and when it gets hot here you’re going to be thankful for the abundance of them. Where to start with CDMX museums?
- National Museum of Anthropology
- Museo Soumaya
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
- Museum Memory & Tolerance
- Frida Kahlo Museum
Mercados aka Markets. Being one of the largest cities in the world, your options are almost endless at these as there are some in almost every section of the city but here are some favorites.
- San Juan Mercado – Interesting and endless options of food. Outside features a variety of clothes and electronics vendors. Rougher part of CDMX.
- Coyoacan Mercado – My 2nd favorite on this list. This market is heaven if you like Tostadas. HEAVEN IF YOU LIKE TOSTADAS
- Jamaica Mercado aka Flower Market – Come for flower displays galore and possibly a bouquet for that special someone.
- La Merced Mercado – Easily the largest and most diverse. One of the main spots for plethora’s of produce and anything else you can imagine. Don’t miss this spot**
- Tipito – The No go zone. Or as EVERYONE advises against unless you wan’t to get robbed.
More Mexico City Travel Attractions
Biblioteca Vasconcelos – This library is one of the most aesthetically astounding buildings you will ever enter. This futuristic library design will leave you wishing that you majored in architecture.
Street Art. Mexico City has an abundance of street art like many major cities but some of it is truly a sight. Some of my favorite in the city is in close proximity to the Library mentioned above. The art is truly amazing because of its shear size, message, and vibrant colors. If you are heading to the library don’t miss out on the surrounding pieces.
Mexico City Travel Reminders:
1) Pick-pocketing & petty theft is rampant. Although this is true & did effect me, don’t let it make it a deciding factor about going here or not. Just like anywhere , things happen just make sure you have your phone stored or in your hand on metro. I got robbed but am still itching to get back.
2) Uber is EXTREMELY CHEAP. Okay the Metro is super cheap too (about $0.30 a ride) but Uber is dirt cheap. Rides as far as 45 minutes away can turn out to be only around $7//8.. keep this in mind if you considering riding the metro during rush hour & possibly getting into a sticky situation like #1
3) Learn the basics of Spanish such as (Hola, de donde eres, qué tal, cuánto cuesta). These will go a long way with anyone. Although enough English is spoken by a wide amount of people, particularly younger, there was countless times when Spanish was the only option.
4) Traffic is terrible. When rush hour hits (7-9 am) & (4-6 pm) you better hope you’re not trying to go anywhere. Every & any type of transit will be uncomfortably packed & add a significant time to your travel. Keep Uber at top of mind for comfort.
5) The city is HUUUUUGE. With an estimated ____ people, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with what to do & see with so much to choose from. Planning is CRITICAL if you’re short on time.
6) CDMX. If you aren’t sure what this acronym is you will know it once you hear and see it everywhere. CDMX is Ciudad de Mexico. The abbreviation is plastered everywhere and people use it ubiquitously in conversation.
If you are looking to travel here, GO! Don’t let the media dissuade you and avoid Mexico. The city will overwhelm you with the size and density but its all worthwhile.
Other Places to Visit in Mexico
Is Mexico City your only stop on your trip? If not and you are looking for some other destinations to check out in Mexico, consider adding trips to these regions below:
- MANY MANY MORE
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