Travel Tips – Mexico City
- Breakfast: Lalo! in Roma, Rosetta has a bakery in Roma that is amazing, go there and get a pastry and coffee.
- St. Regis upstairs courtyard patio
LUNCH OR DINNER:
- Dulce Patria in Polanco
- Azul in both Condesa and Centro Historico LOVED THE CONDESA AZUL!!!! VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE
- Quintonil – Polanco neighborhood – VERY AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD. GREAT ATMOSPHERE!
- SUNTORY RESTAURANT – JAPANESE-MEXICAN – THEIR FLAT GRILL JAPANESE MEXICAN TACOS ARE TO DIE FOR!
- Roma – Maximo Bistro
- Pujol in Polanco (one of the top restaurants in the world – we did not go there),I’VE HEARD THIS IS GREAT BUT I COULDN’T GET A RESERVATION
- La Docena, Lampuga
- CONDESA HOTEL ROOF IS COOL TO HAVE A DRINK
- Roma – Limontor, also had good drinks at Yuban
- Saturday Market near the San Angel Inn would be really fun for the first thing you do on Saturday — you can go to the market, San Angel Inn for margs/lunch and to see Diego Rivera’s house (you can just drive by the house.)
- Lunch in Mexico during the week starts at 2 PM and can go until 5 PM (long lunches!) On Saturday – lunch starts at 4 PM.
- Dinners do not start until 8:30-9 PM
- Sunday /Wednesday night: Folklorico Ballet in the morning and walk around downtown in the Zocola, etc.
POINTS OF INTEREST:
- Frida Kahlo’s house –La Casa Azul – (must see)- you may want to read up on her before you go LOVED THIS! A MUST SEE. TAKE THE TOUR – IT IS SELF GUIDED AND QUICK. THERE IS A COOL TOWN SQUARE NEAR HERE TOO AND A SANBORN’S – WHICH IS AN AUTHENTIC, OLD SCHOOL MEXICAN PHARMACY- SHOULD YOU NEED ONE.
- Trotsky’s house
- Diego Rivera’s house- Museo Estudio Diego Rivera (where he and Frida lived)- read up on him too IF YOU DO GO TO THIS ALSO HAVE A MARGARITA AT SAN ANGEL INN – WHICH IS MORE OF A DESTINATION THAN THE HOUSE –BEAUTIFUL AND COOL! BUT THIS SOMETIMES IS HARD TO GET TO WITH TRAFFIC!
- GABRIEL OROZCO GALLERY – SUPPOSED to BE COOL.
- National de Antropologia (amazing place if you like museums) I’VE HEARD THIS IS FANTASTIC
- BASILICA NUEVO AND BASIICA ANTIGUA DE GUADELUPE – THE PATRON SAINT. WHICH WAS A BIT OF A DRIVE, BUT REALLY COOL TO SEE ALL OF THE PILGRIMAGE THAT GOES to PAY RESPECT TO THE APRON WITH THE DESIGN OF GUADALUPE ON IT. READ UP ON THE STORY OF JUAN SAN PEDRO AND THE APRON/VISION.
- Drive to Teotihuacan – the pyramids – bring water, it can get warm. the whole site is pretty amazing. THIS IS A REALLY LONG DRIVE AND TAKES UP A GOOD PART OF THE DAY. I WOULD SAY TO HOLD OFF ON THIS AND DO STUFF WITHIN THE CITY AS IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT TO GO THERE. HIKING THE PYRAMIDS IS COOL – BUT IT IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE THAN BEING IN THE CITY.
- Go downtown to the Zocalo to visit the cathedral and the government offices. You will see beautiful murals by Diego Rivera in the administrative building– they are so awesome. ZOCALO IS COOL! AND NEARBY IS THE PALACIO DE BELLAS ARTES – WHICH IS A GORGEOUS BUILDING (AND TONS OF OTHER GREAT ARCHITECTURE AROUND IT LIKE THE ORIGINAL POST OFFICE). WE SAW THE FOLKLORICO BALLET THERE – WHICH IS AWESOME AND A I HIGHLY RECOMMEND – IT EXHIBITS TRUE MEXICAN CULTURE. VERY ENTERTAINING AND UPBEAT – NOT LIKE A NORMAL BALLET., GREAT MARIACHI AND MUSIC TOO. IT IS ON WEDNESDAYS AT 8;30 PM AND SUNDAY MORNINGS TOO.
- Museo Soumaya – FREE ADMISSION. I REALLY ENJOYED THIS ART MUSEUM/COLLECTION OF CARLOS SLIM (TOP 3 RICHEST MEN IN THE WORLD – MEXICAN – WHO DEDICATED THIS TO HIS WIFE SOUMAYA WHEN SHE DIED) NEXT DOOR IS A COOL CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM CALLED JUMEX (FEE). LOOKED LIKE GOOD STREET TACOS AROUND HERE TOO!
- Franz Mayer Museo- NEVER BEEN BUT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED
- Museo de Arte Popular NEVER BEEN BUT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED
- Walk around neighborhoods in Colonia Roma and Condesa, POLANCO
- They have a bike share program ecobici, it’s $20 a week and worth it if you want to get around fast and cheap.
- Uber is super cheap too. UBER IS SAFE AND IS RECOMMENDED