I just got back from Mexico City and I have to say… it was one of the best trips of my life! The city is so expansive, vibrant, and popping with culture and truly like Mexico’s NYC. There’s so much to do and see, unbelievable history to take in, and most importantly, some of the best restaurants in the world!
Here were some of my favorite parts of CDMX. We stayed for 5 nights, but I know people who stay for just the weekend and make the most out of their stay. I will definitely say, however, to fit everything in and do it right, you definitely need a solid week because there’s so much to do in CDMX! I hope this helps you if you are planning a trip there soon.
Book a street taco tour! This was the first thing we did the moment we landed and it literally set the mood for our entire trip! We walked around Polanco and tried small hole-in-the-wall taco shops. It was absolutely delicious and made us quickly realized that it’s very difficult to go wrong with food in Mexico City. Several companies in CDMX offer walking taco tours and also bike ride taco tours.
Definitely make time to check out the Teotihuacan Pyramids. This was definitely a breathtaking experience. We left fascinated by the rich history, like how the Aztecs believed the Gods started creation of the world as this spot, and the magnificence of the pyramids. We also left completely winded from climbing up and down the three pyramids!
PUJOL. If you are looking for an extravagant meal in CDMX, look no further than PUJOL. PUJOL is one of the top restaurants in the world where Enrique Olvera’s magic comes alive in the form of food. Delicious, delicious food. Most notable is Olvera’s “Mole Madre” which is two moles fused together. One mole was made that morning while the other was made over 1600 days ago. We ate this with the most delicious tortilla I have ever tasted in my life.
And if you’re looking for eating good food on the cheap, you can do this all over Mexico City, but our favorite street food was definitely at Coyoacan’s Food Market. The food market is this open-air warehouse with so many stalls of some of the best smells I have ever had the pleasure of smelling in my life. We ordered a quesadilla and quickly learned that Tex Mex quesadillas have nothing on authentic Mexican quesadillas.
While in Coyoacan, if you’re a Frida Kahlo fan, definitely make time to check out La Casa Azul, or the Blue House. This was Frida’s home that was converted into a museum. It was unbelievable to see how she lived, the paints and pastels she used, things that inspired her art, and even clothes she chose to wore.
*If you’re not a fan, I don’t recommend stopping by. Shaheen was pretty bored throughout…
Another foodie fave of ours was Contramar, some of the most delicious seafood we’ve had in our lives. Coming from California where I have plentiful fresh fish and the best fish tacos, my taste buds were SO happy to taste great fish tacos once again. The best part of Contramar, however, were these spiked coffees and strawberry meringue pie. ZOMG. I passed out thinking about it.
You definitely can’t leave Mexico City without heading to Centro to check out the Zocalo plaza and market. There’s truly so much happening in every direction like healers at every corner warding away bad spirits and shops all over with the coolest, made in Mexico trinkets. We walked around Centro for hours just sampling different tacos and snacks, all at a very inexpensive price too. We also got to do some really cool bar-hopping in this area with spectacular rooftop views (check out Hotel Zocalo).
While in Centro, also grab some $5 tickets to a Lucha Libre show. Mexican wrestling is one of the most hilariously entertaining experiences ever. Everyone is yelling at the overly dramatized men running around, jumping on one another. They also interact with the crowd which really gets anyone going, whether you’re into wrestling or not.
And, of course, make some time to check out the night life in CDMX. We particularly enjoyed the bars in the Polanco and Condesa areas. Our favorite spots were Limantour, Gin Gin, and Jules. Another tip, especially when you’re going out, Uber everywhere! Ubers are incredibly cheap and definitely safe in CDMX. Taxis tend to overcharge and can at times be sketchy if you’re not a local.
I’ll definitely be going back soon because there was still so much left to see and more churros to eat. Next time, I hope to make it out to Xochimilco Canals, Chapultepec Castle, and the Museum of Anthropology!