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Mexico City Travel Guide – Things To Do & Where To Eat

July 09, 2018

Mexico City Travel Guide

I love Mexico City! We spotted cheap fares from Austin to Mexico City so we booked a 2-week vacation. I hardly ever get to go to a destination for more than 5 days so I was excited to be able to thoroughly explore Mexico City. Staying in a city for 2 weeks meant that I could explore each neighborhood, find my favorite restaurants and markets, and be able to visit them more than once.

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Why do I love Mexico City?

  1. No humidity – it was a mild 70 degrees in the summer! A relief from Austin’s triple digit weather and 100% humidity.
  2. Affordable food – street food costs $1 to $2
  3. Affordable Airbnb – you can find Airbnbs for less than $30 a night
  4. Mercados – the markets are filled with crafts and trinkets
  5. Short flight from Austin – just a hour and half direct flight!

With that said, here’s my Mexico City travel guide to the top things to do and restaurants to eat at in the Coyocan, La Condesa, Roma, and Centro Historico neighborhoods.


MEXICO CITY AIRPORT

Mexico City is a short hour and half direct flight from Austin on Aeromexico and flights usually aren’t more than $350!

 

MEXICO CITY WEATHER

I want to live in Mexico City in the summer because there’s absolutely no humidity! In June, it was around 75 degrees during the day and high 60s in the evening. It did rain almost every afternoon for a couple of hours and poured during our second week so pack a rain jacket, umbrella, and sweater. Mexico City has a chilly winter so be sure to pack heavy layers if you go between November – March.


KOKO’S TRAVEL GUIDE TO MEXICO CITY NEIGHBORHOODS

Picnic Helagos

COYOACAN

We stayed in the Coyoacan neighborhood so I spent most of my time exploring this area. Coyoacan is the artist neighborhood south of downtown that is famous for being the home of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The neighborhood is easily walkable so I recommend spending a couple of hours on foot looking at the colonial homes and colorful walls.

THINGS TO DO IN COYOACAN

  • Mercado Artesanal Mexicano – 2-story craft market with vendors selling shoes, artwork, jewelry, and more.
  • Bazar Artesanal Mexicano – located right next door to Mercando Artesanal Mexicano, Bazar is smaller with “higher end” jewelry and more
  • Museo Frida Kahlo – visit Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s blue house (also known as Casa Azul). Buy tickets in advance and go early or else it can be a one hour to two-hour wait.

WHERE TO EAT IN COYOACAN

  • Cafe El Jarocho – local coffee shop in Coyoacan since 1953
  • Mercado de Coyoacán – major food market in Coyoacan with dozens of stalls selling home goods and street food. Don’t miss the elote stand outside before going inside and eating your way out. Make sure to eat a tostada at the Tostadas de Coyoacan stand.
  • Picnic Helados – local ice cream shop in Coyoacan. Ask for “Doble pala de vainilla y frutos rojos por favor!”

 

Mercado Ciudadela

CENTRO HISTÓRICO

Mexico City’s historic center is the heart of Mexico City’s downtown area.

La Ciudadela

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THINGS TO DO IN CENTRO HISTÓRICO

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes – also known as Palace of Fine Arts. Palacio de Bellas Artes has magnificent architecture and is home to 12 murals from some of the most renowned Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.
  • Mercado De Artesanias La Ciudadela – I love La Ciudadela – so much that I went here 3 times during my 2-week stay to buy bags, hammocks, and home goods. See my shopping spree above!
  • Craft Market and San Juan Mexican Curiosities – small craft market but with cheaper prices than La Cuildala
  • The House of Tiles – also known as Casa de los Azulejos. Take a picture in front of the tiles!
  • Zócalo – Mexico City’s main square
  • La Merced Market – we did not go here since several locals told us that it can be dangerous so I did want to make that note. If you go, dress minimally, remove any jewelry, and be sure to leave BY 5PM.

WHERE TO EAT IN CENTRO HISTÓRICO

  • Pastelería Ideal – we saw people walking around with several white and blue bakery boxes and discovered Pasterlería Ideal. When you walk into the bakery, there’s hundreds of different kinds of Mexican pastries and cookies and it’s so affordable. I stopped in the day before our flight and loaded up my suitcase with pastries!
  • El Moro Churerría – iconic churro shop. I recommend going to the Roma location if you want to take photos.

 

Molino el Pujol

LA CONDESA

This fashionable European neighborhood is filled with designer boutiques, beautiful parks, and a thriving nightlife.

THINGS TO DO IN CONDESA

  • El Bazaar Sábado – market only open on Saturday with home goods
  • Biblioteca Vasconcelos – spaceship looking library
  • Museo Nacional de Antropología – Popular anthropology museum showcasing artifacts from as far back as the ancient Maya civilization. Closed on Mondays.

WHERE TO EAT IN CONDESA

  • Chiquitito Café – cute polaroid coffee shop
  • Molino el Pujol – tortilla shop by the chef who owns Pujol

 

Churreria EL Moro

ROMA

Roma is such a darling hipster neighborhood and I wish I had more time to explore this area! I recommend staying in this neighborhood over La Condesa if you want a quieter area.

THINGS TO DO IN ROMA

  • Cafebrería El Péndulo – airy 3-floor bookstore with a rooftop bar

WHERE TO EAT IN ROMA

  • Buna 42 – order the cafecheta (coffee + horchata)
  • Tortillería “La Fe” – hole in the wall tortilla shop
  • Panaderia Rosetta – get the guava pastry
  • El Morro – cutest El Morro location. I went twice for mini churro ice cream sandwiches! (pictured above)
  • Contramar – popular seafood spot that inspired Austin’s Alcomar ($$$)
  • Taqueria Orinoco – best chicharrón tacos that’s open super late. We went back twice for our last meal in Mexico City!
  • El Hidalguense – barbacoa is impossible to find in Mexico City and this is one of the few spots that serves it.
  • Romita Comedor – cute 3-story bar with windows and plants
  • El Vilsito – this car repair shop turns into a al pastor hot spot at night

Mexico City Tour

MEXICO CITY TOURS

I did the following 2 tours during our stay in Mexico City.

  • Eat Mexico food tour – when visiting a new city, I like taking a food tour with a local tour guide to learn about the local food scene. We did Eat Mexico’s street food tour and ate our way throughout the city. Over eight different types of street foods – tacos, tlacoyos, tostadas, freshly squeezed juice, and more!
  • Mexico City 2-day tour – I already planned on booking tickets to Teotihuacan and Frida Kahlo so when I found this 2-day Mexico City tour on TripAdvisor, this was such a great deal. The tour includes Teotihuacan, Tlatelolco, Shrine of Guadalupe, Xochimilco, and the Frida Kahlo house.

WRITTEN BY:

Jane Ko is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog. She is a social media marketer, blogger, food photographer, and the host of the largest SXSW food crawl. Lives in Austin, find her on Google+

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