Going to Mexico City, Mexico
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recommended Eat MexicoI did the morning street-food tour and loved it--we ate a variety of stuff, from the most simple (rolled up tortilla with salt) to more complex things like all varieties of carnitas (I had no idea ... read morethere were so many pig parts to eat!). Our guide knew all kinds of practical stuff (like how to order the various kinds of carnitas) as well as neat lore about Mexican food going way back to prehispanic traditions. When I go back, I want to take their taco tour too!Zora O'Neill
Great food tours--I really recommend!
- Pulqueria Mesones 55, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexicorecommended PulqueriaLet's just say, pulque is a very special drink. And I've got to thank Mexico City's hipsters for making it cool again, and making what was a dying old-man bar into a very groovy place indeed. This ... read moreplace is the size of a shoebox, and both times we went we sort of had to loiter around a little bit waiting for a seat to open up. But conveniently you can get your pulque in a foam go-cup, so if you just want to taste the stuff without hanging out with all the super-bizarre characters here, that's an option too. I loved the tomato version! Note that it closes on the early side (8 or 9?), when the pulque runs out. So go in the afternoon if you want to taste all the flavors--they change daily.Zora O'Neill
Check out the pulquerias while you're there. This is just one--there are 3 or 4 at least in the downtown area.
- Hotel IsabelIsabel la Catolica 63, Mexico City 06000, Mexicorecommended Hotel IsabelWonderful old-fashioned hotel in a great location right in the centro historico. Our room seemed a little grim when we arrived at 3am, and switched on the fluorescent overhead light (waaay up near the ... read morehigh, high ceiling), but when we woke up the next morning, it all felt like home. Good firm beds for a cheap place, and excellent housekeeping. Also, the cantina in the lobby is very nice.Zora O'Neill
Not sure what your hotel budget is, but if it's low-end, I recommend this place. Great location.
- XochimilcoAvenida Mexico Xochimilco, Santa Cruz Acalpixca, DIF 16500 Mexicorecommended XochimilcoThe _coolest_ party scene ever. You rent a boat and head out to this huge network of canals--where everyone else has rented boats and filled them with many more people and festivities than you have. ... read moreYou just glide around between them, and you can flag down the boats with mariachis on, and they'll play a few songs for you. Just heads-up to a couple of common scams: boat captains will try to charge you per person, but the fee is per boat, and posted everywhere. Also, there are boats that prepare food and will serve it on your boat--these tend to overcharge tourists, so set the price to start. On the other hand, your captain will get you a cooler full of beers and other drinks, and at least in our case, priced these fairly. You pay at the end for what you drank. Oh, and one last thing: don't worry when you get down to the docks and it seems like nothing's happening and you might be all lonely on your boat. The party is up around the corner--you'll get there!Zora O'Neill
Thumbs up for Xochimilco! There's a very neat neighborhood market down there too.
- Mercado de SonoraColonia Merced Balbuenarecommended Mercado de SonoraMexico City's witchcraft market is a feast for the eyes. Just try not to look too much like a tourist...Recommended for:
- PujolFrancisco Petrarca 254 Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de Méxicorecommended PujolWidely acknowledged as one of the best restaurants in the city, presided over by executive head chef Enrique Olvera, who commands reputation with his inventive reinterpretations of classic Mexican ... read moredishes. Pared back minimalist decor to match the portions, which although exquisitely presented are pretty tiny.Recommended for:
- Tori-ToriAnatole France 71 Loc. A y B, 06500recommended Tori-ToriRecommended for:
- Museo SoumayaAltamirano 46, Tizapan, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexicorecommended Museo SoumayaMasterpiece by British architect David Chipperfield, built at a cost of $70m and bankrolled by one of the world's richest men, Carlos Slim. Amongst the 66,000-strong collection, dominated by European ... read moreworks from the 15th to 20th Centuries, are pieces by Dalí, Picasso, Renoir, Miró, van Gogh, Matisse, Monet, Murillo, El Greco, and Tintoretto. The real stars of the collection are the largest collection of Rodin sculptures outside France and a version of Madonna of the Yarnwinder by circle of Leonardo da Vinci.Recommended for:
- Museo Nacional de Antropologíaav. Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi, Mexico City, Mexicorecommended Museo Nacional de AntropologíaOne of my favorite museums anywhere. You could spend days here and still not see everything. Endless galleries of Aztec and Mayan artwork, sculptures, jewelry, and artifacts.Recommended for:recommended Museo Nacional de AntropologíaThis is a vast and amazing museum, housing many of Mexico's anthropological treasures. Exhibits range from pre-Hispanic civiliations to Mexico's current day indigenous cultures, with piece upon piece ... read morefrom each era. The displays are very well presented and have Spanish and English signage too. One tip--consider picking just a couple eras/regions to visit and call it a day...the museum in its entirety is just too large to take in in one visit.
recommended CoyoacanCoyoacan is colonial-style neighborhood with a boho-hipster vibe. It's located a few kilometers south of downtown--easy to get to by metro/bus and cab. It's a neat place to poke around, step into a ... read morefew cafes and bars, watch the street performers in the central plaza, and just take in the place.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Palacio de Bellas ArtesAvenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas, Mexico City, DIF 06000 Mexicorecommended Palacio de Bellas ArtesThis gorgeous neoclassical building is considered one of the most important cultural centers of the country--it has hosted (and still hosts) some of the biggest names in music, dance, theater, and ... read moreliterature. Check out the schedule of events while you're in town to enjoy a show and a look inside; or, if you're an architectural buff, stop by for tour. Be sure to keep an eye out for the murals by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and Jose Clemente Orozco. (Rivera's second 'Man at the Crossroads' is here--the first was commissioned for the Rockefeller Center in NYC but destroyed because of its anti-capitalist theme).
- Museo de Arte ModernoAvenida Hidalgo 1, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexicorecommended Museo de Arte ModernoI'm a sucker for modern art museums but this one is really spectacular, with a great collection of art by 20th century and contemporary Mexican artists. Works by Rivera, Kahlo, Siqueiros, Orozco, and ... read moreTamayo are just some of the beauties you'll see. Definitely an easy place to while away an afternoon....
- TeotihuacanSan Juan Teotihuacan, State of Mexico, Mexicorecommended TeotihuacanThis archaeological site is a huge and impressive site, home to two of the largest pyamids in Latin America: Pyramid of the Sun and Pyramid of the Moon. At it's peak, around 450 AD, it was one of the ... read morelargest cities ever built in Mesoamerica, with over 200,000 inhabitants. Today, it is a popular day trip from Mexico City, just 30 miles away. Get here right at opening (7am Tues-Sun) to see most of the site before the mid-day heat sets in and to avoid the crush of tourists that arrive around 11am. Sundays are especially crowded--try visiting on a weekday instead. Admission is around $5.Recommended for:History Buffs
- Restaurante El CardenalPalma 23, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, México