- Museo Nacional de Antropologíaav. Paseo de la Reforma y Calzada Gandhi, Mexico City, Mexicorecommended Museo Nacional de AntropologíaA must if you visit Mexico City. The range and scope of the collection is mind-boggling and offers more information on pre-Hispanic civilizations than your brain can possibly absorb. The hallmark of ... read morethe collection is the gallery devoted to the Mexica (Aztecs) and Tenochtitlan, but the exhibits on the Maya and the Cultures of Oaxaca are certainly not to be skipped. Nothing is actually, so take a day or two and enjoy Mexico's fantastic beginnings.Gregory
I agree with Liza, don't miss this place.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.Liza Prado
This is an incredible museum--a must-see if you're up for a day/afternoon at a museum.
- 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
A-ha--found it! Not the only pulqueria (I think there might even be one in Polanco?), but the one we enjoyed.
- 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
If you're with a couple of people, this is a really fun outing!
Oh, and unrelated to Xochimilco, but: worth seeking out a pulqueria! I can't figure out which one I spent a couple great nights in--but there are a couple in the centro historico. Pulque is a surprisingly great drink, and there's a very cool scene around it in Mexico City.
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
I think they do a late-lunch taco tour that you could join. Great way to see the neighborhoods and taste great stuff while you're at it.
- Museo de Arte ModernoPaseo de la Reforma y Gandhi S/N, Bosque de Chapultepec, 11560 Ciudad de México, D.F.recommended 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....
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.Liza Prado
If you feel like walking around as versus taking in a museum during your afternoon in Mexico City, this is a fabulous neighborhood to check out.