How It Works:
While there are numerous noteworthy spots to visit in the area, this post will focus on my all-time favorite “hits” that I return to repeatedly. However, for a more comprehensive guide, make sure to check out the Google Maps link provided above.
Mexico City, also known as CDMX, is a sprawling metropolis that sits at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft) above sea level in the Valley of Mexico. It has a rich and complex history, from the ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan to the vibrant cultural capital that it is today. This city is a mecca for food lovers, history buffs, and art enthusiasts alike, with a plethora of museums, galleries, and markets to explore. From the bustling streets of downtown to the quiet neighborhoods of Coyoacán and Roma, Mexico City offers a diverse range of experiences that are sure to captivate and enchant visitors.
Where to Stay:
We loved our time in Roma Norte, with its tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture, is a bohemian paradise with plenty of hip cafes, art galleries, and boutique shops.
Other Spots: Condesa, Polanco, Juarez, and Centro Historico
If you’re looking for a more authentic and traditional experience, consider staying in neighborhoods like Coyoacan or San Angel.
The HiT LIST
Things to Do
Casa Azul, also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum, is a must-see destination for art and history lovers visiting Mexico City. The vibrant blue house was the birthplace and childhood home of Frida Kahlo, and later became the residence of her and Diego Rivera. The museum now displays many of Kahlo’s personal artifacts, including her artwork, clothing, and even her prosthetic leg. Visitors can explore the colorful rooms and lush garden, gaining insight into Kahlo’s life and legacy. Be sure to book tickets in advance, as the museum can get crowded.
Pro Tip: We booked a Airbnb bike tour around the Coyoacan
Casa Luis Barragan is a must-see destination for any lover of architecture and design. This unique residence was designed by Mexican architect Luis Barragan in the late 1940s and showcases his signature use of bold color, light, and shadow. The house is a perfect representation of Barragan’s style and features a carefully curated collection of furniture, art, and personal items. You can explore the vibrant rooms, intricate gardens, and rooftop terrace while learning about the architect’s life and work.
Pro Tip: Requires Reservations that are released exactly two weeks in advance.
Xochimilco is a must-visit neighborhood in Mexico City for those who want to experience a unique cultural tradition. Known for its picturesque canals and colorful trajineras, Xochimilco offers a fun and festive atmosphere. We rented a book and took leisurely ride along the canals, enjoy traditional Mexican food and drinks, and even listen to live mariachi music
Pro Tip: Bring Cash to rent the boat and buy food.
Ballet Folklórico de México is a dance company founded by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández in 1952. The company has been performing traditional Mexican folk dances for more than half a century and has become one of Mexico’s most iconic cultural institutions. The Ballet Folklórico performs regularly at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, with performances that showcase the colorful costumes, music, and dance traditions of Mexico’s various regions. This was such an incredible performance!