In the past few years Mexico City (which the locals call DF) has gained more and more recognition for its culture, history, and authentic cuisine. As crime has gone down, tourism has gone up and the capitol city has become a destination instead just a stop on the journey. The city is rich in sites to see, with countless museums, city parks, activities, and restaurants to keep you busy for weeks. The metro system and availability of Uber taxis makes getting around easy in this giant city. Here are some highlights not to be missed.
Mexico City uses the term colonia to signify a neighborhood. Colonia Roma is the Williamsburg of Mexico City – hip restaurants, trendy storefronts and stylish people. Don’t miss Mercado Roma, a lively modern market with diverse food stalls, share tables and Mexican made, as well as imported, food and products. Visit the panaderia (bakery) next door for fresh breads and sweets.
Fall back in time wandering through Coyoacán, the same cobblestone streets where Frida Khalo used to roam. A bohemian neighborhood steeped in history, Coyoacán has beautiful old homes, shady parks and cozy corner cafes.
Make your way to Casa Azul, Frida and Diego Rivera’s house-turned-museum, a must-see for any visitor to Mexico City. Treat yourself to a cafe at classic El Jarocho or modern Cafe Avellaneda, where they only serve single origin coffee from Mexico. It’s best to take a taxi to Coyoacán as the Metro doesn’t service the area.
Chapultepec is Mexico City’s central park, an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle. In additional to old trees and green spaces, there are a variety of sites to see including the famous Chapultepec castle, the city Museum of Modern Art, a zoo, and lakes to bike, stroll, or skate around. A great place to spend half a day walking about from site to site, forgetting for a moment that you are in North America’s biggest city.
Located right outside of Chapultepec Park is the Museum of Anthropology, Mexico’s largest and most visited museum. The abundance of artifacts from pre-hispanic Mayan civilizations found here tell the story of Mexico’s ancient past, distinguished by region. Make sure to give yourself a few hours to spend here as there are numerous pieces of the past to see.
The Jumex Museum has what is said to be the largest private collection of contemporary art in Latin America. Set inside a beautiful building with marble floors, this is a fantastic place to enjoy beautiful pieces of artwork in a equally impressive setting. If you’re up for it the shiny Soumaya Museum is located right next door holding Carlos Slim’s eclectic art collection of 70,000 objects, including the largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures.
Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of Mexico City’s most prominent cultural landmarks. Constructed in 1932 in the city center, here you will find many permanent murals, some of which were painted by the infamous Diego Riviera. The building also welcomes temporary classical and contemporary art exhibitions, as well as theatrical acts. Perks of the visit is that the street food throughout the plaza out front is, as a local would say, riquissimo.
Everywhere you in go in Mexico City you will find tacos among many other delicious eats. Taqueria El Barraego Viudo boasts some of best tacos in the city, as well as a lively dining experience. Don’t miss the suedero, a tender and flavorful cut from the cow between the belly and leg, . Al pastor is always another great option for the pork lovers, often times served with pineapple slices on top.
For those of you with a sweet tooth it shouldn’t be tough to find fresh churros dipped in chocolate. Food options in Mexico City is endless and delicious, so make sure to come hungry.