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A Weekend in Mexico City

Back in February I was lucky enough to go to Mexico City for work. It’s always been a dream of mine to go, as I am a massive fan of Mexican food and culture, and I spent one of the best weeks of my life there. I was there for a week, and most of it was spent working – it ended up being an extremely hectic week. I managed to extend the trip so I got the weekend there, and was lucky enough that one of my friends from school recently moved back, so I was able to get some incredible recommendations.

I absolutely fell in love with the city, and would love to go back one day – but I managed to pack quite a bit into my weekend!

Sightseeing, Museums and Culture

I started out staying in the Reforma neighbourhood, so extremely near the Diego Rivera Mural Museum, Bella Artes, and the Franz Mayer Museum.

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I’ve loved Frida Kahlo’s work ever since I can remember, so a visit to Casa Azul was an absolute must for me. I had one of the most memorable mornings of my life there, and couldn’t recommend it enough. I thoroughly recommend buying tickets in advance though, as you’ll be queuing for hours otherwise.

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After Casa Azul, I spent some time wandering around the Coyoacan neighbourhood, too – although the market there was pretty overrated (I’ve got some great recommendations for shopping coming up).

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The museums in Mexico City were really amazing – I managed to get to the National Museum of Anthropology, which was also walking distance from the Museo Tamayo.

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I also wandered around Zocalo, and walked up to the top of Chapultepec Castle.

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Shopping and Eating

My wonderful friend Mercedes gave me the best recommendation for shopping in Mexico City – Bazaar Sabado (or Saturday Bazaar) in San Angel. It’s only on Saturdays, but they had the most beautiful and unusual pieces – not your usual tourist tat. We also stopped off at La Camelia Cantabar for delicious ceviche and chicharrones (pork crackling). It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

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That’s not to say I’m above the usual tourist tat – I managed to pick up several souvenirs at the Mercado de Artesanias, where they had some amazing agua frescas and quesadillas, too.

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Other foodie highlights included La Cerveceria de Barrio for their fish tostadas, and Taqueria El Caifan for their tacos.

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Going out

The nightlife was excellent in Mexico City, but two particular highlights were a Mezcal bar called Bosforo (where they also served quesadillas with crickets) – they had excellent Mezcal and cocktails there. For dancing, I had an excellent time at Cafe Paraiso – it was so much fun.

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Getting around

I spent most of the time getting Ubers, but spent the last day getting a Turibus around, which was cheap and a fantastic way to see the whole city.

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Paradise Cove

No trip to Hawaii would be complete without visiting a luau.

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It’s unbelievably touristy, and incredibly kitschy, but it’s just one of those things you really have to throw yourself into. We went to Paradise Cove on my last trip, and I had such a fun evening – it was really fun to be surrounded by people visiting from totally different points in their life. You’d be sat next to those celebrating their golden wedding anniversary, to those on their honeymoon – all sitting round a big table, family-style.

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Whenever you book any touristy trips like luaus, scuba tours, or even when you are getting souvenirs, I’d thoroughly recommend going to the Swap Meet and Market Place at Aloha Stadium. It’s on every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and you can find your usual tourist tat as well as deals on tours for a fraction of the price you’d find in Waikiki.

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You have to go in prepared for the level of cheesiness, but watching people dance with fire is always a good time, especially when there are Mai Tais involved!

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The sunset alone is worth going for – it’s absolutely breathtaking.

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Riga, Latvia

After a wonderful stay in Tallinn, we bundled into our hire car to continue our tour of the Baltics – next stop, Riga.

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The Latvian capital was only just under a four hour’s drive from Tallinn. We had arrived at quite an eventful time – there was so much going on as the city was preparing for midsummer. One of the things I immediately loved about Riga was the attention to detail on all the buildings – the architecture was stunning.

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The midsummer celebrations were a lot of fun – I was probably the only person without flowers in my hair, and they lit a massive bonfire.

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My favourite part of the city was without a doubt the Art Nouveau district – streets after streets of incredible architecture, really stunning.

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Not having had the inside knowledge we’d managed to get for Tallinn, a lot of our meals out were a bit hit-and-miss, but we had one really nice one at 1221 Restorans.

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The few days we spent in Riga were lovely, although Midsummer meant that a lot of the places we would’ve liked to see were closed. Luckily, its a lovely city for walking around in, and really easy to get around. They also seem to have the most well-managed Twitter account of any tourism board I’ve come across, who were super helpful and quick to respond!

My only disappointment of the trip was the old aerodrome. Having seen photos all over Pinterest and fallen in love, I’d enquired (via Twitter) whether or not it was open. Having made everyone get in the car and drive for 45 minutes, we arrived and open it most certainly was not – it was boarded up completely, and looked like it had been for some time. Oops.

Other than that, I had a great time in Riga, and would love to go back to explore further!

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Tallinn, Estonia

The past month has been completely full-on, and non-stop, so finally getting to sit down and write my Tallinn trip up feels like an absolute luxury. I’ve been working on some exciting big projects, as well as doing a big design course, and I can’t wait to bring everything together – watch this space!

Earlier on in the summer we did a trip round the Baltic States, and I had such an incredible time – we started our trip in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Just under 3 hours away from London by air, Tallinn totally surpassed any expectations I had. First of all, it’s absolutely beautiful – in fact, the entire city was so on-point from a design perspective I was somewhat convinced that I was on the set of a Wes Anderson film for most of my stay.

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It’s a fantastic city to walk around and explore in, and there is so much to do – some fantastic museums and cafes, perfect for a romantic weekend break.

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Estonia is also 50% forest, so we took our hire car 30 minutes out of the city centre on a hike in the Pääsküla Bog, which was really beautiful. (Make sure you take bug spray though – I didn’t, and it was the only thing about my Estonia trip I didn’t like).

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Our Airbnb was beautiful, and right in the centre of town, the perfect location in a beautiful old building – I had an amazing stay there.

Another massive bonus for me was the fact that every restaurant I went to in Tallinn was not only delicious, but that most restaurants had their gluten-free options clearly marked on the menu. I had a few friends who had lived/worked in Tallinn, so getting their food recommendations was great, and we didn’t have a single bad meal out there!

Where to Eat in Tallinn

I would be remiss if I didn’t do a list of all the incredible places I ate out at – but I’ll also include the restaurants that were recommended to me, but that I didn’t manage to get to (but definitely plan on ticking off of my list next time)!

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Maiasmokk is the oldest cafe in Tallinn, and is full of old-world charm. Kohvik Maiasmokk, or ‘Sweet Tooth’ Cafe, is largely the same as it has been since 1864 – there’s a cute marzipan display, an adorable mini ferris wheel of tea cups and saucers, and a train full of sweets – its mindnumbingly kitsch but a lovely place to have a coffee and something sweet. They also did the best macchiato I had in Tallinn, so it’s worth going for the coffee alone!

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Maiasmokk is self-service (a relic from the Soviet era) and has some beautiful rooms – its definitely worth having a wander round before you tuck in.

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Von Krahli Aed

I was slightly sceptical about this one at first, only because it is so close to the town centre. Having lived in London and New York, where they tend to keep the crappiest restaurants near the big tourist attractions (like Spaghetti House or Olive Garden) I was wary to say the least.

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Luckily, I was proven incredibly wrong – not only was Aed beautiful inside (they had a nice courtyard, too) it was really delicious – beautifully crafted seasonal and local dishes.

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The others also went nuts for the bread, and ended up buying a loaf to take back home with them.

F. Hoone

F. Hoone is in the incredibly trendy Telliskivi neighbourhood, in an converted warehouse.

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It had a great vibe, and I’d thoroughly recommend their steak tartare!

Kohvik Sesoon

Sesoon is in the list of the Top 50 restaurants in Estonia, and it’s easy to see why – everything I tried was really delicious, but also really reasonably priced. Again, they do seasonal local dishes – I tried the rabbit with fennel and chantarelle puree, which was incredible.

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The other restaurants that were recommended to me, but that I didn’t have time to try, included Rataskeavu 16, kohvik moon, Ribe, cru, rea, sinilind, and cafe Klaus – if you go to any of them, let me know!

All in all, I had such a lovely few days in Tallinn, and would definitely recommend it for a city break!

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A Weekend in Edinburgh

A month ago (which just goes to show how behind I am on posts lately!) my boyfriend and I headed up to Edinburgh for the weekend.

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I absolutely adore Edinburgh. It’s stunningly beautiful, and I just love it up there. I’d done most of the touristy things before, so this time we just spent wandering around the city. We also went along to the Hidden Door Festival, which was on at the time.

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Even when it’s not the Fringe, there always seems to be something going on, which is what I love about the city.

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We sampled some eateries while we were up there – both recommended by friends, so I thought I’d spread the love as they were amazing. First up was a legendary selection of craft ales and an awesome haggis burger from Holyrood 9A.

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The second was a lovely place for brunch in Stockbridge, near where we were staying – The Pantry. Brilliant crockery, lovely service, and a great brunch selection (and yes, there’s haggis in it too, because I’m obsessed with the stuff).

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Edinburgh really is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Have you ever been? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!