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