Mexico City has been gaining momentum as one of the hottest travel destinations around, and I’m here to tell you why it is absolutely warranted. One of my favorite places I visited this year, this place has it all: killer food, more art than you can probably consume, super-cool boutiques, and an amazing park that is double the size of Central Park (complete with a massive castle and the requisite zoo). Sure, the traffic is a bitch and the air pollution isn’t ideal, but once you have your first margarita and tlacoyo, you won’t have a care in the world.
EAT & DRINK
Do I even need to tell you this one? Chef Enrique Olvera is a pioneer of fine-dining Mexican cuisine and his mole madre (a plate reminiscent of a target, with a dollop of dark, aged mole (1322 days old when we went) surrounded by a young mole) will change you and quite possibly bring a tear to your eye.
Come here for a leisurely lunch and positive vibes, and don’t leave without having the tuna tostadas and the house specialty grilled fish with red and green sauces. We spotted Diego Luna a few tables over, so you know it’s legit.
An Italian gem located inside an old colonial mansion with charming greenery hanging down from the ceiling. Order the homemade pastas. I promise you won’t feel bad cheating on Mexican cuisine.
Churrería El Moro
Open 24 hours, El Moro is widely known as having some of the best churros and hot chocolate around. Stop in for some late night munchies, or even for breakfast. We won’t judge.
San Ángel Inn
After exploring the artsy San Ángel neighborhood, sit in the lush courtyard at this former colonial monastery and relax with one of their famous margaritas while live music plays.
They take their cocktails seriously here, and rightfully so: they have been named the best bar in Latin America.
El Bazaar Sabado
Head to the Plaza de San Jacinto in San Ángel, one of southern Mexico City’s most charming neighborhoods, on a Saturday for their weekly market featuring art, crafts and more.
Visit this Roma concept store, set inside an old restored mansion, for a thoughtfully curated assortment of home décor and clothing, all made in Mexico.
This mini boutique complex has something for everyone in your group – Apartment 25 for the men, Naked Boutique for the women, and bookstore Casa Bosques offering a curated selection of indie magazines and books that is a heaven for anyone interested in fashion, art and design. Plus, the cutest little dog named Pancho was running all around during our visit.
A barbershop and vintage store all in one, this hipster spot offers one-of-a-kind clothing for men and women, ranging from leather jackets to band tees and dresses. An added bonus? The customized, made to order shoe service offered.
A high-end vintage store for both men and women with a team that sources all over the globe, expect to find vintage rock tees, denim, and rare pieces from designers such as Chanel, Hermes, and Celine. Chat up the incredibly friendly and fashionable staff here, and take them up on that offer of a glass of champagne.
National Museum of Anthropology
This colossal museum was recommended to us by absolutely everybody, and we are now passing this message on to you. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of ancient Mexican art and is unbelievably fascinating.
Museo Frida Kahlo/La Casa Azul
Visit the historic house and museum dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, which happens to be her childhood home. Buy tickets in advance, and don’t skip out on the gift shop here!
Need to find a little zen in this city of over 21 million people? Hit up the largest city park in the western hemisphere, Bosque de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Forest). Walk on up to the castle, a sacred place for the Azetcs, in the park for an amazing view of the city.
This one is non-negotiable. Our absolute favorite part of our trip, the old Aztec capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its’ floating gardens and hundreds of miles of canals. Go early (and hungry), and spend a few hours at the market wandering around and trying every food you can. After you’ve exhausted yourself on food, hop on a trajinera (colorful gondola-esque boats) for a leisurely cruise down the canals. Buy some mole powder at the market, and reminisce with a Mexican feast once you’re back home with your crew.