Mexico City: The Quick Guide For The New Tourist
Discover Mexico City with us as we explore some of its most captivating attractions, from museums to restaurants and nightlife activities
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Bellas Artes Palace. Photo by Rafael Guajardo on Pexels

Mexico is a remarkable country, renowned for its famous beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes. Destinations like Cancun, Tulum, and Los Cabos attract tourists from all over the world.

However, beyond its beaches and natural beauty, Mexico boasts a plethora of vibrant and captivating cities throughout the nation. Among them, the capital, Mexico City, stands out as one of the largest cities globally, offering a myriad of activities to explore, from educational museums to lively nightclubs. If you relish urban tourism, Mexico City might just be the perfect destination for you.

Yet, being a tourist in Mexico City can be overwhelming, not because it’s difficult to navigate, but because the abundance of options may leave you unsure of where to begin. That’s why I’m eager to share my local perspective, ensuring that if you ever find yourself traveling to Mexico City, you’ll experience the best it has to offer.

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Mexico City. Photo by Andre on Unsplash

A walk through the past

Mexico City is an expansive metropolis, continually growing, yet nestled amidst the bustling traffic and crowds lies a zone where you can truly connect with Mexican heritage: el Centro Histórico.

This downtown area is renowned for its vibrancy, housing over 50 museums and a variety of activities. Indeed, Centro Histórico is a staple in every tourist guide’s “must-visit” list for the city.

While most guides will steer you towards landmarks like the Bellas Artes Palace, the main square (Zocalo), the Latin American Tower, and the archaeological ruins of the Templo Mayor, it’s worth noting that these attractions can be packed with long queues and crowds. So if you want to make the most of your time, consider exploring three lesser-known yet equally captivating spots.

Firstly, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the MUNAL museum. Situated just behind the Bellas Artes Palace, this remarkable building not only captivates with its beauty but also houses one of the country’s finest art galleries. Look out for the striking statue of a horse being ridden by a king as a landmark.

MUNAL. Photo by Migue Cortés, Pexels

If you’re a true food enthusiast like myself, you’ll be delighted by the second spot: the Herdez Foundation building. Nestled between the Palacio Nacional and the majestic cathedral, this unassuming structure hides the world’s first gastronomical library, boasting around 7,000 volumes dedicated to food and culinary arts. Above it lies the Mexican Gastronomy Museum, where you can delve into the rich tapestry of national cuisine and its traditional techniques.

Lastly, for those inclined towards a shopping excursion, Madero Street beckons. Here, you’ll find an array of local and international stores, ranging from Miniso to exquisite Mexican jewelry boutiques. And fear not if hunger strikes, as there are countless restaurants lining the street offering a diverse range of culinary delights.

A delightful meal

When it comes to dining experiences, you might be tempted to indulge in renowned establishments like Pujol, Azul Histórico, or Quintonil. While these restaurants offer exceptional cuisine, they often come with a hefty price tag. Conversely, some may recommend exploring local markets or “tianguis” for more affordable and authentic Mexican fare. However, these bustling markets can be overwhelming for inexperienced tourists, particularly if you’re not accompanied by a local guide.

If you’re seeking an authentic Mexican culinary experience without the chaos of the markets, consider these three budget-friendly eateries:

One quintessentially “chilango” experience (as Mexico City residents are affectionately known) is enjoying everything with “bolillo,” a type of bread commonly used for sandwiches. If you’re willing to brave a 40-minute wait for breakfast, a visit to “La Esquina del Chilaquil” in the Hipódromo neighborhood is a must. Here, you’ll find some of the most delectable “chilaquil” sandwiches in the city.

Chilaquiles torta. Photo by Cynthia Rubio, Flickr

However, waiting in line and eating while standing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you prefer a sit-down restaurant experience while savoring delicious tacos, consider visiting “Los Pastorcitos de Sirloin” on Romero de Terreros street. This renowned eatery is among the best taco spots in the city, offering a unique twist on the traditional “taco al pastor” by using sirloin meat.

Lastly, for those who prefer meatless options, there are still plenty of places to indulge in delightful feasts, such as “Ojo de Maíz” in the charming Condesa neighborhood. This cozy yet elegant restaurant offers a variety of traditional Mexican dishes in vegan versions, including mushroom “birria,” tamales, and even a mushroom rendition of the “taco al pastor.”

Nightlife in the city

Now that you’ve satisfied your appetite, perhaps you’re in search of a lively spot to unwind and enjoy the nightlife. Look no further than the iconic “Zona Rosa,” where you’ll discover a plethora of nightlife options, ranging from upscale clubs to cozy bars.

Nightlife. Photo by Antoine J., Unsplash

One personal favorite of mine is Parker and Lenox, a haven for jazz enthusiasts where you can indulge in great food, drinks, and dance to live jazz performances. Yet, as you navigate the bustling streets, you’ll encounter numerous choices to suit your mood.

For an authentic Mexican nightlife experience, consider seeking out a charming bar where you can savor a michelada – a refreshing concoction made with beer, lime, and “chamoy”-. Alternatively, for a more upscale experience, venture to Limantour, renowned for its exquisite Mexican mixology.

These suggestions are just a glimpse of the countless options awaiting you on your next visit to Mexico City. While I’ve shared these based on my own experiences, don’t hesitate to seek out additional recommendations and above all, enjoy your stay to the fullest.

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