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Why Mexico City is worth your next City Trip

When people think of Mexico, they usually think of beaches - Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Tulum or Acapulco. But you shouldn't miss to visit the capital of Mexico - Mexico City. Mexico City is considered the city with the most museums in the world; there are more than 150! And there are so many other things to do.


We spent a week in Mexico City this January and made the most of it. So if you're planning a trip to Mexico soon, make sure to make a stop in Mexico City. Here are our suggestions:


Museums

We visited three museums - the Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología), the Castillo de Chapultepec and the Casa Azul, Frieda Kahlo's home.


The Museum of Anthropology itself is already an architectural highlight. The monumental building consists of exhibition halls surrounding a courtyard with a large pond and a huge square concrete screen from which a waterfall descends. The museum has 23 exhibition rooms. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico's beginnings, such as the Stone of the Sun and the AztecXochipilli statue, two impressive artefacts.



The Castillo de Chapultepec is located in the middle of the largest park in Mexico City and was built in the 19th century. The magnificent building has served various purposes over the years - it was the residence of Maximilian of Habsburg, a military academy, the president's residence, an observatory, and since 1940, the National Museum of History. It's really worth a visit as it offers a crash course in recent Mexican history as well as a great view of Mexico City. We also saw a performance of traditional folk dances there, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.



Casa Azul was an absolute must-see for me. It is Frieda Kahlo's childhood home and she also lived there with her husband, the painter Diego Rivera. They kept everything as it was, so you can walk through Frieda's painting room, look through her library, see her bedroom where she spent most of her time after her accident, and stroll through the beautiful courtyard. An absolute highlight for me! It's so much bigger than I thought, so colourful and with so much greenery! Be sure to buy your tickets in advance, it's usually booked up!

























Neighbourhood: Coyoacan


One of my favourite neighbourhoods we visited was Coyoacan. It's where the Cazu Azul is located. After our visit, we walked down the street and visited the Mercado de Coyoacan, a colourful and lively market with so much to see. If your stomach can handle it, you should try one of the food stands at the market. You can even try insects. :) It's one of Mexico City's most iconic markets for a reason.Close by is the coffee shop, el Jarocho. You can take a coffee to go or linger around the coffee shop like the locals. It's a very renown coffee shop and has been around since 1953. Continue walking down the street and you will reach the town square. It's full with local vendors, restaurants, musicians and greenery. We visited the artisan market and bought some souvenirs (the beautiful ones :)).





















Balloon Ride over the Pyramids of Teotihuacan


Unfortunately, scientists have discovered that the pyramids have cracks and therefore it's no longer allow to climb onto them.


So Eduardo found a solution - a pretty good one, I think. ;) He woke me up at 4am to take the bus to the pyramids and surprised me with a sunrise ballon ride. It was one of the most magical experiences ever. As the world is waking up, you fly over the pyramids and everything is completely quiet. Just you and the world, it seems, a dozen other balloons on the horizon, which makes the experience no less magical.

We chose the company Volare because they fly very close to the pyramids and offer a great service. The ride ended with a glass of Prosecco, so we really couldn't complain. If you book the whole package, you are treated to breakfast afterwards and then you can walk to the pyramids to discover them by foot. That was fun too, but we were too tired and it was way too hot (in January).


























Other things to do


One of the most beautiful buildings in the city is the Palacio de las Bellas Artes, an event hall in the middle of the city. Just a 10-minute walk away is the National Palace, the seat of the government, in the Plaza de la Constitucion. Before colonialization, it was the main ceremonial center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Be warned, however, that the city center is incredibly crowded (the 20+ million people have to be somewhere :)) and you have to take good care of your purse.


Another stop worth making: The coffee shop and bookstore El Pendulo is a paradise for all book lovers. It's a restaurant, coffee shop and book store all in once. And the architecture is so beautiful. Speaking in plural, as there are several locations n the city. We went to the one in Polanco.



A unique, slightly surreal experience is the Lucha Libre. It's a kind of freestyle wrestling, but for me it was more a mixture of acrobatics, dance and a lot of show. And of course they wear the colorful masks you've probably seen before. Mexicans love it, and they go crazy in the arena. Grab a beer and get carried away as the atmosphere heats up (in a good way). We booked it through Turibus, which takes you to the venue and picks you up afterwards.



Food Recommendations


As big food lovers, Mexico City was the place to go. There are countless restaurants, beautiful terraces, small cafes and of course a taco stand on every corner. Be careful there, not every stomach can handle those. Here are a few places we checked out:


Rooftop Bars: Toledo


Restaurant:

  • Carajillo: half restaurant, half bar, great atmosphere

  • El Califa: for tacos

  • Villa Maria: they have a Mariachi band

  • Taqueria Orinoco: amazing tacos

  • Restaurante Maque: great for brunch


Coffee Shops:

  • Caffe Biscottino: small little coffee shop in a quiet street

  • El Moro: Churros and the sweetest hot chocolate in town

  • Cafe El Jarocho

  • El Pendulo: bookstore, restaurant and coffee shop

  • Helados Carmela: great ice-cream




Mode of Transportation


If you live in Polanco, Reforma and La Condeza, you can walk to attractions nearby, but chances are that most attractions are not nearby. :) That's why we mostly used Uber, the safest and most convenient mode


of transportation. On our last day we also tried the new Ecobici. The bike stations are all over the city and offer a fun way to get around. The day pass is only CAD $8 and you can reach many destinations much faster than by car. Just be careful, Mexico's traffic is famous for a reason and many traffic rules are just a suggestion. ;)



And that's a wrap, one week Mexico City packed in a blogpost. If you have a recommendation for us, please let us know, we will be back soon. :)

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