Beyond 5 Boroughs Travel

Mexico City, Mexico

Bienvenido!  I’ve been on hiatus for almost 4 years from blogging since I’ve been much more active on my instagram.  A lot has happened since, I’ve traveled quite a bit, ate a lot of good food, ran two marathons (Philly & NYC) and being part of the change in our food culture.  I remain so impressed and inspired by so many bloggers that it struck me after my recent trip earlier this year to SoCal and Mexico City that I should continue to write!  And I’ve gotten a few requests to put together a guide for my visit to Mexico City. So here it is!  Also what better way to pay tribute to Cinco De Mayo than highlighting my recent trip there.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO 2.12 – 2.16

Everyone should visit Mexico City and the airfare is fairly inexpensive right now and while there, the food is incredibly cheap!  It’s a beautiful bustling vibrant city and February is a perfect time of the year to visit when it is not too hot.

Lodging: We stayed at an Airbnb in Historic Center neighborhood and it was a great find.

Transportation:  Uber is uber cheap!  Approx $5 from airport to airbnb (about 40 minutes ride)
Language : We managed to get around with my middle school level of Spanish but thank Google translator.  One very useful word we learned was “La Cuenta” which means bill otherwise, we would have never leave the restaurant.

Things To Do + Places to Eat:
Tues 2.12
– We went to Contramar on our first night.  I made a reservation and it is  recommended because it is so popular.  The tuna sashimi tostada was fantastic.
-Explore Roma Norte,  the Netflix movie Roma is based on this neighborhood, which is a great foreign film too if you haven’t seen it!
Wed 2.13
-Breakfast at Cafe De Tacuba.  Walking distance from our Airbnb.  They have nice breakfast set menu and beautiful Spaniard influenced interior.
– Frida Khalo Museum – Book Tickets ahead of time!
– Explore Coyoacan neighborhood.  One of my favorite neighborhoods and home to Frida Kahlo.
– Mercado de Coyoacan – really good tostadas market stall.  Great place for shopping and getting souvenirs.

– Al Pastor Tacos at Aranda Taqueria near our Airbnb – super cheap tacos and beer. No frills taco place.

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Thurs 2.14
– Picked up baked goods for breakfast at Esperanza.  The Conchas is quite good.
 Teotihuacan Pyramid  – day trip, we took a bus from the bus station.  Bring sunscreen and a hat!  Regrettably, we did not.  Big mistake 😦
– El Moro Churros – a must!
Friday 2.15
– Mercada de La Merced – amazing vendors! This is what makes Mexico so special. The people and the merchants.  At the market, there’s fresh fruits, vegetables, meats to home appliance.  Had the best food here at the market stalls.
1. Caldos de Gallina
2. Taqueria, Si Hay, Si Hay
– Pasteleria Ideal – this place is heaven. Assortment of cakes, cookies, breads and pastries.
– Palacio de Bellas Artes – They do a free theater tour twice a day.  We got lucky and joined the English speaking tour.  Pretty interesting history of Mexico City and beautiful design.
– Castillo Chapultepec – great place to get a birds eye view of Mexico City and an amazing collection of artifacts.
– Dinner at El Pialadero De Guadalajara amazing spread of food.  They’re known for their Carne en su Jugo.
– Santa Clara – Ice Cream, great traditional flavors like mango chamoy.
Sat 2.16
– Breakfast at El Mayor.  Breathtaking views of Museo Templo Mayor and overall solid brunch for a very reasonable price.  The green juice was outstanding!
More sites to check out but we ran out of time.  Until next time:
 Que Bo – chocolate!
– on Sunday they closed down the streets for pedestrians to enjoy bicycling, running and skating in Polanco. Kind of like summer streets in NYC but this happens every Sunday!
– Weekend trip to Puebla City Cholula
Hasta Luego!

 

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