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Mexico on My Mind

4 years ago by

Mexico on My Mind

You know when you visit a new city for the first time and instantly feel you could live there? In a real way, not in a fantasy kind of way. It’s only happened to me twice. Once with Mexico City and then New Orleans. I went to Mexico City years ago, and never expected to love it as much as I did. It was beautiful, the architecture was amazing, the food was delicious, both cheap and expensive, the people were lovely, the museums were great. I just couldn’t get enough. Now, one of my best friends just moved there for work and I’m thrilled at now having a real and regular excuse to go back and eat my weight in tacos.

I’m hoping to visit in a few months when the snow is piling up in NYC and I’m excited to see what the city has to offer since my first trip. My friend has only been there a month now, so is slowly becoming acquainted with the city. I would love to hear if you guys have any recommendations of things that I should definitely check out when I go. I’ve started a list, but please send me any and all musts for Mexico City!


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  • I live in Mexico City (I’m from Yucatán. You know, Chichén Itzá, Cancún, etc.) and I always feel like I don’t take advantage of all the things it has to offer, but I have a few recommendations: spend a whole Sunday morning at La Lagunilla, the antiques market and visit the Chapultepec Forest and Castle. Go to Xochimilco to eat and drink on a trajinera (a boat). The colonia Juárez an colonia Roma areas are full of great architecture, new restaurants and local boutiques, take a long walk there. For some “Mexican curious” shopping and great food, go to San Ángel on a Saturday. Even if the things they sell are not your style, it’s always a fun experiencie in one of the most beautiful areas of the city. I also love taking long walks in Coyoacán and drinking tea and delicious organic desserts at Ruta de la Seda Café.

    I’m sure you’ll find lots of city guides and restaurant recommendations, since the city is kind of “fashionable” right now but if you have questions I’d love to help :)

  • Majoseh – Thank you so much! Can’t wait to check all of this out! x Carie

  • Tout dépend du quartier où tu vas séjourner, la ville est tellement grande ! J’y habite depuis 18 mois maintenant, à ta dispo pour idées de visite, adresses de resto, et tips pour s’adapter à la vie locale

  • For a great food experience you should definitely visit Mercado Roma and La Condesa, amazing areas to explore and try different small restaurants and bars owned by locals.
    If you’re a coffee fan, Cafebreria El Péndulo is an extraordinary coffee+library unlike pretty much anything anywhere else. Also Cielito Querido Café is a pretty nice and cozy place.
    And last, but not least, you must have a walk around the Soumaya Museum, the architecture and collections are awesome.
    Have fun visiting Mexico! <3

  • Angie – The Cafebreria sounds so cool! Thanks for these! x Carie

  • Hi! I’ve lived in the city for a bit over 5 years, hope these recommendations help!
    Go to Pantera Fresca for the most original and cute icecles. My favorite is “Dead Gummy Bears,” which is lime with gummy bears frozen inside.
    The Xaman Bar is a part of the city that is gaining popularity and their cocktails are great
    Breakfast at Churros El Moro is a must
    Dinner at Rosetta or lunch at Belmondo never gets old

    As far as activities- have fun and drink your heart out in Xochimilco, totally worth the day trip on a weekend.
    Rent a bike and enjoy Reforma on a Sunday when they close the avenue to car traffic and it’s 100% cyclists
    Walk around La Roma, Condesa and Polanco and people watch : )


  • Mónica – Thank you so much for all the suggestions! x Carie

  • Frida Kahlo has a wonderful Museum there. great old buildings in the center of the city. It is crowded but a fun place to explore. Enjoy.

  • HI, my name is Amira Saim. I’m the editorial director of Disenia.mx we’re an online store of curated selection of latin american design. Me, as most of my teammates, are from Venezuela where the project started, but now we’re located in beautiful Mexico City. Right now there’s a very interesting design scene in Mexico, specially in its main cities as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. There are new brands and designers coming up and every weekend you can find “bazares” where you can buy and get to know new names and proposals. The craftmanship of young designers in fashion, jewelry, industrial design, is impressive.

    Here in Disenia. mx we’ve had the opportunity to know and work with some of the most talented names of the country, also to watch and help grow some of the newest designers in Mexico. So, it would be a pleasure to have you in our showroom and show you the best of the mexican rising design.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Mexico City! <3

  • Gretchen Cole November, 23 2016, 9:26 / Reply

    The Opera House, the extraordinary Pre Colombian museum, the ceviche at the San Angel Saturday market!, both Frida and Diego’s houses at Coyoacan, a trip out to Tepotzlan for lunch and market. Mexico City is a feast for the eyes! And mouth. And so much more – those are the wonderful things I remember.

  • Genoveva Pedrero November, 30 2016, 11:32 / Reply

    You cannot miss Casa Barragán if you love architecture but you must make reservations. It is my favorite places on the planet. Frida’s house is also a must see when in DF to get a perspective into her life. If the line is too long, head over to Frida & Diego’s house in San Angel. Afterwards you must eat at San Angel Inn and try the profiteroles. To die for. As for food, in Mexico City you are not short on the amount of delicious meals you will eat. You cannot miss Biko, Pujol, Quintonil, Tori Tori and Mercado Roma. Drinks at Limantour, Dixon, Gin Gin and MM Roy are a must. Grab breakfast at Panaderia Rosetta on Calle Havre and walk over to Cordoba 25 to look at the current art exhibition. For shopping obviously Masaryk and El Palacio de los Palacios (the new Palacio de Hierro in Polanco). For local designers check out Yakampot, Roma Quince, Onora, Sandra Weil, Anatole 13, and Common People. Hope you love it!

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