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Mexico City Travel Guide

I’ve always wanted to go to Mexico City, but since I’m such a beach person, I couldn’t commit to a city vacation. After doing a little research, though, I realized that while it’s a six hour drive to the beach, it’s only a 30 minute flight to Puerto Escondido, a very cool surf town. After that revelation, we booked our trip for the same dates our kids were on vacation with their grandparents, and embarked on our whirlwind vacation of art, culture and food. Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite spots: 

Where to stay: 

We stayed at the beautiful Condesa DF. The Condesa area is a hip neighborhood with tree-lined avenues and great art deco architecture. There’s lots of great restaurants, beautiful parks and some shopping. The Roma neighborhood is also close by, with mroe shops, restaurants and galleries, and would also be a great area to stay in.

Where to eat: 

Our first stop for eating was lunch at Contramar (there is a great Netflix documentary about their sister restaurant in San Francisco). The seafood is amazing! It’s very busy, though, so it’s best to make a reservation in advance or eat at the bar if you can get a spot. 

Many of the restaurants in Mexico City are in beautiful historic buildings, and one of my favorites was Rosetta—located inside an elegant early-1900s townhouse with vines draping from the ceiling and plants in every corner. You don’t want to miss this, so again, I recommend making a reservation in advance!

Where to shop:

  • Carla Fernandez - A Mexican fashion designer who has contemporary modern clothing and works with artisans to handcraft elements for her fashion forward designs.
  • Lago DF -  A beautifully curated design shop featuring jewelry, clothing, and home goods. 
  • Ikal - An interesting store featuring home goods, menswear and womenswear by local designers.
  • Onora - A gorgeous store with high-end artisanal home objects. The price point is a little high here, but if you are looking for a stunning home accent to invest in, you will find incredible options here. The copper woven baskets were one of my favorite items. 

What to see:

  1. Xochimilco Canals - One of my goals in life is to see as many Unesco World Heritage Sites as possible, and this is one of my favorites. It’s about an hour outside of the city and you can bring a picnic lunch to eat on the boat or find something at the marketplace when you get there. You can bring alcohol on the boat, too, so load up with some cervezas or anything you’d like. You can choose a private boat or share with others, but be aware that these are essentially party boats, so choose wisely. Bonus: you can also have a mariachi band hop on and join you for a bit! 
  1. Anything by Luis Barragan - He was a famous Mexican architect and has a few beautiful projects that you can visit, but you’ll need to make a reservation fairly far in advance. Casa Gilardi is a very popular location and you can also schedule a private appointment at Fuente de los Amantes, which is where we went. 
  1. Frida Kahlo Museum (the blue house) -  A very beautiful historic house and museum. The building is where Kahlo was born, lived, and eventually passed away. It’s amazing to see her studio and how she organized everything. It was very inspirational!

If you have additional recommendations that weren’t listed here, let us know in the comments!

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