Mexico City has always been on my list of destinations. I was excited to check it out during my trip to SMA, but had no idea what I was in for. Of the people I told about this trip, I’d say 50% told me I’d have a great time and the other 50% asked “why? It’s so dangerous there!”. Little did I know!
We had a quick stopover in Mexico City after we landed before taking the bus to SMA. Apparently, Terminal del Norte is a pretty dangerous area. I’d suggest you avoiding the bus stop [similar to a Port Authority] if you can. See my last place on alternative options to get to SMA. Long story short – we went to a nearby taco stand to grab a bite before our bus. My friend did not receive a warm welcome by a local [someone grabbed her inappropriately while we were ordering]. You should always be cautious and aware of your surroundings and this incident just enhanced that for us. We were very careful, but I put my phone down for two seconds to grab my wallet to pay when the same person ran over and took off with my phone. We are so grateful for the two servers who ran after him – but the guy tossed my phone onto the highway and it got run over by a car. Luckily, it was my work mobile! I think it was a sign the universe was sending me to stop working and just enjoy my trip. Nonetheless – CDMX started off with a bad taste in my mouth.
We spent 3 days in SMA before heading back to Mexico City to spend two nights there before heading back to NYC. I picked the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico to stay at – which was beautiful and filled with rich history, but I would suggest other hotels. Service was great and the Art Nouveau style was absolutely beautiful. I suggest staying elsewhere because the hotel is more dated and the area was not the best. It’s a great hotel to visit and see & the elevator ride experience goes unrivaled. Spectre was filmed here and the Tiffany glass ceiling is just out of this world! You definitely have to stop in to take some photos if you are in CDMX!
Mexico City has over 150 museums and is considered one of the top 10 best cities to visit museums. Along with all the places you can visit – CDMX also offers an incredible food scene. This is a great destination for foodies! Here are a few of my suggestions:
Places to See/Things to Do ✴
- Museo Frida Kahlo [also known as the Blue House, La Casa Azul. Not only was Frida born here, she lived here for quite a number of years and ended up passing away there as well. Definitely reserve tickets online ahead of time so you’re not stuck waiting in line. There is a separate line to buy timed tickets and then another line for ticket holders!]
- National Museum of Anthropology
- Casa Luis Barragan
- Teotihuacan [Pyramids! Likely to be a day trip]
- Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
- Polanco [shopping]
- Biblioteca Vascocelos [gorgeous, gorgeous library]
- Palacio de Correos de Mexico [the most beautiful post office you will ever see]
- Palacio de Bellas Artes
- Museo Soumaya
- La Roma
- Lalo! [great for breakfast/brunch]
- Churreria El Moro [the BEST churros. The line is long, but it is worth the wait. You get to watch them work their magic and make the longest churros I’ve ever seen in my life. The entire process is beautiful. Highly recommend getting it with cinnamon sugar (azucar de canela) and the hot chocolate or Nutella dip. The location located at Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 42 has a taco stand attached – which you can order from and eat inside El Moro. They are phenomenal and super cheap. My suggestion is to get tacos or a torta and then finish with some churros! They are also open 24 hours, so can go for a late night snack before calling it a night.]
- Cabrera 7 [Trendy spot. Great for groups or just a duo. Food is delicious and the restaurant has great vibes/energy.]
- El Cardenal
- El Parnita
- La Zaranda Miravalle
- Quintonil [one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants]
- El Farolito
- Licorería Limantour [Voted #14 of The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2017. This spot is crafty and the service is spot on. I prefer to sit at the bar to watch the bartenders – but there is no bad seat in this place. I would suggest trying one of their signature cocktails, but if nothing tickles your fancy – they are accommodating and can make you a cocktail based on your likings.]
- Bar La Opera [has been in operation since 1876!]
- La Bipo
Uber was quick and prices were great. It made it easier to get around the city and felt safer than taking a random cab. I wanted to check out the subway system, but Uber was the best way for us to get around.