CDMX aka Ciudad de Mexico must be one of the most underrated cities I have visited. Being from Mexico and specifically having lived in Mexico City for the first few years of my life, I knew I eventually wanted to visit as an adult. What I didn’t know was that it would become one of my favorite destinations!
The bright colors that fill the architecture and the smell of authentic Mexican food filling up the street air is hard to shake. If you’re ever thinking about taking a quick and inexpensive trip, Mexico City is the answer. Flights stay relatively cheap and you can see enough to fall in love with the city in just a weekend's worth of time.
Polanco - The number one rated neighborhood in the city is Polanco. It has an upscale/European vibe to it but is still very affordable. The area is 100% safe and centrally located. There are a ton of bars and restaurants in the area, too. We stayed at the W Mexico City hotel for a decent price and were able to walk to pretty much everywhere!
Xochimilco - located in the southern part of the city, Xochimilco is home to historic canals made by the Aztec people. After bargaining with the workers, take a ride down these colorful gondolas and experience the rich culture of Mexico City. You’ll see everything from street food vendors, to artisan shops and even live Mariachi bands.
Bosque de Chapultepec - Spend a morning at the Bosque de Chapultepec as another cultural experience. If you can schedule it on a Sunday morning, you’ll really see it for all it’s worth! Fresh fruit stands and local families make this enormous outdoor area a sight to see. After strolling through the park, enter the Castillo de Chapultepec to see the only castle in North America that actually served as a home for royalty and some amazing city views!
San Juan Teotihuacan - Although found outside of the city (1.5 hour ride, $20 Uber) it is absolutely worth it if you have the time. Visit the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon plus get a load of some breathtaking views. Just make sure to wear your walking shoes, climbing these pyramids is no joke!
Munchies & Nightlife:
San Angel Inn - A Mexico City staple located in the San Angel neighborhood. The vibes here are historic but fun and it’s a great place for an outdoor breakfast! Just be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
Gran Hotel CDMX - After visiting Chapultepec, do a Sunday brunch at the Gran Hotel rooftop. You’ll hear live music and admire the madness of local city life all while sipping on some fresh juices and mimosas!
El Bajio - Located in Polanco, grab a bite here for some authentic Mexican flavors. Just don’t expect chips and salsa to come out, that’s not a real thing in Mexico!
Prego - Should you want to stray from the Mexican flavors for a meal, Prego is one of the best Italian places I have ever been to. It’s also located in the Polanco neighborhood and I still dream about that pasta!
Jules Basement - the coolest speakeasy I’ve seen! Located behind the refrigerator door at Julio Verde taqueria, this bar is dope AF. Modern vibes and delicious cocktails!
Street Taquerias - There is an endless amount of street taco stands in Mexico City, and just about all of them are mouth watering. Make sure you stop by one at some point or another!
So, next time you’re searching for a weekend getaway that won’t break the bank- let Mexico City be the answer.