Mexico City is one of those hidden gems practically in our backyard! My husband and I went there this past October for a long weekend and are already planning our next trip back. It is such a creative and cultural mecca. It is one of my favorite cities hands down, now; the people were great, the food was amazing, and the architecture was gorgeous to boot! Though it is a large city (5th largest in the world) it doesn't feel large. There are quaint neighborhoods, great markets and again the food! Here are a few of the things we loved about the city!
Places to Eat:
Pujol (Polanco neighborhood)
One of the most famous chefs in the world and number 17 in the world's 50 best restaurants. If you can plan the trip a few months in advance, get a reservation here immediately. It will be well worth it! One of the best meals of my life.
Eno (owned by Enrique Olvera owner of Pujol in Polanco next door to Pujol)
We didn't get to go here but is supposed to be great. So if you dont get reservations to Pujol try to check out this place for brunch!
El Huequito (literally translates to little hole)
There are several locations around the city. BEST TACOS AL PASTOR EVER!
El Fogoncito (Polanco)
Near Camino Real and also has great tacos al pastor. I mean really can you ever have too many tacos al pastor?
Azul Histórico (Zocalo)
Near Zocalo, delicious food and amazing molé.
This place is a DF staple, but you will need reservations.
We weren't able to make it here either but it is supposed to have terrific fresh seafood. Also, check out Mero Toro (same owner of Contramar)
Mercado de Artesanias Insurgentes (Zona Rosa)
We went here several times. Great for textiles, jewelry, food, or home goods. So much to explore. I would recommend walking around once because many of the vendors sell the same things. Also, bargain, bargain, bargain! This is where we bought the majority of our gifts and souvenirs.
Bazar Fusion (in la Zona Rosa on the weekends)
Artisan food, beverage and crafts. Younger and hipper crowd. Lots of delicious salsas, pan de muerto, tequila, mezcal, shoes, clothes, etc... I would not miss this. We went the weekend before Dia de Los Muertos so lots of great things to see there.
Bazar Sabado (Plaza San Jacinto)
Another cool market with handmade crafts and jewelry. I would have brunch there first then wander around all the shops in and outside the building. It is also in a neat colonial part of town.
La Casa Azul-Frida Kahlo museum (Coyoacán)
Museo Dolores Olmedo (Frida and Diego museum)
National Museum of Anthropology
One of the coolest museums I have ever seen. Includes the Aztec Sunstone (which actually wasn't a calendar at all!) and other amazing exhibits. A must see.
Teotihuacan (Day trip out of the city)
Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Interesting place with great history. The original basilica is sinking so they built a new one next to it. It also has gorgeous gardens around it and views of the city.
In the heart of the city. I quick walk through but so much history and culture in it!
Another incredible building in El Zocalo. Has murals from Diego Riviera. We paid an art student to walk us through the murals. They are usually standing outside near the line to enter.
Central square in the city. Templo Mayor, Palacio Nacional are right there. Lots of people gather there on weekends for events or just to hang out.