Since I've been getting asked quite often about my Mexico City recommendations (3 times in the past week alone), I figured I might as well post them up here for anyone who might be interested.
I like to stay in Condesa, which is a little on the pricey side for Mexico but it's the greenest and most serene while simultaneously being within walking distance of all my favorite spots. I rarely spend a lot of time at the actual AirBnB, and mostly spend my days roaming around. As such, I tend to go for a tiny accommodation that offers little more than a bed and hot shower, and can therefore score something that is somewhat reasonably priced. Being in Condesa, I'm close enough to Avenida Amsterdam where I can start my day with an early morning jog before making my way into Parque de Mexico to peruse the free public exercise equipment.
Breakfast is a big deal here as it is to me, so there is no shortage of scrumptious breakfast spots but here's a list of my favorites:
* Ebano Cafe
* La Cadencia Lonchera
* Santo Habanero
* Cafe B
Cafe culture is strong in CDMX and you'll literally be tripping over the many options, but my favorites are:
* Clarice Cafe y Literatura
* Ozuluama (more of a wine bar, ideal for the late afternoons, but they also serve excellent coffee and small bites)
* Blend Station (cafe in a bike shop, it's a vibe)
* Casa Cafe
Again, the options are really very endless. Between every two restaurants is another restaurant or food stand, but here are a few of my favorites:
* Marlindo (Excellent seafood. Tostadas are a must.)
* Kebab Bistro (Chic fusion, very yummy)
* Street (Try their duck confit in squid ink rice)
* Pizza Nosferatu (Good artisanal pizza with a side of craft beer and/or mezcal)
* Expendio de Maiz Sin Nombre (Some of the best food I've ever had in my life, but it comes with a twist: No menu. You just ask for whatever they've got. They will bring you phenomenal dish, after which you will be asked if you're still hungry. If the answer is yes, they will bring you a different dish, as equally innovative as the first. The process carries on until you declare: “Listo!” or, all done.)
Now, in another part of town, Coyoacan, is this amazing eco chic “food hall”. Kind of like a courtyard with many restaurants and bars and live music. Very nice:
* Mercado del Carmen Coyoacan
And while in Coyoacan, you'll want to check out:
* Mercado de Coyoacan: Marketplace filled with arts & crafts and clothes and books and food and gifts and many more.
So many to see, all amazing. The highlights for me though:
* Museo Casa Estudio Diego Riviera y Frida Kahlo (the studio homes of Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo, probably only interesting to artists and architecture buffs)
* Museo Nacional de Antropologia
* Palacio de Bellas Artes
* Dental Clinic Emmanuel: Best dental experience in the known universe.
* Derma MX: Delightful dermatologist, very attentive.
* Dayaks Tattoo & Luxury Piercing: Not bad, not mind-blowing, but certainly good and hygienic.
* Global Comics Noveno Arte: The name says it all.
* You'll be tempted to Uber or Didi (the cheaper alternative) around most of the time because how affordable it is compared to the states, but try the Metro from time to time, it's quite easy to navigate and covers large swaths of the city.
* Biking is also an excellent way to get around. Great bike-lane infrastructure. Many city-bike stations available.
* The Paseo de la Reforma is closed off to cars on Sundays before 12:00pm and is utilized by joggers and cyclists. You'll be remis to pass up on joining in.
* Most places accept credit cards, so if you have one that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees, it'll save you the hassle of carrying around a bunch of loose money. But always having a few hundred pesos on you is not a bad idea just in case you run into the occasional very small vendor that doesn't do cards.
#journal #travel #CDMX