The Modern Woman Guide to Mexico City
By Taryn Anderson
From co-workers to travel bloggers, you've probably noticed a lot of people have been jetting off to Mexico City lately. With so much amazing art, a uniquely vibrant culture, beautiful architecture, and incredible food all inside the expansive metropolis (almost twice the size of all of New York City), it's not hard to see why Mexico's capital is such a hotspot. With tons of new routes and deals on flights right now, CDMX is the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway.
Besides indulging in margaritas, mezcal, and all the tacos al pastor you can eat, here's what you shouldn't miss during your next visit to Mexico City.
Mexico City is home to lots of amazing, world-renowned architecture, so make sure to set aside some time to stroll through its neighborhoods and take in the sights.
Wander through Centro Historico, the old downtown area full of colonial architecture, to check out some of old Mexico City and see where the passage of time is especially noticeable. Home to historic churches and palaces, side-by-side with new construction, evidence that the city is sinking into the earth (Mexico City was built on a lake as an artificial island) is seen everywhere with the dramatic tilting of older buildings. A notable stop is the Casa de los Azulejos (The House of Tiles), an 18th century castle covered in blue and white tiles. Heads up, this area can get chaotic and swarms with both tourists and vendors on weekends and afternoons. To avoid the hustle and bustle, come by on a weekday morning.
If you're a real architecture buff, one tour to add to your list is a visit to a few of Mexico City's Luis Barragán Houses. One of the most influential architects of the last century and known as the "Frank Lloyd Wright of Mexico", Luis Barragán built a few notable houses around the city. Tours can be arranged through the Luis Barragan museum, with a stops at his personal home and studio (now a UNESCO Heritage Site) and Cuadra San Cristobal, an enchanting, bright pink compound and horse ranch not too far outside the city.
With free admission and an extensive collection of art, Museo Soumaya is a necessary stop on your trip. Other highlights include Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo Nacional de Arte, and the Frida Kahlo Museum which is actually her old home. The gorgeous Chapultepec Castle in Polanco is also worth a visit.
One thing Mexico City absolutely know how to do right is food. Between the street vendors, the mercados, and the incredible restaurants on seemingly every corner, you will never go hungry. Whether you're in the mood for something quick or want to sit down for some fine dining, this city has it all. Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a meal in Mexico City:
After dining at Quintonil, it's not hard to see why it's ranked as one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World. Ask for patio seating and definitely try the escamoles, you won't regret it. The tasting menu is a must!
Newton No. 55, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, 11560 Ciuedad de México, CDMX, Mexico | quintonil.com
Another restaurant featured on the Top 50 Restaurants list, Pujol offers traditional Mexican cuisine elevated with exceptional ingredients and elegant presentations. Check out Pujol's Chef's Table feature on Netflix before you go.
Tennyson 133, Polanco IV Sección, 11550 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
Contramar (along with sister restaurant Cala in San Francisco) is known for its incredible fresh seafood. Do yourself a favor and order the house special, the Contramar, a whole fish prepared with two sauces.
Calle Durango 200, Cuauhtémoc, Roma, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX
Pick up some churros from El Moro Churreria, a Mexico City staple since the 1930s, at their mini stall inside this market. Located in the trendy La Roma neighborhood, Mercado Roma is home to a variety of stalls with all kinds of drinks, snacks, and meals to satiate everyone's appetites.
Calle Querétaro 225, Roma Norte, 06700 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
A gorgeous Condesa hotspot with even more beautiful dishes. Great for both intimate gatherings and large groups. Save room for dessert!
Calle Colima, 166, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, Col. Roma Norte, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Who doesn't love a rooftop? This rooftop dinner spot in Polanco has amazing views, delicious bites (hello street corn), and great
Aristóteles 124, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Find oysters, seafood, and gin and tonics galore at this La Roma hotspot.
Av. Álvaro Obregón 31, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A chic speakeasy-style in Polanco that's a favorite with locals. Walk into the taco restaurant Don Batiz and you'll see a bouncer near the refrigerator in the back. Inside you will find craft cocktails, live music, stand-up comedy and the coolest tables you'll ever see.
Julio Verne 93, Polanquito, 11560 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico | 8pm - 2am | Closed Sundays
Need a break from tequila? With locations in both Polanco and Roma neighborhoods, this trendy cocktail forward bar is a fun place to get together with friends. Don't forget to reserve a table as it gets crowded on weekend nights.
GinGin Polanco: Calderón de la Barca 72, PA, Polanco, D.F, Polanco, 11560 CDMX | GinGin Roma: Av Oaxaca 87, Roma Nte., 06700 CDMX
Roma Norte bar that's a must add to your bar-hopping itinerary.
Colima 168, Roma Nte., 06700 CDMX
Ranked as the best bar in Latin America and one of the top 50 bars in the world, Licorería Limantour is a must when in Mexico City. Excellent tapas and whimsical craft cocktails round out the menu at this renowned watering hole.
Av. Álvaro Obregón 106, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Hidden away in a restored colonial is the glamourous Romita Comedor. With checkerboard floors and palm trees filling the space, delicious tostadas, and innovative cocktails, Romita Comedor has it all going on.
Avenida Álvaro Obregón 49, Cuahutemoc, Roma Norte, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico