3 Unforgettable Days in Mexico City
Collected by Sergio Zepeda
Yes, this city is gigantic. So forget any crazy ideas about getting to know the “major attractions”. There are simply too many of them! However, these places to go, food to eat, and drinks to, ahem, drink, will give you a pretty good a idea of the authentic Mexico City.
Londres 130, Juárez, 06600 Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
Right in the Heart of Zona Rosa, hotel Geneve is one of the oldest in the city. Its lobby is also a sort of museum, with objects that date back a hundred years. It opened in 1907. If you are an adventurous eater, be sure to ask for habanero...
Plaza de las Américas 1, Villa de Guadalupe, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It is said that in Mexico, even atheists are guadalupanos, that is, they believe in the Virgin of Guadalupe. That is why this is one of the “must see” attractions of the city. On December 12, there is a national pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our...
Av Mexico 5843, La Noria, 16030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has a colorful legacy of art and architecture. Today, museum buildings are often impressive landmarks on their own. Here's a place where art and design align. Dolores Olmedo first modeled for artist Diego Rivera when she was 20. At her...
Calle Regina 160, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06090 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Don Chon is the place to try some culinary oddities. This traditional restaurant serves escamoles (ant larvae), maguey worms, grasshoppers, and rattlesnake. Pair it with some of the house’s mezcal or a traditional pulque curado (flavored pulque)...
Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
They've been popularized and commercialized in movies and may even seem to be a cultural stereotype of sorts, but visit Mexico City's Plaza Garibaldi on any given evening and you'll soon see that the tradition of mariachis is alive and well and...
Calle Dr. Lavista 189, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The concierge at the hotel was skeptical. The cab driver was amused and skeptical. Lucha libre, or Mexican wrestling, is clearly an unsophisticated embarrassment, tantamount to telling a visitor to the U.S. to...
Av. Río Churubusco 410, Del Carmen, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Coyoacan neighborhood is well known for Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul—totally worth the trip—but poor Leon Trotsky doesn't seem to get much attention. He was murdered here, an ice pick to the head, and his heavily fortified house is fascinating to...
Calle Dakota 95, Nápoles, 03810 Benito Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
What a great experience. Full to capacity, watching the best bullfighter in the world, Jose Tomas, priceless! Also very emotional to be with my grandfather during his last live bullfight. If you ever visit the stadium in Mexico City you have to...
Calle Julio Verne 93, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Jules Basement hosts jazz nights every Tuesday. “Hidden” behind a refrigerator door of a taco joint in the Polanco neighborhood, it is the first speakeasy in Mexico City. Supposedly, the only way to access this very well known little secret is to...
Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The imposing, white-domed wedding cake now known as Palacio de Bellas Artes was originally planned as a national theater, and construction was begun in 1904. The Mexican Revolution, among other things, postponed its completion until 1934, which...
Calle Rosario s/n, Merced Balbuena, Zona Centro, 15810 Venustiano Carranza, CDMX, Mexico
Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City’s largest traditional food market, is full of little neighborhoods. Wander the districts devoted to everything from nopales—sometimes stacked five feet high—to pyramids of limes and columns of banana leaves. For a...
Agrícola, Chimalistac, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
"The architect, Eduardo Mata, was inspired by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berliner Philharmonie. I love performing in this monumental building. It was specially designed for symphonic music, and the audience surrounds the musicians...
Via Morelos 272, Sta Maria Tulpetlac, 55400 Ecatepec de Morelos, Méx., Mexico
Mexico City has a colorful legacy of art and architecture. Today, museum buildings are often impressive landmarks on their own. Here's a place where art and design align. In November, the Coleccion Jumex debuts a new 71,000-square-foot, zigzagging...