Mexico City, where do we begin? In a city filled with beautiful things and warm people, it's hard to not be a little overwhelmed. Even with all of the guides online and suggestions made by friends, we were not prepared for the beauty and brightness that the city has. In a short four days we were able to make the most of it. This is where we went, what we did, and what we think you'd like to experience too. While you're reading, listen to some songs that kept us inspired and the playlist that keeps all our memories vibrant and wishing we were back.
Tour the Frida Kahlo Museum
Nestled in one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in Mexico City, the house where Frida Kahlo was born and where she spent the rest of her days, is now one of the most popular museums in the Mexican Capital. The Casa Azul is open Tuesday to Sunday, tickets sell out early so we highly recommend buying them either before hand or getting to the house early in the morning. Visiting is such a special experience, while you tour her home you also get to view her work, precious items, and get a sense of how she lived.
Go see Casa Luis Barragan
Luis Barragan's home in Mexico City blends in so well with its city surroundings you'd definitely miss it if you weren't sure where to look. Just like Casa Azul, we highly recommend booking far in advance as tickets sell out quickly. A sought after spot for its intentional beauty- this is a must see for any fans of Barragán's work, if you're interested in architecture, or if you just want to look at some beautiful things in a beautiful home (honestly). Barragáns work brings in the earnestness of different textures and the relationship with light around it. Even if you're new to the architecture world, any lover of any kind of art could appreciate the home and the intentionality behind each placement, light interaction, and use of color. Tours are by appointment only, Monday to Friday, definitely double check their website for times to book.
Walk through the park to Castillo de Chapultepec
Located within the Park Bosque de Chapultepec (which you should go to if you're into going on a walk in the park with some snacks, just saying), the Chapultepec Castle contains The National Museum of History. It hosts 12 permanent exhibition halls that present the historical trajectory of the county, from the Conquest to the Mexican Revolution. Mexican Emperor Maxmilian I and Empress Carlota lived there from 1864, tour the rooms and see how royalty lived. Get there with plenty of time to enjoy beautiful views of Reforma, Santa Fe, Polanco and the South.
Take your time at Museo Nacional de Antropologia
The National Museum of Anthropology has been conserving and exhibiting some of the most important archaeological and ethnographic collections for more than five decades. This urban architecture icon has provided a space for reflection on the rich indigenous heritage, with 22 rooms and over 45,000 square meters, it is the largest museum in Mexico and a beautiful one at that. A definite must see, take your time and soak it all in.
Lose your voice yelling at a Lucha Libre Match
It's Saturday night, it's almost 7PM-- go to República de Perú 77, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Centro. Get in line, buy a bag of spiced peanuts or crickets (don't knock it till you try it!) and get ready for a night of beer drinking and cheering. You won't regret it.
Eat at Tetelán
Off the beaten path and in the suburb of Jardines de Pedregal, Tetelán boasts not only architectural beauty, but amazing food and surprises. Originally the horse stables of Luis Barragán, the space incorporates glass, steel, and Barragán's signature pink to transplant you to a different world with volcanic rock below and sun drenched skylights above. 90% of the ingredients used are of national origin, organic, and sustainable making each meal special and delicious. Order dishes to share, a bottle of mezcal, enjoy the beautiful interior amongst good friends.
Shop vintage and and sip on coffee at Loose Blues
Located on the quiet street in the Juarez neighborhood, our friends over Loose Blues have a curated and perfect mix of vintage and new goods. Clothing, vinyl, and zines can be found on the bottom floor; take the stairs at the back of the store to Loose Blues Dining for a quick bite and mezcal.
Get witchy at the Sonora Market
In the heart of Mercado Merced lies the Mercado Sonora, and all the answers to your problems. Walk the rows and rows of magic and witchcraft, you'll find statues for every saint as well as pretty much every mystical herb known to man. Tarot card readers will lead you to the right direction. Go with a friend, stay curious, and get your brujería on.
Snack all day long on street food, y'all
There's no reason to ever go hungry in MXCD, we snacked up and down on the streets and walked it off just to eat more. Our advice? If it looks good, get it.
Wear your walkin' shoes
One of the best part of visiting Mexico City though is the walkability. Put your walking shoes on, put some sunscreen on, and tour the city on foot. We found so many hidden treasures walking through Roma (the neighborhood we stayed in)- from street art to food carts you see it all. With so many things to see, sometimes its best to slow it down and get up close and personal.