Guide to Mexico City

Soumaya Museum

I recently went to the D.F. (“Distrito Federal”) for vacation with my girlfriend and wanted to share some of the highlights from the trip.

Mexico City is easily one of my new favorite cities in the world. It’s immersed with culture, creativity, and energy that is so rare to find in the world these days. It’s also the land of Mezcal and dorilocos.

Here’s some quick highlights about the D.F.:

Neighborhoods

  • Condesa: We stayed at Hotel Condesa, which also had an amazing rooftop view of the entire city. We had our first drinks here as soon as we landed.
  • Roma / Juarez: Hip area of Mexico City, which is where we spent a lot of our time. Make sure to check out Buna (coffee) and Mercado Roma.
  • Coyoacan: 20–30 minutes south of the city, which consists of nearly 100 different colonias, or neighborhoods. This is where you’ll find the Frida Kahlo Museum (tip: order your tickets online to avoid the hour-long line), along with the Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo house. If you check out the latter, grab a drink at San Angel Inn next door. There’s a beautiful garden with excellent margaritas.
  • Polanco: Fancy part of Mexico City, which is where you’ll find most of the museums and some of the higher-end restaurants such as Puyol.

Food & Drinks

Chilaquiles at Lalo!
  • Contramar: After watching the Munchies “Chef´s Night Out with Gaby Cámara” video, we knew this was a must-do. The tuna tostado’s are the best in the world. We even went back twice to get them.
  • Lalo!: Tucked away in Roma, you can grab breakfast here on a communal long table. The chilaquiles are must-order here.
  • Panaderia Rosetta: There are a couple of these throughout the city. If you’re looking for an afternoon coffee and pastry, this is a great place to kick back and enjoy both. The fig croissant here was the highlight.
  • Quintonil: Known as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, we tried out the 10 course tasting menu which was phenomenal. (Tip: You can make a reservation through OpenTable.)
  • Tacos: We grabbed tacos at Taco Gus but you can’t really go wrong with tacos anywhhere. Go to Las Karnitas de Medellin for tacos, El Hidalguense for Barbado, and El Farolito for al pastor.

Culture

Kurimanzutto Gallery
  • Anthropology Museum: This is the largest and most visited museum in all of Mexico. You can really spend a whole day getting lost here.
  • Kurimanzutto Gallery: Really amazing art gallery. Make sure to check out the garden in the back. And grab a drink at the bar across the street.
  • Soumaya Museum: This reminded me of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. It’s the private collection of Carlos Slim who is the “Warren Buffet of Mexico.”

Misc

  • Uber: We used Uber Everywhere. Most of the trips cost anywhere from $2–4 USD.
  • Safety: This seems to be the first question I get asked about Mexico City. I felt extremely safe while I was in Mexico City. I would see a cop drive by at least every 5–10 minutes.
  • Barber: If you need a fresh cut, check out Barberia.