Mexico City has been popping up on our travel radar for some time now. It’s beautiful beyond measure, and you’ll be among some of the most incredible art (hello, Frida!) and food in the world. Never considered it before? Here are five reasons to head there stat.
You can’t really find many international cities with this level of history and charm at such a low cost, but Mexico City delivers. You can find chic hotel rooms at relatively affordable prices, the food won’t break the bank, and many of the sights around the city are either free or low cost. Compared to other similar destinations in Europe, Mexico City delivers a great bang for your buck.
The wintertime (December through February) is typically the most inexpensive time to travel to the city, though you may have to deal with chilly temperatures. If you’re hoping for warmer conditions, the springtime is still relatively affordable with more moderate weather. Non-stop flights are available from many different airports around the country, and great deals pop up very frequently.
Once you’re there, getting around is quite affordable as well. It’s easy to walk around in more central areas, but you’ll likely want to take the metro at some point. Luckily, Mexico City’s metro system is expansive, very affordable, and easy to use. Taxis are relatively inexpensive in the city as well, though you may have to negotiate a fare if their meter isn’t working. Be sure to check before starting your trip!
2. The Food
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Oh, the food. Street tacos, churros, food markets, margaritas… and that’s only the beginning. Not only is most of the food in the city affordable, it’s also amazing. La Merced, one of the best markets in the city, is a great place to start for cheap bite to eat. If you’re staying in an Airbnb or rental, it’s also a wonderful spot to pick up produce and kitchen supplies, and you’ll be sure to find many locals doing the same. Slightly higher end is Mercado Roma, a gourmet food hall where you’ll find something for just about everyone.
Of course, you’ve probably heard about the city’s abundance of taco stands or taquerías. If you’re keen on finding the best one, this list highlights some heavy-hitters but you can’t go wrong simply heading to spots where you see a long line of locals. They’ll know what’s best, and lead you to some of the most delicious tacos out there.
That being said, the city is also home to higher end options that stand up against some of the most prestigious restaurants around the world. If you’re looking to splurge for a meal or two, there’s no better spot than Pujol, ranked one of the best restaurants in the world, and considered widely to be the best restaurant in Mexico City. Restaurante Nicos is yet another relatively new spot that’s quickly become a destination for traveling food lovers.
For after-dinner drinks, head to Romita Comedor for fantastic cocktails and beautiful views.
3. The Design Hotels
One of the most difficult parts of planning a trip to Mexico City is choosing a hotel. Why, you ask? Because the city is home to a countless number of beautiful spots, many of which are very inexpensive, making it impossible to choose just one. Many of the properties in the city manage to apply a keen design eye while remaining eco-friendly, something you don’t see in every city.
Chaya B&B is a centrally located spot with free breakfast, beautiful rooms, and a rooftop terrace complete with plenty of hammocks. The Hotel Carlota is home to the dreamiest pool imaginable. Pennsylvania Suites, Downtown Mexico, and Hotel Casa Nuevo León are all other great, budget-friendly picks that don’t skimp on style.
4. The Art and Architecture
Art is abundant all around the city, from street art to more traditional museums. One of the most famous artists from the city is, of course, Frida Kahlo, and the Museo Frida Kahlo should be first on your list to get a further glimpse into her life. The Museo Soumaya is one of the most stunning buildings in Mexico City and is an iconic must-visit spot in the city. Casa Luis Barragán is yet another architectural icon of the city, and is recognized by UNESCO. Be sure to plan your trip here in advance as reservations are strongly suggested.
5. The Real Mexico
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Many travelers never experience Mexico beyond the famed beaches and coastlines. While the Mayan Riviera and Cabo make for beautiful vacation spots, you tend to miss out on experiencing what the real Mexico is like. Mexico City gives you the opportunity to interact with real locals, sample authentic eats, and the experience the culture and livelihood of the country, an invaluable experience.
6. The Incredible Day Trips
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Just a couple of hours outside of the city you’ll find waterfalls, picturesque cities, national parks, and incredible landscapes. Huichapan, located in Hidalgo, is under three hours away and considered to be one of the most stunning spots in the entire country. Here, you’ll find quaint, cobblestone streets, a far cry from the busy city sidewalks in Mexico City. You can see ancient cave paintings, zipline, or go horseback riding (just to name a few).
Another option? Teotihuacan is not far from Mexico City, and is an ancient city steeped in culture and history. Take a tour through the ruins to see highlights like the Pyramid of the Sun firsthand. For an unforgettable splurge, take a hot air balloon ride over the Teotihuacan Valley to see the ancient city from the clouds.