Mexico City, the place I currently call home, is overflowing with things to do for travellers of all ages, regardless of what their interests are. If you love museums, you’re in luck, because Mexico City has the most of any city in the world. Food? The Mexico City street food is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. But nature, I like nature! Yep, Mexico City has that too, in the shape of North America’s largest urban green space, the Bosque de Chapultepec. So, with all that choice, where should you even begin in Mexico City? Here are my recommendations to build your own Mexico City Tour including things to do, places to visit and where to stay!
DIY Mexico City Tour – Things To Do, Places to Visit & Where To Stay
A Guest Post by Lauren Cocking from Northern Lauren
Mexico City Top Things To Do & Places to Visit
Eat the street food
As mentioned above, the street food in Mexico City is ridiculously good, insanely well-priced and literally all over the place; walk down any street in the capital and you’re guaranteed to find someone hawking tamales or tacos de canasta. At the very least you’ll be able to get your hands on some great crisps, complete with chili sauce and lime. But whatever you do, don’t leave without trying some (if not all) the staples of Mexico City street food, including tortas de tamal, pambazos, tacos al pastor, gorditas and a crema and cheese covered elote (corn on the cob).
Ready to take your foodie adventures to the next level? Then sign up for a 3 hour walking food tour and satisfy your inner foodie!
Visit the museums
Mexico City boasts over 150 museums, making it the capital with the most museums in the world. While there are plenty of hidden gems and niche interest spots hidden in and amongst the 150, there are also tons that are often considered must-visits.
If you want to learn more about the history of Mexico, then the Museo Nacional de Antropología should be your top choice, but be warned, it’s massive and you’re unlikely to see it all in a day. Instead, choose the area that interests you most and stick to it.
If you like art then Museo Soumaya, Museo Tamayo and pretty much any art gallery in Roma/Condesa will be well worth your time. You should definitely narrow down your options before you get to Mexico City though, otherwise it will just be overwhelming.
Walk in the park
A Mexico City tour wouldn’t be complete without a walk in the park. The Bosque de Chapultepec is an essential stop for any traveller in the Mexican capital and given that it’s situated right in the heart of the historic centre, next to the famous Paseo de la Reforma (also worth exploring on foot), it makes the ideal destination. Full of tame squirrels who’ll eat crackers and nuts right from your hand, there are also plenty of museums dotted in and amongst the trees, including the aforementioned Museo Tamayo and the excellently curated Castillo de Chapultepec.
However, while Chapultepec is great, there are numerous other parks that shouldn’t be overlooked, including the art deco masterpiece Parque México in Condesa and the Viveros Coyoacán tree nursery in the southeast of the capital.
Go for drinks
No matter what kind of nightlife you like, Mexico City will cater for it. If you’re into metal and love anywhere with a gothic vibe then Real Under is for you, whereas if you like to get dressed up and aren’t too bothered about mainstream music, entry fees and inflated drinks prices then literally anywhere in Polanco would be ideal. For those wanting to try the Mexico City drink classic pulque (a viscose but ridiculously healthy drink, often flavoured by fruits and nuts) then you should go to Pulquería Los Finos Insurgentes or Las Duelistas. For craft beer Biergarten Roma is perfect, as is La Belga (both in Roma), but if you prefer a traditional cantina then go see the city’s most famous – Bar La Ópera.
Take in the sights (on a Mexico City Tour)
What do you mean take in the sights? Isn’t that what we’ll be doing anyway. Well, yes and no. What I mean here is take in the sights from a height. There are tons of places across the capital that allow you a bird’s eye view over the city streets and you should make it your mission to visit at least one and get a new perspective on it all.
The obvious choice is the Torre Latinoamericana (go to the bar, not the mirador and enjoy the view with an ice-cold beer). However, the nearby Sears department store has an 8th floor café that arguably allows for some of the best photos of the Palacio de Bellas Artes (pictured above). Alternatively, try climbing the Ángel de la Independencia (bookings need to be made in advance) or the Monumento a la Revolución (both on Paseo de la Reforma).
Grab a coffee
Coyoacán is my favoured coffee spot in the entire city, as it’s leafy streets, arty vibe and entirely different atmosphere allows for a break from the polluted chaos of the centre. I recommend Café El Jarocho or Café Avellaneda, but if you’re not convinced by Coyoacán then wandering the streets of Roma will eventually lead you somewhere nice, brimming as it is with cafés and hole-in-the-wall takeout options. I really like Fruta Editorial.
Go to a football game
Mexico as a country is football mad and there are numerous teams based in the capital, Mexico City. Even if you’re a non-football fan, like me, it’s well worth grabbing tickets (they’ll cost around $25/£20, if not less) because the atmosphere is incredible.
The choices of home teams in Mexico City include Cruz Azul who play at the Estadio Azul, Club América who play at the Estadio Azteca and Pumas who play at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario. Whichever one you choose, you’re guaranteed a good time and, at the very least, an interesting travel anecdote to tell your friends back home, so what are you waiting for?!
Snap some photos
Of course I’ll be taking photos, what are you saying?! Well, yes, but make sure they’re good! The best places for those perfect social media ready snaps include anywhere that has great street art and in Mexico City you’re spoilt for choice.
The Coyoacán district is a perfect option for this and there’s actually plenty of art lining the streets just off the main square, so they won’t take you long to find. Wander further into the residential zones and you’ll spot brightly coloured houses with exquisite tiles that’ll make the perfect backdrop for your impromptu photoshoot – just remember to be respectful of the residents.
Another option is the historic centre, although the crowds can make it hard to get a great shot, so many amateur photographers flock to Roma instead, which is renowned for fantastic street masterpieces. But realistically, everywhere in Mexico City is photogenic in its own way!
Get away from it all (on a Mexico city tour)
Mexico City is manic, there’s no denying that. And the truth is, sometimes it gets too much so you’re going to want to escape into the fresh air at least once during your trip. Many people forget that the capital is lined on practically all sides by amazing natural parks and open spaces, including the peaceful (some say spooky) Los Dinamos, the breathtaking Ajusco and the southern Desierto de los Leones. There’s also La Marquesa if you venture further towards the State of Mexico too. Whichever one you choose though, you’ll get a welcome relief from the chaos of the city for a few hours.
Read a book
The number of beautiful libraries and bookstores in Mexico City is crazy, and you have to stop by at least one of them during your time here. If you want exclusively English language titles, then Under the Volcano Books is a classic, but if you’re comfortable branching out a bit then go to the Porrúa branch located in Chapultepec Park as it offers some gorgeous views over the lake. Alternatively, stop by Centro Cultural Elena Garro in Coyoacán.
If you’d prefer to go to a library, then Biblioteca Vasconcelos will forever be my number one recommendation as the architecture inside is just stunning and the surrounding neighbourhood is seriously underrated and well worth a visit. If you want a library that’s great to look at from the outside though, you should head to Ciudad Universitaria and find the iconic Juan O’Gorman designed building.
Where to Stay on your Mexico City Tour
Situated in Mexico City, this 4.5-star property is sophisticated and contemporary. The multiple facilities this luxury hotel offers include valet parking, a laundry service and vip rooms.
On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is a convenient spot to enjoy a meal. In the evening, guests can relax in the comfortable lounge bar.
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Contemporary in its design, Le Meridien Mexico City is positioned in a well-known area of Mexico City. Some of the facilities provided at this modern 5-star hotel include a Jacuzzi and an indoor pool.
Le Meridien Mexico City is conveniently located for sightseeing in Mexico City, with Paseo de la Reforma and the Monumento a la Revolucion only a short walk away.
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Less than 20 minutes' walk from La Raza Metro Station, Hotel Brasilia Gustavo A Madero provides guests with a convenient base when in Mexico City.
On-site dining options include a restaurant, which is an ideal spot to have a meal. In the evening, guests are welcome to relax in the comfortable lounge bar.
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EXTRA Mexico City ADVENTURES
IF YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MEXICO CITY, TAKE A LOOK AT THESE GREAT TOURS TO EXPLORE THE SURROUNDING AREA:
- Combine a visit to the Teoithaucan Pyramids with a visit to the Shire of Guadalupe – explore the UNESCO listed pyramids on this full day tour before visiting one of the most important religious sites in Latin America
- If you’ve always wanted to go in a hot air balloon – how does a flight above the pyramids sound? This can also be combined with a ground tour to explore the whole City of God site from every angle!
- Feeling adventurous? A Volcano Hike would make for a perfect day tour!
- And saving the best for last! No visit to Mexico is complete without attending a night of Mexican Wrestling!
So there you have it – hopefully we’ve given you enough information to create your prefect Mexico City Tour – and given you a great list of things to do and places to visit to make sure you get the most from your visit. Don’t forget to let me know you’re own highlights once you’re back and remember to grab these everyday travel essential before you go:
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