In the past, Mexico has received an undeservingly bad reputation as a dangerous tourist destination. In actual fact, it’s capital is safer than most US cities. Nowadays, if you have to think of one word to describe Mexico and it’s main city, it would be vibrant. A lifetime spent there wouldn’t be enough to discover everything it has to offer. So, we’ve pulled some of our favourites for you. There’s more to it than just mezcal and delicious food, although, they do help. Here’s a guide on what to do when you touch down in one of Latin America’s most colourful, lively cities.
Where to Stay
La Valise Hotel is what happens when hedonism, modernism, and Mexico City’s architecture intersect. This hotel is hidden away in a peaceful pocket of one of the city’s coolest areas. Colonia Roma is just west of the city’s historic centre, making for some beautiful walks through markets, greenery and the most dynamic buildings you’ll ever see. The hotel describes themselves as a place for ‘tranquility and peace’ and quite honestly, we can’t think of anything better when you’re exploring a new destination.
“You’ll taste Tacos so good that you’ll be sending Taco Bell hate mail”
Where to Visit
There are endless things to see, and it is definitely hard to know where to start. It’s obvious you have to go to Coyoacán to stroll through its flourishing parks, check out its world-renowned market for authentic cuisine, and give the Frida Kahlo House and Leon Trotsky Museum a visit. But if there is one thing, you need to see when you’re there; it’s the Floating Gardens of Xochimilico. While it may be a bit of a trek, this impressive canal system will allow you to experience Mexico as it was in the pre-Hispanic era. Drive 40 minutes south of the city, rent a boat for the group, and you’ll get to spend the afternoon cruising through canals and looking at the artificial island of chinampas. This is a site of a lot of celebration, so if you are looking for more of a peaceful journey, go during a weekday. On the other hand, if you’re looking to get knee deep into some mezcal…well, you know what to do.
Where to Eat
Everyone has seen Chef’s Table. We could without a doubt, recommend scoring yourself a table at Pujol to experience Enrique Olvera’s notorious Mole madre. But if the bank account is begging you not to, and you want to have a genuine experience, make your way to Mercado de Coyoacán for tacos so good, you’ll be sending Taco Bell hate mail.
Where to Drink
Obviously, you have to get your buzz on. I mean, come on, this country practically birthed some of the worlds most glorious headache inducing beverages. That’s why we’re sending you to Licorería Limantour. It boasts a number 11 spot on the world’s best 50 bars list and is Latin America’s best bar. This place knows how to give you a ten out of ten worthy tipple. It is the perfect combination of the laid-back Latin vibe you are craving, and cocktails so good you’ll invite the hangover. If you’re the lightweight of the group, don’t worry, they have food too.
“To find a club where your feet don’t stick to the floor and also has beautiful architecture… Frankly, that’s a unicorn.”
Where to Play
If you’re lucky enough to be in Mexico City on a day where Lanchacinema is taking place, go. This floating cinema lets you park up on a Pedlow to watch your favourite films. Sure, you have to pedal to be able to catch your film, but all good things in life require a little bit of work. You’ll also get to check out one of the city’s largest parks, Chapultepec. P.s it’s a pretty romantic spot.
Where to Dance
The nightlife here is pretty well regarded, and the liveliness of the city certainly caters to getting a little loose. If you want a taste of modern Mexico, you need to go to M.N.Roy. It’s rare you find a club where your feet don’t stick to the floors, but finding a club where you can actually admire the architecture too? Frankly, that’s a unicorn in itself. Not only is M.N.Roy pretty gorgeous, but it’s also got a wide selection of cocktails. But don’t get too excited just yet, the door policy is a little tricky, so be sure to cross your fingers and say a couple prayers. Oh, and by the way, this club is only a short 15-minute walk from your hotel.
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