From the leafy colonial streets of Coyoacán to the posh culinary and arts scene in Condesa, Mexico City is quickly dusting off its former image as a grim city. Tales of savory tacos, museums and tequila convinced me to trade Thanksgiving, for a weekend in the city.
Mexico City is the country’s largest and most important city, with a booming population of 21 million. Underestimating its immensity I gave myself 72 hours to explore. A week would have been ideal, but with friends like mine I got to experience plenty. Here’s how we spent our time.
We started the day by taking a stroll in el Parque (Park) de Chapultepec. The park has outdoor water activities, a zoo, a modern art museum, and its very own castle.
The footpath is covered with shops, lined up with handmade goods, souvenirs, and so many snacks! Fresh fruit, chips, candy and corn on the cob to name a few, all covered with lime and chile.
One of the main attractions of the park is the Castillo (Castle) de Chapultepec, sitting at the top of a spiral hill overlooking the city. You can say it’s the Versailles of Mexico City. You can hop from room to room and see fully preserved palace bedrooms, paintings, glass murals and my personal favorite the French-style roof top garden.
From the Castle we continued to walk towards Paseo de la Reforma, a busy avenue that runs across the heart of Mexico City.
One of the most famous monuments of Paseo is the El Angel de la Independencia.
Mexico City has various inexpensive forms of transportation that easily help you hop from site to site.Torre Latinoamericana.
This is by far the trendiest coffee shop I have ever been in, Cielito Querido Café. After having a delicious cup of Café de Olla (Spiced coffee) and a piece of Guayaba Cheesecake. Across the street you will find the beautiful gold dome-topped Palacio de Bellas Artes, Its art décor interior will surprise you.
The Quincenera taking professional photos in front of the Palace did not surprise me.
We continued to The Zocalo the main square, one of the largest in the world. Built over Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor discovered in 1978. Were we took a night bike tour, and did some shopping.
The next day we spent the day in Xochimilco, a former city that has been swallowed up by the city. Its main attraction being its canals were tourists and locals ride the cheerful gondolas.
I’d say the tales are true! I fell in love with Mexico City, and only wish to visit again soon.
Muchas Gracias a Nico y Stefany por su hospitalidad, los quiero!