We love Mexico. We typically visit once a year, specifically Tulum (more on this magical place later). There are so many interesting, culture-rich cities/towns in Mexico that are on our list to visit. Last year, we spent a day in Mexico City on a layover from Peru. What an awesome day it was. Since then, we told ourselves a return trip is necessary, so here we are, just a year later in Mexico City – our first stop on our Tour de Mexico.
Travel time to Mexico City, or as the locals call it, Distrito Federal (DF), was an easy 4-hour direct flight from San Francisco. We stayed in Roma Norte – super cool neighborhood filled with charming buildings, cobblestone streets and has a European feel to it. Roma presents you with amazing food, stylish locals and hipsters – it reminded me of the Mission back home. We ate really well out there. Our favorites are:
Lalo – Amazing brunch. Chilaquiles were on a whole nother level.
Contramar – The best tuna tostadas I’ve had in this lifetime. Grilled octopus was also delicious.
Los Especiales (Near the Zocalo) – Tacos to die for, but be prepared to stand while eating…the place is always packed.
El Moro Churreria – Churro ice cream sandos! Enough said.
Bella’s always on the hunt for boba everywhere we go. We found Boba Fusion, a charming tea house run by some sweet kids.
The Frida Khalo museum, also known as La Casa Azul, was incredible. The museum is in Coyoacan, at the home where she was born and raised. It’s best to purchase tickets ahead of time, otherwise, be prepared to wait in a long line. One thing we were unaware of – if you would like to take photos inside the house, you would need to pay for that options when you purchase your tickets. So, no inside-the-museum photos for us. Womp womp.
We’re excited to return to Mexico City in the near future. We’ll need more than three days on our next trip, the city is huge! I was surprised of how many locals did not speak english. It was fine for us, in made us step up our Espanol game. Fun Fact – Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world with a population of over 17M.
A couple other tips – Credit cards are taken almost everywhere. You should bring cash for street vendors and flea markets. We Ubered everywhere we went. Elevation is 7,000+ ft, it took Bella a while to adjust when we first arrived – chlorophyll drops helped with that. Apartments via Airbnb are super affordable. I was pleasantly surprised of how well styled a lot of the apartments were. Because of this, we had a hard time choosing 🙂 Yelp is a great resource on where to eat, it seems to be widely used out there.