I can't believe we waited this long to visit Mexico City.
A few months ago, our family made our way down to Mexico City - such a lively and culturally rich place - A must do for everyone!
Lets start here!
How many days should you spend in Mexico City? Plan at least five days, there is a lot to see.
When is the best time to visit Mexico City? The best months are March, April and May. It does get hot in summer and sometimes rainy between June and September, and winters could be cold. We planned our visit during Presidents Day week (February 18-26), and it was perfectly OK!
What are the top attractions in Mexico City? Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Chapultepec Castle and Park, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Coyoacan and Museo Frida Kahlo are the top tourist attractions. But if you want to explore Mexican culture, there are eight unique experiences that I would recommend.
What's the currency in Mexico? The Mexican Nuevo Peso. Withdraw money at a local bank in Mexico as the USD is usually not accepted. Credit cards are, though. Stick to Visa or Mastercard.
Eight Amazing Mexico City Experiences
Pyramids of Teotihuacan
Just outside of Mexico City, the ancient city of Teotihuacan is home to some of the most impressive, archeologically impressive pyramids in the world. If you are brave enough, take a balloon ride over the pyramids, and find a walking tour guide to showcase their history.
This is our entire group, right at the base of the pyramid.
The tour we took included a balloon ride, a walking tour around the pyramids, a lovely vegetarian chilaquiles & beans breakfast with traditional music, coffee and sipping tequila + a few visits around the area. When we bought our tickets, we had choosen a bike option but it was too hot to bike, so we walked with a tour guide and learned so much about the history of the pyramids. In general, bikes don't seem like a great option for this experience.
For just the balloon experience:
For a complete experience:
Coyoacan is awesome, baby.
What a pretty neighborhood! Coyoacan, a former village is now one of the 16 boroughs of Mexico City. Coyoacan has its own charm, and certainly feels a bit more laid back. Stay a night in this area to experience this picturesque area! We stayed one night at the H21 Hospedaje Boutique Hotel, and we just really loved it.
When in Coyoacan, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum aka Casa Azul where Frida's personal things are on display. The museum takes about an hour and it's a popular tourist spot. To photograph inside the museum, there is a fee.
For only a few bucks more, you can also visit the Diego Rivera Anahuacalli which is an aesthetic marvel, so I would recommend buying a combo ticket. This is the link to buy.
To see Coyoacan, I would recommend a bike tour that takes you to the main square, through gorgeous streets adorned with flowers. This is the bike tour I recommend:
This bike tour includes a ticket to the museum, so this is another way to go.
On our trip, we hopped on our bikes, rode through cobblestone streets, learned about the life story of painter Frida Kahlo, picked up churros on the way, tried a drink called Atole, and spent some time at the mercado for some tasty vegetarian tostadas and agua frescas. The museum was our last stop. And the guide was just the sweetest!
Mexico City Nightlife
Condesa and Roma are two of many vibrant neighborhoods, and there are a ton of restaurants and bars in the area, some with live music too!
Looking for a dive bar like experience? Bosforo is a great Mezcal spot. It is tiny but super happening! Expect standing room only, loud music and very happy and trendy people!
Looking for something more upscale? Licoreria Limantour (Álvaro Obregón 106 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX) is ranked #4 on the world's best bars 2022. It has been on this list since 2014. They were also named the Best Bar in North America for the second consecutive year. Their oregano drink is quite special, and their Margarita Al Pastor and Mr. Pink are legendary. Here is a sample of what we tried - Honestly, no bad options. Make a reservation in advance on OpenTable
Know that kids are not allowed at THIS location of Licoreria Limantour. If you are traveling with family, go to their OTHER location - Limantour Polanco (Oscar Wilde 9, CDMX) which is more like a restaurant but offers the same experience.
Mexico City Museums
OMG, this city has too many museums, all with beautifully preserved art and culture. I would strongly recommend the National Museum of Anthropology, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
The National Museum of Anthropology is one of the largest and most visited museums of Mexico. Explore significant archeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico's pre-Columbian heritage. Make sure you see the Stone of the Sun or the Aztec Calendar Stone! And take a photo under the El Paraguas (The Umbrella), a towering water feature, a feat in itself - See how its holding the entire roof of the museum?
The Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes) has murals from Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Roberto Montenegro and Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. If you are into art, you cannot miss this museum!
Lucha Libre Match
One of Mexico's most popular sports, Lucha Libre literally translates to "free fight". Lucha Libre reminds one of a WWF wrestling match you may have seen on television. It helps to learn about the history of this sport and some of the rules to enjoy the game!
It is silly, totally entertaining and culturally significant. I would suggest combining two experiences together. For e.g. spend an evening making masks and then go to the show. Or combine Mezcal tasting and Mexican wrestling! Here are two great options to explore:
Take a Churros Masterclass!
Passionate about churros and chocolate? Learn to make Mexico's fav pastries and also create a ganache chocolate using Mexican cacao beans! And hot chocolate too.
Go for a Mezcal and Mole Tasting!
The two things that Mexico City is known for are mezcal and mole! Why not combine the two? In a cozy tasting room in Roma Norte, taste seven oaxacan mezcales and seven oaxacan moles with a certified mezcal sommelier. And yes, these moles are vegan. Hurray!
For curious cats: What is mole?
Pronounced as mo-lay, mole is a special Mexican sauce that is culturally significant in Mexican culture. Mole Poblano is popular but really there are so many varieties of this sauce - from red and green to even black. You can add the mole sauce to a variety of dishes, not as a condiment but as a sauce the holds the dish together. Even though the base is vegetarian, a meat stock may be added to the mole, so it is always important to ask.
For curious cats: What is mezcal?
Mezcal is an alcoholic beverage made from agave plants. When mezcal is made from roasted agave, it tastes smoky. There are many varieties