If you’ve been paying attention to your Instagram feed, or the plethora of trendy publications that have been popping up, Mexico City is a super hot destination at the moment. Perhaps in part because of Netflix’s ROMA, or the abundance of amazing art and design that peppers the city, but we’re into it. There’s so much more to Mexico City than meets the eye–so much more beneath the surface. Though I spent a week in CDMX, I can fairly confidently assert that I barely scratched the top layer, and will be back in due time to explore more. But without further ado, I present to you my top must-sees in the capital city.
One of the most majestic neighborhoods in the city, Coyoacán is where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s Casa Azul lies. After wandering around their abode, which was easily one of the most inspirational places I’ve ever been, I decided to take on the town. This chilled-out artsy village had seriously some of the best street food I have EVER experienced, a mega artisan market, and a churrería (because the universe is good to us). What more could a person possibly want?
Definitely one of the best art museums in Mexico City (if not the world) MUAC holds some of the most innovative, modern, experiential installations. Each room transforms you to a different place and time, titillating all of your senses–one by one, and then suddenly, all at once. It far surpassed expectations.
When my local friend Jorge suggested a lucha libre match, equipped with a buffet of food and drink service…I meannnn, who I am to say no? Lucha libre is one of the most entertaining sports–each match is a miniature story, and the costumes are all incredible. Dressed to the nines in head-to-toe lucha libre gear we pounded beers, scarfed nachos, and screamed our faces off for two very glorious hours. It was everything.
Our favorite, and the most well-known market, is the Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela which is MASSIVE. They have everything one could possibly want–dresses, pottery, weaved baskets, home decor, art, and so much more. If you have a shopping compulsion problem like I do, be forewarned. The second market we explored was the Mercado de Sonora. After learning from local friends that this place was well-known for (and devoted to) brujería, potions and spells, our curiosity peaked. What we found was far less magical, and far more…surprising. I’ll leave it at that.
Food, Food, Food!
If there’s one thing that really blows Mexico City of out the water, it’s the abundance of incredibly mouth-watering restaurants. Honestly, I don’t think we had a single meal that wasn’t OUT OF THIS WORLD. Some absolute must-trys when you’re in the city…Maximo Bistrot, Lalo, Mercado Roma, and Cabrera 7–but like I said, pretty much everything is INSANE.
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