Imagine a city, as chic as Paris, as green as Amsterdam, as cheap as Medellin, and as hipster as New York – and what do you get? Mexico City.
So if you’re lucky enough to visit, here’s my top suggestions for what to do in Mexico City.
If you only have time for one thing in Mexico City, my vote is for the Teotihuacan pyramids.
They. Are. EPIC.
Massive grounds, with three big pyramids you can climb: Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, and the Temple. The views speak for themselves…
You can take a tour – but these are expensive. It’s easy to do it on your own, you’ll save money, and you can get there early to beat the touristy crowds.
How to get to Teotihuacan pyramids: If you can, arrive by 9am and on a weekday, so you can enjoy the pyramids to yourself.
- Take the Metro to the Autobuses del Norte station (5 pesos – although if you don’t have a transport card, you’ll need to buy a card for 10 pesos).
- Go inside the bus station, turn left & go to ‘Puerta 8’ – the counter selling tickets for ‘Pyramides’. (Bus ticket = 100 pesos, just over 5 USD)
- Hop on the bus & about an hour later, you’ll be there.
2. Frida Khalo museum – aka. ‘La casa azul’ or ‘The Blue House’
A super interesting & insightful view into the fascinating life of, arguably, the most controversial Mexican artist, Frida Khalo.
Located in her very own home.
I went on a random weekday and the queue for tickets was suuuuuper long – at least an hour, maybe two. So save yourself some time and book before you go. You can get tickets here.
Cost: $200 Mexican pesos (approx 11 USD) per person
If you’re looking for a massive park – somewhere to soak in a lake, and maybe even a casual row – Chapultepec is where it’s at.
You can hire rowing boats, for just 60 pesos (a little over 3 USD)…
Or head up to the castle, and soak in 360 views of the city…
Note – the castle shuts at 5pm. I didn’t do my research, and foolishly arrived at 4:45pm. Luckily, the security guard kindly let me in for free – usually it costs 51 pesos (around 3 USD), and I raced around, attempting to soak in the art, at speed.
4. Check out what’s on @ Jumex Museum
The Jumex to Mexico City is like the Tate to London.
One of the most popular museums – recently displaying the Andy Warhol’s “Estrella Oscura” exhibition – so check out the latest exhibitions here.
Rough cost: Andy Warhol’s exhibition was 50 pesos (a little under 3 USD).
5. Soak in the street art
There’s so much creativity in the streets, which always brighten my mood.
Like this guy in Roma (take note of the man doing the plank)…
Fellow blogger Lauren, has written a great article with locations of some of the best street art – check it out here.
6. Try the street tacos
Someone told me to stay away from the street food – but for me, it’s one of the best things about Mexico City. (Disclaimer: please don’t blame me if you are unfortunate enough to get ill, it can happen to anyone!)
Unbelievably cheap, tasty, authentic, and fresh – just make sure you pick busy & popular spots, and chefs cooking so you know it’s fresh.
There must be thousands of taco stands on the streets, but my favourite of all is Por Siempre.
Even if you’re not veggie, I’m so confident in their fresh, delicious, and massive-but-cheap tacos, that I will eat my hat if you don’t like it.
RELATED: For a list of top vegan spot in Mexico, click here
7. Eat in Mercado Roma
A more upmarket food market, located in a relaxed warehouse.
They’ve got homemade sushi rolls, pizza or tacos – along with artisanal beers and cocktails too – which you can enjoy on the large wooden tables at the back.
8. Run round Avenida Amsterdam
Avenida Amsterdam is my favourite street in Mexico City.
Circling the Condesa park, with heaps of trees, and quirky buildings – it’s the perfect spot to clear your mind.
9. Check out Xochimilco
I heard about this from fellow blogger Raphael – if you have time, you should definitely do Xochimilco without a tour. It’s where you can cruise down the canal in a colourful boat and immerse yourself in authentic local Mexican culture. Plus if you do it without a tour, it’s super cheap and you get the real local experience!
So there you have it folks. If you’ve got any other ideas for what to do in Mexico City, I’d love to hear them – so please drop me a note or leave a comment below!
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