We traveled to Mexico City for the first time over Labor Day weekend. It’s a quick 2.5 hour flight from Austin, and we found everything to be incredibly affordable once we arrived, making it the perfect long weekend getaway. I’ve outlined our itinerary below. A star denotes my favorites, and we already have a long list of things we want to do on our next visit!
We stayed at Chaya B&B, and couldn’t have loved our suite more (I mean…that tub!). The B&B is located on a rooftop, is incredibly stylish, and made me want to decorate my entire house with greenery. Chaya is located in downtown Mexico City, which allowed us to get a great taste of the weekend and weekday culture downtown.
Dinner @ Azul Historico*
Highlight: Escamoles, which are ant eggs – think insect caviar!
Lucha Libre CMLL @ Arena Mexico*
This was a complete highlight of the trip for me. The performers were talented, and the crowd was electric.
- Buy tickets a few weeks ahead of time on Ticketmaster.
- When you arrive, check in at the box office to pick up your tickets (the security guards as the entrances can direct you).
- You will be ushered to your seat and offered beer and snacks throughout the event, and will settle up at the end with your vendors.
- We watched documentary Lucha Mexico ahead of time – and also happen to be Glow fans – both of which provided a ton of context for what was going on.
Breakfast @ Chaya B&B
Highlight: Chilaquiles – tortilla chips in a flavorful sauce (I prefer red to green), with an egg on top and beans on the side.
Coffee @ Café Negro
Highlight: Their beautiful design and kind service.
Visit @ Museo Frida Kahlo* (Frida’s home, now a museum)
Highlight: Everything. Frida’s photographs and paintings (some unfinished), Diego’s overalls, Frida’s studio (above) and bed.
- Buy tickets online ahead of time or you’ll wait in a very long line.
- Watch (or re-watch!) Frida before you go – it was so fun to see many sites in Mexico City with with movie fresh in my mind. I ran out of time to read Frida’s biography ahead of time, but will do for our next visit.
Shopping @ El Bazar Sabado
Highlight: Only open on Saturdays, the indoor section of this market is a collection of beautiful boutiques that showcase handcrafted products.
Lunch @ San Angel Inn
Highlight: The beautiful spread, and the government officials and their bodyguards that were there for lunch. This is high-end Mexico City.
Visit @ Frida and Diego’s Studio
We didn’t go inside (Tim was experiencing Frida fatigue), but plan to next time. Even the outside was beautiful and exciting to see.
Drinks @ El Azotea
This spot was located on the rooftop of our hotel – beautiful view.
Drinks @ La Clandestina*
NOT to be missed for mezcal. Our waiter was fantastic and made great recommendations – we tried several mezcals in different styles from all over Mexico, and I learned a ton.
Breakfast @ El Cardenal*
Highlight: This old-school spot was lovely. Don’t miss their special hot chocolate or delicious pastries (which are offered to all before ordering your main). They had a huge selection of egg dishes, and everything looked amazing.
- We got there at 9am and didn’t have to wait at all. By the time we left, it was packed.
- They have a few locations – we went to the Palma one.
Visit @ Palacio Nacional
Highlight: a series of beautiful Diego Rivera murals depicting the history of Mexico.
- Mexico’s National Palace is free to visit, but they limit the number of visitors per hour, so arrive early (we got there at about 10:30am).
After a hugely filling breakfast, we skipped lunch and bar-hopped in the afternoon. We tried a variety of Mezcals and light snacks at these three beautiful spots:
@ El Traspatio
@ Broka Bistrot
@ Balmori Roofbar* – I’ve never seen more innovative, creative cocktails (see above popcorn surprise!), and the rooftop was lovely.
Churros @ Churrería el Moro*
Founded in 1935, there are now several locations throughout the city. They’re all stylish and delicious. Not to be missed!
Dinner @ Guillos
The tortillas we had in Mexico City were the best I’ve ever had, and this taco spot in our hotel complex was no exception.
Let’s be honest: sometimes you just need to drink a bottle of mezcal and have a dance party in your beautiful hotel room. That was our Sunday night, and is one of my favorite memories from the trip.
We found out on Monday that many businesses in Mexico City are closed on Monday, so we ended up missing out on a few restaurants we had wanted to try (oops).
Breakfast @ Maque
Highlight: A lovely bakery in the Condesa neighborhood. It literally smelled like butter – a great sign in my book. Afterwards, we walked around Parque Mexico, a gorgeous park where lots of people were out with their dogs.
Lunch @ La Bota
Highlight: The eclectic decor and the Patatas Bravas — also, the portions here were huge. We hear this is a great place to go to after Lucha Libre matches.
Shopping @ Barrio Alameda
These are the shops downstairs from our hotel. We checked out all the shops and picked up a couple souvenirs.
Shopping @ Hotel Downtown*
This is the shopping center in which we dined at Azul on our first night. Similar to El Bazar Sabado, there are a few floors of boutiques. My favorite was Parakata Galeria, where I said no to many gorgeous decor items that were out of my price range, and yes to the sweetest chicken napkin rings.
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