150 Best Things to Do, See & Eat in Mexico City


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Looking for Mexico City’s best things to do, see and eat?

You’ve come to the right place, because I used to live there — which, is how I was able to compile this epic list of 150 things to do, see and eat!

👋 I’m Shelley, and I’ve been solo travelin’ my way through Mexico since April of 2018! I’ve been to half the states in this country, and full disclosure, Mexico City is my favorite place.

Are you headed to Mexico City? As North America’s largest city, a trip to Mexico City (AKA CDMX), can be intimidating.

However, it doesn’t have to be… if you plan ahead, and if you plan strategically.

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How to Plan Your Mexico City Trip

So, exactly what did I mean by planning strategically?

IMO, the trick to navigating Mexico City’s massive size and seemingly unlimited number of things to do, see and eat, is to plan your trip by neighborhood.

The best way to get an idea of the neighborhoods is on the Great introduction to Mexico City Tour on the first night of your trip!

With an incredible population of about 8.5 million people, Mexico City’s traffic is the stuff of legend. It’s also something you obviously want to avoid at all costs!

Planning your CDMX trip by neighborhood eliminates your amount of time traveling to things, and maximizes your time, you know, actually traveling.

With that preface, let’s look at a neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to 150 of Mexico City’s best things to do, see and eat.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Visiting Teotihuacan

PRO TIPS:


✔️ Head to Teotihuacan very early, and try arrive when it opens.
✔️ Wear sunscreen, a hat, sneakers, and bring your sunnies & water bottle.

Mexico City to Teotihuacán Tours

1. Visit Teotihuacan: Mexico’s most famous archeological site, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Climb Teotihuacan’s three pyramids (Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent), and visit the onsite Teotihuacan Museum & Sculpture Gardens.

Check out the Teotihuacan Exclusive Access Tour for the VIP treatment. 

2. Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon Ride: A once-in-a-lifetime experience! See this ancient archeological site from above, the only real way to appreciate its vastness. Book the Hot Air Balloon Teotihuacan Tour for ease of planning.

Teotihuacan hot air balloon ride
The best way to experience Teotihuacan? Easy: From above on the Hot Air Balloon Teotihuacan Tour!

3. Teotihuacan Scavenger Hunt: Climb all of Teotihuacan’s pyramids and see all its unique sites — while playing a fun scavenger hunt game. After leaving, enjoy a traditional lunch and sample locally-made alcoholic beverages.

4. Visit San Juan Teotihuacán: Explore the city Teotihuacan is in, San Juan Teotihuacán, one of 120 Pueblos Mágicos (Magic Towns).

Mexico’s Tourism Board awards the prestigious distinction of Pueblo Mágico to pueblos (small towns) with characteristics including exceptional natural beauty, unique culture & historic relevance.⁠

Take the Experience with A Teotihuacan Native Tour to really understand this amazing area!

5. See Teotihuacan at Night: During this experience, you’ll get to see Teotihuacan under the light of the moon and stars, as so few do. There’s also a video mapping display on the largest pyramid at the site, the Pyramid of the Sun.

Sound like something you’d be into? Check out the Teotihuacan Nighttime Light & Sound Show Tour!

6. Teotihuacán Express Tour: For those who want to see the site, then get back to the city early. At just six hours, instead of the typical nine, this is the perfect tour for you. There’s also the Teotihuacán-Quickie Tour, which lasts five hours.

7. Magic Teotihuacan & Chocolate Tour: See Teotihuacan, explore the Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) of San Juan Teotihuacán, and sample a traditional prehispanic drinking chocolate, still made today in this pueblo (small town). 

8. Eat at La Gruta restaurant: La Gruta means the grotto/cave, and as the name has already clued you in on — this restaurant is located inside a cave!

They serve all the traditional Mexican favorites, as well as specialities like escamoles, AKA Mexican caviar. Head there with the Live the Pyramids & Eat Under the Earth Tour.


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Things to Do in Coyoacan

PRO TIPS:


✔️ This area is in the southern part of the city, and you could easily combine many things in Coyoacan into a fun one-day itinerary.
✔️ If you are going to the Frida Kahlo Museum on your own, buy your tickets ahead of time!
✔️ The San Angel Saturday Market is one of the best places to find unique art and souvenirs to take home.

Southern CDMX: Coyoacan, San Angel & Tlalpan

9. Frida Kahlo Museum: The Casa Azul (Blue House) is one of Mexico City’s most-visited museums.

Once the home to Frida Kahlo and her family, the museum gives you a glimpse into her life and her art. Take the Frida Kahlo/Coyoacan Tour for an in-depth look at both the artist and the neighborhood she called home.

10. Diego Rivera Anahuacalli Museum: Frida’s husband and Mexico’s most famous artist, Diego Rivera, has a lesser-known museum not far from Casa Azul.

The Anahuacalli Museum features his impressive collection of prehispanic artifacts, as well as some of his sketches of murals, inside a mesoamerican temple-style building.

Pro tip: You get free admission to the Anahuacalli Museum with your Frida Kahlo Museum ticket.

11. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House Studio Museum: Much like the Casa Azul, this museum offers a further glimpse into the lives of Mexico’s powerhouse artist couple.

Take the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera House & Murals in UNAM Tour to see even more of Diego Rivera’s work on the UNAM college campus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12. Frida Kahlo Park: Need even more Frida? Head to this small park in Coyoacan, named for its most famous resident, and see the bronzed statues of Frida and Diego.

Casa Azul (Blue House) AKA Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan, Mexico
It me! The famous Casa Azul (Blue House) AKA Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacan.

13. Plaza Hidalgo/Parque Centenario: The Zocalo, or main square of Coyoacan. Here you’ll find lots of restaurants, the famous coyote fountain (Coyoacan means “a place of coyotes” in the Aztec language), and the town’s largest church.

Gain a deeper understanding of this historic neighborhood on the Coyoacan Legends Tour, where you’ll see five of the neighborhood’s best sites.

14. Iglesia de San Juan Bautista: Located in the center of Coyoacan, this massive cathedral dates back to the 16th Century.

Entry arches to Plaza Hidalgo/Parque Centenario, the main square of Coyoacan.

15. National Museum of Popular Culture: This small museum packs a powerful, colorful punch. Dedicated to Mexico’s unique ethnic and cultural diversity, see folk art styles from indigenous peoples living all over the country. 

16. Leon Trotsky Museum: A museum located in the former home of Marxist revolutionary, Leon Trotsky. Trotsky fled his home country seeking political asylum in Mexico, where he lived from 1939-1940, before he was ultimately murdered.

17. Visit & Eat at Mercado Coyoacan: A lively and traditional Mexican mercado (market). The Coyoacan Market is well known as the place to get tostadas in Mexico City.

18. Try Coyoacan’s Tepoznieves: Besides tostadas, people come to Coyoacan for tepoznieves. These are basically a mixture of ice cream and shaved ice.

Want an even deeper understanding of Coyoacan’s culinary side? Check out this Biking Food Tour, and let a local show you even more tasty things from the best places.

19. Walk down the Callejón del Aguacate: Possibly haunted, the Callejón del Aguacate (Avocado Alley) is an interesting off the beaten path walk.

Stroll the cobblestone streets of the narrow alleyway and see if you can hear the reported screams of the child-ghost who haunts Avocado Alley.

20. See a movie at Cineteca Nacional: The Cineteca is more of an experience than a movie theatre, but if you’re in the mood for a movie night, this is theater unlike any you’ve seen. Note: They regularly show English films.

21. Parque Masayoshi Ôhira: Love travel photography? Head to this off the beaten path park that will transport you to Japan! Photograph the cherry blossom trees, Asian-style bridge atop a flowing stream, and iconic red arch.

Colorful buildings in Coyoacan
Colorful Coyoacan, one of the prettiest places to photograph in Mexico City.

Things to Do in San Angel

22. Buy Art at the San Angel Saturday Market: The up-and-coming neighborhood of San Angel is located right next to Coyoacan. It’s famed Bazar Sabado (Saturday Market) is the place to buy artisan-made handcrafts, art, jewelry and more.

Looking to explore your own creative side? The La Catrina Art Workshop lets you paint your very own La Catrina, the Day of the Dead’s skeleton-woman icon, using the traditional Cartonería painting technique.

23. Brunch at the San Angel Inn: Located in an old monastery, the San Angel Inn is now the neighborhood’s best known restaurant.

Looking for a fancy Saturday brunch in a beautiful, historic setting before heading to the San Angel Saturday Market? This is your place!

24. Parroquia de San Jacinto: A beautiful, historic Dominican church in the San Angel neighborhood.

Pink church in Mexico
Parroquia de San Jacinto in San Angel near Coyoacan.

Things to Do in Tlalpan

25. Visit Tlalpan: This neighborhood, located on the southern outskirts of Mexico City, is as historic as Coyoacan, though not as touristy.

Check out the Centro Historico (Historic Downtown), Mercado Publico (Public Market), churches, and Cafetlan to sample a soup made famous in Tlalpan, caldo tlalpeño.

26. Cuicuilco Archaeological Zone: Located in Tlalpan, the origins of this lesser-visited, yet amazing, Mesoamerican archaeological site remain a mystery.

Things to Do in Xochimilco

PRO TIPS:

✔️ If you’re not comfortable speaking Spanish, book a tour for Xochimilco. Most boat operators will want to haggle on prices or negotiate with you before booking with them.
✔️ Some people like to go to Xochimilco during the day when you can see the beautiful surroundings; while some like to go at night and party.

South CDMX: Xochimilco, UNAM & Beyond

27. Visit the UNAM Central Campus: The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) was awarded the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The campus consists of buildings and open spaces constructed by more than 60 architects, engineers and artists.

“The result was the creation of an exemplary monumental complex of 20th century modernism that integrates urbanism, architecture, engineering, landscaping and fine arts, associating all these elements with references to local traditions, and in particular to the pre-Hispanic past. from Mexico.” ~UNESCO

Done by the architect and painter, Juan O’Gorman, his iconic painting on the Central Library is said to be the largest mural of all time. Besides O’Gorman, see the works of Mexico’s other great muralists, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera.

Noticing a “Diego Rivera” pattern? He’s quite important, as far as contemporary Mexicans go! Take the Diego Rivera House & UNAM Mural Tour for a deeper understanding of Mexico’s famed artist. 

28. Museum of Contemporary art at UNAM: One of Mexico’s best — and largest — contemporary arts museums, located on the beautiful UNAM Campus.

How to take a boat ride in Xochimilco

29. Floating Gardens of Xochimilco: These manmade canals, dug by the Aztecs once served as the civilization’s major thoroughfare. Hop on a brightly-colored trajinera, the colorful gondola-style boats, to cruise this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

NOTE: Unless you speak Spanish, bargaining with a boat operator can be challenging! Boats also often want to wait to fill up before departing, so you could be cruising with strangers.

The easiest, most fun way to see Xochimilco? On a group tour, like the Xochimilco: Tequila, Mezcal & Fun Tour or the Xochimilco and Mexican Party Tour!

30. Boat to the Island of the Dolls: The Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) is as creepy as it sounds!

This island, filled with baby doll parts and heads strapped to trees, is something out of a nightmare; but hey, some people are into that. Get to Xochimilco early to take this trip, as it’s about a five-hour round trip boat ride.

Love dark tourism? The Mexico City: Streets of Santa Muerte Tour has your name all over it! 


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baby doll hanging on a tree at Island of the Dolls in Mexico City
The Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

31. Dolores Olmedo Museum: Mexican businesswoman Dolores Olmedo’s gorgeous hacienda-turned-museum features the largest collection of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera artwork in all of Mexico City.

The beautiful grounds are home to many animals including peacocks and xoloitzcuintles, Mexico’s beautiful hairless dogs, called xolos for short.

Need more Frida? Take the Frida Kahlo, Coyoacan & Mezcal Tour to see the artist’s iconic Casa Azul (Blue House) in her hometown of Coyoacan.

32. Los Dinamos: This natural protected area spans 6,000-acres of forest, with 16 miles/26km of hiking paths. On the paths, you’ll see numerous waterfalls and cascades flowing down from the Magdalena River, Mexico City’s last remaining river.

Also enjoy biking, rock climbing, zip lining, rappelling, camping, trout fishing, horseback riding and more — on the guided Live the Mountain Without Leaving the City excursion.

Looking to discover Mexico City’s surrounding nature? Check out the Hike to the Waterfall of Diamonds.

Things to Do in the Zocalo

PRO TIPS:

✔️ The Zocalo is the “central square” in Centro Historico (Historic Downtown); meaning it is an actual square in the center of downtown.
✔️ Head to one of the rooftop restaurants, even if just for a cocktail or coffee and dessert, to check out the views.

Centro Historico’s Main Square

33. Templo Mayor: This UNESCO World Heritage site was once the location of the central temple of the Aztec empire. You can stroll the remnants of the temple and see some of its most historic archeological treasure in the onsite museum.

Looking for a deeper understanding of this amazing area of Mexico City? Book your spot on the Secrets of the Historic Center of Mexico now!

34. Metropolitan Cathedral: From the rocks that were once Aztec temples, the Spanish conquistadors had the giant Catedral Metropolitana de México constructed.

Of all Mexico City’s many churches, this cathedral is the most opulent, and contains the largest pipe organs in the all of the Americas.

35. Palacio Nacional: The 660-foot long/200m Palacio Nacional (National Palace) spans one entire side of the Zocalo square, and houses Mexico’s Federal Treasury and National Archives. Inside, don’t miss the murals painted by one of Mexico’s most famous artists, Diego Rivera.

36. Grand Mexico City Hotel & La Terraza (The Terrace) Restaurant: The gorgeous old school hotel lobby of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico welcomes you, but the views on the rooftop restaurant steal the show!

Enjoy a sunset cocktail or full meal at La Terraza, while admiring the gorgeous Zocalo views.

37. La Casa de las Sirenas: Another beautiful rooftop restaurant/bar that overlooks the Zocalo. This historic building is as gorgeous as its views.

Looking to eat beyond the guidebooks? Book the Restaurants Not to be Found in Guides Tour so you can experience all Mexico’s locals-only culinary treasures.

Things to Do in Centro Historico

PRO TIPS:

✔️ The Zocalo is the “central square” in Centro Historico (Historic Downtown); meaning it is an actual square in the center of downtown.
✔️ Head to one of the rooftop restaurants, even if just for a cocktail or coffee and dessert, to check out the views.

38. Centro Historico: Mexico’s entire Historic Downtown is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The seat of the Aztec Empire from the 14th-19th centuries, Tenochtitlan, as it was known, has so many historic landmarks you could spend weeks there and not see them all.

Stroll around on your own, or discover the known and hidden gems with the help of a guide on the Discover Centro Historico Backstreets Tour.

Love UNESCO sites? There’s three more in the state of Oaxaca, waiting for you to discover… ✈️ Traveling to Oaxaca? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

39. Barrio Chino (Chinatown): Can a city be considered a big city if there isn’t a Chinatown!?

While Mexico City’s Chinatown isn’t big, it’s nice to walk through and snap some photos of the hanging paper lanterns and iconic red arch entranceway.

Looking to get the most out of your Centro Historico time? Check out the Discover the History of the Center Tour.

40. Palacio Bellas Artes: If you’ve seen an image of Mexico City, it was likely of the beautiful art nouveau Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) building.

This classical European, golden-domed, building is a work of art. Head inside and check out the gorgeous art deco-style interior, and rotating art exhibits in the museum.

European style Bellas Artes building in Mexico City
Palacio Bellas Artes | Palace of Fine Arts

41. Bellas Artes Metro: The Bellas Artes Metro station entrance sign was a gift from the President of France. It is a surprising little bit of Paris, right in the heart of bustling Mexico City.

42. Alameda Central Park: Located right next to Bellas Artes, this large and well-maintained urban park has beautiful sculptures and fountains to enjoy. Centro Historico can be overwhelming, so take a break from the hustle and bustle in Parque Alameda Central.

43. Hemiciclo a Benito Juárez: This beautiful monument to former Mexican president, Benito Juárez, is located at the edge of the Alameda Central Park, along Avenida Juárez.

44. Head to the top of the Torre Latinoamerica: One of the iconic buildings in Mexico City’s skyline! On a clear day, head to the top of the Latin American Tower for some amazing views. 

45. Free views at Sears Department Store Cafe: The nearby Sears department store building also has a cafe where you can take the elevator up and see the city views — and unlike the Torre Latinoamerica — this is free!

46. Palacio de Correos de Mexico: Located near Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico’s Correo Mayor (Main Post Office) is easily the prettiest postal office on earth. 

47. Casa de los Azulejos: Located on the Callejón de la Condesa (Alley of the Countess), the House of Tiles is a famous building turned Sanborns department store, but the outside tilework that made it famous remains.

Love hidden gems? Reserve your spot on the Discover Centro Historico Backstreets Tour.

Best Museums in Centro Historico

48. Diego Rivera Mural Museum: This small museum is home one of his most iconic paintings, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central).

The museum is located not far from the painting’s namesake, the Alameda Central Park. 

49. Franz Mayer Museum: This diversified museum has Latin America’s largest collection of decorative arts. Inside the gorgeous building, you’ll find everything from sculpture and paintings to ceramics and textiles.

Want to make your own decorative art? Check out the Print a Tote Bag with an Artist Class!

50. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso (Old College of Saint Ildefonso): Considered the birthplace of the Mexican muralism movement. This beautiful ex-Jesuit boarding school now houses work’s by Mexico renowned muralists, Diego Rivera’s The Creation.

Diego Rivera’s 50-foot-long “Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central” painting. | Photo courtesy of WikiMedia

51. National Art Museum: The Museo Nacional de Artes features an impressive collection of (mostly) Neoclassical and Renaissance art.

52. Museum of Memory and Tolerance: Through historical exhibits, the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia focuses on the consequences of discrimination and violence throughout human history. 

53. Museum of Antique Toys: The Museo del Juguete Antiguo houses the largest collection of antique toys in all of Mexico. This museum gives you an interesting look at Mexico’s history, seen through pop culture and toys.

54. Museum of Popular Art: The Museo de Arte Popular (sometimes called the Folk Art Museum), houses an impressive — and colorful — collection of folk art and handicrafts from throughout Mexico. After some time here, you’ll learn about Mexico’s indigenous peoples through their creative artworks.

55. Visit the Lesser-Known Museum: Mexico City has about 150 museums, with many in Centro Historico! While the big name ones are all googleable (and ahem, listed right here!), you might want more.

Want to venture off the beaten path and see the lesser-visited and hidden gems? Check out this amazing Explore the City’s Secret Museums Tour, led by a female museum curator/museographer. (Side note: Totally had to google that, but it means she catalogues museum collections.)

Best Markets (Mercados) in Centro Historico

56. Ciudadela Artisan Market: The place for souvenirs and Mexican art pieces. The Mercado De Artesanías La Ciudadela is colorful, lively, and full of so many pretty things you’ll want to take home with you.

57. San Juan Market: Traditional Mexican mercado (market) — selling not-so-traditional foods! Mercado de San Juan is famous, maybe infamous for selling interesting edibles, like scorpions, armadillo, iguana, and crispy ants, among others.

NOTE: Mercados can be a bit intimidating, especially if you don’t speak Spanish! Consider a guided tour, like the Eat & Explore Local Markets Tour, to help you comfortably navigate Mexico City’s bustling mercados.

58. La Lagunilla Market: One of the largest markets in the city, La Lagunilla has clothing, furniture and food sections. Head there on Sundays to shop an increased number of antiques vendors, as La Lagunilla is revered by both local and visiting treasure hunters.

Best Restaurants in Centro Historico

59. Eat Tacos de Canasta los Especiales: This lively taqueria is the go to place for Chilangos (Mexico City locals) who want the city’s original street food taco — the taco de canasta (basket taco).

Want to eat even more tacos? The My Love for Tacos Tour-Downtown CDMX Tour was made for you!

60. Eat Tacos Everywhere Else: If you come to Mexico, and don’t end up in a food coma from tacos, did you even come to Mexico?! In Centro Histórico, head to Los Cocuyos, Taquería Arandas and El Huequito for some of the area’s best tacos.

Want to eat tacos and see how your delicious tortillas were made? Reserve your spot on the Eat Like A Local By: The Taco Mensch tour.

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61. Try Pulque at Pulquería Las Duelistas: Known as the “drink of the gods” by the Aztecs, pulque is made  from the agave plant, much like its more-famous cousins, tequila and mezcal.

Pulque, however, existed long before tequila and mezcal. Sample this ancient, non-distilled adult beverage at Pulquería Las Duelistas.

62. Eat at El Cardenal: This is a Mexico City food institution. It’s only open for breakfast and lunch, but breakfast is the perfect time to sample their amazing hot chocolate, made tableside with a traditional Mexican molinillo (wood whisk).

Looking for a deeper understanding of old school Mexican gastronomy? The Dive Into the Real Mexico Food/Culture Tour needs to be on your CDMX itinerary.

mexico city churros and a chocolate dipping sauce
Churros y chocolate | Churros with chocolate dipping sauce

63. Eat Churros & More Desserts: If you still have room, get some churros y chocolate (churros with chocolate dipping sauce) at Churrería El Moro, and pretty much anything that catches your eye inside the famous Pasteleria Ideal.

64. Eat at Azul Histórico: Want an upscale and traditional dining experience? Then head to Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s Azul Histórico, located inside a gorgeous, historic building.

After eating, check out the amazing boutique clothing and jewelry shops upstairs, as well as the award-winning Que Bo! chocolate shop. They serve some amazing prehispanic drinking chocolates you won’t find many other places.

Love chocolate? (Who doesn’t?!) Book your spot on the Mexican Chocolate and Coffee Pairing Tour now!

Mariachi band playing music in Mexico City
Mariachi musicians

Best Bars & Nightlife in Centro Historico

65. See the Mariachis at Plaza Garibaldi: The place to hear mariachi music in Mexico City. Plaza Garibaldi is pretty much a 24/7 party for locals and visitors alike to dance and listen to Mexico’s most iconic music. 

66. Dance Salsa at Salón Tropicana: One of the most famous places to dance salsa and rumba in Centro Historico. Even if you have no idea how to dance, there are plenty of teachers on hand to get you going.

Want to combine Mexico’s famed Lucha Libre wrestling and salsa dancing?! The Lucha Libre-Salsa & Club/Disco Night Tour has your name all over it!

67. Best Nightlife in Centro Historico: Bar hop to Centro’s best bars — Hosteria la Bota (quirky dive bar), Zinco Jazz Bar (uber-cool jazz bar; reservations recommended) and Bosforo (hip mezcal bar).

Looking for a deeper understanding of Mexico’s famous mezcal? Check out the Mezcal Tasting at Top Mezcaleria Tour.

Lucha Libre masked Mexican wrestler
A masked Lucha Libre wrestler. It is the ultimate sign of disrespect to un-mask an opponent.

Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling)

How to see a Lucha Libre match in Mexico City

68. Lucha Libre: Mexico’s masked wrestling matches are always a good time! All the best ones take place in Arena Mexico in the Doctores neighborhood, located next to Centro Historico.

NOTE: While I consider Mexico City safe, even as a solo female traveler, the Doctores neighborhood doesn’t have the best reputation!

I did go to Lucha Libre here once, and felt safe, but this might be a good place to consider having a local with you — especially if your Spanish isn’t so great.

Also, Lucha matches always sell out, and booking tickets from the U.S. can be a bit tricky, so make it easy on yourself by booking with this Lucha Libre/Street Taco Tour, because Lucha Libre + Street Tacos = the best of all worlds!

Things to Do in Chapultepec Park

PRO TIPS:

✔️ The park’s two most-visited sites are the Chapultepec Castle & the National Museum of Anthropology.
✔️ Admission to Chapultepec Castle is free on Sunday, but get there early to avoid the crowds!
✔️ The National Museum of Anthropology — like most museums in Mexico — is closed on Mondays.

Visiting Chapultepec Cattle & Beyond

69. Chapultepec Park: The Bosque de Chapultepec is one of the most-visited urban parks on the planet, right alongside NYC’s Central Park.

Quite honestly, Chapultepec Park is massive — as in 1,700 acres massive. It spans the area between the Reforma and Polanco neighborhoods. You could spend weeks there, exploring the nine museums, two lakes, a zoo, and more, so do be selective with your time in Chapultepec.

Want to see it all? Check out the Discover Chapultepec on Bicycle Tour to cover as much ground as possible.

70. Chapultepec Castle: The Castillo de Chapultepec is the only true castle in North America, as it’s the only one royalty did once live in. The former home to Emperor Maximilian I and Empress Carlota is now a museum, and one of the city’s most iconic sites.

Best Museums in Chapultepec Park

71. National Museum of Anthropology: This Museo Nacional de Antropología is quite massive, spanning nearly 3,225 years of history throughout 23 exhibition halls. They do offer one-hour English tours, but the tour barely scratches the surface!

If you’re deeply fascinated by Mexico’s extensive and profound history, consider the Mexico Unearthed at Anthropology Museum Tour, led by a female anthropologist/archaeologist with 22 years of experience in Mexican history.

72. Museum of Modern Art: The Museo de Arte Moderno features contemporary art by both international and Mexican artists.

The big names from their permanent collection include Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo. The Sculpture Garden outside is also nice to walk through.

73. Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum: Founded by Mexican artist, Ruffino Tamayo, his namesake Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo houses a large collection of international contemporary art.

giant Olmec stone head sculpture at Anthropology Museum in Mexico City
One of the giant Olmec head sculptures in the National Museum of Anthropology. The mysterious Olmec civilization is the oldest known civilization on the Americas continent, in existence from about 1500BC-400BC.

74. Chapultepec Zoo: Check out the more than 200 species of animals, including giraffes, jaguars, lions, tigers, and even two panda bears!

75. Rent a Swan Paddle Boat: Rent a swan-shaped paddle boat and see some of Chapultepec Park from the water. There are two lakes in this park; the rental boats are at lake in Section 1, near the zoo and the small Casa del Lago (Lake House Museum).

76. Niños Heroes Monument: The six niños heroes (boy heroes) are a key part of Mexican patriotic folklore. Debated rage as to the true story of the boys’ death, but all six child cadets died defending Mexico.

Their beautiful Monumento a los Niños Héroes (Monument to the Boy Heroes) is one of the most beautiful pieces of art in Chapultepec Park.

Things to Do in Polanco

PRO TIPS:

✔️ The place to splurge on dinner! Many of the most famous restaurants in all of CDMX is in Polanco.
✔️ Entry to the Soumaya Museums is always free.

77. Visit Polanco: Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood is one of the fanciest parts of town! Stroll it’s tree-lined Avenida Presidente Masaryk (President Masaryk Avenue), known as the “Rodeo Drive of Mexico.” 

78. Stoll Parque Lincoln: The nicest park in Polanco, and great for people-watching.

79. Soumaya Museum: The beautiful Museo Soumaya building is a work of art in itself! Inside, you’ll find the private art collection of Mexico’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim, who named the museum after his late wife, Soumaya.

80. Jumex Museum: Museo Jumex is a contemporary art lover’s dream! This private collection includes works by so many of modern art’s big names — Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Marcel Duchamp, and more.

Mirrored Soumaya Museum building in Mexico City
Museo Soumaya | Soumaya Museum

81. Eat at Pujol: The most famous restaurant and chef in all of Mexico! Enrique Olvera’s Pujol consistently ranks as one of the best restaurants in the world, according to the prestigious World’s Best 50 list. 

82. Eat at Quintonil and La Docena: If you can’t get a Pujol reservation, consider Quintonil and La Docena. These two restaurants also made the prestigious World’s Best 50 list; Quintonil not far behind Pujol!

Want to take some authentic Mexican food knowledge home with you? Check out the Hands-On Mexican Food with Award-Winning Chefs Experience.

83. Find the Hidden Bar in Jules Basement: A speakeasy hidden inside the unassuming Surtidora Don Bátiz taquería (taco shop) at, 93 Calle Jules Verne. This is one of the hotspots of Mexico City nightlife. 

84. VIP Movie Theaters: Need a travel break? Head to one of the two premium movie theaters in Polanco, Cinépolis VIP Miyana and Cinemex Antara Platino.

Unlike the high price tags in the U.S., the VIP movie theaters in Mexico City will only set you back about $5 per ticket.

Things to Do in Reforma

PRO TIPS:

✔️ The Sunday morning bike ride is a great way to see Avenida Reforma.
✔️ Check out Zona Rosa (Pink Zone), the LGBTQ+ epicenter of Mexico City.

Reforma + Zona Rosa

85. Reforma Avenue: Stroll along Mexico City’s beautiful Paseo Avenida Reforma, a nine-mile long street lined with trees and tall skyscrapers.

86. See Reforma Avenue’s Sculptures and Benches: There are many large-scale sculptures along Reforma Ave., including the bronze wings, including Jorge Marín’s Las Alas de México, a favorite to take photos in front of. Many of this long street’s benches are also works of interactive art that you sit on. 

87. Angel of Independence: Towering high atop the Reforma skyline, the golden Angel de la Independencia is unmissable. You can go up to the statue, located in the center of Avenida Reforma, for a close-up look at one of Mexico City’s iconic landmarks.

golden Angel of Independence statue on Reforma Avenue in Mexico City
The Angel of Independence in the center of Reforma Avenue.

88. Shop/Eat/Chill at Reforma 222: An all-in-one shopping/dining/movie theater complex in the heart of Mexico City. Don’t miss the famous Cocodrilo (Crocodile) sculpture by surrealist artist, Leonora Carrington, located just in front of Reforma 222.

89. Sunday Bike Ride: On Sundays, one side of Reforma Avenue shuts down to cars, and bikers, walkers, runners, dogs and skateboarders take over from 8am-2pm.

Looking for a guided biking experience? The Sites On Bikes Tour simplifies the bike rental process for you, and takes you to everything you’d want to see on Reforma Avenue, and a few other areas of the city!

Trees and skyscrapers along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City
Avenida Reforma | Reforma Avenue

Things to Do in Zona Rosa

90. Zona Rosa: Mexico City’s Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) is the epicenter of gay life in this very LGBTQ+ friendly city. Needless to say, Zona Rosa is the place to party into the wee hours of the morning.

Want more info on all things LGBTQ+ in CDMX? Take the Gay History Top Landmarks Tour.

91. Party at the Gay Bars: Bar hop at Zona Rosa’s most famous LGBTQ+ nightlife spots, El Almacen Bar, Kinky Bar, Nicho Bears & Bar, and Boy Bar.

Check out the Gay History City Center & Gay Bar Row Tour, which highlights dozens of Mexico City’s best gay bars.

LGBTQ+ rainbow flags at Pride Parade in Mexico city/Zona Rosa
Zona Rosa (Pink Zone) is the epicenter of LGBTQ+ life in Mexico City.

92. Eat Pozole at La Casa de Toño: A Mexico City institution. La Casa de Toño is the place to sample one of the city’s most beloved dishes, pozole (soup). Want to sample more than just tacos while in Mexico City?

93. Have a Spa Day the AWAY Spa in the W Hotel: If you are in the market for said spa day, the AWAY Spa in the W Hotel is widely known as the city’s best.

Looking for a spiritual spa experience? Try an authentic Prehispanic Shaman Renewal Temazcal Experience, Mexico’s version of a Native American sweat lodge.

94. Stroll the Garden/Courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel: The hotel itself is of course gorgeous, but the outside courtyard is really gorgeous. There’s also some art on display, and a small aviary with beautifully-colored pheasants.

Things to Do in Juarez

PRO TIPS:

✔️ Don’t miss brunch at one of CDMX’s best known spots, Cafe Nin.
✔️ Head north of Juarez to the charming Santa María la Ribera neighborhood.

Juarez + Santa Maria la Ribera

95. Monumento a la Revolución: The beautiful arch-shaped Monument to the Revolution commemorates the Mexican Revolution. Take the glass elevator to the top for some amazing city views.

96. Mercado de Artesanías: One of Mexico City’s larger Artisanal Markets for all the fun, colorful, beautiful Mexican souvenirs you want to take home with you.

97. Bazar Fusion: Hip market with handcrafted jewelry, unique clothing, fun art, and a few eateries.

98. Visit the Mucho Chocolate Museum: Sample “mucho” (many) types of chocolate at the Mucho Museo del Chocolate. Also learn some of the chocolate-making process, and how it goes from large, raw cacao bean, to truffle.

Large domed Monument to the Revolution in Mexico City
Monumento a la Revolución | Revolution Monument

99. Eat Brunch at Cafe Nin: One of the best, prettiest spots in all of Mexico City for brunch! Cafe Nin is owned by famed Mexican chef, Elena Reygadas, and like her even-more-famous bakery, Panaderia Rosetta, you can eat her famous rol de guayaba (guava roll) here too.

Pro tip: The line gets quite long here for weekend brunch.

Want to learn Mexican cooking from a chef? Book your spot on the Cooking & Market With A Local Downtown Chef Experience today!

100. Eat Dinner at Amaya: Mexico City isn’t known for wine, however, Mexican chef Jaír Téllez’s Amaya restaurants has one of the best wine lists in the city. Also enjoy modern Mexican cuisine and Mexican wines in a hip, rustic dining room decorated with vibrant artwork.

101. Find Mexico City’s Hidden Speakeasy, Hanky Panky: Perhaps Mexico City’s most secret of all the secret bars/speakeasies!

Though known to be located in Juarez, Hanky Panky’s exact location will only be revealed to you after you make your reservation, but these extra steps are worth it because they make some mean cocktails.

Multi-colored kiosk or gazebo in Mexico City
Kiosko Morisco | Moorish Kiosk/Gazebo

Things to Do in Santa Maria la Ribera

102. Kiosko Morisco: The northern Mexico City neighborhood of Santa Maria la Ribera is up-and-coming, for it’s beautiful and tranquility. The most beautiful landmark in all of Santa Maria is the Kiosko Morisco (Moorish Gazebo) in the Alameda Park.

103. Eat at Kolobok Russian Restaurant: Just across the street from the Kiosko Morisco is one of Mexico City’s only Russian restaurants. Like most cuisines, there are overlaps, and in this case that means Russian piroshkis and Mexican/Latin empanadas.

While they are visually similar, this restaurant puts a Russian spin on Mexico’s familiar snack food, and they have been a hit with CDMX locals since 2003.

105. Biblioteca Vasconcelos: Mexico City’s largest library, and certainly one of the world’s nicest mega-libraries!

Look up when you’re inside to see the giant whale skeleton covered in graphite rings, an installation piece by Mexican contemporary artist, Gabriel Orozco.

104. Visit the Geological Museum: The Museo del Instituto de Geología de la UNAM (Geological Museum of UNAM University), is impressive.

Both a gorgeous building, with even more gorgeous interior esthetics, you’ll also see tons of impressive stone, meteorite, rock and mineral specimens from all over the world. 

Things to Do in Roma Norte

PRO TIPS:

✔️ The perfect neighborhood to relax in! Roma Norte is all about beauty & leisure.
✔️ This is the place to eat, drink, relax, look at street art, go to the park; you get the idea.

106. Visit Roma Norte: Arguably one of the prettiest neighborhoods in all of Mexico City, you may recognize the name Roma from the 2019 Oscar-winning film of the same name, and well, this neighborhood is the film’s namesake!

Vintage buildings in design esthetics ranging from colonial to art deco line Roma’s streets, each one somehow prettier than the next! You’ll find some of the most beautiful buildings, best cafes and bars just strolling Roma Norte.

107. Alvaro Obregon Avenue: Stroll Roma Norte’s beautiful and elegant, yet peaceful and hip, Avenida Álvaro Obregón (Álvaro Obregón Avenue).

Some of the neighborhood’s best cafes, restaurants and bars line this street, including the amazing bookstore/cafe Cafebrería El Péndulo.

Best Museums & Street Art in Roma Norte

108. Take a Street Art Tour: One of the best neighborhoods for street art, consider a guided tour to get a better understanding of the political, social and cultural backstories of Roma’s impressive street art.

The Roma & Condesa Discovery Tour covers both this neighborhood, and its sister neighborhood just next door, La Condesa.

109. Gallery OMR: The Galería OMR houses Roma Norte’s largest contemporary art gallery. 

110. MODO/Museo del Objeto del Objeto: The Museum of the Object of the Object is a small, hip museum in Roma with a rotating line up of strategically-curated exhibitions.

111. Casa Lamm and Gallery: One of the most beautiful of Roma Norte’s grand buildings! Casa Lamm (Lamm House) opened as a cultural center in 1994, and now hosts numerous exhibits. Don’t skip the beautiful outdoor gardens when you visit!

Best Parks & Outdoor Spaces in Roma Norte

112. Plaza Luis Cabrera: Small, peaceful park with large-scale art displays and pretty fountains. Head to the Cabrera 7 restaurant across the street from Plaza Luis Cabrera for one of Roma’s most instagrammable restaurants.

113. Plaza Rio de Janeiro: Nice plaza to take a people-watch with a giant replica of Michelangelo’s statue of David. Check out all the beautiful buildings surrounding this plaza, including the infamous Casa de las Brujas (Witch’s House).

114. Cibeles Fountain: Located in the center of a trendy roundabout, check out Fuente de Cibeles’ large fountain of a woman in a chariot being pulled by lions. This fountain is a replica of the Fuente de Cibeles in Madrid.

tacos and a beer at restaurant in Mexico City
Try all three varieties at Taqueria Orinoco: res (beef), trompo (tacos al pastor) & chicharrón (fried pork skin).

Best Restaurants in Roma Norte

115. Eat at Taqueria Orinoco: One of the most famous and most-visited taco shops in Roma Norte. Visitors and locals alike converge on this delicious taqueria (taco shop) for Mexico City’s most famous taco, the taco al pastor.

One of the most fun ways to get your taco fill? Check out the Bike to Taste the World’s Best Tacos Tour

116. Eat More Tacos: In the most famous taco city on Earth, this is the time to just keep eating tacos! Head to some of Roma’s best: El Auténtico Pato Manila (Peking duck), Taquería Álvaro Obregon (tacos al pastor).

Still need more tacos? I totally get it! Here’s some of the Mexico City’s best taco tours.

117. Eat Vegan Tacos: While Mexico is undeniably a meat-heavy country, Mexico City’s emerging vegan scene is making waves. Some of Roma’s standouts are Por Siempre Taquería Vegana and La Pithaya.

The Vegan Tacos and Street Art in Roma Norte Tour will give you an even better taste of CDMX vegan.

118. Take a Mexican Vegan Cooking Class: Want to take some of that Mexico City vegan goodness back home with you? Since knowledge transports easier than actual food, the Four-Course Vegan Mexican Hands-On Cooking Class is the perfect way!

119. Eat at Panaderia Rosetta: Chef Elena Reygadas’ small bakery is a CDMX institution! Her long, narrow, Panaderia Rosetta is the quintessential big city bakery/cafe in that it’s both adorable, and also packed!

If there’s no tables, grab her famous rol de guayaba (guava roll) and a cappuccino, and walk to nearby Plaza Rio de Janeiro to enjoy them.

120. Find the Secret Donut Society: Roma’s hidden donut shop! This fun experience starts by finding the place, as it’s the Secret Donut Society, after all.

Here’s how to find The Secret Donut Society, and how to order:

  1. Locate The Secret Donut Society on this map, and head there.
  2. There’s no company sign outside, so look for the neon sign that says “Please Do Not Smile at Strangers” and a bathroom in the front window (yes — a bathroom).
  3. Walk up the stairs and into the first door on the right.
  4. Next, figure out what you want on the lighted menu. When ready, press the old school intercom button on the wall by the menu.
  5. Someone will page you over the intercom to take your order.
  6. When it’s ready, about 5-10 minutes later, as they prepare their elaborate donuts to order, someone will call your name over the intercom. When your name is called, make sure you pay attention for your order number, which will be uno, dos, or tres (one, two or three).
  7. With this number, you walk through the hidden door on the back wall, and into the aforementioned bathroom.
  8. Last, open the mirrored door corresponding your order number (uno, dos or tres), and take your donut(s).

The menu rotates, but my favorite has always been The Rock, a peanut butter/brownie donut!

Mexico mercado market with fruits and veggies
A produce stand inside a typical Mexican mercado (market).

Best Markets (Mercados) in Roma Norte

121. Mercado Medellín: A traditional Mexican mercado, perfect for snapping some colorful photos and also eating. The Moloch Cochinita Pibil food stand is known for having some of the best cochinita pibil (Yucatecan suckling pig) in Mexico City.

NOTE: Mexico City mercados can be intimidating, especially if you don’t speak Spanish! Consider a guided tour, like the Eat & Explore Local Markets Tour, to help you comfortably navigate this bustling mercado

122. Mercado Roma: Hip food hall in Roma Norte with food stalls from some of Mexico City’s best eateries, and artisanal products. Head to the top floor for a drink and beer garden vibes.

Love an off the beaten path experience? Book a spot on the B Side CDMX – Walk, Eat & Drink – Art Culture Markets Tour now.

123. Best Cafes in Roma Norte: Cardinal Casa de Cafe, Dosis, Vocca Reposteria

Love coffee? Check out the Taste the Best Coffee of Mexico Tour.

124. Best Places to Eat Brunch in Roma Notre: Lalo!, La Bohême, Cafe Tres Abejas

125. Best Places to Eat Lunch in Roma Norte: Contramar, Fonda Fina, La Docena (Pro tip: Make reservations for all places.)

126. Best Places to Eat Dinner in Roma Norte: Maximot Bistrot, Rosetta, Nudo Negro (Pro tip: Make reservations for all places.)

Mezcal shots with orange slices on the side at a bar in Mexico City
Mezcal served the Mexico City way, with orange wedges and tajin spice powder.

Best Bars & Nightlife in Roma Norte

127. Dance Salsa: Head to Mama Rumba, the place in Roma Norte to dance salsa. If you don’t dance, there’s also great people-watching.

128. Nightlife Legend Patrick Miller: Patrick Miller is more of an experience than a nightclub, but ultimately, it’s a nightclub. Located in a giant warehouse, Patrick Miller is Roma’s most interesting late night dance party spot.

129. Pulqueria los Insurgentes: Sample pulque, known as the “drink of the gods” by the Aztecs, at this lively Roma bar. Head to La Nuclear for pulque in an old school cantina/dive bar.

Hoping for a deeper understanding of this centuries-old adult beverage? Book a spot on the Mezcal, Tequila & Pulque Tasting Tour now.

130. Get Swanky Casa Franca: Catch some live jazz at Casa Franca, one of Roma Norte’s coolest bars!

Located inside of an old Victorian home, each room is as unique as the amazing musicians that play there. Enjoy their amazing cocktails and tapas also. Pro tip: Make reservations.

Want to do a CDMX bar crawl? Check out the Enjoy the Best Bars in Mexico City Tour.

131. Best Bars & Speakeasies in Roma: Besides Casa Franca, Maison Artemisia, Limantour, La Nacional and Balmori Roofbar are some of Roma Norte’s other amazing trendy and speakeasy-style bars.

Things to Do in La Condesa

PRO TIPS:

✔️ Much like Roma Norte, Condesa is great for relaxing, eating, shopping, people-watching in parks, etc.
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If you’re into art, design, architecture, and the like — reserve one of the coveted spots on the Luis Barragán Studio House Tour.  

132. Visit La Condesa: Located right next door to Roma, La Condesa (The Countess) is the place to stroll and relax.

Little known fact about Mexico City: It is full of parks and green spaces! See some of the city’s nicest parks in Condesa, and enjoy this tranquil neighborhood, known for its shops, cafes and restaurants.

133. Luis Barragán Studio House: Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the Casa Estudio Luis Barragán represents “one of the most important contemporary architectural works,” according to their official website.

Now privately owned, the family who lives there graciously opens their home to visitors by reservation only.  

The Luis Barragán Studio House, one of Mexico City’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

134. Casa Gilardi: Want more Luis Barragán eye candy? Head to the nearby Casa Gilardi (Gilardi House), the famed Mexican architect’s last project. The family who owns it offers tours by reservation.

135. Go Shopping: Known for amazing its numerous boutiques, Viejo Amor, Carmen Rion, Rapsodia, ISMOS, DIME and Víntich have some of Condesa’s best shopping.

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Best Parks & Outdoor Spaces in Condesa

136. Parque Mexico: A beautiful urban park with Spanish/European elements like large sculptures in ponds and pergola-covered walkways. 

137. Parque España: Heavily-covered by trees and plants, this shaded park is where you want to head to escape some of the midday sun.

138. Avenida Amsterdam: Get to know this neighborhood by strolling its tree-lined Hipódromo (Racetrack), a circular pathway that goes around beautiful Avenida Amsterdam (Amsterdam Avenue). Once a horse racing track, hence the circle shape and name, it’s now a chill way to see Condesa on foot.

Urban park with large white sculptures in Mexico City
Parque España | Spain Park

Best Bars & Nightlife in Condesa

139. Dance Salsa: Condesa’s Pata Negra is the neighborhood’s place for salsa dancing.

140. Rooftop Drinks at Hotel Condesa DF: The downstairs shops always feature a unique selection of amazing clothing and jewelry, but the real magic is on the roof.

Hotel Condesa DF is known as one of the best rooftops in all of Mexico City. Head to this trendy spot for sunset cocktails and amazing Condesa views.

141. Drink Mezcal: You’ll find two of the trendiest mezcal bars in Condesa. Conveniently enough, La Clandestina and La Lavandería are also located just next door to one another.

Hoping to learn about mezcal, along with drinking it? Book your spot on the Mezcal Tasting Tour.

142. Bar Hop at Condesa’s Best Bars: Xampaneria, Wallace Whisky Bar, Baltra

Best Restaurants in Condesa

143. Eat at Molino El Pujol: If you can’t get a reservation at Pujol, head to Enrique Olvera’s casual neighborhood spot, Molino El Pujol.

144. Try Tacos Arabes: One of the best places to try tacos árabes is Taqueria El Greko in Condesa.

So just what exactly are these “Arabian tacos?”

Mexico actually had a huge influx of Middle Eastern immigrants from the about 1880-1935. They brought with them their customs, design esthetic, and of course, food!

Tacos árabes (Arabian tacos) have basically the same pork meat as tacos al pastor, but different seasonings, and are served on pan árabes (Arabian bread), which is basically pita bread.

145. Eat the Original Tacos al Pastor: To say this statement is a hotly debated topic is an understatement… but here goes:

El Tizoncito claims they invented tacos al pastor! Whether or not this is true, they do still serve them to their masses of fans to this day.

Want to cook some tacos al pastor of your own? Book your spot for the Cook Tacos Pastor, Barbacoa & Campechano cooking class experience.

146. Eat More Tacos: If you visit Mexico City and don’t eat waytoomany tacos, did you even visit CDMX? Head to El Pescadito, El Farolito and Tacos Hola el Güero to get your fill.

Still need more tacos? I get it! Check out the Tacos Off the Beaten Path in Condesa Food Tour.

147. Best Cafes in Condesa: Blend Station, Efimero Café, La Esquina de Té

148. Best Places to Eat Brunch in Condesa: Maque, Qué Sería de Mí, Frëims

148. Best Places to Eat Lunch in Condesa:
Lardo, Chilakillers, Fonda Mayora

150. Best Places to Eat Dinner in Condesa:
MeroToro, Azul Condesa, Temporal, Cedrón (Pro tip: Make reservations for all places.)

We made it to the end of the list!!

Hopefully this list shows that, with a little neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown, enjoying the 12th largest city on Earth starts to seem more manageable!

My top tip for both Mexico travel safety, and another way to save travel time is to opt for Uber over public transportation!

While this does cost more, the financial cost end up being near-insignificant when compared to the amount of time you’ll save. 

For some frame of reference, the 7.5-mile/12km bus trip from Roma Norte to Coyoacan would cost about $2 (€1) — though it could take up to two hours.

The same trip in an Uber would cost you about $6 (€4) and take just 30 minutes.


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Is Mexico City Safe for Solo Travel?

Keep in mind that CDMX is a big (huge) city. Meaning, it comes with the same moderate levels of crime you’d expect in most big cities.

When I say crime here, I mostly mean petty theft — especially on public transport — which is why I advise Uber over public transport.

I lived in Mexico City as a solo woman for about a year, and felt quite safe. While there are neighborhoods you should avoid, like Tepito and Doctores*, all areas I listed in this blog are known to be pretty safe.

*NOTE: While I consider Mexico City generally quite safe, even as a solo female traveler, the Doctores neighborhood does not have a great reputation!

This neighborhood is where all the big Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) matches take place; but if you aren’t headed to Lucha, you should avoid Doctores.

I did go to a Lucha Libre match here once, and felt safe. However, this might be a good place to consider having a local with you — especially if your Spanish isn’t so great.

Don’t know a local? No worries! Book the Lucha Libre/Street Taco Tour, because Lucha Libre + Street Tacos + Safety = the best of all worlds!

large gold statue of an angel in Mexico City
The Angel of Independence statue, located on Reforma Avenue.

General Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

Taking the same general solo female travel safety precautions and measures you’d take in most travel destinations should suffice for Mexico City as well.

Below are a few general safety tips I followed in Mexico City — and everywhere else I’ve been!

  1. Use a cross body bag instead of a shoulder bag, and keep it at your side or on your chest, instead of on your back.
  2. Don’t put your phone in your back pocket!
  3. Take your purse or book bag into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a café/bar neighbor to watch it. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to not get your stuff stolen.
  4. Don’t pull your phone out in a giant crowd and/or if the vibe feels sketchy. Remember, your intuition is always right!
  5. If the vibe feels sketchy, duck into a cafe, fill up your water bottle, buy a green tea, and wait a bit until you feel better about your surroundings.
  6. Don’t wear flashy clothes or jewelry. Side Note: Mexicans are relatively modest dressers.
  7. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
  8. Double check to make sure you have your “PKW” (or, Phone, Keys, Wallet) whenever you’re leaving one place to go to the next… I borrowed PKW from an episode of Broad City! I miss that show.

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32 Comments

  1. Demi

    Wow really Interesting. Great details . Love the pictures. I would love travel to Mexico one day. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Shelley

      Hi Demi: Thanks for checking out the blog. I hope you make it to Mexico City one day soon.

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  2. Michele

    So many vibrant and colorful places. Love the photos and the food looks great! We love Mexico but have not yet visited Mexico City.

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    • Shelley

      Michele: Thanks for writing! I hope you make it one day… I think it’s one of the best parts of Mx 🇲🇽

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  3. Kelly

    I’ve been to Mexico twice solo now. Cancun and Cabo San Lucas. I love the sound of visiting Mexico City as it seems more authentic and not geared as much to tourists. And there is a tonne to do!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Kelly: I hope you get to check out Mexico City. It’s a much different (and yes, much more cultural) experience than Cancun & Cabo.

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  4. Nina Bosken

    I don’t know how people even spend just a week in Mexico City. There is so much to do and see there. I remember a friend of mine took a bus into the city and told me that it took.a solid three hours to drive into the center. That blew my mind. Your guide is a great resource for those planning a trip there.

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    • Shelley

      Nina: Your friend is right! That’s why I always advise to plan neighborhood-by-neighborhood, you have to plan around the traffic.

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  5. flourishwithmo

    Wow this is such an extensive post. I had planned to go to a resort in Mexico because I wasn’t sure where to go/what to do but I’ll just bookmark this page and use it as a reference. Thank you!

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    • Shelley

      Mexico definitely has gorgeous resorts 🇲🇽 …but imo, nothing beats Mexico City.

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  6. Olivia

    Wow, there are SO many incredible things to do in Mexico City! I’d definitely love to have dinner at La Gruta.

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  7. Caitlin

    It’s funny I was in Mexico City years ago on a day trip when I was living in Cuernavaca and my impression of it was so different then all that I now see on social medias and blog! Looks like a lovely city that I’d like to go back to 🙂

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  8. Digitaldaybook

    Such a beautiful and enriching place! Your photos are sooo gorgeous I felt like I travelled there

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    • Shelley

      Hi: Thanks so much for checking out the blog & taking the time to comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, but Mexico is even more beautiful in person!

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  9. Rebecca

    This is such a great guide! I’ve never been but this hits all the points to be as prepared as you can.

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    • Shelley

      Hey Rebecca: Thanks for the compliment about this blog! I hope you get to check out Mexico City in person one day.

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  10. Taylor

    Wow! This is amazing Shelley! Now I know everything there is to do when I eventually make my way to Mexico. 🙂

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  11. Shalzmojo

    Oh my this is one helluva detailed post and you have really put down every experience possible, thanks to your own first hand one. The place looks amazing through your photography, making me want to travel here soon Shelley 🙂

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    • Shelley

      Hi! I lived in Mexico City for a while, which is how I was able to think of so many things to do! I do hope you get to travel to this amazing city soon. It’s hard not to love CDMX.

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  12. Katie

    Wow this is an incredibly thorough list! So much detail and helpful tips – we would love to visit Mexico City and visit these places. The safety tips are really helpful too and the restaurants look great 🙂

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  13. pip_says

    Such a great guide and the photos are lovely! I can’t wait to travel again after lockdown ends in Wales so I love getting some inspiration in the meantime. I’ve pinned for some future travel planning.

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  14. Erin C.

    Wow…what an amazing guide! I won a free weeklong stay in Mexico and can’t wait to use it once we’re able to travel again. Pinning this for future reference, although I think I’m going to skip the island of the dolls. lol That one’s a little too weird for me. 🙂

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    • Shelley

      Erin: I hope you enjoy Mexico City! You’ll enjoy Xochimilco, even if you skip the Island of the Dolls (which I think most people do 🤣!!)

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  15. Kate Toll

    Wow this is amazing! I spent two weeks in Mexico City before I started my blog, and I didn’t visit anywhere near as many places as I should have! On my next trip the Frida Kahlo Museum and las trajineras are at the top of my list! Saving your post for my next trip!

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    • Shelley

      Hi Kate: I lived there for about a year…. and there’s still sooo many places I haven’t been! We’ll both have to go back & continue exploring.

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  16. Ildiko

    Very cool list! I have to be honest, I generally find lists of over 20 things to do in a place daunting. My brain can’t process that. That is A LOT of information. But, I do like the way you broke things down by region and by topics. Pinned for sure. When I eventually get to Mexico City, which I will, I have NO DOUBT that your list will be VERY USEFUL. Thank you for categorizing all that information.

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    • Shelley

      Ildiko: Thanks for that feedback… yes, 150 is a big number, so I’m glad the categorization was helpful.

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  17. Nina Out and About

    I love that you included safety tips for solo females. It’s so important to know how to see the things safely and to have the best time! I love the idea of seeing a lucha libre.

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  18. Jaclyn Kaiser

    This is a great list! Definitely saving for when I finally do make it to Mexico City!

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  19. Venaugh

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I always struggle to find places to see and eat so it’s so helpful to have in one place.

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  20. Venaugh

    Thanks so much for sharing. It’s so helpful to have everything in one guide as I always struggle going between so many sites to try and figure these things out.

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  21. shanelle

    wow this is an incredible list! I had planned a trip to Mexico City before COVID hit and obviously had to cancel my travels but saving this list when I’m able to go next time!

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