Magical Mexico City: The best things to eat, see and do

Jody Vandergriff

Mexico City is a magical place! From the stunning architecture of the Palacio de Bellas Artes to the fascinating exhibits at the National Museum of Anthropology, there is no shortage of cultural experiences. As if that's not enough, the food scene in Mexico City is RIDICULOUS! From $1 street tacos to out of this world fine dining, you will be eating from the moment you arrive until your last bite of fresh guacamole on the way to the airport. Here are my favorite spots for a first timer in Mexico City.

Handshake Speakeasy, Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar, Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Departamento, Pujol, Frida Kahlo Museum, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Xochimilco, Templo Mayor Museum, Zócalo, Chapultepec Castle, Mercado Roma, Contramar, Café de Nadie, Botánico

  • Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico

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      Cozy speakeasy in the heart of Roma, the cocktails are unique, inventive and addicting. Reservations required.

  • Hanky Panky Cocktail Bar, Mexico

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      I didn't make it to this Speakeasy but it comes highly recommended. Reservations required.

  • Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Mexico

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      The Teotihuacán pyramids are a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Mexico City. These ancient pyramids, built by the Teotihuacán civilization over 2,000 years ago, are a marvel of engineering and architecture. The ancient city was one of the largest and most influential cities in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population estimated at over 100,000 people at its height in the first millennium CE. The pyramids, including the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon, were central to the city's architecture and religious practices. It is believed that the pyramids were used for religious ceremonies and human sacrifices, and their alignments are thought to have been based on astronomical observations. Today, the Teotihuacán pyramids are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the world to marvel at their impressive size and historical significance. Visitors can climb to the top of the pyramids and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The site also features numerous other ruins and archaeological finds, providing visitors with a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the ancient Teotihuacán people.

  • Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico

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      The Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City is a must-see destination for anyone interested in the history and culture of Mexico. The museum is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits that showcase Mexico's rich and diverse cultural heritage, from ancient civilizations to contemporary indigenous groups. Visitors can explore the museum's many galleries and exhibits, including the famous Aztec Hall and the impressive collection of Mayan artifacts.

  • Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, Mexico

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      This cathedral is stunning and an absolute must see. Built in the 16th century, is a beautiful example of Spanish Baroque architecture, featuring intricate carvings, beautiful stained glass windows, and impressive domes. You can also explore the cathedral's various chapels and see its impressive collection of art and artifacts.

  • Departamento, Mexico

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      If night life is your thing, Departamento is a great choice. Featuring 3 stories, including a roof top bar and live music, this night club has something for everyone.

  • Pujol, Mexico

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      Pujol is a world-renowned restaurant in Mexico City led by acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera. The menu features innovative and creative dishes that draw on traditional Mexican ingredients and techniques, including the famous mole madre and uni tostada. Pujol is booked out for months in advance so be sure to plan ahead!

  • Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico

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      The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Casa Azul or Blue House, is a must-visit destination for art lovers and history buffs in Mexico City. The museum is housed in the former home of the famed artist and features a collection of her personal artifacts, including clothing, jewelry, and artwork. Visitors can explore the colorful rooms and beautiful gardens that inspired much of Kahlo's work, gaining insight into her life and legacy. The museum is a popular attraction and it's recommended to book tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines.

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico

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      The Palacio de Bellas Artes, located in the heart of Mexico City, is a stunning cultural landmark and a must-visit destination. The building's striking art nouveau and art deco architecture, along with its colorful glass curtains, make it one of the city's most iconic structures. Visitors can explore the grand foyer and the impressive murals by renowned artists such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

  • Xochimilco in Mexico City, Mexico

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  • Templo Mayor Museum, Mexico

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      Templo Mayor is a very cool ancient temple located right in the heart of Mexico City. Built by the Aztecs in the 14th century, the temple was the center of religious life in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan. Today, visitors can explore the ruins of the temple and learn about the history and culture of the Aztec civilization. The site also features a museum with an impressive collection of artifacts, including Aztec sculptures, jewelry, and weapons.

  • Zócalo, Mexico

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      Zócalo, also known as the Plaza de la Constitución, is the main square in the heart of Mexico City and one of the largest public squares in the world. It's a vibrant and bustling hub of activity, surrounded by historic buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace. Visitors can take in the stunning architecture, watch street performers and vendors, and immerse themselves in the vibrant energy of Mexico City.

  • Chapultepec Castle, Mexico

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      this looks amazing

    • chiefseeker Chapultepec Castle, located on Chapultepec Hill in Mexico City, is a historic building and cultural landmark. Originally built as a fortress, it later served as a royal residence and now houses a museum filled with artwork and historical artifacts. Visitors can explore the rooms decorated in the 19th-century style, including the bedroom of Emperor Maximilian I and his wife, Empress Carlota, and see the beautiful Mexican architecture of grand archways, elegant columns, and intricate carvings.
  • Mercado Roma, Mexico

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      Mercado Roma is a super cool food hall in Mexico City that's a must-visit for foodies. There are a ton of different vendors selling all sorts of yummy food and drinks, from tacos and ceviche to craft beer and cocktails. The space itself is really hip and trendy, with lots of indoor and outdoor seating and a lively atmosphere.

  • Contramar, Mexico

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      Contramar is a famous restaurant in the Roma district of Mexico City. There is a 1 hour wait on most days but it is well worth it! Get the tuna tostados and the red snapper prepared 2 ways.

  • Café de Nadie, Mexico

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      Nice bar and a fun vibe and good food. The DJs are spinning vinyls throughout the night.

  • Botánico, Mexico

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