Cool Things to Do in Mexico City
Posted on 07/25/2017
The rumble of heavy traffic announces a new day in Mexico City and with it a novel adventure. The allure of the city is in its textures and colors, its cuisine and culture, its art and architecture.
When people speak of this absorbing metropolitan destination these days, it’s often in captivated tones. Whether it be gastronomy, aesthetics, architecture or allure, Mexico’s capital city will leave travelers wanting more.
It’s certainly a treat for the eyes and the palette for voracious travelers who prefer to stay active and occupied.
See the Beautiful Tiles and Colorful Walls
Get your camera ready and prepare to be shutter-happy, as Mexico City is arguably the most vibrant city you’ll ever see. The best way to explore it is on foot, experiencing the languid pace in its colorful neighborhoods like Coyoacan, Roma and the Historic Core. The buildings here are tile-blanketed, the walls painted in rich blues, reds, yellows and oranges.
In this city, selfies are almost a must.
Admire the Architecture
From its historic core to its hip neighborhoods, Mexico City’s wide streets are paved with mesmerizing architecture. You will stumble into some of the best just by walking around the neighborhoods. There’s Spanish colonial, Baroque, Spanish Renaissance Revival, Modern and even Art Nouveau.
The most notable include the beautiful Palacio de Bellas Artes, the grand Metropolitan Cathedral, the impressive Palacio Postal and the ultra modern Museo Soumaya.
Eat at Churreria El Moro
Take a long, leisurely break from your explorations and tap into the city’s hip gastronomy scene.
In Roma Norte, Churreria El Moro serves the popular Mexican treat to millennials as well as wide-eyed tourists until late at night. Stop by for an afternoon snack, alfresco (partially) or head down for an after dinner dessert. Grab a bag of freshly-fried churros and a dip of your choice, with a steaming cup of rich hot cocoa on the side.
Visit the Markets
How many markets does Mexico City have? Too many to see in just one visit, but it still won’t hurt to try. In fact, you’ll probably go home with luggage full of treasures and curious artifacts as well as a stomach full of treats.
Shopping and eating are the two main reasons to visit the city’s bustling markets, and they’re more than enough. Among the best are La Lagunilla Market, Mercado Coyoacan and Mercado de Artesanias La Ciudadela.
Stay in a 17th Century Building
Where else must you stay in a city peppered with majestic architecture?
The lovely Downtown Mexico yearns to be slept in. The boutique hotel is housed in the Palace of the Countess of Miravalle, a 17th-century industry building in Mexico City’s beautiful historic core. Today, it boasts massive, brick-walled suites with modern amenities, a European look and lovely views of the cobblestone streets below.
At dusk, take a cool dip in the outdoor pool on the rooftop.
Drink at Bar Pata Negra
Books meet alcohol at Bar Pata Negra. It may be located in the touristy Historic Core along Avenida 5 de Mayo, but that doesn’t stop it from being a hip watering hole.
Pop in for an excellent cocktail or two, sip on smoky mezcal or even take a salsa class during a Saturday night. As far as eats, it may not be the best in the city, but a hearty dinner over music is never a bad idea.
Take a Canal Tour on a Trajinera
Fresh off your on-foot exploration, why not head to the historic borough of Xochimilco, home of Mexico’s famed floating gardens? Make your way to Embarcadero de Nativitas, and rent a colorful trajinera for a few hours on an unhurried ride.
Thread your way along the ancient house and garden-lined canals, let a passing mariachi band serenade you and buy a bucket of ice-cold cerveza from one of the boat vendors. Sure, it’s mighty touristy, but there’s no better way to relax in this bustling city.
Coyoacan was home to some of Mexico’s most prominent and influential artists and intellectuals—Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Octavio Paz, to name a few—and its adorable streets were their stomping grounds.
Colorful, charming and cheery, this neighborhood retains its artsy feel and continues to be Mexico City’s artistic center. Among the many things to do: watch buskers perform in Plaza Hidalgo, visit the home of Frida Kahlo and dine at the beautifully decorated Corazon de Maguey.
PHOTO: The postal museum is housed in one of Mexico City's most distinctive buildings. (photo by Michelle Rae Uy)