Updated: Oct 10
Mexico City is one of the world's most vibrant and exhilarating cities, rich in history, culture, and culinary delights. Whether you're setting foot here for the very first time or returning for another adventure, this dynamic metropolis never fails to unveil fresh discoveries at every turn.
Our comprehensive guide is your key to crafting the perfect Mexico City experience. You'll find expert recommendations for must-see attractions, captivating tours, and delectable food adventures inside. From the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the historic Chapultepec Castle to world-renowned museums and top-notch dining establishments, Mexico City offers a little something to captivate every traveler's heart.
Guest Blogger: Mauricio Vite, Vite Presenta
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Must Do Things as a first-time visitor to Mexico City
If this is the first time you are visiting Mexico City, let me list for you some of the Things, Tours, and Sightseeing locations that you cannot miss. I would say that in this upcoming list, I will mention some of the most iconic landmarks and historic places in Mexico City.
1) The Pyramids at Teotihuacan: This is a half-day trip since it's a one-hour drive from Mexico City, be sure to check the Avenue of the Dead, The Pyramid of the Moon, and the Sun.
2) The Chapultepec Castle: This castle is located at the top of the hill of Chapultepec with a lot of history about Mexico. You can wander around the great halls of the Castle and the view is Spectacular.
3) The Anthropology Museum: This is the Biggest Museum in Mexico City and is right next to the Chapultepec Castle. You can actually make a full day trip visiting both attractions and what I recommend the most to my readers. The Amazing Water Fountain at the entrance of the museum is spectacular.
4) Frida Kahlo Museum: Get to know the house where Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera used to live. This is perhaps the hottest and hardest to get a ticket to this particular museum in all of Mexico. The reason I say this is because you have to book online at least 2 weeks in advance. You have to consider that Tickets are not sold in the museum and not many people know about this being disappointed in not being able to get in.
5) Xochimilco Boat Ride: The Xochimilco Boat Ride is located in the South Part of Mexico City and is an amazing experience to do with a group of friends and explore the famous Xochimilco Canals. I call this The Mexican Gondolas.
Be sure to explore the Isla de las Muñecas (A creepy island with hundreds of dolls) and enjoy the music of the mariachis playing throughout the canals. There are multiple tour options for Xochimilco and is one of the things I recommend the most, this experience is better making it with a lot of people to create a Mexican party vibe which is part of the Fun of visiting Xochimilco.
An Ultimate Food Guide with recommended restaurants to visit in Mexico City
Mexico City is considered an ultimate foodie destination offering some of the best food experiences in this amazing city. From some of the best restaurants in the world to some amazing Mexican street food like tacos, Mexico City has it all. I hope this brief guide can help you pick some of the best food experiences in town.
Visit one of The Most Beautiful Restaurants in Mexico City: San Angel Inn
Welcome to the charming San Angel Inn in Mexico City, a beloved restaurant with a rich history of more than six decades. Nestled in the picturesque San Ángel neighborhood, this place is not just about food; it's a piece of Mexican history. This place is considered to be one of the most beautiful restaurants in Mexico City by critics and locals alike.
The story of this restaurant dates back to 1616 when it was once a residence called "Our Lady of Santa Ana." It later became a hub for farming and pulque production. Then, on June 13, 1963, it transformed into the iconic San Angel Inn Restaurant while preserving its beautiful gardens and historic architecture.
The Main Dining Room is elegant, the Veranda lets you dine outdoors, and the Gastronome Room offers a cozy atmosphere.
The menu is a tribute to various regions of Mexico, featuring iconic dishes like Tortilla Soup, Chile en Nogada, and Steak Tips in Salsa Morita. For dessert, don't miss the delightful Crepas de Cajeta.
Notably, the San Angel Inn's story goes beyond Mexico City. This restaurant chain manages Mexican restaurants at Disney World in Orlando, showcasing its commitment to sharing Mexican culture and cuisine.
Visit SAMOS the Hottest Rooftop Restaurant with a Fantastic view of Mexico City
Embark on an incredible culinary journey at Samos, the iconic rooftop restaurant on the 38th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Mexico City. This exceptional dining destination offers one of the Best Views in all of Mexico City with an excellent view of Reforma and the iconic Chapultepec Castle
Samos takes great pride in its carefully curated menu, a delightful fusion of Mediterranean tastes with a subtle Mexican twist. Committed to utilizing locally sourced ingredients, the restaurant ensures that every dish bursts with freshness and exceptional quality. Get ready to explore a world of flavors as you savor their renowned seafood paella or dive into inventive fusion creations.
If you're seeking a standout recommendation, let me enthusiastically suggest trying their mouthwatering pork belly tacos, paired with a zesty and spicy salsa. The tender pork belly and the fiery salsa blend together harmoniously, leaving your taste buds yearning for more.
Samos meticulously crafts every detail to offer an authentically exceptional dining experience. From the warm and inviting ambiance to the attentive and welcoming service, the restaurant creates an environment where guests can relax, indulge, and savor the mesmerizing views of Mexico City.
For an extraordinary culinary journey that seamlessly melds Mexican and Mediterranean flavors, make it a point to visit Samos at The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City.
Have an Amazing Dinner at Quintonil one of the Best Restaurants in the World located in Mexico City
Quintonil Mexico City was recently ranked as the 9th best restaurant in the World awarded by the 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2023. This place is owned by renowned Chef Jorge Vallejo.
The menu at Quintonil offers a delightful journey through Mexican cuisine, featuring creative dishes like crispy suckling pig with mole, charred octopus with avocado and cucumber, and beef tongue with purslane and pickled onions. Signature dishes like the slow-cooked beef tail in a dark sauce with almond puree and pickled red onions continue to delight diners.
For an unforgettable culinary adventure, guests can opt for the Kitchen Bar Experience, where they are seated at a bar table in front of the open kitchen, witnessing the chefs craft their meals with precision and artistry, the price for the Kitchen Bar Experience is 250 USD.
Try the Best Tacos in Mexico City at Taqueria Orinoco
Taqueria Orinoco is considered by many locals as one of the Best Tacos in Mexico City. They were originally created in Monterrey, the northern region of Mexico, but because of its huge success Orinoco opened in Mexico City and locals love the tacos they offer.
One of the tacos I recommend is the famous Tacos al Pastor which is their main specialty in this restaurant, also you cannot miss ordering their famous Chicharron tacos, Pork Belly with cheese and Avocado and melted cheese WOW!! Both tacos are really delicious.
Visit Handshake Speakeasy one of the Best Bars in the World
Handshake Speakeasy has been awarded as the 11th best Bar in the World according to the 50 best Bars in the world. This is a Speakeasy Bar located in the Juarez neighborhood of Mexico City and is praised as the Ultimate Cocktail Experience.
I highly recommend 2 drinks in this place: The Piña Colada and the Once Upon in Oaxaca Mezcal Drink, these are the most famous cocktails in this bar.
Final Thoughts on Food Travel to Mexico City
I really hope this Mexico City Guide can help you plan an amazing trip to this fabulous City. I’ve always said that this city is becoming more popular with visitors that want to experience some of the Best Restaurants and Bars in the world located in Mexico City. All while still offering amazing typical Mexican Street food that you will never forget, remember Tacos are a Must but also take your time to try other famous dishes like Chilaquiles, Enchiladas, and the famous Mexican Pozole.
I also highly recommend that you plan in advance some of the historic places or attractions that you want to visit, most of them tend to sell out very quickly, especially the Frida Kahlo Museum.
I can guarantee that your visit to Mexico will be an unforgettable experience with long-lasting memories. Enjoy and Buen Provecho!
Mauricio Vite is an Experiences and Workshops Organizer in Mexico City with his company Vite Presenta specializing in the Nightlife Scene and Mixology Events. He is also a travel and Entertainment blogger sharing insights about Mexico City and his Experiences from other Major Cities in the USA.
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