A Foodie's Long Weekend Guide to Mexico City
Arts & Culture
Food & Wine
The food in Mexico City is a culinary journey that reflects the country's rich heritage. Its cosmopolitan nature has led to a fusion of international cuisines, making it a hub for global culinary experimentation. Whether you're dining at a street-side taquería or at a world famous restaurant, you're in for a gastronomic adventure that showcases the depth and diversity of this beautiful culture. Don't forget to try a few tequilas and mezcals to wash it all down with!
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As hip and colorful as its namesake neighborhood, this 40-room sleep attracts a cool crowd to its wood-clad rooms and alfresco cocktail bar overlooking Parque España.
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Day 1: Explore the center
Check into your hotel (I loved staying at Hotel Circulo in the center of town) and walk to Azul Historico for lunch. Azul Histórico specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist. It is housed in a beautifully restored 17th-century colonial building, adding to the restaurant's historical charm. It's one of the older famous restaurants in Mexico City, run by Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita and absolutely stands the test of time.
For dinner, head to Rosetta. This was one of my favorite meals I had in all of 2022. Housed in a beautifully restored mansion, Rosetta's ambiance is a harmonious blend of elegance and rustic charm. This restaurant is a testament to the culinary creativity of Chef Elena Reygadas and offers a unique and memorable dining experience that bridges the flavors of Italy and Mexico. I recommend beginning the meal with a cocktail at the bar on the top floor before heading into the main dining space. And the corn tamale is an absolute MUST order! I am still thinking about it.
Day 2: Frida & Diego
In the morning, visit the Frida Kahlo Museum (Casa Azul) and the Diego Rivera Studio Museum. Afterward, walk across the bustling neighborhood and grab a tostada lunch inside the Mercado de Coyoacán. This Mercado is not just a place to shop for fresh produce and goods - it's a cultural hub that provides a window into the heart of Mexican daily life. The market's roots date back to the pre-Hispanic era, and it continues to be a vital part of the community. In addition to food, there are numerous artisan stalls where you can find traditional Mexican crafts, clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. It's an ideal spot for picking up unique gifts and keepsakes.
For dinner, instead of going to the ever-popular and hard-to-get-into Contramar - try the sister restaurant Caracol De Mar. It's actually housed in the lobby of the Hotel Circulo Mexicano It has many of the same items on the menu as the original location, but this menu is executed by Peruvian chef Álvaro Vázquez, who showcases delicate flavors from his homeland. Must-order items include the tuna tostada, ceviche with leche de tigre and choclo (crunchy Peruvian corn), and grilled octopus with salsa macha and white corn puree.
Day 3: Teotihuacán
Take a day trip to Teotihuacán to explore the ancient pyramids! Before you head out, be sure to grab a pastry (or two) at Pandería Rosetta, an incredible bakery that offers a delectable selection of sweet and savory. Favorites include croissants, pain au chocolat, quiches and fruit tarts.
When you return to the city, spend a relaxing afternoon in Chapultepec Park, visiting the Chapultepec Castle or the Modern Art Museum.
On your last night, take in the city view at sunset with a drink and light bites on the rooftop at Terrazza Cha Cha Cha. This place is full of fashionable locals and is definitely a "vibe." Toast to your amazing culinary weekend in this fantastic city!
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In essence, Mexico City is a dynamic, multifaceted city that offers a captivating blend of history, culture and urban life, making it a must visit destination for travelers seeking a rich and diverse experience. I can't wait to go back and explore more!
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Madeline Winer's guide, 4-Days in Mexico City.
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