Mexico City & Oaxaca – A Gastronomical Experience

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  • Mexico

  • Mexico City

  • Oaxaca

  • Food & Wine

  • Arts & Culture

  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Local Food

  • Entertainment

A view of the flag in Mexico in front of people walking near a grand stone building.
Curator’s statement

Mexico is much more than Cancun and margaritas (although we love a good margarita!). Its gastronomy has been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity, and a trip to experience all the flavors this country has to offer is extremely worth it. Here is a seven-day Itinerary for a week to experience the best of Mexico’s food, drinks, and culture via Mexico City and Oaxaca.

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Where to stay

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Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

Close to Chapuletepec Park, this polished hotel is a standout for the unflappable service and gorgeous public spaces, from the courtyard restaurant to the rooftop pool.

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St. Regis Mexico City

The St. Regis offers the biggest rooms in Mexico City in an exceptional location.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Daily breakfast.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Hotel Escondido Oaxaca

A dreamy mix of old and new in the heart of Oaxaca, with a coworking space, rooftop pool and bar, and streetside Piedmontese eatery.

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  • $100 hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Day 1: Arrive in Mexico City

A marble palace facade during the daytime

Arrive in Mexico City and familiarize yourself with your hotel and surroundings. I suggest arriving at noon to enjoy some light sightseeing and the hotel amenities.

I recommend doing a walking food tour followed by a leisurely walk of the Historic District.

Day 2: Ancient Wonders and Culinary Delights

a group of hot air balloons flying over a city

Take a day trip to the famous UNESCO site, Teotihuacan, where you will be taken back in time surrounded by the famous Mesoamerican city. Want to make the experience extra special? Hop on a hot air balloon and experience the panoramic view of this archaeological site from the sky. For dinner, make sure to secure a table at Pujol and get their signature dish, Mole Madre.

Day 3: Sunrise Serenity and City Arrival

Silhouette of a beach during the sunset

Wake up before sunrise and take a magical boat tour of Xochimilco, where you can watch the sunrise, visit a chinampa (floating farm), and experience a farm-to-table lunch. In the early afternoon, take a quick 1hr flight to Oaxaca City. Check in to your hotel and enjoy the facilities. This would be a great time for a spa visit or a dip in the pool.

Day 4: Cultural Exploration and Gastronomic Adventures

Colorful traditional market

After you’ve had a light bite at your hotel, head over to the historic district and enjoy a walking tour of the city (self-guided audio tours are also neat if you prefer to be on your own time). For lunch, head over to the Mercado de Abastos and visit Memelas Doña Vale for a delicious authentic bite. For dinner, stay local and enjoy a Mezcal flight at Sabina Sabe along with modern Oaxacan bites.

Day 5: Agave Adventures and Market Marvels

 man wearing blue denim jeans farming plants

Take a day tour of an agave nursery. Learn about the Mezcal production process from seed to bottle and enjoy a tasting al fresco surrounded by beautiful nature. On the way back to your hotel, stop by Ocotlán market for lunch and try some of the best regional dishes. Have a casual dinner at Terraza Istmo, a rooftop with breathtaking sunset views of the city.

Day 6: Leisurely Exploration and Culinary Extravaganza

Tacos and jarritos soda. Mexican food.

Enjoy your hotel’s amenities and have a chill day. This is where I recommend taking some time to simply walk around and explore during the day. No agenda, just walk where your eyes take you. For your last night in Oaxaca, make a reservation at La Cocina de Humo. This is a must culinary experience. You learn about the ingredients used; you sit around a traditional Mexican kitchen set up and indulge in a delicious hearty meal complimented with traditional drinks.

Day 7: Farewell Feast and Market Marvels

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On your last day, wake up bright and early and head over to the Mercado 20 de Noviembre for your last hurrah! This is food heaven for all my foodies. You can grab tlayudas, tamales and other Oaxacan delights. This is also a great place for souvenir shopping!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Madeline Winer’s itinerary, 4-Days in Mexico City.

This itinerary is part of our ongoing series on travel to Mexico City.

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