Gabriel, Director of Strategy and Business Development, ANZ and LatAm, shares his top tips for a trip to his home town, Mexico City.
Mexico City is full of culture, energy and everything your senses could possibly ask. Here are my must visit spots.
You have to go to Zócalo. You just have to. This is the city’s main plaza, located in the historic downtown. It’s also close to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, the Plaza of the Three Cultures. You have a beautiful cathedral and an archaeological site all in the same place. You’ll see Aztec, Spanish and the blended cultures all together. It’s very much about walking around and visiting. Sometimes there will be festivals or events in the plaza and a fantastic restaurant nearby is Azul Historico. It serves Mexican cuisine, but not as you know it!
These suburbs have transformed over the years from a traditional residential area into a cool bohemian spot full of little restaurants and bars. If hipsters are not your thing, then think it twice as you’ll find your fair share around here. Seafood lovers should definitely go to Contra Mar for traditional Mexican seafood dishes such as ceviche, tostadas y tacos de pescado.
This is like stepping into a beautiful Colonial town in the middle of Mexico City. The architecture is fascinating and worth a wander. Make sure you’re hungry – the markets here are a great spot to try traditional Mexican food. The fresh, handmade tortillas . A market is a good spot to try traditional food. For a fancy meal, try Los Danzantes. If you’re interested in art, the nearby Frida Kahlo Museum is definitely worthwhile.
This suburb is home to a canal river system where you jump on a Trajinera – colourful flat boats filled with flowers with tables. You go here with friends; you sit, eat and drink as you’re polled through the canals. You don’t do the rowing, it’s similar to a ride on a gondola in Venice.
This is a museum for kids. It has a technological, interactive theme. There’s a few Mexican-themed exhibitions but a lot of the displays are science based projects. Guaranteed fun for a few hours with the little ones.
What is a visit to Mexico without hearing a Mariachi band? Plaza Garibaldi is a good spot to sit at a bar, drink tequila and listen to this traditional folk music.
Mexico’s national drink is served in every bar around town. But extend your horizons and try mezcal as well. La Condesa, La Roma and Polanco are all home to plenty of cool restaurants and bars. Puebla 109 and Artemisa in Colonia Roma and Jules Basement in Polanco are a few of my favourites.
Mexico is known for not being a safe place but as long as you’re sensible and don’t flaunt wealth, you’ll be fine. Mexico City is a big city, the same as other big cities so just be aware.
Take taxis. They’re cheap. For someone that is backpacking, or on a tight budget, you can take public transport. But the taxis are cheap. Make sure you take one from a Taxi Rank. They should have meters. Sometimes they won’t have a meter but they’ll have established rates you agree on beforehand. Uber works very well in Mexico City too!