• Katrina Julia

Top 10 Mexico City, Mexico Things to Do

Mexico City abounds in culture, history, and experiences in and around the city. Similar to the surprise of El Salvador I experienced this year, I didn't imagine travel to Mexico City in 2021.


Does anyone else feel like 2021 flew by in every way? I feel like I blinked and the year is ending Earlier in 2021, I ended up visiting Mexico City for an Apple Computer. As I explored the city before going, I knew I wanted to go back.


I ended up returning in November and staying longer than I thought. I stayed at a two story mini-loft via Airbnb in San Pedro Los Pinos. I loved exploring the city at a slower pace.


My Top 10 Mexico City Things to Do includes Frida Kahlo - The Blue House aka Casa Azul, Cafe El Jarocho, Chapultepec Park, Chapultepec Castle, Boat Ride in Chapultepec Park, Alameda Park, Cafe de Tacuba, Zocalo, Metropolitan Cathedral, and La Pithaya Vegana.



Mexico City


Mexico City

Travel to Mexico City is easier than you think. Depending on where you travel from, there are options to travel to Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. While most people travel to Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to destinations like Cancun, Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid, Mexico City is well worth a visit in Mexico.

Mexico City is not only one of the top 10 richest cities in the world, but boasts the largest urban park in Latin America, as well as over 150 museums to explore.


I share fun facts, travel, and logistics in One Day in Mexico City.




Mexico City


Mexico City Stays

I visited Honduras from November 5 to November 24, 2021. During my time in Mexico City, I stayed at a Two Story Mini-Loft via Airbnb in Mexico City.




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All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini or via Airbnb.


Mexico City's Frida Kahlo Blue House Museum





Top 10 Mexico City, Mexico Things to Do

You will find so many things to do in Mexico City. I experienced a lot during 2+ weeks.

Mexico City is an incredible surprise in so many ways. While you may think of Cancun, Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid, do not count Mexico City out!


I am sharing what I experienced, logistics to consider in planning your visit, and insider information to save you time and money!


In putting together the Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City. I considered how I would experience travels knowing what I know now to make it easy, efficient and enjoyable for you!



1 Frida Kahlo Blue House Museum

I've been a Frida Kahlo fan for years. I love the movie with Selma Hayek. I wanted to visit the museum for years. When I went to Mexico City for the first time earlier in 2021, I didn't get a chance to visit. It was first on my list for my return visit in November.


Since the Museum's inauguration in July 1958, the Blue House exhibits the ambience that inspired Frida for her creation, as well as her personal belongings. The blue color is known to be chosen to represent Frida's admiration for the indigenous people of Mexico. In visiting the museum, you will find insight into her childhood, illnesses, art, and love. The museum and the garden are incredibly beautiful and well worth the visit.


During my visit in November 2021. I ended up buying tickets two days in advance. I noticed they are usually sold out even in 2021. The price is about $10 USD.






Whether you spend One Day in Mexico City or longer, exploring history and inspirational lives like Frida's is a must.



 

2 Cafe El Jarocho

Within 10-15 minutes walking distance from Frida Museum is Cafe El Jarocho, a Mexico City staple. Created in 1953, it is a great stop for coffee! It is located in Coyoacan neighborhood like the museum.





3 Chapultepec Park

Chapultepec Park is an incredible park in the middle of Mexico City. It is a great way to spend the day, or multiple days, during your visit to Mexico City.


Chapultepec Park is the oldest and largest urban park in Latin America, and one of the oldest urban parks in the world. It is double the size of New York City's Central Park.


Within the park, you may wander, eat street food, visit the Chapultepec Castle and museums, buy souvenirs and more!

Chapultepec Park

 

4 Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle is in the middle of Chapultepec Park. Inhabited since the days of Aztec Empire, the Castle and Hill offer incredible history and breathtaking views of Mexico City. The castle is an important landmark to the Aztecs who inhabited Tenochtitlan, the ancient city which would later become known as Mexico City. Chapultepec means “Hill of the Grasshoppers” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.


The castle is now home to the first-rate National Museum of History. When you visit, you learn about Mexican leaders including Emperor Maximilian and Porfirio Diaz who once called the Chapultepec Castle home that played an important role in the Mexican-American War.


The surrounding gardens and views are indescribable.


It is worth spending a minimum of two hours to visit the castle. When I visited, I went on a weekday and found maybe 40 people maximum throughout the Castle.


As of November 2021, the tickets are $80 pesos/about $4 USD which is under priced in my opinion. You get a lot for the value of what you pay in every way..





 

5 Chapultepec Park Boat Ride

After you leave the castle, you may walk about 5-10 minutes to take a boat ride for about $2!

When I first got into the boat, I didn't realize I needed to keep moving the rutter and ended up changing boats twice #hilarous.


Once I finally got it, I enjoyed pedaling through the lake for about an hour.



Chapultepec Park Boat Ride

 

6 Alameda Central Park

Alameda Central Park established in 1592, is the oldest public park on the North American continent. It is one of Mexico City's well known green spaces for art and events.


It is great to walk through, enjoy silence, journal, and walk to nearby destinations. It is walking distance from Cafe de Tacuba, Zocalo, and Metropolitan Cathedral.


Alameda Central Park

 

7 Cafe de Tacuba

Walking into Cafe de Tacuba is like stepping back in time with history, decor, and experience. Cafe de Tacuba is housed in a former convent and one of the oldest restaurants in Mexico City. Little to nothing has changed since the cafe opened in 1912.


When you walk in, you walk in the footsteps of history with Mexican presidents, Diego Rivera and rockstars among many others who have visited the Cafe.


I enjoyed my coffee and chilaquiles in awe and wonder during my visit. When I visited, the upstairs is opened only on weekends. I spent about $15 USD.



Cafe de Tacuba in Mexico City

 

8 Zocalo

After you leave Cafe de Tacuba, El Zocalo is about 10 minutes walking distance.


El Zocalo is the main public square and one of the most famous places in Mexico City. It is officially known as Plaza de la Constitución. It has a giant Mexican flag at its center and has been the centerpiece of public gatherings since the days of the Aztecs.


There are often markets and events in the square. The day I went, there was a market. It is next to Metropolitan Cathedral as well.


Zocalo Photo Credit Trade News

 

9 Metropolitan Cathedral

Latin America's oldest and largest cathedral stands towering over Zocalo and can't be missed. Undoubtedly, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a pride of Mexico and Central America. It now houses Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico.


The cathedral was designed by Claudio de Arciniega inspired by Gothic architecture. In comparison, the 25 bell towers are of Xalapan design. Santa Maria de Guadalupe, the largest bell, weighs 13,000 kg. The inside of the cathedral is just as incredible as the outside with ornate decor, gold coatings, and incredible paintings.



Metropolitan Church in Mexico City

 

10 La Pithaya Vegana

Anyone else love all things pink? I know I do. So, when I found La Pithaya Vegana with pink tortillas made of beets I was all in! I visited twice during my time in Mexico City. Each time, I had 3 tacos with curry, tofu, and cauliflower and the Chai Latte. So good!


If you didn't know, I went plant-based for 2+ months during my time in Honduras. I shifted for a few meals recently, and am regrouping.


Since, I typically cook at my stay over 90% of the time, I choose what locals, bloggers, and TripAdvisor highly recommend.



La Pithaya Vegana

Top 10 Things to Do in Mexico City

Mexico City is a marvelous place to visit for many reasons. It definitely surprised me in 2021. I loved visiting Frida's Museum and Blue House, Chapultepec Park, and experiencing amazing food.


Whether you travel to Mexico City to visit Chapultepec Park, Alameda Central Park, or nearby destinations, you will love exploring Mexico City.


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