Mexico City is a destination that’s love at first sight. You won’t need to look for things to do here with the endless museums, art galleries, trendy bars, delicious food and ancient Aztec ruins all throughout the city. As the largest Spanish speaking city in the world, Mexico City can be daunting for even the most experienced traveler, but once you find your way – you’ll never want to stop exploring the heartbeat of Mexico’s Capital.
Mexico City has become more popular in recent years, and it seems as if everyone is in on all the cultural experiences this city has to offer its guests. I bet you didn’t know that Mexico City ranks as the city with the second-highest number of museums in the world (right after Paris)!
Or, if you’re a foodie, Mexico City has over 40,000 restaurants from Michelin star restaurants to taquerias! Your hardest part isn’t finding food, it’s deciding what to eat!
For a weekend getaway to Mexico City here are the experiences you won’t want to miss!
1. Fly in a Hot Air Balloon over the Teotihuacan Pyramids
See the historic Teotihuacan Pyramids from the best view you could imagine- from the sky! Don’t pass up on this unique experience. Hot air balloons are so relaxing, and I love seeing the world from a new perspective.
I highly recommend choosing Flying Pictures Mexico for your hot air ballon adventure. Flight time in your balloon is around an hour. You’ll be picked up on your way to the pyramids early in the morning (pickup is usually around 5AM) to ensure that you’re up in the air for sunrise. The pyramids are around a 50-minute drive outside of Mexico City.
The Teotihuacan Pyramids (aka the City of the Gods) date back to 100 BC. It’s comprised of three main ruins: the Moon Pyramid, Sun Pyramid and Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The Sun Temple alone is the third largest pyramid in the world!
Tour Company | Flying Pictures Mexico
Cost Per Person | $145 USD
2. Explore Mexico City’s Museums
With hundreds of museums, there’s no way you could see all of them in just a weekend trip! For your first visit I recommend the Museo Nacional de Antropologia and the Museo Frida Kahlo.
National Museum of Anthropology
The design of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology) museum is truly spectacular. The center fountain in the courtyard has a giant “umbrella” like waterfall which is supported by a single pillar that seems to defy gravity.
The most popular piece in this museum is the Aztec Sunstone. It’s become the modern-day emblem of Mexican culture.
Admission | $3.50 USD
Hours | Tuesday – Sunday 9AM to 7PM. Closed on Mondays.
Museo Frida Kahlo
The Museo Frida Kahlo has become a must see in Mexico City attracting visitors from around the world who want to try and understand a little more about the fascinating life of the artist Frida Kahlo.
The museum is also known as “Casa Azul”, or the blue house, named after the color of the walls. This building was the birthplace of the artist and the home in which Frida grew up. She lived here with her husband, and fellow Mexican artist, Diego Rivera for several years, and eventually died in one of the upper rooms.
Popover Tip: Lines for this museum are notoriously long! Be sure to buy your tickets in advance online to avoid waiting a long queue.
Entry Fee | $10.50 USD
Hours | Tuesday-Sunday 1000-1800
3. Discover the Best Churros in Mexico City
Churrería El Moro
Welcome to the Cafe du Monde of Mexico City. What beignets are to the Big Easy, churros are to Mexico City! Stop in the oldest churrería in the city, Churrería El Moro, and watch the cooks dip, fry, roll, and sugar coat these mouthwatering churros.
Your order of churros (just 20 pesos) comes with a cup of hot chocolate for dipping.
Bite into a hot churro and sip on a cafe con leche, or one of Churrería El Moro’s famous hot chocolates and watch the world go by you. These churros are made fresh when you order them, and they’re open 24 hours a day.
Hours | Open 24 hours
4. Visit Mexico City’s Iconic Landmarks
Palacio de Bellas Artes
As a UNESCO heritage site, Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is possibly one of the most beautiful buildings in Mexico City. You’ll immediately notice the beautiful yellow domes at the top of the building. To enter, you’ll need a ticket to the museum, and you can only visit the theatre if you’re watching a performance.
The building is used as a concert hall for operas, ballet and symphony performances. You can find art exhibits on the inside including paintings created from Diego Riveria.
The Zolaco, or the Plaza de la Constitution, is one of the world’s largest city squares. You can’t miss it once you see the massive Mexican flag waving at you in the center of the square. It’s bordered by the Palacio National (the Presidential Palace), the baroque Cathedral Metropolitana, and government offices.
5. Eat at a Local Taqueria
In Mexico City, you can trip and fall and truly stumble on the best taco of your life. Trust me when I say that you really haven’t really eaten tacos until you’ve been to Mexico City.
El Tizoncito continues to hold their crown for one of the best tacos al pastor (marinated pork flavored with various spices and pineapple). Tacos al Pastor have become a staple of Mexico City. Watch chefs skillfully shave meat and pineapple into tiny corn tortillas, then add your own onions, cilantro and salsas to complete this masterpiece of a taco that will truly blow your mind!
Hours | Sunday- Saturday 12:00PM -3:30AM
If you’re a lover of good seafood, look no further than the Pescado al Pastor tacos at Contramar in the Condesa neighborhood. Contramar has a beach-like vibe with marine murals and white tablecloths with seafood focused dishes. Contramar is one of the most popular places in Mexico city for both tourists and locals alike.
If you’re an adventurous eater, I challenge you to try the pescado a la talla. One side of the butterflied snapper is covered in a red spice rub, while the other half is smothered in a green, parsley-heavy salsa. The grilled fish is served with tortillas on the side- allowing you to the perfect opportunity to build your own fish taco from the freshest ingredients.
Hours | Sunday through Thursday, 12 to 1830 and Friday and Saturday, 12 to 2000
6. Splurge on a Luxury Hotel in the Heart of the City
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City
The Four Seasons Mexico City has a perfect location near the Chapultepec park with walking distance to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. As always, the Four Seasons has incredible hospitality and their Mexico City location has a tranquil courtyard that is truly stunning.
The Four Seasons Mexico City has one of the most acclaimed bars in the city, a charming secret garden and excellent on-site restaurants (Il Becco for dinner and Zanaya for breakfast), there’s no better hotel option for the perfect Mexico City weekend getaway.
Safety in Mexico City
It’s my opinion that most people have the wrong impression about Mexico City. Usually the two words that come to mind when someone hears Mexico City are crime and pollution. I’m not disagreeing that there are areas certainly to be avoided, but to shy away from a city all together because of an impression you have is limiting your opportunities for learning more about such a beautiful culture.
I’d recommend you research thoroughly what neighborhoods you want to visit and be mindful of your surroundings. Like most major cities, the areas with high crime and poverty and the areas typically visited by tourists do not have much overlap. Always be mindful of your belongings to prevent any pick pocketing temptations.
Transportation Safety in Mexico City
Transportation will be your biggest concern you need to be mindful of while visiting Mexico City. Uber is going to be your best resource for an efficient and safe ride. Be mindful though not all of your drivers will speak English. It’s also a good idea to contact your hotel to see if they offer any pick-up, or drop-off services to/from the airport. We used Uber all throughout our trip, and despite not speaking any Spanish we didn’t run into any challenges.
Final Thoughts on Mexico City
It’s hard not to love a place with so much history and culture. However you choose to spend your time in Mexico City, I promise it will be memorable. Don’t bypass a chance to visit this under-the-radar hidden gem of a city!
Have you been to Mexico City, or has this post inspired you to go? What’s one thing about visiting Mexico City that excites you the most?