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Mexico City Culture Jaunt
A perfectly curated, 3-day trip filled with the must-see cultural hotspots.
The elevator pitch: it’s vibrant, international, and friendly. It feels like literally everyone has a dog. And you will eat like an absolute king.
When to go: great to visit all year (average temp is 64°F /18°C). But we’d say try to go between September and May to skip the rainy season.
Where to stay: Airbnb options are plentiful! Stay in Condesa or Roma Norte for walkability and access to the best spots. If hotels are more your vibe, we love Condesa DF Hotel.
How to get around: there’s a comprehensive metro system that’s easy to navigate. We like to Uber because it’s quick, reliable and inexpensive.
Other stuff: this is a high altitude city, so drink that water and take it easy out the gate. Also, most restaurants and businesses shut down on Sunday night (and some for the full day), so plan accordingly.
TRIP OVERVIEW: Culture Jaunt
What this is: a curated list of cultural spots (museums, castles, activities, etc.) you shouldn’t miss.
What this isn’t: a plug for the wax museum.
Day 1: Friday
Day 2: Saturday
Day 3: Sunday
THE DETAILED GUIDE: Culture Jaunt
Day 1: Friday
San Angel Inn
Authentic and beautiful. Go here for the al fresco dining in a legendary setting. It used to be a monastery!
Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
Eclectic and visual. Perfect for a quick stop - admire the architecture and snap a photo of the cactus perimeter fence. Open every day but Monday. Free on Sundays and $30 USD other days.
Museo Frida Kahlo
Tranquil and striking. We love this because it’s super accessible even if museums aren’t your thing. Reserving tickets online can be glitchy, but you don’t have to buy in advance (just plan for a bit of a wait).
Bustling and chaotic. An institution in the Coyoacan Market, brave the chaos to find a huge variety of tostadas to scarf down.
Majestic and stately . It’s the only Castle on the continent so at least walk around the perimeter. 80 pesos per person to go inside (closed on Monday).
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
Stunning and historical. It’s the largest and most visited museum in Mexico. If you only go to one museum on your trip, we’d say pick this one. Closed on Monday, 64 pesos admission.
Enchanting and lush. The perfect place for a festive dinner. Ask to sit in the outdoor patio with twinkly lights for a little extra ambiance.
Day 2: Saturday
Ojo de Agua
Casual and Fresh. Acai bowls, avocado toast, fresh fruit juices - come here to refresh, reset, and fuel up for a big day!
Epic and expansive. A 90 minute drive from the city center, these epic ruins predate even the Aztecs. You can easily book a tour online (including transportation), so find one that’s your speed and then enjoy the trek.
Exotic and unique. Located literally in a cave, you’ll find authentic Mexico food in this crazy setting.
(If your transportation back from the pyramids isn’t flexible, round out the night back in the city with an epic dinner at Contramar.)
Day 3: Sunday
Rustic and comforting. The move here is definitely to order one of every pastry and go wild. Ha, just kidding. Make sure you try the Rol de guayaba. (No advance reservations, so show up early if you want to avoid a line).
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Elegant and impressive. Of course you should go inside and see the incredible murals by Mexican artists (including Diego Rivera). But a true insider tip - head to the top floor of this Sears building to grab a coffee at Finca Don Porfirio for a birds eye view of the Palace itself.
Stately and expansive. Explore the gardens, murals and fountains of the National Palace. Always free but closed on Monday. Make sure to bring your ID to get in.
Museo del Templo Mayor
Ancient and historical. Closed on Monday, free on Sundays, checking out these city center ruins is a must for any history buff.
Taqueria Los Cocuyos
Unassuming and local. If you’re not in the know, you’d walk by this gem of a taco stand. But luckily, you’ve got Jaunt. Order more than you think you want, you won’t regret it.
Rowdy and dramatic. Grab a beer or two and buckle up. These matches can get a little wild and are always a fun spectacle. Only on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Taqueria de Orinoco
Casual and authentic. Northern style tacos from Monterrey, go here and crush as many as you can. The menu is short and sweet, and everything is amazing! It’s a chain with locations in Polanco and Roma Norte as well.
Churreria el Morro
Relaxed and easygoing. Okay we may have saved the best for last. Not much needs to be said - go here and eat some churros. If you’re feeling extra flirty, get the churro ice cream sandwich.
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