If you’re looking for a quick trip away from New York City, Mexico City is the perfect place. It’s a direct flight (~5 hours) and there is only a one hour time change so you can make the most of a long weekend. There were so many things to do I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface! I will definitely need to go back.

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What to See and Do in Mexico City

Take a Food Tour

This was my favorite thing that I did in Mexico City. I took a small group tour with Eat Mexico. It is a little pricey but well worth it and you will definitely be stuffed by the end. We went to some more established places to eat but also stopped at a lot of street stalls and places in a local market that I would have never noticed or known to stop at.

What to See and Do in Mexico City

Eat at a Fancy Restaurant

If you’re a big foodie then this is a city for you. There are endless famous restaurants throughout the city if you have the budget. Pujol is one of the most famous ones but if you do a little research all the food magazines are always updating their lists with the best new openings, chefs and places to go.

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Take a Cooking Class or have a Mezcal Tasting

If you’re interested in doing more food related activities besides eating, a cooking class is a great way to learn more about the local food. There are several companies that run different kinds of classes in the city. Casa Jacaranda is one. Also another popular activity is to have a Mezcal tasting.

Wander the Markets

There are several markets all over the city. Mercado la Ciudadela for artisan crafts, Mercado de San Juan (more gourmet food) and the largest one Mercardo La Merced are just a few.

Wake Up Early and See the Teotihuacan Pyramids

Get up early and visit the Teotihuacan Pyramids. If you are looking for a splurge you can sign up for a hot air balloon ride over the Pyramids before the tourists arrive. There are walking tours you can arrange from the city but I would recommend just taking a taxi or Uber (I believe I heard it was less than $20) and exploring them yourselves. Just read some information on your own beforehand. Also, the earlier you can get there the better, not only will it help you avoid the crowds but it is also much cooler. There isn’t any shade and it gets HOT.

What to See and Do in Mexico City

Visit a Museum (or two)

Mexico City is famous for the number of museums that sit in the city, the most famous being the Anthropological Museum, followed by the Frida Khalo Museum which I didn’t get to visit but I’ve heard was gorgeous. Read about some of the other popular museums to visit here.

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Casa Estudio Luis Barragán

Wander the colorful houses designed by architect Luis Barragan. Make sure you reserve your tickets ahead of time. They offer tours in both English and Spanish but are pretty strict about the times and schedules.

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Explore & Shop Polanco, Zona Rosa and Roma

North of the park sits Polanco, a more upscale area of restaurants and shops. Zona Rosa and Roma are a little more casual and was where I ended up buying most of my souvenirs. My friend and I stumbled upon a couple art fairs which ended up having the best things to buy. One of the best stores we discovered was Happening in Roma Norte.

Visit Central Square and the Historic District

This was the area that I stayed nearby. There are a lot of beautiful buildings especially the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Wander the main street of shops, museums and restaurants on your way to the Zócalo (main square)If you’re looking for a sky high city view buy a ticket for the top of the Mirador Torre Latino.

What to See and Do in Mexico City

See La Luche Libre Wresting

A very famous attraction in the city check with your hotel or hostal for a recommendation on where to see a good La Luche Libre Mexican Wrestling match.

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DAY TRIPS OUTSIDE THE CITY

Hike a Volcano

If you can manage the altitude a short ride away from the city you can hike and climb the Iztaccihutal Volcano. Not a very physically demanding or difficult hike (you’re fine with sneakers), breathing through the altitude is the only real hard part. But the views make it worth it. I booked a tour with Viator for about $50. I was there in September and would recommend bringing a light jacket with you.

What to See and Do in Mexico City

Take a Day Trip to Puebla

Two hours from the city. This colorful city is famous for it colonial-era architecture.

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Have you been to Mexico City? What else do you recommend? Comment below and let me know!