Colors and Flavors: Following Deniz, Jenny and Shirley around Mexico City
Deniz (photographer from NYC), Jenny (works for NYLON Germany) and Shirley (runs a restaurant in L.A.) share a few of their favorite things to see, eat and experience in Mexico City.
Summing up everything you need to do while visiting Mexico City is like stuffing your face with 25 tacos at once – no matter how bad you want it to happen, you have to give up at some point. Deniz (photographer from NYC), Jenny (works for NYLON Germany) and Shirley (runs a restaurant in L.A.) still want to share a few of their favorite things to see, eat and experience in Mexico City.
Did you know Mexico City was built on a lake? Before the Spanish conquerers destroyed the ancient Aztec city, Tenochtitlán was a very sophisticated construction of temples, marketplaces and even floating gardens. A small part of these floating gardens and canals still exist today and you should definitely go there. Located in the South of Mexito City, Xochimilco offers the perfect weekend activity, especially for the locals themselves. Whole families, groups of friends or lovers book a tour through the canals on colorful wooden boats where vendors provide everything you need: icecold Micheladas (beer mixed with hot sauce), amazing streetfood and Mariachi music.
If you want to spend some time just strolling around, checking out some galleries, nice interior shops or cool boutiques, check out La Roma and La Condesa. The Contigupus neighborhoods are less traditional and some bars or cafés look like any other hip shop around the world, but it’s a great place to hang out, enjoy the two parks (Parqué México & Parque España), walk down Avenida Álvaro Obregón or have a fancy night out with dinner and drinks at Blanco Colima.
To experience the heart of the city a visit to the Centro Histórico is inevitable. Besides going up the Torre Latinoamericana skyscraper to see how big the city really is, walking by the Palacio de Bellas Artes and letting the magnitud of the Catherdral and the Zócalo (the main square) sink in, go see the beautiful Murals of painter (and Frida Kahlo’s husband) Diego Rivera at Palacio Nacional. The entry is free but it’s recommendable to get a guide.
Ask for Hugo outside, he’s at least 200 years old, but pretty fluent in English and gives the amazing paintings some context with impressive historical facts and funny anecdotes. Afterwards walk around the streets in the Centro Histórico until you’re hungry – Antojitos Esther on Calle Santísimo 22 is your destination. Street workers and business people squeezed in the hole in the wall swear on the food prepared in this open kitchen. Try the Gorditas con salsa de jitomate y queso!
But no matter how great Mexico City is — it sometimes calls for a 2 day getaway. In a 3 – 4 hour drive radius from the mega city there are several „Pueblos Mágicos“, Magic Villages that deserved this official title for being a place of great cultural, natural or gastronomic heritage. And they’re all worth a visit. Such as Guanajuato, Valle de Bravo, Puebla or Tepotzlán.
Due to its colonial charge and subtropical climate all year long Tepotzlán, located in a valley, is a popular destination for all Chilangos, how Mexico City residents are called. If the only clothes you wanna put on for a while is a bathing suite and some shades, we got you covered with the perfect spot: Las Estacas is a natural park with the most amazing crystal clear river you have ever seen. Jumping off trees, floating down the river, hanging by the pool — pure paradise. We highly recommend spending at least a night there to see the sunrise over this magical piece of land.