How to Spend Two Days in Mexico City

By journey_junkies | Dec 1, 2020
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Mexico City is a sprawling metropolis full of colour and culture. You could easily spend a month there and still not get to see and experience everything the city has to offer. If you only have a weekend, you can still get a taste of Mexico City's delights, but be warned - you will probably be booking your next trip as soon as you arrive home.

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

Mexico City is a sprawling metropolis full of colour and culture. You could easily spend a month there and still not get to see and experience everything the city has to offer. If you only have a weekend, you can still get a taste of Mexico City's delights, but be warned - you will probably be booking your next trip as soon as you arrive home.

With more museums than any other city in the world, amazing architecture, a scintillating LGBTQ scene, delicious street food and many other attractions, Mexico City is one of the most exciting cities on the planet.

Aztec Dancers

Aztec Dancers

Getting There

Juarez International Airport is located eight miles from Mexico City. If you arrive late at night, it is advisable to take an official taxi to the downtown area. During the day, the metro is a good alternative.

Getting Around

Mexico City's metro system is extensive and one of the cheapest underground systems in the world. Having said that it isn't the most comfortable of transport options during rush hour. Taxis are cheap, but make sure you take one from the official sitio taxi stands or use Uber.

Day One

Start the day with Huevos Rancheros, a classic Mexican breakfast – tortillas, fried eggs, salsa and refried beans. Try Café El Popular (5 de Mayo esq Palmas, just off the Zocalo). It's a popular spot with both locals and tourists.

After a hearty breakfast, head to the charming neighbourhood of Coyoacan. The number one attraction here is La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo's house, which has now been turned into a museum. It provides a fascinating insight into the lives of artist Frida and her husband Diego Rivera.

Casa Azul

Casa Azul

Afterwards, you could head around the corner to the house where the exiled Leon Trotsky lived the last year of his life. It was there that he was murdered by an assassin in his study. In contrast to Frida's colorful abode, it is an austere house which has been changed little since Trotsky lived there, but is an intriguing slice of political history.

Coyoacan Plaza is a great place to sample some tasty street food. At weekends, it is particularly lively with food and handicraft stalls and a festive atmosphere prevails. It feels like small town Mexico in the heart of the big city.

Back in Centro Historico, take a stroll around the huge main plaza, the Zocalo, the second largest public square in the world after Russia's Red Square. There are plenty of museums, shops and cool street art to explore in the surrounding areas.

El Balcon del Zocalo is a perfect place for dinner. The restaurant has a rooftop terrace providing spectacular views of the cathedral and Zocalo. It has an international, Mexcican and veggie friendly menu.

Spirit Cleansing Ceremony

Spirit Cleansing Ceremony

Day Two

Pasteleria Ideal (Calle 16 de septiembre 18, Col. Centro) could be the largest bakery you have ever seen, and is an ideal place to pick up some pastries for breakfast. The choice of baked goods, both sweet and savoury, is a feast for the eyes. With breakfast and coffee in hand, make tracks to Alameda Park and find a bench to sit to enjoy your first meal of the day and a spot of people-watching. You can't miss the opulent architecture of Palacio de Belles Artes, the grandest building in Mexico City.

Mariachi Musicians on Horseback

Mariachi Musicians on Horseback

Just across the road (Calle Revillagigedo 11, Cuauhtemoc), check out the Popular Art Museum. Housed in an ex-fire station, this contemporary museum is full of colorful Mexican folk art. It's fun and quirky and the exhibits range from Day of the Dead skulls and skeletons to vibrant piñatas.

La Ciudadela is an artisan market (Calle de Balderas, s/m Centro, 06040 Cuauhtemoc). It specializes in handicrafts from all over the country. Prices are reasonable and you are bound to find something that catches your eye.

Even if you have never considered attending a wrestling match before, lucha libre is a unique Mexican experience and not-to-be-missed. (Arena Mexico,189 Calle Dr. Lavista, Colonia Doctores). Regular sessions are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons). The atmosphere is electric and whole families attend shouting abuse at the bad guys and cheering for their heroes.

Round off your time in Mexico City with some tequila shots and mariachi music at a bar on Plaza Garibaldi. The haunting sound of roving mariachi bands echo around the square, as you reflect on two action-packed days in this amazing city.

The Tequila Museum,  Garibaldi Square

The Tequila Museum, Garibaldi Square

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Hi! We are Ku and T, otherwise known as journey-junkies! We are from Brighton in the UK and a passionate about travel and adventure! We travel light, cheap and slow and frequently housesit (we love animals too!) Travel Light – We have been carrying only daypacks since we took a trip to South East Asia in 2011. We don’t check bags and the pros far outweigh the cons. We both agree that we could never go back to carrying full-size backpacks! Travel Cheap – We travel on a budget and therefore are able to travel for longer periods of time. We are not averse to a night in a mid-range hotel if we feel the need to, but generally we tak... Read more

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