make Mexico City a must-see on your travel list. I just visited last week for a wedding and thought 'why am I not here more often'? the city is ginormous, over 21 million people, and its sprawl is seemingly endless. let's tackle it in a bitesize chunk - think taco slider. here's where to eat, shop and spot a dog or two in the Condesa and roma Norte neighborhoods, with a guacamole side of what to do in the historic city center.
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HOTEL CONDESSA DF
AIRBNB in ROMA NORTA
We stayed at Condessa DF and in an airbnb in Roma Norte -- recommend both. Fun neighborhoods with plenty to walk to: restaurants, drinks, shops, or just cruising around. At Condessa, splurge for a nicer room, facing the street - it's well worth it. stay away from the interior rooms that face the courtyard, they're loud, and small. the airbnb was the perfect location, it was big, and really well-designed, and it was a deal of deals. however, it's loud (Mexico City is loud) - there's a school next door and a klerb at night, plus some construction all around. despite that, I think we'd do it again.
meroma in roma norte was a real treat. you're confused about where to enter - you're in a ground floor, low ceiling packed bar, and only after a few minutes does a hostess whisk you upstairs to the restaurant tucked away in the trees. tricky, somewhat intimidating start - I'm into it. the food was phenomenal, I mean extra-delicious. service was great, vibe was vibey and it was muy affordable. we had a reservation, btw - gotta make one.
Primos we stumbled in on a walkabout. Tad liked the chairs, so we sat. the perfect people watching spot, the food was yums de la yums, and the interior was todas insta-worthy, that's very in espangnol folks. try the tiny corn.
MUSEO NACIONAL DE ARTE
PUPS IN THE PARK
we jaunted up to the national art museum one afternoon, and some of god's greatest gifts, are unanswered prayers (that's garth brooks folks). I had zero expectations and I was blown away. the building itself is a spectacle du jour, and the only exhibition we had time to catch was José María Velasco: Perspectives on an Era, but I was super-inspired and thoroughly enjoyed myself. oh, and the huge Jaume plensa sculpture. dope. out this on the to-do list, even if you think you don't want to. you do.
omg the dog walkers. did you see on my instagram story? so we headed out to breakfast in condessa on morning - maque cafe, add that to the list for breakfast. there are a couple of locations. the waitress, in traditional costume, brings you a tray of the sickest pastries to chose from to start - and while we ate outside, we watched a band of dog walkers meet up across the street, each dude sporting at least 8 pups each. that was amazing, in and of its whole entire self, BUT THEN, as we were walking home through the park, I rounded a corner and saw FIFTY DOGS LINED UP IN A ROW, all being good boys. every single one - behaved and chilling, in a line. some napping. others just doing dog observations. two puppies nipping at each other. and 3 malamutes asleep under a tree. I DIED. I AM DEAD. THIS IS MY EULOGY. bye.
it's the park across the street from the condessa hotel. go and see what peaking feels like.
LA CIUDADELA MERCADO
I can get all my ya-yas out with a trip to the La Ciudadela mercado. It may not be the most obscure with the heady dank stuff no one knows about, but it's huge, and it's just fine - it has everything you'd want to see from pom pom to poncho. plus, you can walk to the museum from it - if you didn't buy all the things.
RAIN JACKET, a BLOUSEY BLOUSE, a KIMONO, CROPPED JEANS, GOOD SNEAKS and LEATHER BOOTS WITH A STACKED HEEL
a rain jacket. it rained a lot. that's not normal I hear, but it was c'est la my vie. my fave travel jacket is from Uniqlo. packs up, looks sharp and works. comes in three good colors - I stick with black.
I deeply regretted not bringing a pair of err'day leather boots. I only had sneaks and I felt very American. I oogled several pairs on the street and then went back and googled some to buy. oogle led to google. these were the general vibe:
a blousey blouse. one, because they're all the internationally rage, and two, because it feels very Mexican to me to have a poufy sleeve. just a few that would be right on to rock in the city.
cute cropped denim that goes great from day to nighttime b/c if you do have your chic boots, you can wear them to dinner with your blouse, lookin' all fly.
and reporting from left field, I do always travel with these sweatpants, b/c as soon as I'm back from dinner, they go on. they run really small. I wear a medium and sometimes a large.