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    36 Hours in Mexico City

    36 Hours in Mexico City

    Host to three of the world's top 50 restaurants, over 140 registered museums, and the largest city park in the Western Hemisphere, there is plenty to keep you busy in the culturally diverse and bustling Mexico City. So if you've only got 36 hours to spare, there's not a moment to waste. Here are the highlights of what to hit in your limited time in Mexico City.

    Mexico City

    Start your morning off in the historic Zocalo with a classic Mexican breakfast at Puro Corazón. My personal favorite are the chilaquiles, lightly fried tortillas covered with a fried egg, red or green chili, and Mexican cream cheese. Add shredded chicken if you’re extra hungry. Be sure to arrive here early to enjoy the patio view of the Zocalo and the Cathedral as the city begins to stir.

    chilaquiles Mexico City

    After a filling breakfast, it's time to explore the Zocalo itself. One of the world's largest squares, it was laid out almost immediately after the conquest of the former Aztec city of Tenochtitlán. Relics and ruins from the ancient city, including the famous Pyramid of Huitzilopochtli, can be seen at the nearby Templo Mayor Museum and Archeological Site. The National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral are also just a few steps away and definitely worth a visit if you can squeeze them in.

    Zocalo, Mexico City

    Photo by Mark Hogan via Flickr

    For lunch, we recommend another classic mexican dish at Agua y Sal. The colorfully decorated restaurant serves up fantastic ceviche, fish prepared with lime and a variety of spices. We recommend trying the Ceviche Tasting Menu for four of the restaurant’s most exceptional ceviche styles.

    ceviche Mexico City

    After lunch, it's time to explore the largest and most visited museum in Mexico: the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. The massive museum contains more history than most can absorb in a full day, but English-translated signage and free guided tours help to explain Mexico's complicated history from pre-hispanic Mexico to modern times.

    the Museo Nacional de Antropologia Mexico City

    After your museum visit, take a stroll through Bosque de Chapultepec, conveniently located just on the other side of the highway of Paseo de la Reforma. Covering just over 686 hectares, a walk around the grounds will take you through forests, past lakes and by local vendors on the way to the beautiful Chapultepec Castle. Enjoy the view from the hilltop as the sun sets over the city.

    Chapultepec Castle Mexico City

    For dinner, you'll need to make reservations well in advance for Pujol, voted one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Celebrated Chef Enrique Olvera uses classic ingredients in new and innovative ways to create acclaimed, contemporary Mexican cuisine. Alternatively, Quintonil and Tori Tori also made the world's top 50 list and are located within the city limits.

    Pujol Mexico City

    For a fun night out, head to the neighborhood of La Condesa, home to many of the city’s best bars and nightlife. Whether you're into electronic music, karaoke, rooftop bars with a view, cozy speakeasies or rowdy salsa clubs, you'll find something to suit your taste in this classy and eclectic borough.

    Before You Go

    Wash off that tequila stench from your big night out and grab anything off the menu at Cafe de Tacuba, because it's time to go shopping. At Fonart you'll find indigenous textiles modeled into shawls and dresses, baskets and pottery, hand-blown glassware, rustic-chic furniture and much more. Keep an eye out for authentic silver jewelry and handicrafts, the metal that helped turn Mexico into Spain's wealthiest overseas colony centuries ago. It’s an excellent place to stock up on souvenirs from your quick trip to Mexico City.


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