5 Places in Mexico City we can’t wait to visit after lockdown

By Anais ‘The Curious Mexican‘ & Co-Founder of Devoured MX

2020 has brought with it one of the most peculiar situations we’ve experienced as the human race: a worldwide epidemic.

And for those of us who are privileged enough to be able to stay at home in isolation, we have found comfort in multiple activities to keep our mind entertained such as, working out at home, binging through our favorite series, learn a new language and some of us have been left daydreaming about future travels. 

This is a top 5 of the neighborhoods that should definitely be on your list, if one of your dream destinations is Mexico City.

The Historic Centre

Mexico City got the name The City of The Palaces when British Author Charles Joseph La Trobe navigated through this old neighborhood. Its majestic buildings and its 

You could very easily spend a whole day strolling around indulging your eyes with beautiful sights like the Bellas Artes building with its white marble construction and a yellow mosaic top, then stopping by the gold covered stairs of the Main Post office building, the walking along Madero, a purely pedestrian street that leads to the Zócalo, also known as The Main Square where both the City’s Cathedral and the National Palace are located.

Coyoacán

Located in the southern part of the city, Coyoacan or The land or Coyotes is a magical place, where the cobblestone streets match perfectly with the colorful houses  and the colonial architecture seamlessly covered by flowers and plants. The two main parks located right in the heart of this borough are known for being the perfect spot for young lovers to take a stroll, grab a coffee or an ice cream while listening to the street musicians that gather around.

This lively part of town is also home of one of the most famous tourist attractions: The Frida Kahlo Blue House

Xochimilco

One of the biggest boroughs of the City, Xochimilco was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site back in 1987. Known for its ancient canals, beautiful gondola-like boats and artificial islands known as chinampas, the site has long been a popular weekend activity for the city’s dwellers. 

A visit to this festive spot would start by jumping onto a boat with a bunch of friends or family and, as you slowly navigate through the waters, you would get a couple of the most Mexican songs you can think of from the nearest floating mariachi band, that would rapidly approach to you in smaller, faster boats. All while you dig into typical national dishes and snacks like quesadillas, elotes, tacos, tamales and so much more.  

Juarez Neighborhood

Framed by three of the most important streets in the city, Reforma, Insurgentes and Chapultepec you will find the chicest of all neighborhoods in recent years: Juárez. 

Also known as the hipster and trendy area, this neighborhood full of beautiful squares and massive mansions built in the late 19th century, is now the epicenter of all things cool, and home of numerous expats.

You can find anything from independent clothing stores, artisanal planters, modern coffee shops and it’s surely has to be one of the most exciting places to eat, with places ranging from Indian-Mexican restaurants, oyster bars, Modern Mexican Cuisine joints, a bean to bar workshop, a Mexican natural wine bar and even the best gelato spot in town. 

Chapultepec

Most people wouldn’t think of Mexico City as a green place at first, but as soon as you’re flying into it you’ll notice the vast amount of parks, trees, boulevards and gardens that cover the territory.

The Chapultepec Forest is the biggest of them all with a size of 686 hectares, which makes it twice as big as Central Park, and it’s full of amazing landmarks and running paths, museums and underwater murals, a zoo and botanical garden, two man-made lakes where you can rent a rowboat and last but not least, it is home of the only castle in Latin America where actual royalty has ever lived. Walking around Chapultepec on Sunday afternoon is a must. 

 

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