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mexico city.

mexico city.

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Last weekend, we went to Mexico City for a friend's 30th birthday. Mexico City has been a buzzy travel destination in the last couple years (in 2016 it was The New York Times #1 travel destination). Previously, I'd only been to resort towns in Mexico (Cabo, Puerto Vallarta), so I wasn't sure what to expect, but Mexico City blew me away. It's so full of color and greenery, but also refined and urban. The food was INCREDIBLE and super affordable. There was so much that we didn't get to (Casa Luis Barragán and the Frida Kahlo museum are at the top of my list for next time), but here are a few of my favorite spots from this trip. 

Where to stay

We stayed in Condesa, which was full of hip spots and tree-lined streets. I would definitely stay there again or in nearby Roma Norte. (BTW, this is the Airbnb we stayed in. I'd highly recommend, espeically if you're traveling with a group!) 

 Parque Mexico in Condesa. This was a 5 minute walk from our Airbnb. 

Parque Mexico in Condesa. This was a 5 minute walk from our Airbnb. 

 The Roma Norte neighborhood, which kind of reminded me of the Upper West Side. 

The Roma Norte neighborhood, which kind of reminded me of the Upper West Side. 

Where to drink

Loup Bar. Loup is a natural wine bar in Roma Norte. They had fantastic small dishes and a great selection of mostly French and Mexican wines. I'd recommend checking out anything from Bichi, the first natural wine producer in Mexico. We had a bottle of their Pet Mex, and it's probably the most interesting wine I've ever had. It's sparkly, fruity, dry, and kind of tastes like kombucha. That sounds entirely contradictory, which is why it was so fantastic. 

 Bichi's Pet Mex. Look out for the lucha libre's on all their wine labels. 

Bichi's Pet Mex. Look out for the lucha libre's on all their wine labels. 

Sabrá Dios. We stopped by this mezcal shop to buy some bottles to take home. The woman who was working was really helpful and had lots of historical info to share on the various mezcal producers they carry. Bonus points - they let you sample! 

 Inside Sabrá Dios.

Inside Sabrá Dios.

Where to eat

ALL OF THE TACOS. We ate tacos between meals, for meals, and late at night after dinner. My biggest piece of advice would be to eat as many tacos as physically possible. We liked El Califa and El Tizoncito, but I'm sure there are many other awesome spots. Al pastor con queso was my favorite. 

 Al pastor con queso tacos at El Tizoncito. 

Al pastor con queso tacos at El Tizoncito. 

Contramar. Contramar has become a seafood institution in Mexico City. Chef Gabriela Cámara also owns Cala in San Francisco. I've had the tuna tostadas at both, but the Mexico City version definitely takes the cake. 

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Páramo. We had our last group meal here and it had a very cool vibe with excellent ceviche. 

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Azul Condesa. I was sold as soon as I walked in and saw the blue corn tortillas being made my hand. I had amazing cochinita pibil tacos and Scott had jamaica enchiladas (which were a great combo of floral and savory flavors). 

 Tortilla making at Azul. 

Tortilla making at Azul. 

Ojo de Agua. If you're looking for something healthy-ish and not a taco, Ojo de Agua had beautiful acai bowls and fresh juices. 

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El Moro Churreria. El Moro is a churro shop that's been open in Mexico City since 1935. The churros with chocolate dipping sauce are fantastic, but we loved the churro ice cream sandwiches. 

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Eno. I didn't get any photos, but we stopped here for brunch and loved it. They had amazing pastries, egg dishes and tortas. This was a great non-taco daytime spot. 

 

Helpful links

We used the following guides to help us plan our trip:

NYT's 36 Hours in Mexico City

Goop Mexico City Guide

The Eater Guide to Mexico City

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sandals currently in my shopping cart (<$100!)

sandals currently in my shopping cart (<$100!)

lemon elderflower cake recipe (aka royal wedding cake).

lemon elderflower cake recipe (aka royal wedding cake).