8 Things You Need to Do in Mexico City

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8 things you need to do in Mexico City! CDMX is a huge place. It is the capital and largest city in Mexico and the most populous in North America. It is rich in history from pre-hispanic ruins to modern art. There is so much to see and do, it would be impossible to list them all but here are some of my favorites from our trip!


Explore the Food Scene

There is so much to eat in Mexico City and so little time! From street vendors to world class restaurants, there is literally something delicious at every corner. The street food here is unmatched and makes for the perfect snack while exploring the city. Our favorite street finds were $0.50 tacos, freshly cut mangos with chile, elotes, chips covered in hot sauces, and sour candy coated in chile. Mexico City is also home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the world. For a list restaurants you need to try, check out my post – 12 Restaurants You Need to Try in Mexico City!

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Get Coffee with a View

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Cafe Don Porfirio in Mexico City overlooking the Palacio de Bellas Artes

One of the best views in the city is located inside a Sears coffee shop at Finca Don Porfirio. The most prized seats in the house are along the bar that overlooks the Palacio de Bellas Artes. Perfect spot to watch the sunset!

Spend a Day at the Park

Bosque de Chapultepec | website

Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico City

The Bosque de Chapultepec is a huge park that acts as the lungs of the city. It is twice the size of Central Park and houses a zoo, museums, and a castle that sits on top of a hill with amazing views.

Take a Day Trip to Teotihuacán

I know Teotihuacán is its own city but many visitors use Mexico City as the starting point. Visiting the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon has been on my bucket list and would highly recommend taking a day trip to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site. We didn’t have any trouble taking an Uber there and back and it cost about $25 each way. When we visited in October 2021, they did not allow people to climb up the pyramids. I am not sure if this is a temporary or permanent policy. Either way still worth visiting! If you’re a plant lover, check out the botanical gardens while you’re there too! Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring a hat, it is very sunny! End the trip by grabbing a bite to eat at La Gruta. It is a restaurant inside of a cave right outside of the pyramids and within walking distance. The food is ok but ambiance is 10/10!

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Walk Around Centro Histórico

Metropolitan Cathedral | website

Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral

Centro Histórico is a central neighborhood in Mexico City with so much to do! Sites I would recommend seeing are the Cathedral, Palacio Nacional, Templo Mayor ruins, Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Alameda Central.

Admire Art at the Soumaya Museum

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Soumaya Museum in Mexico City

The Museo Soumaya is a free art museum located in the Polanco neighborhood. The building itself is a work of art! Inside you’ll find sculptures, paintings, coins, and more from Pre-Hispanic times to modern art from around the world.

Visit the Museum of Anthropology

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National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City

The Museum of Anthropology is the largest museum in Mexico and is filled with so much history. It is filled with artifacts from the time of the Aztecs to modern history. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours here. Entry is about $4/person.

Take a Stroll through Barrio Chino

neighborhood near Palacio de Bellas Artes

Barrio Chino Chinatown in Mexico City

Barrio Chino is the Chinatown of Mexico City. It is a cute street lined with lanterns, umbrellas, and string lights. Along this street you’ll find shops, restaurants, and street vendors. Some popular items we noticed were steamed baos and deep-fried ramen!

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