We recently spent a weekend in Mexico City for a bachelor party! It was a lot of fun and we saw quite a bit of the city. Here’s all of what we saw, ate and did with our weekend in Mexico City.
On the plane ride there, we got the party started with a little bubbly. After we landed, we headed straight to tacos. I actually ended up with a delicious quesadilla and Neal had some really good tacos birria and tripe. You don’t have to go searching the blogs or yelp–more likely than not the place right down the street from wherever you’re staying has incredible tacos. Just don’t be put off by the person making them not using gloves or taking seemingly any other health precautions! A little dirt never hurt.
Day 1 activity: Bosque de Chapultepec
Next, we went to Bosque de Chapultepec, a huge park adjacent to the La Condesa neighborhood. The park is gorgeous and has a number of attractions beyond its green space. These sights include Chapultepec Castle, the Anthropology Museum, the Botanical Gardens, the Monument to the Niños Heroes, a zoo, and an amusement park! There are also a ton of vendors and other attractions. You could easily spend all day here. We spent a half day because that’s the time we had. We got to see the Castle, the Museum and the Monument. Read our full post on these attractions here with added tips!
Monument to the Ninos Heroes
Our big bachelor party celebration dinner was at Noso in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood just northwest of La Condesa. For $125 with tip, we had a nine course meal with wine pairing. Let me tell you, the food was great, but the wine was the real winner here.
I had the vegetarian tasting menu of course. For me, the best dish was the eggplant, but the risotto really stood out, too. I don’t know why there were two desserts, but they were both delicious. The second one came with an after dinner coffee cocktail that was to die for.
They put us in our own room with a window peering in on the head chefs. My friend got a great shot of them working:
Great food, great service, great price. After dinner, we were all exhausted on different time zones. We went back to our hotel and played board games.
Day 2: La Roma & the Historic City Center
We got up early the next morning and the group decided to split. A few of our friends went to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. They had a great time. It’s a half-day event and if you like Aztec ruins, you should absolutely go. Neal and I wanted to see a little more of the city, so we found a great place for breakfast and roamed around La Roma with another friend.
A must-go-to place for breakfast is Lalo! (exclamation in name). When you first arrive, they bring over a tray of baked goods, which we couldn’t resist. And thank god we didn’t. They were SO GOOD. If you haven’t gotten the picture, food in Mexico City is a highlight. The menu options were pretty classic Mexican dishes, with a few French dishes as well. I got the Huevos Rancheros and it did not disappoint.
I am a sucker for street art, so I came to La Roma in search of some. This neighborhood is supposedly known for its street art. We wandered around and found some great pieces.
La Roma is not the only neighborhood we found street art. Here are a few more pieces that my friends and I captured around Mexico City.
After breakfast we also found a community center in La Roma. It was interesting, but I think it wasn’t actually open yet when we went. Regardless, we walked around it. They had a huge veggie garden, a stage, a vendor area, a gatario, and more! It would be awesome to live near it.
The Historic City Center
We regrouped with some of our friends and headed to Mexico City’s Historic City Center. The Historic City Center was actually dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site not too long ago.
Once there, we decided to go into the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes.
–Museo del Placio de Bellas Artes–
This museum is fairly cheap to go into and has some really nice Diego Rivera pieces. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the theater, where the famous Tiffany’s Glass Curtain is, as it was only open during the weekdays.
Apparently this piece used to be in Rockefeller Center, but it was too political, so they took it down and Rivera redid it in Mexico City. Speaking of art, we very sadly did not make it to the Frieda Kahlo museum. I’ve heard it’s awesome and if you have more time than we did, you should totally check it out!
Anyway, there’s a park next to the Museum that we walked through to get to a church on other side of the plaza. Like Chapultepec, it was really pretty.
As you can see, there are Jacaranda trees here. They are such a bright and vibrant purple. Gorgeous.
When we got to the church across the plaza, there were a lot of people selling books. They had black duffel bags with something like 15 books each. It was strange. I thought maybe there was something going on that day, but I’m not sure. This could be the book selling courtyard of the city for all I know!
–El Zocalo/Plaza d’Armas–
After we checked out the churches across the plaza, we grabbed lunch at a diner taco place and headed toward the Zocalo (Plaza de la Constitución). Let me stop here and say there are a TON of people in Mexico City. It’s one of the most populated cities in the world. When you walk around it, it feels busier than New York City. I’m not a big fan of crowds, so this portion of the trip was a bit harder for me. Still a lot of fun though.
Anyway, back to the Zocalo. The Zocalo is a large plaza featuring hotels, restaurants, a stage, a big church, government buildings and Aztec ruins among other sights. We were going to meet up with our friends who chose to go to the Teotihuacan Pyramids at this point, so we looked for a cafe to stop at. This turned out to be a terrible decision. There are about 100 people trying to lure you into certain restaurants over others and clearly they are commissioned employees. They were incredibly pushy. When we went in one and ultimately decided not to eat there, they charged our friend for using the bathroom. We got out of there as quickly as we could and met up with our friends at the Metropolitan Cathedral instead.
While we waited, we checked out the plaza.
They had these large tents with green space underneath. They’re pretty nice when it’s really hot. There is also a stage to the left covered in lights, which I bet is very pretty at night. This would be a cool place to watch live music.
We found our friends at the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Cathedral is two churches in one. They originally built the church in the late 1500s, but felt it was too small, so they built a second church next to it that took 200 years to complete.
The older church’s facade:
The newer church’s facade:
You can go into both churches. It’s quite pretty and worth seeing (and, in any case, free).
Right next to the Cathedral is Templo Mayor. Templo Mayor has ancient ruins from the main temple in the square. It was originally built in the 1300s and subsequently destroyed to build the Metropolitan Cathedral. You pay to get in, and then you can walk around the ruins and then into a museum with artifacts and statues from Aztec times.
It’s pretty cool to see with the city all around it.
The museum is quick and worth going into, even if you’ve already been to the anthropology museum or the pyramids.
When we came out of the museum, we got back into the square. We enjoyed some dancing and one of our friends got a sage cleanse.
Our next adventure was our search for Pulque. But first I have to laugh because on our way to the pulque place, Neal got stopped by the cops. We bought cold brew along the way, which apparently the cops thought was alcohol. The cop smelled it, realized it was indeed coffee, and left is alone. There is something about Neal; he always gets hassled by the cops!
Anyway, pulque is an alcoholic drink made from fermented sap. And you get it at a Pulqueria of course! We went to Las Duelistas in part because it was close by and because it’s known for their Pulque.
Inside it was wall-to-wall people. We ordered with a guy who appeared to work there and watched them prepare the pulque. They take huge ladles and scoop the drink out of sinks…. Yeah, pulque is a strange drink. It’s not particularly strong – 5-6%ish, but I think it’s dangerous because you can get it in huge cups. Case in point: not pictured here is a man passed out on the sidewalk.
So what does it taste like? Well…the original tasted pretty bad. The texture is thick and mucous-y. With flavoring, though, the original flavor is completely masked (but not the texture). I had blackberry and others had mango. In the end, it was not terrible. Try anything once.
Okay, so we didn’t take an actual tequila tour. We looked up places in Roma Norte known for their tequila and checked them out. The first place we went to didn’t open until 12:30am. Here we were at around 7pm. So we went to the next place–doesn’t open until 8pm. Strike two! We decided to start with dinner because it seemed it would take some time for places to open. We stopped at a random place in Roma Norte called Chuchito Perez and it was pretty good.
The waitress was interesting; she actually told us when we paid that we didn’t tip her enough. Tipping culture around the world is so fascinating. Anyway, we obviously threw in more.
After dinner, we went to Maison Artemisia. Not only were they open, but they had a whole room that we could take over. It was awesome! Their drinks were really good, too. The room had a balcony and we were happy to sit there all night.
And, as it turns out, we are more of a Mezcal crowd!
We started toward the next place on the tour, but it was so crowded, we decided to get some of our own (400 conejos) and take it back to the hotel for more board games. We played WereWords, my new favorite game! It’s a blast. We also ordered second dinner: tacos, and then third dinner: MORE TACOS, both courtesy of Uber eats.
Where We Stayed
Our friend found a perfect place for our weekend in Mexico City. The place was called Casa Mural. There are 5 or 6 rooms all in one house that each have their own bathroom and kitchen, as well as a standalone room/apartment that has all the same amenities. It had tons of tables outside and a beautiful mural on the wall. On the roof, there are fold out chairs for sunning as well. It was very clean. Though not very convenient in terms of walking places, it wasn’t too bad. We took ubers a lot, and even took the subway once (very easy and SO CHEAP!!).
On our last morning, we went to Chiquitito Cafe. I had the best spicy mocha of my life!
So that was our whirlwind weekend in Mexico City! We headed back to the airport, got asked a million questions and had all of our stuff searched, got on the plane and landed safe and sound in NYC. We loved Mexico City and feel there is so much more to do and see! Some day we’ll go back and do a bigger trip in Mexico.
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***Thanks to Chris and Tyler for organizing and Chris, Neal and Ted for sharing pictures***