The perfect weekend in Mexico City is one that captures all the culture and elegance of this undeniably magical town. Whether touring through museums, dining in world-renowned restaurants or just indulging in some delicious street food, you’re sure to fall in love with this historic destination south of the border.
Arrive at Hotel
Book a room at the W Mexico City Hotel located off Reforma Boulevard in the ritzy neighborhood of Polanco where you’ll find high-end shopping, galleries and cool nightlife. The W Hotel features contemporary decor, custom-designed beds, and vibrant artwork. Upgraded rooms add seating areas and patios or balconies. Suites offer separate living rooms and espresso machines. Be sure to visit the signature restaurant J by Jose Andres. Known for taking a visionary approach to gastronomy, Andres playfully melds the flavors of Spain to Mexican cuisine and bridges the rich cultural heritages of both countries. Afterwards stop by the buzzy alfresco lounge or listen to a rotating DJ in the lobby bar. wmexicocity.com
Splurge option: Reserve a room at Las Alcobas boutique hotel located in the heart of Polanco. With just 35 guestrooms, accommodations offer custom-made rosewood furniture and marble baths complete with luxury rain showers and whirlpool tubs. lasalcobas.com
Learn About Mexico’s History
Drop your bags, summon an Uber, and begin your trip with a visit to the historic district of Mexico City, rich in museums and restaurants. Start at Zócalo Square, which was formerly the center of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan and is today the main square of the city, surrounded by the National Palace. Inside this colonial palace you’ll see Diego Rivera murals (painted between 1929 and 1951) depicting Mexican civilization from the arrival of Quetzalcóatl (the Aztec plumed serpent god) to the post-revolutionary period. Plan to spend at least 3 hours here to see all the museums including a visit to the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), an impressive building from the exterior with more treasures awaiting inside, including the work of Mexico’s famous muralists.
Discover a hip neighborhood
Head over to the trendy neighborhood of Condesa and have lunch at Lardo, serving Mediterranean cuisine like fresh pastas, house-made charcuterie, and breads coming out of a wood oven. There’s a large bar where you can linger with a glass of wine, watch the cooks, and share small plates. After lunch stroll through this neighborhood filled with unique boutiques and vintage shops. lardo.mx
Dine In Style
For your first night out, have a sophisticated supper at Sud 777 where celebrated chef Edgar Nunez has created a contemporary cuisine utilizing Mexican ingredients. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic dinner with indoor and outdoor spaces. Later that evening, grab a cocktail at Area Bar, one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars located on the top of the luxurious Hotel Habita.
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Enjoy the peaceful sanctity of Chapultepec Park, the city’s largest and most popular park with a traditional Mexican breakfast at the elegant and posh El Lago restaurant that is surrounded by nature. The floor to ceiling windows overlook the expansive lake with only the gleaming skyscrapers in the background that remind you of being in one of the most populous cities in the world. The landscaped park contains some of the cities most revered attractions including the current presidential residence, the former presidential palace (Chapultepec Castle), several museums with Diego Rivera murals, and a zoo. The park is also home to one of the most highly regarded museums in Mexico City, The National Museum of Anthropology.
Visit Frida Khalo’s Home
Venture to the artistic Cayoacan neighborhood to Casa Azul, former home to Mexico’s most famous female artist, Frida Kahlo. Be prepared for an emotional experience exploring through the home that has been preserved just as Frida lived in it, complete with wheelchair and easel still in place. The town of Coyoacan itself consists of tree-lined cobblestone streets, interesting churches, museums and artisans’ markets, making it one of the most pleasant places to visit in the city. Grab lunch at Mercado de Antojitos, a large open-air food market with numerous stalls selling a variety of street food including quesadillas and flautas.
Head back to the W Hotel in Polanco to prepare for a night on the town. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa treatment at the luxurious W Hotel’s Away spa- and oasis in the middle of town. As an option, book a spa treatment at the W Hotel’s “Away” spa where you can relax and rejuvenate before you head out for a night on the town.
Indulge at a World Class Restaurant
Saturday evening is the perfect time for a sophisticated supper at Pujol, one of Mexico’s finest restaurant and ranked 25th best in the world according to the Pellegrino 50 rankings. Chef Enrique Olvera, who trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America before returning home, is the country’s most celebrated chef. Reservations are required. pujol.com.mx
Party, Mexican Style
Visit “Jules Basement” located in Polanquito (Little Polanco), a trendy speakeasy located beneath an unassuming cantina. To access, you’ll walk through the restaurant to an industrial refrigerator door, where a doorman will welcome you. Once through the door, a staircase leads to the bar where you can mingle with the city’s beautiful crowd while enjoying fancy potent potables.
Explore Floating Gardens
In the municipality of Xochimilco there are more than 50 miles of canals known as the Floating Gardens, where colorful boats called “trajineras” take tourists and locals celebrating a special occasion through a portion of the canals. Live music, courtesy of mariachi bands will entertain you and food vendors provide tasty local street food.
Once back in Polanco, have lunch at Tori Tori. The restaurant serves delicious sushi dishes in a cool space housed in a facade of a cubicle net. A must visit for all sushi lovers. toritori.com.mx
Shop In Polanco
Stroll down Presidente Masaryk Avenue and visit all the high-end boutiques gracing the most fashionable urban shopping streets in all of Mexico.
Dine In a Hip Neighborhood
The charming colonial town of Roma is home to “Maximo Bistro,” declared by Anthony Bourdain as one of the best restaurants in Mexico City. It’s a cozy restaurant featuring modern French food with Mexican influences. After dinner, discover the charming street of Alvaro Obregon Avenue and appreciate the beauty of fountains and sculptures by talented Mexican artists.
Hop in an Uber to the airport for your flight home. *Uber is the best way to get around Mexico City. It’s extremely safe and very inexpensive. In my experience, the prices around the city ranged from $3.00-$8.00 per ride.