What's up with Mexico?
Mexico City is becoming quite a popular destination for travelers. Its architecture, museums and accesibility is becoming very desirable. Cheap flights, food and even airbnbs are very attractive. Recently, I've seen more and more foreigners in the city and have heard more about europeans falling in love with Mexico, to the degree of moving in. For those new to the city and those wanting to get more out of it, here are five destinations you should check out during your stay here!
1. Xochimilco: Trajineras
This is one you cannot miss. Xochimilco is a zone in Mexico City, known for the rain canals formed in it. On the canals, ever since a long time ago, cultures started to move through the canals on "Trajineras" or "Trajas" in order to move commercial goods. This trajineras are wood gondolas which today you can rent, bring your own beers, drinks and food. And if you run out of beer? Don't worry, there are other trajineras selling it. This is a great place to visit with friends and you can even navigate past the Dolls Island "Isla de las Muñecas", a creepy island on the canals filled with creepy, deteriorated dolls.
2. El Bazar Sabado
Now if you happen to be in Mexico City on a Saturday (Sabado) with not much to do, you should definitely check out this place. Located in "San Angel" this place offers a number of places to eat and handcrafts shopping. If I may, I recommend to eat at "Le Petit Lola" near Plaza del Carmen and then walk to the bazaar, take a look around and you should have a nice morning checked.
3. Parque La Mexicana
This one might be a little far from where you're staying but if you are into modern parks and city life this might be something you enjoy. Fairly new, La Mexicana is a Park built in the corporate district of the city, Santa Fe. The park has a fountain lake, many restaurants, a starbucks, a kids section, a dog park and even a skatepark. It is a great place for a run, a morning coffe or a day ice cream. It is very nice to hangout and you have malls nearby if you want to go catch a movie or do a little bit of shopping.
4. Chapultepec Castle
Known as the Mexican Central Park by some, Chapultepec is a huge place to explore being twice as big as Central Park, and having 7 Museums. Inside Chapultepec, you'll also find a castle. You can visit the castle and find great views and Instagram pictures from it. It is a beautiful place to visit and its location will allow you to accomplish other activities throughout the day. Chapultepec in general is great to walk and maybe even have a picnic although there are some good restaurants here as well.
5. La Condesa / La Roma
These neighbourhoods are next to each other and you can transition them without even knowing. These neighbourhoods were actually founded by circus owners, and the names of the streets are based on mexican states or cities were the circus was succesful. The architecture resembles European cities and it was a place where many cultural personalities lived. It is a great place with lots of local restaurants, coffee shops and lots of nightlife. Make sure you check out some Mezcal bars to try some mexican liquor. I recommend checking out La Clandestina.