Mexico’s capital city has long been known to travelers looking to eat; this irresistible culinary city is known as one of the top foodie destinations on the planet. Mexico City is having a moment right now, and it’s not just because of world-renowned multi-coursed meals, mom-and-pop restaurants, and iconic street food. It’s delicious, yes, and it's also historic, cultural, and imaginative. We think this moment isn’t one that will depreciate any time soon, if ever.
The Aztec city that started on an island within Lake Texcoco and later expanded after the Spanish conquest and the lake being drained, Mexico City resides on the lake basin and is located within the Valley of Mexico surrounded by mountains. Its subtropical highland climate is mild throughout the year and the city rises to an elevation 7,400 feet above sea level. The city consists of 16 boroughs, similar to boroughs of New York, and is divided into colonias or neighborhoods with the traditional center comprising of four of those boroughs.
A city that’s one of the largest and liveliest in the world–22 million people and the sixth largest metropolitan area in the world–its large population breeds cultural depth and diversity through the architecture, art, and its people. With numerous museums, nearby archeological sites and ancient ruins, a thriving art scene, ancient, colonial, and contemporary architecture, and vivacious nightlife, Mexico City has it all. And we know you’ve heard that before, but as a city frequently overlooked by its coastal counterparts and within a country that is oftentimes misunderstood, Mexico City gives “has it all” a new meaning. Blending old and new and city grit with lush parks and plant and tree-lined streets, Mexico City is your ideal long weekend away destination. Suitable for friends and couples, it's easy to get to from many parts of the United States, and it can easily be combined with other cities in Mexico for a longer stay. Think San Miguel de Allende, Oaxaca City, or Guadalajara, or against the grain coastal towns like Puerto Morelos, Isla Espíritu Santo, or Puerto Escondido.
Recently our team spent a few days in Mexico City. A first time for all of us, it's safe to say it won't be a last; we were all plotting a return trip even before leaving the city! The following hotels, restaurants, and things to do/see only scratch the surface. By no means is this an all-encompassing list of where to stay, what to eat, and what to do in Mexico City in its entirety, because, hey, Mexico City is HUGE! But I do think we found some gems. Take this as a starting point—let it inspire you to finally say yes to Mexico City.
Casa Polanco is a boutique hotel in the heart of the sophisticated Polanco neighborhood, right in front of the beautiful Parque Lincoln. This newly renovated property blends the service of a high-end hotel with the sense of staying at an impeccable private residence. Central to Mexico City's vibrant energy, but intimate and exclusive, it combines luxe design-forward elements with the original bones of a 1930s Spanish colonial mansion. The hotel is both contemporary and historic with restored original architecture, rare pieces and furniture collected from antique shops, and a contemporary eye for interior design. The hotel's 19 elegant suites have unique decorative details and a stylish color palette of muted browns, black, and