Mexico City Journals

Mesmerized by Mexico City

A December 2002 trip to Mexico City by retro210

Quote: I had heard mixed reviews of Mexico City, the largest city in the world. Horrible pollution, awful crime, dirty. After spending two weeks in the city, I can't wait to go back!

Mesmerized by Mexico City

Overview

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Mexico City has much to offer: unbelievable food, incredible musuems, stimulating art, culture, culture, and more culture. I believe the best part of this city is the people--very friendly, hospitable, and forgiving (especially if you don't know Spanish).Quick Tips: Mexico City, like any big city, requires that you excerise some wisdom and discretion. Given that, enjoy. Best Way To Get Around: Although I did drive late one night, I would not recommend renting a car in this city. They drive crazily but rather harmoniously at the same time; it's hard to explain. We took taxis (no green Beetles) everywhere. We only hired the cabs through licensed taxi companies. And make sure you estab...Read More

Portaportese

Restaurant

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We actually stumbled upon this treasure by intending to go to another restaurant at the same address that had previously closed. As we entered the lobby after exiting the elevator, the host tried to show us to a table. We soon realized that we were not in Petaluma, our intended choice for dinner. I asked for a menu and then the maitre d' came over, and things started to get a bit awkward. Not knowing the area and this being our first night in Mexico City, we decided to give it a try. And we were glad we did! The food was exceptional, the service superb, and Jorge became our new best friend. We got pictures with the chef, the wait staff, and Jorge. He even recommended a couple of fine Cuban cigar...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Portaportese
Masarik 513 P.A.
Mexico City, Mexico

Fonda Santa Clara

Restaurant

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We made this restaurant our regular lunch destination, since it was within walking distance of the office. The cuisine is traditional Mexican/Puebla. The first day, I ventured out in my ordering to try a local favorite: tres moles. It was too rich for me, but it was an interesting sampling of fine beef smothered in three different types of moles. Over the course of our visits to this restaurant, we sampled soups, breads, chips, fish, beef, and various other Mexican concoctions. Superb!!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Fonda Santa Clara
Avenida San Jerónimo 775
Mexico City, Mexico 10200
+52 5 5557 6144

Sanborns

Restaurant | "Sanborn's"

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Sanborn's is a restaurant within a deparment store. Such eateries are not typically known for their dining experiences, but Sanborn's is a Mexico City exception. We ate breakfast at the Sanborn's in the Centro Historica district. They have about every kind of fresh-squeezed fruit juice you can imagine. I had guava, papaya, and orange juice all mixed together. And then I had my new favorite dish: chilaquiles. All in all, a very good meal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Sanborns
Francisco Madero 73-7
Mexico City, Mexico
5510 3748

Avant Garde

Attraction

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Avant Garde is a big-city house club. They played house and techno music all night long. The decor consists of big oversized couches along the back wall and a small dance area up front. Everything is white. They also have an upstairs area for people who want to lounge and peer down on the dancin' crowd.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Avant Garde
Polanco
Mexico City, Mexico

Ritual

Attraction | "La Ritual"

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La Ritual is a fun, kick-back bar. It had good music and a lot of tables for people to sit and people-watch and just enjoy being together after a long day's work. It seemed to be an after work hangout for more of the business crowd in Mexico City.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Ritual
Moliere 331
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 55 45 76 10

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Attraction | "Museo Nacional de Antropologia"

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This is one of the top museums in the world and Mexico's pride and joy. The ground-floor rooms are devoted to history, and the upstairs rooms ethnographic features. In most areas, they even allow you to take pictures!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia
Paseo De La Reforma Y Calzada Ghandi (colonia Polanco Chapultepec)
México, Mexico 11560
52 5553 6266; +52 5

Pirámides de Teotihuacan

Attraction | "Pyramids of San Juan Teotihuacan"

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The ruins/pyramids of Teotihuacan are some of the most important ruins in the world today. This ancient city of 200,000 flourished with culture, commerce, and daily activites for ancient Mesoamerica before its inhabitants vanished without a trace. Teotihuacan means "where gods are born" and signifies the Aztec belief that the gods created the universe here. You can hire a guide to show you around and give you some background history. We chose to venture off by ourselves. Be prepared to walk and walk--and sometimes run, as local "artisans" attempt to entice you with their tourist-trap gifts, which all three of us fell prey to. But it's fun to haggle a bit and feel like you got a good deal for y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Pirámides de Teotihuacan
Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46 (zona Arqueológica De Teotihuacan)
San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico 03010
+52 5 9560052

Palacio Nacional-National Palace

Attraction | "Palacio de National"

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This is where President Fox works. It is located downtown in the Centro Historica district near Zocalo. It is heavily guarded, but is also a tourist attraction. Inside is a beautiful courtyard; then, going up the stairs, is a spectacular mural painted by Diego Rivera. Ascend to the second floor, and more paintings and murals by Diego await you. Simply fascinating. Definitely worth the visit!

Palacio Nacional-National Palace
El Zocalo
México City, Mexico 06060
+52 5 5420508

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We took a long weekend and went to San Miguel de Allende (See my journal "I left my heart in San Miguel.") We took a "luxury bus" from Mexico City. It cost about $26 and took about 3 1/2 hours to get there. I am definitely going back. It was one of the most wonderful places I have ever been! Beauty, art, culture, great food and drink, and wonderful people!

Zona Rosa

Story/Tip

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Zona Rosa is an upscale part of Mexico City where you can find great restaurants, sports bars, jazz clubs, dance clubs (Freedom!), shopping, and museums. This is a must-do. We spent a few nights in this part of the city.

Coyoacan

Story/Tip

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Coyoacan was described to me by one local as the SoHo of Mexico City. Very bohemian! It was also the city that housed such artists as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We went to tour their house the day we were there, but it was closed. Leon Trotsky also lived here for a season when he was exiled from the Soviet Union by Stalin. There is a main square/jardin that is highlighted by a cathedral, plus shopping on every street. Local artisans and musicians also migrate to this city.