Mexico City Journals

Mexico City, an insider's view.

A travel journal to Mexico City by Becs

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Mexico City, an insider's view.

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Overview

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Mexico City can fulfill every dream, expectation, or idea you may have about it... even nightmares... so wouldn't you like me to tell you where to go and what to avoid?Quick Tips: The museums are high quality, you really oughta give a few of them a chance. There's all the nightlife and entertainment you could possibly wish for, and there's heaps of restaurants with every imaginable cuisine available. Cultural activities galore, you may even catch some festival or celebration. From the most modern architecture to colonial treasures to the most ancient ruins, Mexico City is a live display of our roots, our way of life, our culture and influences, at our best and worst. And i'm about to make sur...Read More

Cafebreria El Pendulo

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Restaurant

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You can come and have lunch, dinner, or just an evening cup of coffee with a piece of pie... but you'll stay for much longer than the duration of that meal. This cafe is a highly cultural spot, attracting well-read crowds and art-lovers. It sells books, cd's, and movies of all kinds, and appealing to all tastes. Sit on the terrace and watch the people strolling by, take in the sunset, the lovely breeze...or sit inside, where they have comfy sofas and coffee tables resembling a cozy living-room, inviting you and your party to chat for hours. More often than not, there'll be a movie playing on the upstairs screen. Or you can catch a live jazz band some weekday evenings... ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Cafebreria El Pendulo
Alejandro Dumas 81, Polanco
Mexico City, Mexico
+52 80 4111

Vips, Sanborn's, Toks, California

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Restaurant

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These are all diners that strive to become restaurants. Think Denny's. You'll find everything in their menus: from a hamburger or a club sandwich, to a hot soup, tacos, enchiladas, or a nice steak and fries. They usually have either a salad bar or a fairly good selection of house salads, and an assortment of desserts. They open from real early to about midnight (24 hour ones no longer exist), most of them having drugstores, and an annexed store selling books, candy, magazines, cd's, toys, and make-up. However, I do not really like Sanborns. I always would rather go to Vips. The service and quality of food are much better, as are the decor and ambience of the place. Also, Vips strives to ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Vips, Sanborn's, Toks, California
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Mexico City, Mexico

Anderson's

Restaurant | "Andersons"

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A personal favourite of mine. These restaurants are a chain, they differ in name, but you can identify them by the white type on dark green background signs. Ranging from Carlos'n'Charlie's to Barraca Orraca, to Señor Frogs, any of these all have excellent mexican food, great ambience, and a feel 100% mexican. If you want to experience what the mexican hospitality is all about, try real local food, have a few beers or tequilas, and just have a good time (on the city or at a beach), ask for the local Charlie's. There's heaps everywhere. http://www.grupoandersons.com/

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 24, 2000

Anderson's
Paseo de la Reforma 382
Mexico City, Mexico 06600
+52 5 208 2150

Natación y Squash Coyoacan

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Attraction | "Coyoacan"

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Any taxi will know where to drop you off if you ask him to take you to 'El Mercado de Coyoacan.' This is usually on just saturdays and sundays on Coyoacan's square. Get there in the morning, take in the live performers, visit the church, stroll the streets, take your time on every one of the market stands that interest you... bargain for what you want to buy. You will be amazed at the variety of people you will encounter on this place. You'll find lots of artistic and bohemian characters and also Harley riders, native Indians, and high class intellectuals. Then, have lunch in one of the many streetside cafes and restaurants offering the most incredible nouveau Mexican cuisine (I recomm...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Natación y Squash Coyoacan
Belisario Domínguez, 161
Mexico City, Mexico 04310
+52 5 5546530

La Feria in Chapultepec

Attraction | "Amusement Parks"

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'La Feria' in Chapultepec's 3rd section is a good amusement park with an awesome roller coaster. This is definitely the best feature of the whole place, which has the traditional fun: house of mirrors, smaller coasters, and all those other rides that spin you, drop you, throw you, or shake you in every which way and direction. Then there's the better known 'Six Flags', south, in the Pedregal. This is a more Americanized park, much larger, with the different 'lands' within (Polenesian, Western, kiddie, so on), featuring coasters, splashing water rides, haunted house, the gravity-defying house of Uncle Chueco, bumper cars, go-carts, carousel, harmless rides for small children, theaters and shows, includ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

La Feria in Chapultepec
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Mexico City, Mexico

Papalote Museo del Niño

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Attraction | "Papalote, Museo del Niño"

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This museum was built especially for children, and it's absolutely devoted to teaching them heaps of stuff in a fun way. But it's so good, adults often wanna go too, so thursday nights are the best night to go kidless. You not only go through lots of different chambers teaching you everything from electricity to music to color to forces of nature...they also have a flight simulator, and an IMAX theater featuring interesting and educational movies worth staying for. Disney's Fantasia 2000 played here for a long time. The IMAX theater has an additional cost of $35 pesos (this is about $3.5 us dlls).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Papalote Museo del Niño
Avenida Constituyentes 268
Mexico City, Mexico 11560
+52 5 2371781

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Attraction | "Museo Nacional de Antropologia"

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This museum is everything you'll need to visit to learn a day's worth all about mexico's native indigenous cultures. It's devoted to Mexican anthropology, the prehispanic cultures, archeological collections, and ethnography. Every chamber is focused on one specific geographical zone, geological era, or native culture, displaying an array of utensils, clothing, site maps, scale models of cities, and replicas of the more important ruins and treasures. The exhibitions are quite large, so you may not finish the whole thing in a day if you take it slowly...pick up the pace a bit or ask for a guided tour. It has a cafeteria, a souvenir shop, and an impressive library where you may do intensive research, for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

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

Cinemex WTC

Attraction | "Cinepolis, Cinemex and Cinemark"

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These three complexes are scattered all over the city, housing several movie theaters each, all in the American style. They show the latest Hollywood productions, some percentage of Mexican movies, and some of them feature film festival movies and art films. You can buy coffee or sodas, candy or popcorn, pastries or sandwiches, and choose from the wide variety of films and times, everything your heart desires. Each theater has comfortable seats (most reclinable), wide hallways, thx or dolby surround sound, wide screen, and air conditioned.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2000

Cinemex WTC
Montecito 38
México, Mexico 03810
+52 5 4883388

What to do?

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Story/Tip

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RUINS - driving off Mexico City by Insurgentes Norte, you may visit Teotihuacan. Its majestic pyramids of the Sun and the Moon are as impressive as the Calzada de los Muertos (avenue of the dead). Recent excavations discovered mural paintings and some hidden chambers. The energy and magic around this place can be sensed year-long, not only in the festivals of equinox and solstice. However, if you don't want to leave the city, downtown you can visit the 'Templo Mayor', the ancient city on which mexico city was built upon the arrival of spaniards. Now uncovered, you can step into the museum and the diggings, take a guide and learn all about the ancient Tenochtitlan. Founded on a lake, you'll learn how c...Read More

Clothing

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Dresscode: avoid looking like a tourist. Ok, so you're naturally blonde and you can't even learn to say thank-you in Spanish... just don't wear shorts in the city (nobody here wears them, they're 'beachwear'), and avoid wearing anything like sandals with knee-high socks, or hawaiian shirts. You'll stand out even in crowds. Also, try to conceal where you keep your cash. That bag around your belt is like an invitation for trouble. Mexicans usually wear slacks, or skirts and dresses. We dress in tailored suits for work, something like polo shirts and khakis (men) and sundresses (women)for weekends... but jeans are quite the garment of choice everywhere, anytime. So, jeans and a shirt will do just the t...Read More

Moving around safely

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Yes...all you've heard is unfortunately true. But I live here, and that makes me fit to help you avoid becoming a victim of any kind of crime. It's real easy to be safe. Here's the scoop: everybody, from the lower middle classes to the high ones, have a car. So stepping on the public transportation will instantly introduce you to the very poor, and the petty criminals. There you are, at least a head taller than the crowd, carrying around a map and a camera... guess who's the easy target here. I don't recommend renting a car, because if you don't know your way around, you'll easily be trapped in the worst traffic jams you've seen and maybe get lost in dangerous parts of town. Some of them...Read More