A November 2004 trip
to Mexico City by answerer
Quote: This is an review of the museums, monuments, and tourist locations visited while living in Mexico City
Unless you're very adventurous, driving in Mexico City can be a thriller. The lack of signage and disregard for any traffic rules are enough to give heart attacks to most first-world drivers.
The Metro is a reliable and cheap (2 pesos) way of getting around, albeit a bit confusing due to lack of signage. Avoid taking it during rush hours (7am-9am and 5pm-7pm), or you'll be packed like sardines in cars with no air-conditioning.
Walking is manageable in the Centro Historico and neighborhoods like Polanco, but generally, walking as a commuting option in Mexico is not realistic.
The bus system in Mexico City is fairly unorganized and generally only for the truly brave (and fluent in Spanish). Buses will have the major stops as signs on the front and usually only travel down major roads. If you're just going down the road, you usually can't go wrong.
Restaurant | "Tori Tori (Traditional Japanese)"
Tori Tori is located in the upscale district of Polanco and the clientele is similarly upper-class. Interestingly enough, there weren't too many people at 9pm but when we left at closer to 10:30pm, the place was filling up.The sushi rolls are well-made, creative and do not contain cream cheese (quite a rarity in Mexico). The Spicy Tuna roll was excellent with fresh tuna and just enough spiciness, and the Rollo Grande was enough to be a meal for one person. The seafood croquettes(a Japanese classic) were excellent, although on the small side.The nigiri was spectacular and made just like it is in Japan. Not too much rice, a little wasabi and a strip of seaweed to wrap it all together.The waiters were polite (although not particularly attentive), and the restaurant is well-lit with modern decor.If you want good Japanese food in Mexico City without sky-high prices, this is a place to go.Dinner for two, including non-alcoholic drinks and tip(10% is standard in Mexico) came out to be 700 pesos with food to bring home.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2005
Anatole France 71 Loc. A y B
Mexico City, Mexico
Restaurant | "Churreria El Moro (Churros and Chocolate)"
Located on Eje Central near Metro San Juan de Letran, it's the perfect place to rest your feet and have a snack after looking at the street stalls and visiting Bellas Artes and Torre Latinoamericana. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that anyone speaks English.
Churros y chocolate is a breakfast snack originally brought by the Spanish to Mexico. It is eaten by dipping the churros into the chocolate. At El Moro, an order of four churros and a coffee cup-sized cup of chocolate costs 36 pesos.
You can choose from regular (covered with sugar) or cinnamon (canela) churros. Personally, I prefer the cinnamon.
There are five types of chocolate. Vienna (no sugar), Francesca (very sweet), Mexicana, Espanol, and especial. For people who want something cold, milk (leche), and vanilla and chocolate milkshakes (malteadas) are available as well.
As an experience, it wasn't bad, but it was quite pricey. Two chocolates, one milkshake, one milk, and eight churros came out to be almost 150 pesos.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 7, 2005
Churreria El Moro
Eje Central Lázaro Cardenas 42
Mexico City, Mexico
055 5512 0896
Restaurant | "Villa Maria"
To start, the margaritas are huge. When they bring it out, you start wondering why they're bringing around a fishbowl before you realize that it's your drink. At about 2 pints (500mL) in size, it'll last you the whole meal. If you want something smaller, remember to ask for it.
Menus are available in English, and most of the food there is suited for sharing. The chef's recommendations are all excellent, but if you can't handle spicy food, make sure to let them know.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2005
Avenida San Jerónimo Pte. 801
Mexico City, Mexico 10200
+52 5 595 4697
Restaurant | "Adonis (Lebanese/Mediterranean)"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 20, 2008
México, Mexico 11560
+52 5 531 6940
Attraction | "Celtics Pub - Polanco"
As with any other pub in Polanco, this place is always busy, no matter what day of the week. We had trouble finding a space at 7pm on Friday, and when we left at 10:30pm, you could hardly move around.
The crowd is notably upscale with an average age in the mid-30s. There are about 20 tables of varying sizes, a few couches and a coin-operated pool table.
The food and drinks are reasonably priced, and the waiters are extremely attentive and fast to respond. It gets a bit loud once the DJ starts playing music at around 9pm, which makes it almost impossible to converse. Most people come in groups, so don't expect to meet a lot of new people here. All in all, it’s not a bad place to have a few drinks and unwind after work.
One final note is that the valets are slow in returning your car. It will usually take 10 minutes, and sometimes as much as 15 minutes.
Beer: 30 Pesos
Guinness: ~60 Pesos
Appetizers: ~70 Pesos
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 17, 2005
Celtics Pub Condesa
Tamaulipas 36, Col. Condesa
Mexico City, Mexico
Attraction | "La Ciudadela Artisan Market"
If you're near Bellas Artes, it's about a 15min walk. Walk down Juarez towards Reforma and turn left on Balderas.
When you get out of the Balderas metro station, walk down the sidewalk with all the street vendors (don't take too long looking around, as the main attraction is farther down). After passing by a library and small park, you'll see a yellow wall and you're there!
When I was there with a group of friends, we picked up lots of glass cocktail stirrers with different animals designs on top (5 pesos each) and rings and bracelets (5 to 15 pesos). Spending under 150 pesos each, we came out with plenty of bags and smiling faces.
Other handicrafts include ceramics from Queretaro (a World Heritage Site 2 hours north of DF), leather items, obsidian carvings, amazing papier-mâché (pricey), and painted gourds and blankets (sarapes) just to name a few.Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 7pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm.Website: http://www.laciudadela.com.mx/ (English and Spanish)
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2005
Mercado de la Ciudadela
Parque De La Plaza De La Ciudadela Centro Histórico
México, Mexico 06040
Attraction | "Living (Tecno/Electronic Danceclub)"
Aside from its status as Mexico's premier gay-friendly nightclub, Living is also one of DF's best places for lovers of electronic music.Located in a castle-like building complete with a drawbridge on Reforma near Torre Mayor, Living has two main rooms, three lounges (including one nonsmoking, a rarity in Mexico), and three bars on two floors.This place is absolutely huge, and unlike most Mexican clubs, is actually a place for dancing (i.e. no tables in the middle of the "dance floor"). The lounges are for people who are more interested in sitting down and having a drink.The larger room plays electronic music, with a sound and light system to rival any world-class club. The 30-foot ceiling gives a great sense of openness, and the bar takes up the whole back of the room, so there's almost never a wait to get a drink. The DJs are excellent and always manage to keep the party going.The second room has a few tables and couches near the bar and plays mostly Mexican pop. The two rooms are well-separated, so there's no clashing of music.Upstairs are the well-decorated lounges, where the volume is significantly lower and you can actually have a chat without screaming in each other's ears. Although Living falls into the gay nightclub category, open-minded heterosexuals won't feel too out of place. That being said, don't be too shocked to see some barely-clothed men dancing on platforms, transvestites walking around and couples making out on the dance floor.
If you like electronic music, aren't too interested in sitting around and getting piss drunk, and are fairly open-minded, Living is definitely a place to visit.Cover charges vary, but usually it's 150-200 pesos.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2005
Living - Gay Nightclub
Paseo De Reforma 483 Col. Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City, Mexico
Attraction | "Turibus (Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour)"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2006
Turibus (sightseeing bus)
New Castle, Delaware