Mexico City Journals

Exploring Mexico City

A June 1999 trip to Mexico City by marciadarnell

Quote: The wonderful, bustling city with art, music, nightlife, and amazingly inexpensive prices.

Exploring Mexico City

Overview

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See the museums in Chapultepec Park, do the nightlife in the Zona Rosa, and take side trips to Teotihuacan and Cuernavaca.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

The subway is very fast and costs about 12 cents. Taxis are inexpensive, also. Do NOT rent a car, as driving in Mexico City is only for the residents or the foolhardy.

Hotel Gillow

Hotel

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This was a typical city hotel. There were two double beds, a tv, and a table and chairs. The chests of drawers and closets were more spacious than most. The bathroom was fine. The restaurant was all right. Located in the center of the historical district two blocks from the Zocalo, and only $28.00 a night.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Hotel Gillow
Isabel la Catolica #17
Mexico City, Mexico
(525) 518 1440

Hotel Suites Amberes

Hotel | "Suites Amberes"

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This was an apartment hotel. Each unit has two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with a single bed. There is also a sleeping alcove in the living room, with a single bed in it. The apartment is very nice and has table, chairs, TV, couch, easy chairs, and desk and large windows in every room. A bonus was the naked man in an apartment across the way who peered at us through binoculars every morning. And I had thought that men looked for naked women--did I get that wrong somewhere along the way?

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Hotel Suites Amberes
AMBERES 64
Mexico City, Mexico 06600
52-55-5533-1306

Terazza

Restaurant | "Hotel Majestic top of hotel restaurant"

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This restaurant has so-so food, but the view is marvelous! Get there about five o'clock to see the flag lowering ceremony in the Zocolo. Very good service.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

Terazza
Av Madero # 73, Col Centro
Mexico City, Mexico
5521 86 00

Girasoles (Los)

Restaurant | "El Girasol"

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This restaurant, with its outdoor terrace, specializes in dishes from various parts of Mexico and precolumbian specialites. For example, you can order ant roe. At the right time of year(October, I think), insect larva is available. For the less adventurous, try Sabados en el North, which is similiar to beef strogonoff, but with chipotle peppers(and lots of them)added. Lots of fun just to read the menu!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Girasoles (Los)
Plaza Manuel Tolsa, Tacuba 8 y 10
Mexico City, Mexico 06010
+52 5 510 3281

Mesón del Cid

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "El Meson del Cid"

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On most days, this is a very pleasant restaurant with Spanish meals. It has a nice ambience, with stained glass windows which are replicas of Chartres and lamps which are replicas of St. Germain de Pres. The tables and chairs are heavy, dark wood of Spanish style. Now let's get down to the Saturday medieval banquet, which is unique and lots of fun. There is a single price, about $30.00, which includes all the food and wine. First, a suckling pig is carried into the dining room on the shoulders of the waiters who are dressed in medieval garb. This is followed by the live cat--the animal who makes certain that the king's food is not poisoned. There are about six courses, meat, followed b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 16, 2001

Mesón del Cid
Humboldt, 61
Mexico City, Mexico 06000
+52 5 521 6998

Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Attraction | "National Museum of Anthropology"

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This is a huge museum, with tow sections. The upper floor has demonstrations of the various Indian groups living in Mexico today, while the lower level has an outstanding collections of Maya, Aztec, and other precolombian culture artifacts. Many people consider this museum one of the four or five most outstanding for anthropology in the entire world.
< There is a nice cafeteria in the basement, reached by an outdoor staircase.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2001

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

Catedral Metropolitana

Attraction | "The Metropolitan Cathedral"

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This it the largest cathedral in the Western hemisphere, located in the largest plaza of the square. It is hard to believe the wealth represented by the gold on the alters. Although is was greatly damaged by the 1986 earthquake, there have been repairs made, and it is slowly getting back to normal. As is customary, all the side alters are locked so that the beautiful religious items will not disappear.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Catedral Metropolitana
Plaza de la Constitución s/n
Mexico City, Mexico 06010
+52 5 5129467

Ballet folklórico de Amalia Hernández

Attraction | "Ballet Folklorico"

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Beautiful costumes, enchanting music, and energy, energy, energy. The Ballet folklorico performs every Sunday at nine-thirty in the morning and every Tuesday evening. One of the high points of a visit to Mexico City. The glass curtain made by Tiffany which has a view of the two volcanoes at the edge of Mexico City is shown only on Sundays and is worth a visit.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Ballet folklórico de Amalia Hernández
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Mexico City, Mexico 06000
+52 5 3259000