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April 23, 2020

Full Photo Diary + Guide to Mexico City

Image of Mexico City - tour and photo guide by Annie Miller

Mexico City is now one of our all time favorite cities. After skimming the photos in this post, you’ll understand why. It’s like Mexico and Europe had a baby in all the best ways. You should note that Mexico City is MASSIVE. We’re talking a metropolis with over 21 million people including the metro area. We stayed there for two weeks, but largely stayed in the Roma and La Condesa Neighborhoods – which you’ll read more about at the end of this entry.

This is a photo guide. You’ll read info, access links, but also get a visual for everything you can (and should) do while in Mexico City.

Enjoy.

Teotihuacán Pyramids

Visit the ancient Teotihuacán Pyramids + Basilica.

Cost: $75usd. We paid our taxi driver from the airport to basically be our chauffeur for the day. We’re not big tour people. We’d rather explore solo. Which is exactly what we did. The driver picked us up at 8:30am, dropped us at the pyramids, and transported us to the Basilica, then home. It was great.

Time: 8:30am – 1:30pm

Based on lighting, we went up the main pyramid right as you enter the ruins (first photo). It doesn’t look like that many stairs, but TRUST ME…you will be huffing and puffing half way up. Remember Mexico City is at a decently high elevation and it was warm, even at 9:30am. We were certainly sweating at the top. You can walk either right or left at the bottom of this main pyramid. We opted to hit up the pyramid you see in the second photo, rather than walking to the area you see in the fifth photo down.

Visiting the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City Guide with Annie Miller
Annie Miller visiting the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City guide
Annie Miller exploring the Teotihuacán Pyramids
Views from the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City guide with Annie Miller
Views from the top of the Teotihuacán Pyramids by Annie Miller
Nate Miller at the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City Guide
The Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City guide by Annie Miller
Annie Miller exploring the  Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City
Exploring the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City
Annie Miller enjoying the view from above at the Teotihuacán Pyramids
the beauty of the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City

Yes, I deleted all humans from the photo above in order to give you a feel for what the pyramids feel like in all of their glory, without distraction of tiny humans everywhere.

More views of the Teotihuacán Pyramids in Mexico City

After the Pyramids, you’ll go to the Basilica. You have options to pay and go inside a museum but we honestly had no interest in that. We walked through the main church and then around the garden. But for us, the pyramids were the real attraction of the day.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City
More views of the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Annie Miller at The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City
Amazing architecture at The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe by Annie Miller

Bosque de Chapultepec

Go to the “Central Park” of Mexico City known as Bosque de Chapultepec. It’s a park with a house of mirrors, Museum of Anthropology (see photos below), Altar a La Patria (see photos), Castillo de Chapultepec (see photos), a zoo and so much more. It’s massive. You could spend days here and not see everything.

Alameda Central Park is another great place to visit – we didn’t go, but heard that it’s gorgeous.

Visiting Altar a la Patria in Mexico City
Fountain in Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico City
Annie Miller exploring Bosque de Chapultepec
Stain glass windows in Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City
Gorgeous architecture in Castillo de Chapultepec
Views of Mexico City from Bosque de Chapultepec by Annie Miller
Amazing view of the Mexico City by Annie Miller
Annie Miller outside the Castillo de Chapultepec
Inside the zoo in the Bosque de Chapultepec in Mexico City
Annie Miller inside the zoo in Bosque de Chapultepec
Statues in the Bosque de Chapultepec

Visit the Anthropology Museum (Museo Nacional de Antropología) within the park. This museum was FREE. You basically walk through the timeline of Mexican history. It is a very well constructed museum. Nothing was in English so that was a bummer. I would have gladly paid for an English headset. English or no english, it’s well worth your time.

Visiting the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City
Inside the the Museo Nacional de Antropología in Mexico City

Walk and explore Mexico City

As mentioned, Mexico City is BIG. There is a lot to see, and quite a few gems that you don’t want to miss. Below are some savable locations.

The Square – Zocalo and surrounding areas.

The Dome – National Museum of the Revolution

The Angel of Independence – went but didn’t take photos because it was completely covered in scaffolding. We were there in the off season.

View inside the Square in Mexico City with Annie Miller
Annie Miller in the Square in Mexico City guide
Annie Miller exploring the beautiful architecture Square in Mexico City
Exploring Mexico City and all the history with Annie Miller
intricate details in the architecture in Mexico City
Annie Miller at the art deco monument to the revolution in Mexico City

Food & Drinks

Eat all the food. Below are some of our favorites from all over Mexico City.

Guzina Oaxaca – best Oaxacan food in Mexico City in the Polanco neighborhood (VERY upscale neighborhood) – business + luxury shopping, well manicured. We got an octopus dish and chicken mole as entrees. But honestly, the drink you see in the first photo was my favorite part of this meal. I don’t remember what it was but both of our drinks were UH-MAZING.

Drinks at Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City with Annie Miller
Dinner at Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City
Dessert at Guzina Oaxaca in Mexico City with Annie Miller

Quentin – coffee and a pastry or light breakfast.

Avocado toast and latte of the day from Quentin Cafe in Mexico City

Niddo Cafe – breakfast, lunch, brunch. Also has just a cafe section. We spent a lot of hours in the cafe gladly waiting for our spot in the restaurant. 

Lunch at Niddo Cafe in Mexico City with Annie Miller
Latte of the day at Niddo Cafe in Mexico City with Annie Miller

Kura – Japanese + Sushi

Rokai – per recommendation of our barista foodie

Orinoco – tacos res were my fav, el pastor and chicharron for Nate

Bosforo – great authentic mezcal tasting (went with our baristas). It’s LOUD, dark but safe enough and very popular, for good reason.

Neighborhood & Accommodation

Stay in the Roma or La Condesa Neighborhoods. They are both in amazing locations for a little culture but also the western amenities you’re accustomed to. It really is the best of both worlds. Our Apartment was right by the Fuente de Cibeles in the Roma Neighborhood (last photo is of our bedroom. It was a massive, light and spacious accommodation).

Images from the neighborhoods of Mexico City
Exploring Roma and La Condesa neighborhoods in Mexico City with Annie Miller
Exploring in Mexico City with Annie Miller
Annie Miller in their rented apartment in Mexico City travel guide

Other things worth noting:

  • Mexico City is cheap (for USD using humans)
  • The people were very welcoming
  • Kiki Nail Bar – uh-mazing gel manicure but took forever
  • Got a two week gym pass at Sports World Gym Plus, Roma (best gym we’ve ever found abroad).

That’s it. Mexico City is a LIVABLE city. It’s not going to be a beach vacation, or a overly relaxing location. But it is absolutely a city worth visiting in your lifetime.

Make a trip out of it and visit Oaxaca, a culinary and artistic city outside of Mexico City. We didn’t get to Oaxaca due to our plans, but we had several locals and long term tourists tell us that we should go. Perhaps another time.

Add Mexico City to your travel bucket list – you won’t regret. And in the meantime, pin this post for later!

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I'm an adventurous introvert from Vancouver, Washington who lives on sleep + "me time." I'm a lover of lifting weights, dinosaurs, real talk and traveling with my husband. I am here to help you move better, lift more, bust the myths of the fitness industry, and inspire you to love the process.

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