This year has been full of a lot of fun trips and I'm all about getting away for just a weekend to experience somewhere new. I jumped on a great deal to visit Mexico City, which is a city that I've never been to before. My previous travels to Mexico have only been quick trips to beaches, so I was really looking forward to visiting this huge city. I've had a few friends who have been recently and they've all had great things to say about their trips. Not to mention, the New York Times ranked it the number one place to visit in 2016. Oh yes, let's go!
I only went for three nights but really wish I would have stayed for three more just to eat more food! The food was amazing. Amazing. Mexico City is gaining a reputation for having some of the best restaurants in the world and when you add that on top of cheap tacos + beer, incredible desserts, and avocado everything - it's a wonderful place to go for a perfect dining adventure.
I stayed at the St. Regis Mexico City which is home to J&G Grill and the most incredible avocado pizza. I'm not joking when I say this is one of the best things you will ever eat! I was lucky enough to get to sit and chat with the chef for a while and he told me that it's so simple that I could even make it at home. Some day I am going to try, because dreams of the avocado pizza now haunt me.
Mexico City is also home to three of the World's 50 Best Restaurants so I definitely had to do some eating research on these places. I chose Pujol and think that it was a great decision. The tasting menu was delicious and inventive, including the dried ants that were included in one of the dishes. Yes, ants! I love that it was Mexican food with a high end twist and low price tag.
I saw El Moro Churreria on the guide from DesignLoveFest and immediately knew that I had to go after seeing photos. Well, I went twice. And probably should have tried to stop one (or two or three!) more times. I went for the ice cream sandwiches made out of churros. Oh goodness, these were delicious. I have to say that I've always thought give me a donut over a churro any day but then when I had the ice cream sandwiches, it was one fabulous treat. And the branding was so on point - hard not to love a pretty place serving up tasty treats in style.
In between trying to eat everything that I could, I also took in a little art and some shopping. Mexico City has the most museums of any city in the whole wide world. Let me say that again - in the whole wide world! It's easy to pop in a take a look, but my favorite was the outside of the Museo Soumaya which made my heart skip a beat when I saw it. I also booked a ticket to Luis Barragan's studio, which is so beautiful it deserves a blog post all its own.
One last thing I want to say about visiting Mexico City is that it felt safe for me to explore even though in recent years there have been murmurs to the contrary. There are neighborhoods that you should avoid, but that is the case in a lot of metropolitan cities. I took Uber rides everywhere I wanted to go and even if the ride was way across town through heavy traffic, it never cost more than $3. Crazy. Everyone I met was very friendly, willing to help me out with my very poor Spanish, and allowed me to wander through their hometown. It is a wonderfully rich city that is so affordable to visit and I hope to see again soon. If only for that avocado pizza!
More places I recommend checking out:
Modern Mexican & #12 on the World's 50 Best - Quintonil
Bakery - Panaderia Rosetta
Food hall - Mercado Roma
Tacos - El Califa (multiple locations)
Breakfast - Restaurante Lardo
Seafood & oyster bar - La Docena
Lunch & good coffee - Eno
Cute boutique hotel - Carlota