If you’re looking for the suggestions for the perfect long weekend in Mexico City, then you’ve come to the right place. Perfect for foodie lovers and culture buffs alike, here are some of our top tips and things to do in Mexico City.
The first thing to know is that Mexico City is huge! In fact, Mexico City is the largest city in North America and the fifth largest city in the world! There are so many different districts in Mexico City, each with their own distinct feel and attraction.
So, how to choose what to do and see while you’re there? I would recommend focusing on your own personal interests. For me, that meant history, art and food. But like any metropolitan city there will be something for everyone.
While a few months would still not even be enough to truly get to know Mexico City, the city is still very accessible for a week or even a long weekend. Because the culture in Mexico City is so strong and present, even a weekend visitor will leave with a lasting impression of the beautiful city and people that make the city so special.
My favourite discoveries about Mexico City were the friendliness of the people, the variety in the traditional cuisine and the emphasis on creativity and the arts. Coming from California, USA, I felt like I already knew a lot about Mexican culture due to the heavy Mexican influences on California – such as in food, names of places and traditions.
However, during my time in Mexico City, I realised I only knew the very surface of the complex and utterly wonderful culture that comes from Mexico. I really enjoyed learning new things everyday of my trip. I am already plotting a longer stay (travel restrictions permitting).
Museo Nacional de Antropología (Archeology Museum)
Address/ Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n, Polanco, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
The Museo Nacional de Antropología is a modern masterpiece of architecture. This is a great place to start your trip for a comprehensive history of the people in Mexico from a more scientific and historical perspective.
I would highly recommend getting a headset if you don’t speak Spanish, as not all of the information has English translations. The museum is also located in the Bosque de Chapultepec, or Chapultepec forest, the largest park in Mexico City. Go to the museum in the morning and then spend the afternoon wandering the park.
Museum of Popular Art
Address/ Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, Mexico City
The Museum of Popular Art was my favourite museum on the trip. The museum is focused on the traditional arts and crafts of the Mexican and indigenous peoples. We went right when it opened and for a long time we were the only visitors.
I was blown away by the colors, thoughtfulness and significance of the objects in the museum, including Trees of Life, puppets, masks, carvings, pottery, weaving and textiles. I was so inspired by the art. This museum is an excellent way to learn about Mexican tradition and culture from an artistic perspective.
Museo Frida Kahlo
Address/ Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, Mexico City
An iconic museum for anyone interested in feminist art. The Frida Kahlo museum is actually Frida Kahlo’s home-turned-museum. Many of the rooms in the house are left as they were while Frida lived there. You truly get a sense of her spirit walking through the house and seeing her things.
The house also has many of her and Diego Rivera’s art pieces, as well as temporary exhibitions. Getting tickets ahead of your visit will be essential as this is one of the most popular places to visit in Mexico City.
The bold blue color of the house will stay with you as you reenter the real world, leaving behind Frida’s unique sense of life as depicted by her warm, inviting and creative home.
Address/ Dr. Lavista 189, Doctores
Lucha Libre a.k.a Mexican professional wrestling, is there for a good time. Full of spectacle and pomp, you can’t help but be entertained. Having never really watched professional wrestling, I found the actual wrestling to be the least entertaining part of the whole experience.
For me, the costumes, storylines and audience participation proved to be the most interesting. Don’t forget to grab your masks and beer before the match so you can properly root on your favorite of the match! Pro tip: take a car to Arena Mexico, where the matches are held, as it’s located in an area that is not great for tourists to walk around in at night.
And if you have a little more time in Mexico City…
Of course, a weekend is not even enough time to scratch the surface of the city. However, if you have a little longer than a weekend in Mexico city, then there are plenty of things to do both within the city limits, as well as a little further afield.
Firstly, a great activity for those who enjoy retail therapy is to go shopping for art and unique clothing items at spots like Goodby Folk (vintage boutique), Cardon (clothes) and Columpio (clothes).
Next, the historic centre of Mexico City is well worth checking out. This includes Palacio Nacional, Museo de la Ciudad and Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Of course, Mexico City is also a great base from which to explore the wider region and see some historical sites. The temples outside of Mexico City at Teotihuacan. This archaeological site is the home to Mesoamerican pyramid built in the pre-Columbian Americas.
Tips and things to know before visiting Mexico City for a long weekend
Where to stay in Mexico City
Roma Norte and La Condesa are the most popular tourist neighbourhoods and for a good reason, they are also two of the safest. Make sure to do your research before booking a place to stay, as some districts are not appropriate for tourists.
Don’t drink the tap water!
You can’t drink the tap water! Avoiding the tap usually means using bottled water and avoiding eating/drinking anything prepared in water (unless explicitly told that the ice cubes are distilled etc…).
The best ways to get around Mexico City
Due to its sheer size, you’ll need to use transport to get around the city so as to not waste your time and see as much of the city as you can in a limited time frame.
The subway is a great and inexpensive way to get around. Also very popular are ride sharing services. If you take a ride sharing service make sure to leave plenty of time to get to your destination as traffic in Mexico City is notoriously bad.
A final note on spending a weekend in Mexico City…
Mexico City makes a great stop over on your way to other destinations in Mexico, like Jalisco or Cancún.
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