We had a wonderful time at Casa Conde! Jacobo and Jorge did an amazing job welcoming us to their city. We loved the fresh juice and traditional breakfast and they were excellent in suggesting interesting places to visit. The house was clean, funky, affordable and made us feel very at home. It was located within a short walk to the park, Condesa, and metro stations.
If you want a relaxed, friendly and funky base in Mexico City - stay at Casa Conde in San Miguel Chapultepec. Jacobo and Jorge are fantastic hosts (and cooks), the house is in a great location with a 10-minute walk to La Condesa, 20 minutes on the metro to the Centro Historico and short walk to Bosque de Chapultepec. You can even borrow bikes to spend a day riding in the park and visiting the museums and art galleries. The house is filled with arty riffs on Mexican icons, the famous pinata sound system and is a great place to hang out after a hard day exploring amazing Mexico City. Cannot recommend Casa Conde highly enough - do yourself a favour!
I stayed here for three nights and I'd highly recommend it. It's a fantastic bed and breakfast in a refurbished townhouse, with lovely patios and great breakfasts. The decor is just beautiful, with polished wood floors and high white walls. The multilingual owners are friendly and helpful, and it's close to the metro at San Cosme which is about three stops from the very centre of the city. Some (not all) of the rooms have a shared bathroom- a bit unusual in such a high-spec place- but if you don't mind the inconvenience of sharing, these are particularly good value.
100% recomended, Quite, Clean , Safe, well Located, near to the beautiful bosque de chapultepc, museo tamayo, museo de antropologia and many other interesting places, good beds. Very good atention, Superb Breakfasts, the owner are very friendly and helpfull with tips and orientation, you fell that you are in your home, relax and enjoy this unique mexican B&B, price is worth it !!!
Fly to Mexico City, spend about five days there, then bus to Morelia for a couple of days, then taxi to Patzcuaro for three days, staying at Villa Victoria, and finally on to Guadalajara for three days. Fly home from there. Gorgeous!
Driving a car in mexico is rewarding - other drivers are courteous. However road direction signs are few and misleading and some get vandalized. Everybody gets lost. Bring your own satnav with the right software. You could buy one with the local hire cost! You will cut hours from your journeys.
The best museum on western hemisphere and probably the best museum in the world.
All the collection and exhibits are absolutely local and genuine, from Mexico alone, were not looted, stolen or in any other way "brought" from other countries for display.
Paseo de la Reforma and Calzada Ghandi
Mexico City, 11560 Mexico
+52 5 286 5195
9am - 7pm, Tue-Sun
Buying tickets for Lucha Libre in Mexcio City can be tricky. If you turn up at the ticket booth on the night (as the guidebooks suggest) you'll find it difficult to avoid all the ticket touts who'll do all they can to prevent you purchasing a ticket from the ticket window (we tried several times, and failed), forcing you to pay over the odds to buy tickets from them instead.
You can avoid all this by getting your tickets in advance from Mixup, Ghandi or Liverpool stores. They charge a small booking fee (about M$12 a ticket), which is an awful lot less than you'll end up paying a tout at the venue.
Ticketmaster concessions in most of the Mixup, Ghandi or Liverpool stores across Mexico City.
Very pleasant cafe, bookshop, and CD store in the heart of Condesa. I spotted Carlos Monsivais sipping coffee on a table opposite and felt very much the intellectual about town. Good selection of fiction, history, art books (in Spanish).
Nuevo León 115, in Condesa.
This hotel has a good restaurant and bar and is centrally located. The hotel is spotless and the service excellent. We used to stay at Hotel Catedral, but it was often booked up. This is a better alternative, same price, better deal and better situated.
It is a couple of blocks from Parque Alameda, Bellas Artes, Paseo Reforma and all that area contains in Centro Historico. $40 to $60 for a suite! Recommended. Free internet.
Guerrero No. 12, and Puente Alvarado, opposite a small park. Tel. 55668333
"El Ministerio de Educacion Publica" houses an incredible collection of Diego Rivera murals.
These are his early murals (the 20s) and are on three floors surrounding an open courtyard with jacaranda trees.
Calle Argentina No. 28, Centro Historico, near Donceles. Free admission.
On the main square in the beautiful district of Coyoacan. It's a tiny little place with very eccentric staff who shout at you quite a lot, but being shouted at is part and parcel of life in Mexico City. It was the only place I found that did draught beer after two years living there and they serve beer in pitchers. The upstairs balcony is particularly comfortable. Bar snacks are available.
Plaza Coyoacan. Best to used Peseros (little buses) to get there as Coyocan metro is a bit of a hike.
Besides providing a reason to go to the elegant cobblestoned San Angel neighborhood, the Saturday market in San Angel offers high quality handicrafts that make excellent gifts or souvenirs. If all that shopping makes you hungry, you can grab a bite to eat in the central courtyard or at one of the nearby restaurants.
The Bazaar Sabado, Plaza San Jacinto, San Angel.
This restaurant is near the Zona Rosa and has very good Mexican food, including traditional quesadillas with squash blossoms (delicious), and a wonderfully unique cocktail called a torito. The torito with mamey (a tropical fruit) is unforgettable. Unless you have too many.
Bahía de las Palmas 37.
A very cool rooftop bar with open-air pool at this design hotel, great views of the city skyline. Good DJs (look out for resident DJ Sacha) and great drinks. They even project stylish films onto a neighbouring tower block. Go after dark, and enjoy.
Habita, Avenida Presidente Masaryk 201 Colonia Polanco 11560 México, DF; tel: +52 (55) 5282-3100
Coyoacan is a lovely leafy suburb of Mexico City. The area inspired artist Frida Kahlo and you can visit her beautiful blue house here. It is famous for its markets, on a Saturday and Sunday, for its great second hand bookshops and also its ice-cream (you should try mil flores flavour - a thousand flowers).
A great place to escape the hectic city centre, it is easily reached on the metro or by bus.
Coyoacan, Mexico D.F.
lots of buses from the centre, Frida Kahlo's house is on Calle Londres
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