I’m certainly not the type of traveler who bases their adventures solely around what is beautiful, but I’ll tell you what – sometimes timing is everything. I say this because I just so happened to plan a trip to beautiful Mexico City in the midst of its peak Jacandra bloom season. When I say that Mexico’s colors and vivid culture was bursting into life, I’m not exaggerating. There is so, so much to love about this city! Today, I’m taking you along my journey to show you an Instagrammer’s guide to Mexico City’s most picturesque and gorgeous spots. Here we go!
Where To Explore
A heads up to flower lovers who want to see Mexico City’s famous Jacandra blooms – come at the end of March! We found the most concentration of blooms near Bella Artes… but they truly are scattered around the city! March is also the perfect time to explore because you can take in the Festival del Centro Histórico de CDMX, Mexico City’s biggest cultural party of the year!
Zocalo City & Historic Center
Do yourself a favor and schedule yourself some time to just walk through Mexico City’s many districts and centers. The historical center of the city is simply a joy to walk through. There is so much to take in and so many beautifully aged and modern sights side by side!
Palacio de Bellas Artes
This is a hub of great places to explore as the gorgeous Palacio is very close to a quaint park to take in the blooming flowers, as well as the House Of Times (Casa de los Azulejos)!
Roma Notre, Condesa & Polanco
These neighborhoods of the city simply stole my heart. Roma Notre (my favorite), Condesa and Polanco are all walking distance apart and stocked with some of the most charming homes and architecture. Get your cameras ready, because these sections are delightfully cool and covered with greenery.
This area is where the Frida Kahlo Museum is located, and it also happens to be a lovely area to wander around, as there are many colorful houses and lovely streets. Color is definitely not shy in Mexico City, and I love it for that!
Where To Stay
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Hotel Zocalo Central
Hotel Zocalo Central has one of the best rooftop cafes/bars in the city, if you ask me. We loved waking up at sunrise to take in the beautiful waking city while sipping on coffee. Centrally located to the city’s main square where the festivities were starting, and so accommodating… I’d love to come back!
Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico
This former department store has been repurposed into a historic hotel in the heart of the city. Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico is another excellent hotel with some stunning views to take in from the rooftop! The Art Nouveau style and stunning stained glass rooftop is something you have to see for yourself.
Located in Zona Rosa, Casa Goliana this facade simply wins at life.
Instagrammable Eats & Drinks
Roma Notre Area
Our favorite place in Mexico City, located in the Roma neighborhood! Also, the cheesecake was probably one of the best things we’ve eaten out of all of our experience of travels!
Churros in the most adorable eatery… need I say more? El Moro has a few locations around the world, all open 24 hours a day. Love it!
This bar is the perfect place to grab a cocktail before a long night of exploring Mexico City’s amazing cultural experiences.
Rosetta’s lush greenery beckons you in, doesn’t it? We loved this little gem!
Butcher & Sons
The perfect little place to grab lunch in the Roma district!
This hot spot has some amazing Mediterranean inspired dishes and has really made a splash on Mexico City’s culinary scene.
The perfect spot to grab a quick coffee or do some emails/catch up! Chic, clean and delicious iced coffee. What’s not to love?
Gorgeous tall trees and lanterns hover over the entire restaurant. Be daring like us and try the guac with crickets!
Cafe Don Porfirio
One of the best views in the city, located inside the Sears Department store across the street from Bella Artes. Don’t miss it!
Bibliophiles rejoice! I had no idea that Mexico City was hiding this gem, but man was I so delighted when we found this place. Biblioteca Vasconcelos is located in downtown, but so worth the trip in my opinion!
Cafebreria El Pendulo
Another book-lover’s paradise, with various locations. We visited the ones in Polanco and Roma and found that the Polanco store was our favorite! Doesn’t this look like a library of your dreams?
Metro Bellas Artes
A slice of Paris in Latin America. This station along Line 2 and Line 8 of the Mexico City Metro system immediately transported me to my time living in Paris. It is located in the Colonia Centro district and truly popped against the purple blooms around it!
Palacio de Bellas Arte
This is a must for culture travelers! The Palacio de Bellas Arte is the hub of Mexico City’s notable art events. But besides music, dance, theater and art – it’s an excellent place to lose yourself to inspiration while taking it in!
House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos)
The “House of Tiles” is Mexico City’s 18th-century palace built by the Count del Valle de Orizaba family. Take in its exterior, covered by blue and white tile of the Puebla state. Even if you don’t have the time to go in, it’s absolutely a must to take it in from the outside!
This castle has some of the best views. I mean if historians say that the sights from the terraces “can’t be surpassed in beauty in any part of the world” – why would you not go see for yourself?
This moderist exterior really stands out in Mexico City’s skyline. Perfect for art lovers, the Museo Soumaya is perfect for a rainy day to take in some of the coolest art exhibits in the city.
Museo de Frida Kahlo
Learn from our mistake – ensure that you buy the tickets at least 3 or 4 days in advance online or else they will be sold out! It happened to us! Needless to say, we were devastated as I’m a huge fan of Frida. Great excuse to go back to Mexico City, though, right?
The coolest postal building ever? I think yes! The Palacio de Correos de México aka the “Correo Mayor” is located in the historic center of Mexico City, very close to the main downtown area. Take in its opulence and beauty!
La Ciudadela Market
An explosion of color! La Ciudadela Market was so fun to peruse through, especially if you’re looking for some souvenirs to take home to loved ones. I loved the beautifully made tapestries and fabrics!
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