Mexico City: A Winter Retreat to CDMX

Mexico City is full of contrasts: chaotic but also serene, modern but also rooted in millennia of Mesoamerican history and culture. Looking to escape the frigid New York winter, I’d booked my visit to CDMX based on the recommendations of many friends and colleagues. And while my stay lasted only for five days, I left realizing how much more I need to learn about the continent I currently call home — its past, its present, and its potential futures.

Metropolitan Cathedral in the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main public square
The Zócalo at night, as viewed from the top of the Torre Latinoamericana
View from a pedestrian crossing near La Condesa
Late morning stroll down a leafy street in Roma Norte
One of many murals along the Real Mayorazgo in Xoco
A colorful church in the colorful neighborhood of Coyoacán
The Pyramid of the Sun, largest of the iconic pyramids at Teotihuacán
The Polanco skyline (foreground: the Bosque de Chapultepec park)
Saturday morning in the Parque México, La Condesa
Central Library at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)


Tim’s Highlights:

  • Food and Drink: El Cardenal, Bósforo Mezcaleria (Centro), Ojo de Agua (Condesa), Mercado de Coyoacán (Coyoacán), Contramar, Pulqueria Los Insurgentes (Roma Norte)
  • Museums: Palacio de Bellas Artes (Centro), Museo Frida Kahlo (Coyoacán), Museo Nacional de Antropología (Polanco)
  • Parks: Alameda Central (Centro), Bosque de Chapultepec, Parque México (Condesa)
  • Cafés/Other: Café El Jarocho (Coyoacán), Café NIN (Juárez), Cafebrería El Péndulo (Roma Norte)