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weskarl
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Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
The GF and I did a quick weekend get away to Mexico City in October. I just got my passport (I’m a child) and we wanted a quick trip to another country. We were able to score two roundtrip on Southwest for $200 + ~6000 points from HOU to MEX. Mi espanol es no bueno, last class I had was over a decade ago, but I was able to hobble through broken spanglish.

We flew in Friday morning, hopped in an uber and checked into our Air B&B - studio apartment in La Condesa - a funky hood with beautiful tree lined streets. Uber was awesome - cheap, clean cars, very friendly drivers. I pulled out 2000 pesos from the ATM and used credit card for restaurants and bars.

The room was $130 per night and at the top of a 3 story walk up. No AC or heat, just doors that opened all the way for a nice breeze:

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We took off from the Air B&B to explore and have lunch
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We ate at a taco joint that came recommended from a coworker from the area - El Pescadito. I had a Marlin and Que-Sotote, the gf had a Que-Sotote and a fried shrimp. This would have been excellent hangover or drunk food, I liked it, but m’lady did not.
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Had a Pacifico to wash it down:
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From there we walked around the neighborhood, ended up at a little craft beer store called the Beer Box. It’s a smallish chain, there we had a couple of brews, talked with the bartender about the area and picked up a few bottles to go:
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This was my favorite beer I had down there - a session IPA from Principia. If we had more time, I would have loved to go by their tap room:
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View from the balcony after a siesta and an afternoon shower. It was very chilly when the sun wasn’t out - high altitude, over 7000’
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We walked to a cocktail bar called Gin Gin for a few drinks before dinner:
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Had a gin mule and an old fashion:
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We walked from Gin Gin to Fonda Fina - another place recommended from a coworker. We had a bottle of wine, guacamole, Sope de Pork Belly and a ribeye for right at $100 including tip
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From there we went to by Hotel Casa Awolly for a drink, then to Mercado Roma to pick up some Churros and have a beer at the Biergarten. This was a cool market with a bunch of different vendors selling all kinds of goods.
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Saturday morning we woke up and walked to Ojo de Agua - a place in the neighborhood
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Really diggin their menu:
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We got juice, espresso shots:
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Huevos Condesa para mi muchacha:
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And I got the Incrustados Deli:
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This was about 400 pesos ($20). After breakfast we hopped in an uber to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia - full of pre-Columbian artifacts
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Aztec Stone of the Sun:
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From there we walked back to La Condesa with a few stops along the way. This is the Estela de Luz:
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And stopped at Jardin Chapultepec for some Hercules:
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For late lunch, we stopped by El Greco:
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Doneraky gringa on arabian bread - almost like a pita tortilla, very good:
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And the salsas were hot hot:
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We walked to another small beer bar called El Trappist to pick up a couple of cervezas artesanales to watch the LSU game back at the crib. The broadcast was in Spanish, but I matched up the radio broadcast and we listened that way. Way better than the regular TV announcers, might have to do that more often.
We then went to Licorería Limantour for a couple of drinks, I wanted a lucky dog, but didn’t want to push my luck so we passed:
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We then got some late night za and crashed, woke up the next morning, Uber to the airport and back home. The flight was easy, only an hour 40 minutes in the air, checking back in through customs was a breeze. I need to get global entry.
This post was edited on 12/10 at 8:44 am


RedFoxx
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
Great review and pics. Glad y'all had a good time.

Mexico City is great and La Condessa is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city.


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico


Excellent review!


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soccerfüt
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
Well done, nice review, glad y’all had a good time!

Thanks &


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atxfan
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
Great pics. The wife and I did a similar trip this past July but I barely took any pictures. I wasn't brave enough to explore much of the street food but I will definitely get some al pastor tacos next time. I had gotten sick 3 out of 3 prior trips to Mexico so I was being cautious. We stayed in Polanco, and it was extremely nice, but not really our vibe. We enjoyed La Condesa and heard good things about Roma although we didn't have a chance to make it over there. Your pictures make me want to go back, looks like a great get away.


yaboidarrell
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
The best meal I had in Mexico City was a 25 peso green salsa enchilada from a street vendor. Fed both my girlfriend and I for $1.25. Transportation (Uber) and food were unbelievably cheap there. Condesa was nice but a bit too quiet (seems like a heavily Airbnb neighborhood). Coyoacan felt like a more lively Condesa and was by far my most favorite part of Mexico City. Can't wait to go back.


weskarl
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
quote:

heavily Airbnb neighborhood


Honestly I didn’t get that vibe at all - it was very quiet, and seemed very hip, but not a lot of tourists wondering the streets. Big Western European vibe - took until our second day to see any Americans.

We didn’t venture far, but for a relaxing weekend getaway to eat, drink, and nap it was perfect


Saskwatch
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
quote:

weskarl


Muy bonita baw... That big Aztec sun rock is neat.


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TommyCheeseballs
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
Nice report and photos weskarl.

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not a lot of tourists wondering the streets


I went solo for a week in 2011, the week before Christmas and I think I talked to 2 Americans the whole time I was there and one was a Jehovah's Witness. Not a whole lot of people speaking English anywhere. I bumbled through the trip using the same 7 or 8 Spanish phrases.

I stayed in a hotel near the Angel de Independencia, across the way from Zona Rosa. I ate a lot of street food and did a lot of walking, hit up the art museum and the anthropology museum and a wrestling match and a couple of the big markets.

One day I wanted to see horse racing so I walked from my hotel to the Hipodromo, which was like 4 or 5 miles away. I couldn't make heads or tails out of the schedule from their website because I'm not fluent in Spanish but I decided to head over there anyway. On the way there I stopped to look at a military compound of some sort, I was guessing it was a hospital. I'd been walking for a long time and there were no pedestrians in sight the whole time in front of or behind me. So I stopped to take a picture of a sign on the side of one of the buildings and then out of thin air hear someone say BUENOS TARDES behind me. It was an armed soldier and I was guessing he didn't want me taking photos so I said disculpe & no habla espanol muy bien and held up the camera and showed him that I deleted the photos and that was that.

So then I finally get to the horse racing venue and it was closed for Christmas. Nothing going on. I went downstairs to the casino, figuring I could gamble a bit but there was nobody there except a few employees and I couldn't figure out how to put money in the machines. I guess you had to trade in your cash for a voucher or something but I didn't stick around. So I left and got in the first cab I saw and went back to the hotel.
This post was edited on 12/14 at 6:18 pm


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Cold Drink
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
Great recap. We’re about to go again for New Years. Might have to incorporate some of your review into our itenerary


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Boomshockalocka
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re: Trip Report - La Ciudad de Mexico
Bump.

Heading to Mexico City in a couple weeks and have pujol and Quintonil booked for the same time. Anyone been to both and can recommend one or the other?


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