Posted July 7, 2023

Fresh Things to Do in Mexico City


The “City of Palaces” — named for its beautiful 18th-century architecture — will be welcoming not one, but two Kimpton properties. Former residential and retail buildings have been transformed into our first boutique properties in Mexico, set to debut in the upscale Polanco neighborhood.

Are you ready to experience Mexico City? We know we are. (Photo Credit: Emir Saldierna)

Polanco is often compared to Beverly Hills thanks to its pretty streets, collection of high-end shops, award-winning restaurants, and top art museums. Because it’s never too early to start planning your first, second, or third trip to Mexico’s vibrant capital, here are some of our favorite things to do and areas to explore.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Polanco

Let’s start with the Polanco neighborhood. While the main boulevard of Avenida Presidente Masaryk is lined with international brands, you can still have a more local shopping experience thanks to indie spots like LAGO DF, which carries made-in-Mexico textiles, furniture, and fashion.

Welcome to the Polanco neighborhood, our newest home. (Photo Credit: Nahima Aparicio)

This neighborhood is filled with good food and good vibes. (Photo Credit: Jose Pablo Dominguez)

As for where to eat, don’t miss lunch at Comedor Jacinta, which grinds its own corn for the tortillas it makes in-house. For dinner, Quintonil — run by Jorge Vallejo, an alum of nearby and famed Pujol — sets an elegant stage for artfully plated, modern Mexican dishes. If a hole-in-the-wall experience is more your speed, order up the tacos made with cochinita pibil (flavor-packed, slow-roasted pork) any time of day at the classic El Turix.

There is also the Insta-worthy Museo Soumaya, whose curvaceous exterior is made from thousands of shimmering aluminum panels, and neighboring Museo Jumex, which hosts rotating exhibits of contemporary art.

Navigate the Market Madness

Mexico City’s frenetic local food markets and sidewalk vendors can be overwhelming to navigate solo. Take the guesswork out by signing up for an expert-led tour through Eat Mexico or Eat Like a Local, which guarantees that you’ll get to taste the very best.

Start by exploring the markets of Mexico City with a guide. (Photo Credit: Pyro Jenka)

And don’t forget to bring an extra suitcase. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Lwanga)

A street food excursion may include snacks ranging from squash-blossom burritos to meat-filled cemita sandwiches, while a half-day spent exploring the historic Mercado Merced will provide just the foundation you need to tackle another market on your own. (You can do it!)

Explore the Outdoors

With all that eating, you’ll probably want to spend some time walking it off — luckily, Mexico City isn’t as much of a concrete jungle as it may seem. There are a surprising number of leafy parks, the biggest of which is Bosque de Chapultepec, where you can visit an 18th-century castle, see thousands of ancient artifacts at the Museum of Anthropology, take in contemporary art at the Museo Rufino Tamayo, and rent a pedal boat to ride in the lake.

Greenery is everywhere in this concrete jungle. (Photo Credit: Austin Curtis)

A stroll around jacaranda-lined Condesa and nearby Roma will likely bring you to Parque España or Parque México. Especially on weekends, expect to find the benches filled with families and the blooming of young romance.

Follow in the Footsteps of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

There are a number of ways to experience the lives and works of Mexico City’s most famous artistic couple. South of the city in the charming and historic neighborhood of Coyoacán, Kahlo’s home and studio — where she both grew up and died — has been painstakingly preserved as the Museo Frida Kahlo. You’ll know it when you see its shocking blue walls, which earned it the nickname of Casa Azul.

Learn about Mexico City’s most famous artist, Frida Kahlo. (Photo Credit: Adrian Alva)

And don’t forget about Diego Rivera next door! (Photo Credit: Salvador Torres)

In nearby San Angel, you can see where the couple lived in separate yet connected homes at El Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Near the Zócalo, or main square, the Palacio de Bellas Artes and Palacio Nacional both have walls covered in murals by Rivera. And though it’s slightly off the beaten path in the south, the Museo Dolores Olmedo is home to what’s been called the most important collection of Rivera and Kahlo’s paintings.

This only scratches the surface of what Mexico City has to offer — but it should be enough to convince you that a trip to Mexico’s capital is definitely in order.

Where to stay: Kimpton El Castelar or Kimpton Virgilio



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  1. Sergio Mendoza Hochmann says:


    I’m an architectural photographer based in Mexico City and just found out about the new hotels by Kimpton opening here in 2020. I’ve been trying without any success to find some corporate phone number here in Mexico City in order to get in touch with the people in charge of marketing so that I can offer my services. Would you be able to help me?

    Thank you!

  2. Nolia Palermo says:

    Dear All, Can you please inform if the Hotel has opened already and if I can book 2 double twin rooms from 13 to 21 August under your best commissionable rate as this is a Travel Agency in Brazil, NOVA SAFARITOURS, a Virtuoso agency in Rio de Janeiro. Our IATA 57-5 1049 3.
    Thank you!
    Nolia Palermo