David and I love exploring new places and cultures through food (who doesn't?). One of the best ways to do this is by learning how to cook the local cuisine on your own. While group cooking classes are tons of fun, this time around we were looking for something a little more intimate and specialized, luckily I stumbled upon Traveling Spoon, an international company that hires amateur and professional chefs around the world to provide customized cooking classes in their homes. There are currently 6 options in CDMX with prices ranging from $28-$104/person depending on the complexity and length of the class.
We spent 3 hours with our chef, Ismael, learning the tricks to the best guacamole, traditional tortilla soup, and chicken and hibiscus enchiladas. The food was delicious! The added bonus to a class through Traveling Spoon is the ability to sit down to a meal with a local and learn about their life, career, and experiences in Mexico.
What: Traveling Spoon cooking class
Where: Various locations across the city, and around the world
Closest metro station(s): Various locations
When: Lots of times available
How much: Range, see here for the CDMX page
It is a well known fact that I love coffee, and am always looking for a good excuse to try out new coffee spots and cafes, and there is no better excuse than moving to a new city! Consider this post your ultimate guide to staying caffeinated, finding a great place to get some work done, or to discovering your new favorite afternoon break scene.
I've divided the map into three price categories:
$$$ - expect to pay prices similar to what you are used to at home.
$$ - a little expensive for Mexican standards, but won't break the bank.
$ - my kind of price!
Remember to keep coming back to this post. I will continue to update it as I also discover new places, and will make sure to always highlight a few of my favorites.
So where am I loving right now?
Boicot Café: Guys, I have finally achieved "regular" status somewhere! Well, at least partially. I have now been to Boicot enough times that one of the baristas recognizes me, and knows that I only ever order a cold brew with almond milk, or a regular cappuccino. But seriously, this is my favorite place to work. The wifi is strong, the tables are large, and there is always a seat.
Brown Caffeine Lab: This tiny coffee shop in Roma Sur has found the sweet spot between good "hipster" coffee and low-key neighborhood vibes. Whether you are looking for an afternoon pick-me-up, and chill spot to work (they have great wifi), or a great place to read the morning paper, Brown has something for everyone.
Otro Cafe Anzures: Anzures is a smaller residential neighborhood wedged between Polanco and Cuauhatemoc, which you could easily miss. However, I would recommend a trip for a relaxed lunch or snack at Otro Cafe, which isn't too far from parts of Chapultepec Park. The coffee is reasonably prices, and there is a full food menu.
David and I recently took a 3-day weekend trip to Puerto Vallarta (PV), a charming colonial style town on the pacific coast of México. Puerto Vallarta is a well known tourist and cruise ship destination, but it's beautiful scenery, vibrant culture, and growing eco-tourism sector offer visitors so much more than just another kitschy vacation spot. So if you are planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta, here are our top recommendations for what to see, eat, and do.
You can read all about our recent 2.5 day adventure to Puebla, Mexico here, and here. Knowing what to see, eat, and do is certainly an important part of planning any trip, but what is most important to me is cost. While we always set a budget ahead of time, I also always like to tally the final costs. For anyone curious, I would consider our trip spending landing in the "average" category. You could certainly spend less, but also find lots of ways to splurge.
David and I recently took a long weekend trip to explore Puebla City, Mexico; a mid-sized city about 2 hours from CDMX. Puebla was originally founded by the Spanish in 1531, and was the first Spanish city NOT built on an existing Aztec town. Because of this, walking around Puebla in some ways feels like walking through a European, colonial town. Puebla City's compact layout is perfect for anyone who only has a day or two to visit, as many of the highlights are within a 15-20 minute walk of each other. We crammed a lot into our time (we attempted to check off everything in the Lonely Planet guide), so take our word for it that these are the top things to do!
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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