Mexico City doesn't have the extensive network of public libraries that other cities may have, BUT, when they do build a library, they do it right. You won't be disappointed taking some time to visit the Biblioteca Vasconselos to marvel at the modern architecture, or relax on a couch while flipping through a magazine. This 6 story, 2 block long building is the perfect place for a quiet rest during your busy day.
What: Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Where: Buenavista (here)
Closest metro station(s): Buenavista (on either the Metro or Metrobus)
When: Every day, 8:30 - 7:30
How much: FREE
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.
Borola Café Roma: This is a small, and quiet cafe a few blocks from the main action in Roma with great wifi. It's also happens to be the perfect spot for any self-affirmed coffee snobs looking for a barista who knows their way around a chemex, aeropress, or french press. Dogs are also welcomed.
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.
After six weeks of settling in, and exploring CDMX, David and I went on our first excursion to see what else this amazing country has to offer. Based on reading suggestions for day-trips on Culture Trip, compiling my own list from my trusted Lonely Planet guide, and following recommendations from our new friends, we landed on Tepoztlán; one of the Pueblos Mágicos in the State of Morelos. We had a packed day of hiking (more like stair climbing), eating, and shopping. Keep reading for my best tips and recommendations for your next visit to the magical mountains of Tepoztlán.
Mexico City can be chaotic at times, so if you are needing a break and a little quiet time, head on over to the tranquil Jardín Botánico in Chapultepec Park.
What: Jardín Botánico del Bosque Chapultepec
Where: Inside Chapultepec Park
Closest metro station(s): Chapultepec (Linea 1) OR Gandhi on Metrobús (Reforma route)
When: Tuesday - Sunday, 10-4 (Closed Mondays)
How much: Free
The gardens are certainly not as big as others I have been to (I'm looking at you South Africa), but they are certainly worth a quick stroll, especially if you are already planning on spending some time in the park. David and I walked through in about 20 minutes, which was a perfect activity to help us relax after a stressful morning dealing with furniture delivery and the bank.
You can't fully experience Mexico without attending at least one game at the iconic Estadio Azteca, which was first opened in 1966, and is currently the home field for the Mexican national fútbol team, and both Club América and Cruz Azul; two CDMX fútbol teams in Liga MX. Thanks to the generosity of my brother and sister-in-law, we recently caught an exciting match between Club América and the Tigres from Monterrey. However, before you make the trip, here are a few things you should know.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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