David and I don't usually spend a lot of food when we travel, but I had read and heard so many wonderful things about El Mural that it went on our "must do" list during our recent weekend trip. We were not disappointed. While this restaurant is by no means expensive for US standards, it gets a $$$ here in Mexico. After tax and tip, our total came to around $36 USD.
El Mural is located in an open roof courtyard just a few blocks south of the zocalo in Puebla City, and it's menu takes you through a journey of Poblano classics (try the cemita cholupa); if you are searching for the best place to try a few different kinds of mole, this is where you come (above: David's chicken enchiladas with three different moles). Not only is the food superb, but the service rivals some of the best establishments we've been to back home.
What: El Mural de los Poblanos
Where: Puebla City, Puebla, just south of the zocalo (here)
When: Every day, 8:00 am - midnight
How much: $$$, most entrees cost around $15 USD
Mexico City is massive and diverse, both in population and physical space. This is something I know, but am still constantly amazed by, especially when an 11 stop metro ride is able to make me feel like I've traveled for hours. This is the exact feeling David and I got when visiting Coyoacán this past weekend; a vibrant, colorful, and easygoing neighborhood only a few kilometers away from the chaos of the center of the city. Probably most famous as the birthplace and home of Frida Kahlo, Coyoacán is the perfect place to spend a Saturday or Sunday.
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
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.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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