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.
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.
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.
Walking enthusiast, and kitchen experimenter currently living out my dream in Mexico City, Mexico.
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