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    • While I've only had the opportunity to visit Mexico once in January of 2018 and it was a pretty fast-paced trip, I absolutely LOVED it! I have so many friends who have been going to Mexico lately and I share the same travel tips with each of them, so I figured they would be great to share with all of you as well.

      Below is the Zócalo, the main central square in Mexico City. It's an incredible center for culture and history for the past 700 or so years, and was previously the main ceremonial center for the Aztec city Tenochtitlan. Behind the flag you can see the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, a stunning structure that is also Latin America’s biggest and oldest cathedral.

      The interior is filled with priceless works of art and religious devotion.

      Directly outside the Cathedral you can find a variety of vendors and market stalls. One Mexico City fixture that I haven't seen elsewhere are organ grinder buskers, which I absolutely loved and felt compelled to give to (they are present elsewhere CDMX, not just in the Zócalo).

      Something else that I thought was really cool and worth checking out are the glimpses of the original foundations and archelogical digs throughout the square. Archeology is happening even to this day in central areas of Mexico City!

    • Walking distance around the Zócalo is filled with vendors and shops. One of the more random was the Jarritos soda store. We had to stop by to try "Delaware Punch" (aka grape soda). I love Sidral Mundet.

      In the mood for something more substantial? There was also the charmingly named Pirates Burgers. (We did not eat here but thought it was offbeat and worth sharing)

      Something that did catch our eye was the incredible and overwhelming Pasteleria Ideal.

      Not only do they sell colorful gelatine molds, tortes, and pastries, but it's also a huge operation that you can smell a block away of freshly-baked cookies, bread, and more. Definitely worth grabbing a snack!

    • Just a short walk from the Zocalo is the Museo de Arte Popular, the museum devoted to popular arts and crafts in Mexico.

      It is absolutely gorgeous and well worth the visit. From giant alebrijes...

      (zooming in on the jaguar warrior below for more detail)

      ...to amazing Huichol art and beadwork (seen below on a Volkswagon bug), there are five floors of beautifully curated art pieces highlighting all kinds of creations from Mexico on display. The museum has an excellent giftshop, and is well worth the time to stop by.

    • The food in Mexico is amazing and I literally think about how good it was every. darn. day.

      I fell in love with this restaurant, El Bajío, near the hotel I was staying at and ate their basic chicken soup and grilled cheese tacos every night for dinner. Delicious and dependable.

      I did get slightly adventurous and go for some chapulines appetizers at the hotel restaurant one night (you can see them below). Not...bad?

      A particular standout was visiting Contramar, a famous fresh seafood and fish restaurant. It was a bit out of the way, but absolutely worth it. Here the waiter is presenting the fish for our inspection..

      Prior to returning with it fully cooked with 2 different kinds of salsa and spices.

      Both sides were delicious. The restaurant itself is beautiful, airy and perfect for enjoying a fancy meal.

    • Mexico City has more than 150 museums - and they are incredibly rich and vibrant! Besides the Museo de Arte Popular, another outstanding museum that is a MUST-SEE is the Museo Nacional de Antropología.

      It is the most visited museum in Mexico and also the largest. The collections are world-class.

      From the Aztec Sun Stone, 24.5 tons and the most famous Aztec sculpture in the world...

      To this replica of Moctezuma's headdress...

      The collections are prodigious and impressive.

      It's not just an indoor museum. It also features outdoor exhibits featuring replica tombs, villages, and sculptures.

      These Olmec stone heads are huge!

      The museum could fill up a whole day going room by room. Very worthwhile.

      Now with a Victoria for scale.

      The Sun Calendar exhibit room.

    • If you're looking to bring back some authentic Mexican crafts, arts, shoes, clothing, or even musical instruments or glassware - you can't go wrong with La Ciudadela.

      This massive complex features artisans and craftspeople selling their wares from all over Mexico.

      I love Huichol beadwork so I had to get some examples of the artform. You can see an artisan below pressing seed beads one by one into a wax-covered skull to make gorgeous patterns.

      It is an overwhelming experience. Come with cash and ready to browse. There are multiple vendors that specialize in similar things, and it can be easy to get disoriented, but we fell in love with some incredible alebrijes, embroidery, and more.

    • One of my favorite discoveries was the Mexican tradition of fortune-telling canaries. At Cantina La. 20 (which had delicious food and wonderful live music) I saw a gentleman carrying a small wooden box-cage on a stand around the restaurant and was curious as to why.

      For just a few pesos, the below amazing event transpired:

      I didn't get to capture it, but the little birds, after having some seeds, proceeded to pull a paper fortune out of the box of folded paper! It was magical.

    • Last but not least, when I saw photos of the Biblioteca Vasconcelos, I had to see this incredible building for myself in-person.

      I made the mistake of walking there (don't do that, it's a long walk, and the library is right next to a busy bus station), but the interior of this hulking concrete megastructure will take your breath away.

      You fully expect it to start moving, shifting and blending a la Inception:

      It's amazing.