When you only have a few days to get away, you have to make the most of your time. How can you combine a love for art, history, culture, fashion, and food in one trip? With a stay in a Mexico City, of course!
Mexico City may not be at the top of your list, but it should be. As the largest metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere, there is something for everyone here. Originally founded in 1325 as Tenochtitlan by the Aztecs, you won’t find another city in this half of the world that combines such a variety of cultures and histories.
The climate in Mexico City is just about perfect. The temperature averages 54 to 61 F degrees Fahrenheit, “soaring” to the lower 70’s during my stay, which was quite comfortable. Rainy season is usually June through October, though this year, it’s a little greener than usual. There may not be a beach in sight, but you don’t need it.
1. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropología México)
With over 300 museums in Mexico City, it can be a daunting task to narrow down the ones you want to visit during your stay. Why not start at the beginning? The National Museum of Anthropology starts at the peopling of the Americas in 30,000 BC and goes all the way up to the Fifteenth Century. Short on time? I really enjoyed the Mexica room, which had a diagram of Tenochtitlan before the lake was drained and Mexico City was built on top of it, as well as some amazing sculptures. In the Maya room, you’ll find tombs and some reproduction temples outside. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. year-round and costs only $64 MX pesos to enter.
2. Grab a Bite to Eat at J&G Grill
Anything on the menu at J&G Grill will please your palate. For an extra special treat, book the Chef’s Table with the new chef de cuisine, Olivier Deboise Mendez. Appointed on August 1, 2015, Mendez brings with him 14 years of experience in highly-esteemed restaurants in France and Mexico. Fans of J&G Grill need not worry — the famous avocado pizza will remain on the menu, to be accompanied by new dishes created by Mendez.