Wednesday, November 4 – DAY FOUR
MORNING: Wake up to an email from Journeys Beyond the Surface. Your tour guide is sick, and your full day tour has been cancelled. Two options – a full refund of the deposit and crashing a tour that someone else has with another guide for the same area for half a day or no tour at all. The choice seems obvious. Crash someone else’s tour! Unfortunately, you will have to start this day without breakfast because the tour has already started.
Take an Uber to Centro Historico to catch up to your guide and new tour buddy. See the sights. Learn about Diego Rivera. Take too many photos. Spots visited on the tour: Metropolitan Cathedral, Palacio Nacional, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Palacio Postal, Plaza Manuel Tolsa, Sanborns de los Azulejos.
Your stomach is grumbling the entire time. When the Centro Historico portion of the tour is finished, time to find food!
AFTERNOON: Walk to Mercado de San Juan for lunch. Make the mistake of not sitting down for meat and cheeses. Instead pick a stand where there appears to be a set menu. The man behind the counter asks if you would like soup. Take the soup and eat it. He asks if you would like rice. Take the rice and stare at it. It doesn’t appear to come with anything, and you’re not sure how you’ll get a plate like the other people sitting at the same stand. Ask for one of the other dishes listed on the menu. The man is confused and asks if you want another meal. Say yes and order the random pork dish. It’s confusing, but you’re not starving anymore. Pay and continue on your way, but remain thoroughly confused.
Since your full day tour became a half day tour, take out the list of recommendations from Journeys Beyond the Surface. Walk to nearby graffiti art for photos.
Stop in at Al Andar for drinks and a snack while the rain passes. Take note to come back again since this spot is known for mezcal. Take an Uber back to the Airbnb once the rain has stopped.
EVENING: Decide to have sushi at Tori Tori at Temistocles #61 in Polanco since the specific location was on your Airbnb host’s list of recommendations. Walk to dinner. Admire the unique restaurant decor and design before asking to sit at the sushi counter. Spend the next few minutes wondering if you’ll ever get a menu. Realize you should have taken a table. Finally ask the sushi chef if there is a menu, and he hands you a giant wooden menu that is much too heavy to hold on your own.
Sigh with relief when you see that the menu, while in Spanish, has Japanese that you understand and can order from without asking questions. Order your food. Devour it!
On the way back to the Airbnb, stop in at Helados Santa Clara for dessert. It’s been a day of confusing dining in Mexico City.
Thursday, November 5 – DAY FIVE
MORNING: Ride an Ecobici to breakfast at Catamundi, another Airbnb host recommendation. Sit outside because the weather is lovely. Take photos of your meal because you’ve just encountered the most beautiful avocado toast. It will be your most liked Instagram photo ever. No exaggeration.
Head over to Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Admire the building. Look at the exhibits.
AFTERNOON: Your hunger and an Ecobici bring you to Mercado Roma. Grab a juice upstairs, sit and people watch. Order some tlacoyos at one of the stands because you learned what they were on your Eat Mexico tour earlier this trip. Sample some fancy ice cream bars.
Walk to Museo del Juguete Antiguo Mexico (MUJAM), even though biking would have been much faster. Wander around the property taking photos of some of the graffiti art. Walk into the store and look around until someone tells you that the museum entrance is actually up a dark stairway.
Go up the dark stairway. Ring the doorbell. Spend the next few hours among old toys and wonderful graffiti art spread across many floors. But first, meet the man/collector behind it all, Roberto Shimizu. Learn about how and why he started collecting. Explore the museum. Take too many photos.
Ask to see the rooftop because that was the pro tip you were given. Watch the sun set from the rooftop. Take too many photos.
Fill out a comment card one minute before the museum closes.
EVENING: Recall seeing some Korean restaurants on some of your Uber rides and look up Pequeño Seúl, Koreatown in Mexico City. Take an Uber to a specific restaurant in Koreatown. Look for the restaurant unsuccessfully. Walk around the corner and eat dinner at Ma Po Gal Bi. Gorge on delicious Korean food and drink too much soju.
Mexico City – Real Talk
- If you are riding Ecobicis, use the app to find parking because people use these bikes to commute and some racks are more full than others.
- Eat at Catamundi or pick something up for later. The market inside looks amazing!
- Go to Mercado Roma, even for a snack or a juice. It’s a beautiful spot.
- MUJAM came recommended by Journeys Beyond the Surface, again for graffiti art. The toys, graffiti art, and meeting the owner were the highlight of our trip. Go see it if you have a few hours to spare. Ask to see the rooftop!
- Museo Nacional de Antropologia is the most visited museum in Mexico and recommended by most of our friends who have been to Mexico City. The tours we did earlier in our trip were incredibly helpful in giving a context to what we were seeing in the exhibits.
- More time can be dedicated to the museums in Centro Historico. It’s on our list for the next time!