1. The most
impressive museum I have ever seen (I went twice): The Museo Nacional
2. The dignity and elegance of Paseo de la Reforma avenue, especially on a Sunday with the crowds of promenading locals
3. The colonial palaces and villas of the Coyoacan district; this is traditionally an artists’ neighborhood, with a wealth of alternative culture, as well as the outstanding Frida Kahlo Museum!!!
4. The cobblestone streets of the San Angel district.
5. Visiting Zocalo, one of the biggest public squares in the world, late in the afternoon.
6. Behind the vibrant surface of society there are real injustices, but this enormous city really does present a a wonderfully colorful spectacle to tourists.
7. The Condesa the neighborhood, where we stayed – a perfect choice - with the best French patisserie of the Americas!: Ficelle Boulangerie Patisserie (Av. Tamaulipas 39, Colonia Condesa)
8. Calle Tacuba in the old town
9. The charm of the Roma Sur and Roma Norte districts
10. The Zona Rosa in the evening
1. Apart from Zocalo
and the cathedral, the old town (Centro Historico) doesn’t have as
much atmosphere as San Angel, Polanco or other districts.
2. On weekends and holidays the crowds of pedestrians on the sidewalks make walking uncomfortable
3. The information we were given about the public safety risks meant that we felt uneasy walking through the city, though in fact nothing bad happened to us.
4. The street food can cause stomach problems – and don’t even think about drinking the tap water!
5. The air is so polluted that you can taste the soot when you breathe.
6. Xochimilco, with its Venice-like canals and artificial islands, is an interesting tourist destination, but at the same time it’s also a bit too kitsch and ‘artificial’ for my taste (others will surely feel differently)
7. The metro is a very practical way of getting around the town, but – stupidly – we took it late on a Friday afternoon, and it was horrendously overcrowded.
8. Plaza Garibaldi was somewhat disappointing, with its industrial-scale production of mariachi music.
9. The Napoles district was nothing special, though we’d read in many places that it’s interesting
10. The sidewalks are in such terrible condition that we constantly had to watch where we were putting our feet