Part Two: Hilton Hotel, Downtown Mexico City and Bazaar El Sabado
The Hilton Mexico City Reforma is located in the main center of the city, also known as El Centro. The beating heart and soul of Mexico City, the Hilton is literal steps away from cultural centers, such as Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum), Museo Nacional De Arte (National Art Museum), and Teatro Metropolitan (Metropolitan Theatre), to name a few; delicious fine dining restaurants, and the infamous the Paseo de la Reforma. A Starbucks outside your door will feed coffee addiction, while the local eatery markets directly across the street will quiet your elote cravings (it’s safe to say this girl stalked up on her share of elote)! Whether you want to explore or stay in, your accommodations both are available to you at this location. The hotel offers a beautiful terrace, a crystal blue outdoor pool, 24 hour gym, and a vast tennis court! (The old tournament tennis player in me definitely had a revival!)
When you enter the Hilton Mexico City Reforma lobby, you are immediately greeted by the high ceilings and art-adorned walls. Every single staff member speaks English and Spanish, which was super helpful in getting directions. They also host an amazing restaurant in the lobby so be prepared for a line, especially on Saturday brunch!
The absolute best thing about the Hilton Mexico City Reforma was the sprawling view of Mexico City from our room. It was so beautiful to wake up to the colors from the sunrise slowly painting the city. It was also equally beautiful at night to see the lights make the whole city “come alive.”
Pleasant and unpretentious, the rooms were super clean, modern, came with a safe, and had strong WiFi (um, hello, that’s basically the most important thing, am i right?) The bed was basically a cloud, which was just what I needed since I’d been on my feet exploring everyday, and sleeping was a literal dream because it was actually really quiet (unlike New York City). Cherry on top: Crabtree and Evelyn products in the bathroom, which you better believe I used!
El Centro, Mexico City
Santa María la Ribera’s Kiosco Morisco
The first day, we took a nice walk as I really wanted to explore and take a photo at the Moroccan-inspired park. Santa María la Ribera’s Kiosco Morisco is easily one of Mexico City’s most underrated, yet impressive attractions. Kiosco Morisco, as the locals call it, is a masterpiece of elaborately detailed and richly colored design that seems somewhat at odds with the leafy green. While we were there, many people were practicing dancing under the gazebo. On the way back, we stopped for some churros at a local spot and they were 100% delicious!
The Historic Centre is generally considered to fan out from and be centralised around the Zócalo, the city’s central plaza. It may be the largest in Latin America, but there’s so much more to the centro histórico than just the Zócalo. Regardless,don’t miss it as it is the place to get drinks “in the sky” and overlook many of the historical landmarks.
Bazaar El Sabado
Probably my most favorite thing we did the entire trip was stroll through the Bazaar el Sabado. Located in the San Angel area, this massive outdoor art exhibition and shopping bazaar will make your eyes pop! Allow yourself an abundance of time as there are so many amazing and beautifully crafted pieces to see. We bought five gorgeous pieces of art for a total of $250 USD!
INSIDER TIP: Make sure to come equipped with cash as the artists only accept this form of payment.
Lucha Libre Fight
This was by far one of the coolest, most authentic things we did in Downtown Mexico City. We were dying to checkout a Lucha Libre fight, and it was everything we could have dreamed of! We got our tickets on Ticketmaster and the fight was held at one of their arenas. It was by no means a fancy, modern, or super “clean” venue, but it was full of locals so you know it was the place to be. If you are looking for something to do on a Friday night in CDMX, this is definitely it!
INSIDER TIP: Avoid purchasing tickets there as the authenticity of tickets may not be of quality.
An absolute must! We took it back to our roots and went to Merkava, an-Israeli inspired restaurant. *cue Shabbat Dinner* There is no shortage of Jewish population in Mexico City, which I was totally unaware of, and the very innovative and amazing food spoke to that fact. We loved it so much that we looked up the restaurant group it was owned by and went to another one of their restaurants, Nudo Negro, the next day.
Cultural Roots Reggae Bar
This might not be the scene everyone’s looking for, but this well-known hotspot boasts three floors of reggae music in an old time building. With regular DJs, this is considered the best place to watch everyone sway and escape to the gentle sound of the music (so basically Heaven!) Also, for 70 pesos ($3.75 USD), you can get a caguama, or 1L, of beer.