The Ultimate Weekend Getaway to Mexico City

Zocalo, Plaza de la Constitucion, Mexico City, Mexico
Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución), the main square in central Mexico City, Mexico.

The bustling Mexican capital with the long and layered history and nearly 22 million people is one of the most populated cities in North America and one of the world’s largest metropolises. Boasting with world-class museums, high-end restaurants, colorful markets, and impressive street art, Mexico City is an exciting spot primed to enchant travelers. Here is everything you need to do during a 48-hour visit in the cosmopolitan capital of Mexico.

What to Explore

Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Palacio de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Mexico.

Located next to the Alameda Central Park in the historic center of the Mexican capital, the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts), known for its gigantic murals created by world-famous Mexican artists, like Diego Rivera, is a striking cultural hub that hosts compelling exhibitions and performances.

Chapultepec Castle Mexico City, Mexico
Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, Mexico.

If you are eager to explore the only castle in North America ever to house actual sovereigns, head to Chapultepec Castle. Located in the middle of Chapultepec Park, the impressive fortress is offering mesmerizing 360-degree views of the city.

The Blue House – Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
The Blue House – Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, Mexico.

Pay a visit to The Blue House – Frida Kahlo Museum, the family home of the self-taught Latin American artist Frida Kahlo in Coyoacán, one of the most beautiful and oldest neighborhoods in Mexico City. The artist’s colorful residence was turned into a museum in 1958, four years after her death and one year after the death of her husband, prominent Mexican painter Diego Rivera.

Where to Eat

Blanco Colima, Mexico City, Mexico
Blanco Colima in Mexico City, Mexico.

If you want to dine in style drinking mezcal-based cocktails, choose Blanco Colima, a Porfirian-era mansion in the heart of the historic Colonia Roma district. ContramarRosetta, and Casa Virginia are also some of the restaurants you must consider during your visit in this Mexico City neighborhood. A beautiful spot to hang out with friends and enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks is La Única in Polanco. In the same area, you can also try the world-famous Pujol or Guzina Oaxaca.

Bars to Visit

Gin Gin, Mexico City, Mexico
Gin Gin in Mexico City, Mexico.

Inside a classic mansion in the heart of the North Rome, you can find Gin Gin where you can try cocktails made with… gin. A recording studio by day and popular live music venue by night, Departamento is a hidden gem located in the same neighborhood.

Where to Shop

Palacio de Hierro Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico
Palacio de Hierro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico.

The best place to do your shopping while in Mexico City is El Palacio de Hierro Polanco (The Iron Palace) – the largest department store in Latin America.

Where to Stay

JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City
Outstanding view of Chapultepec Forest from the outdoor pool deck of JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City, Mexico.

Consider JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City in Polanco for easy access to popular attractions such as the National Museum of Anthropology (0.9 miles), Chapultepec Castle (0.7 miles), Teotihuacán Archaeological Site (31.1 miles), San Ángel Flea Market (2.8 miles), and The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco (15.5 miles).