Mexico City – La Condesa

Life is as coloful as you make it, you just need to color it.

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Mexico, as a country, does not always have the best reputation, including cities such as Mexico City itself or currently Acapulco. That’s why I want to start our journey exactly here in Mexico City.

I was absolutely blown away by the city during my first visit. I had no expectations and actually didn’t want to stay too long. The only thing that I knew about it was that it is one of the biggest cities in the world, with one of the largest population, stricken by crime and poverty. At least that’s what I believed after reading and hearing stories. I was not just mistaken by my preconceived notions, but also absolutely mistaken.

And mostly, I was just blown away and taken by the beauty of everything around me. The city does not just have a rich culture, amazing restaurant, beautiful sights, and a mix of old and modern architecture, it is also full of friendly people and international travelers. It is easy to move around the city and thanks to bikes and Über bigger distances can be crossed easily. And it is certainly not more dangerous than any other metropolitan city around the world.

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Mexico City certainly transports you into a different time and world. The city is a time-travelers playground. The mix of modern and ancient architecture combined with thrilling stories of history offers a tremendous variety of sights for tourist and residents. It is the city that never stops to entertain: museums, restaurants, clubs, bars, parks, galleries and much more.

 

One of the very unique characteristics of Mexico City is the variety of colors, tastes, and cultures. It is truly not just a metropolitan city — it is one of the leading cities in culture and architecture, with people from all over the world storming this vibrating place.

One of my favorite things to do in Mexico City is to go from restaurant to restaurant, but also walk through markets and eat from food trucks. Chefs from all over the world are creating a fusion of multicultural cuisine: the new Mexican food blended with tradition and up to the minute trends. Mexico offers food for everyone and even covers vegan or plant-based food lovers significantly.

Places such as Reforma and Polanco are great to start your journey. Continuing along La Condesa, where you can literally into any restaurant without regretting it.

But, let’s start with one of my favorite parts of the City is the area of La Condesa. It has plenty of green areas and signs saying to be respectful of other people because it is a recreational area within the city. You will see lots of great bakeries, hipster hairdressers, small cafes and great restaurants.

 

The restaurant Antolina Condesa: which is one of my favorite restaurants in the whole city. The culinary experience is just out of this world. The chef will cater for you no matter if you love meat or are a vegan.

 

Places such as Reforma and La Condesa are great to start your journey. Continuing along Calla Amsterdam, where you can literally step into any restaurant without regretting it. I love to come here for tea time and hide at the Budapest Cafe Cukrászda while contemplating my next steps through the city.

One of the things that I truly enjoy doing when I am overseas is actually going to a hairdresser and just getting everything done. You might think that I am absolutely crazy because first of all, you need to explain everything in a different language and secondly how can you know who is good. Now let me help you, Believe Barber & Beauty shop @alwaysbelievemx is my absolute favorite place to go when I am in Mexico City. The owner speaks English and I never had a better hair color or cut than here. Hairdressers overseas don’t rush as much as at home and for some reasons, you get a much better service. And it allows you to learn more about the local scene. 

 

Another wonderful place to stop by and just stay for a moment while observing Mexico City’s life is the Pasteleria Pandaria Maque Condesa. The cafe is located on a beautiful corner and offers space to sit outside while enjoying their freshly baked Mexican styled pastry. If you don’t want to sit and just grab some pastry cycle over to La Artesa Condesa and grab a juice from Gust & Pleser.

You can easily get lost in La Condesa and forget that you are in one of the biggest cities in the world because of the cozy laid-back atmosphere. It is also one of the older neighborhoods and offers insight into the real life of Mexico.

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