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Mexico City Is One Of The Must-See Cities In The World And Here’s Why

Mexico City is one of the biggest cultural capitals of the world, with incredible art, architecture, and beautiful sights to see. The bustling city, which is one of the most populated places on earth, offers centuries of history dating back to the Aztec empire that once stood there. It’s one of the most exciting places to visit, and has some of the most delicious food you can ever try. And best of all, it’s affordable.

Here are 20 reasons you absolutely must put Mexico City on your list of places to travel to!

20. Pujol

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One of the most famous restaurants not just in the entire country, but the world. So much so that it was featured on an episode of “Chef’s Table.” Their mole, made with hundreds of ingredients and slow roasted to perfection, has become their most renown dish, though the rest of the menu ain’t too shabby. Come for one of those life changing meals you’ll talk about forever.

19. La Pulqueria

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This cool little punk bar serves the unofficial drink of the city, pulque, in a variety of flavors. Housed inside of an old three story house, La Pulqueria offers live music and place to try some of the best pulque in the city. It’s a perfect spot to kick off your night.

18. El Moro Churreria

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Are you ready to absolutely lose your mind over some churros and chocolate calentito? Then look no further than El Moro, a chic and hip little cafe that makes the most delicious sweets you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. And since CDMX is a walking city, you don’t have to feel too guilty.

17. Lardo

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Another one of the city’s best restaurants, led by a chef once voted the best chef in Latin America, the small neighborhood restaurant offers Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine in an adorably chic and beautifully-designed space. Totally grammable food and decor!

16. Stroll Around La Condesa

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Considered one of Mexico City’s hippest neighborhoods, La Condesa has great bars and restaurants that can be found along its tree lined streets. Rent a bike and check out the neighborhood, including a picnic in Parque Mexico and grub at Tacos Gus.

15. Xochimilco

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A huge series of floating gardens can be found in Xochimilco. Board one of their color barcas and take a nice, long, leisurely trip surrounded by nature, music and food. You can literally hire a mariachi or norteño band as it floats past you on a barca, then buy the most amazing Mexico City-style quesadillas you’ve ever had in your life.

14. Museo Nacional de Antropología

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The Museum of Anthropology is one of the most incredible architectural marvels you’ll lay eyes on. While the museum itself boasts fascinating ancient artifacts and exhibits that delve into past cultures and Mexico’s history, the building itself is worth the trip. There a huge indoor waterfall structure that will make your moth drop.

13. Zócalo

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The main square of the Mexico City’s centro historico is surrpunded by beautiful historic buildings and the famous cathedral. La Casa de las Sirenas is the spot to grab a drink at and look upon the entire square. It’s a great place to see some history.

12. La Ciudadela

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This mercado de artesanias has everything you could ever want to buy, from artisan made leather purses, shoes, and hand spun wool dolls, to clothing, toys, and glassware. It has everything you can expect, and then some! And you can grab a delicious snack or drink from one of the many little cafes found inside, perfect for a shopping break.

11. Palacio de Bellas Artes

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The palace dedicated to preserving and holding Mexican art and culture is famous the world over for being home to a large scale mural painted by famed artist Diego Rivera. That alone is worth a visit, however there’s performances that will blow your mind from renown professional dancers and gorgeous art exhibits.

10. Dinner at Rosetta

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This beautiful, colonial-style restaurant offers some of the best food in the city. It’s warm and dimly lit, making it the perfect spot for a romantic date. But if you want an amazing dinner with friends to kick off the night, this is your spot also.

9. Pyramid of the Sun

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This well-known pyramid in the ancient city of Teotihuacan is one of the largest in the world. Climb to the top of the pyramid and see what the ancient people once looked upon. It’s a breathtaking place.

8. Chapultepec Castle

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Chapultepec Castle is located on top of Chapultepec Hill within one of the largest parks in all the world. Inside you’ll find a fascinating history museum and incredible views. It’s definitely worth the visit. Plus there’s a zoo nearby.

7. Mercado Medellin

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This market situated in Colonia Roma is perfect for food lovers who want to try a little bit of everything, and take some snacks and ingredients home. Sit at a counter for some antojitos or buy yummy snacks from all over Latin America. Either way, your stomach will be happy.

6. Casa de Frida Kahlo

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The hone and final resting place of iconic artist Frida Kahlo is an absolute must when visiting Mexico City. It’s beautiful garden is the necessary calm you need after a day of walking, and the incredible original paintings by the artist will take your breath away. There’s also an exhibit of her clothes and accessories, and if you look closely for a brass sculpture shaped like a toad, what you’ll actually be finding is the urn holding Frida’s ashes.

5. Mama Rumba

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Wanna get down to some salsa music in one of the most exciting, lively bars in the city? Mama Rumba is the place to go. Bring your dancing shoes and, most importantly, your hip-shaking moves.

4. Museo del Objeto del Objeto

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A museum dedicated to objects, there are fascinating exhibitions – both permanent and temporary – that celebrate and pay homage to the artistry of the every day objects we interact with in our lives. It may seem strange, but it’s a fun, quirky, and fascinating space. They once even had a exhibit dedicated to – ahem – erotic objects.

3. Plaza Garibaldi

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You can’t visit anywhere in Mexico and not hear mariachi music. It’s just not allowed. And in Plaza Garibaldi, you can hear beautiful music while enjoying great drinks and food. It’ll fill you with pride and happiness.

2. Leon Trotsky Museum

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For those of you who are into politics and political history, a visit to the Leon Trotsky Museum is also a visit to the place where the famed revolutionary was also assassinated. It’s not for everybody but if you’re into political science you’ll be happy as a clam.

1. Luis Barragan House and Studio

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While his name is not a household one, Luis Barragan was one of the greatest minds in modern architecture. A visit to his home and studio is a chance to wander into the mind and process of a design genius. Plus, it’s absolutely stunning.

This is only the tip of the iceberg! There’s so much more to explore that you’ll be so sorry to leave this incredible city. Perfect! That just gives you an excuse to plan another trip!

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The Mexico City House From Netflix’s “Roma” Is Up For Sale And Could Be Yours For The Right Price

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The Mexico City House From Netflix’s “Roma” Is Up For Sale And Could Be Yours For The Right Price

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Every so often the locations filmed in some of our favorite movies become famous in their own right. Think about the dinosaurs from Peewee’s Big Adventure, the Circus Liquor store from Clueless, or the San Francisco mansion from Full House, close your eyes and you can probably picture them crystal clear.

For the Netflix film Roma, one of its biggest stars has been the house in which many of the film’s scenes were shot. In fact, it’s become a bit of a tourist destination in its own right. And now, as it comes on the market, people are flocking to the property for a chance to see it up close.

The house from Roma is on sale and people are flocking to see it.

Besides being a chronicle of a family during a turbulent moment in history and conveying a complex look at class and gender, Alfonso Cuarón’s award-winning Roma is also that rare film where its primary location feels like a character unto itself. In this case, it’s the Mexico City house where the film’s characters live; over the course of watching, you might feel like you live there yourself.

Now, the house in question is on the market — and cinema buffs and architecture fans alike might be intrigued.

The now famous house doesn’t really standout among the neighboring homes – except for a commemorative plaque.

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Although the house is located in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods – Roma – it’s located in a quiet corner of the colonia and doesn’t really stand out from any of the other houses. Although upon further inspection, you’ll see a plaque that commemorates the most celebrated Mexican film in decades, Roma.

In the 2018 film, Tepeji 22 stood in for Alfonso Cuarón’s boyhood home, and its facade and patio featured in some of the most memorable scenes.

Cuarón spent the first years of his life in the house across the street, Tepeji 21, but preferred the light in the house opposite to shoot his film and the family agreed. The production designer, Eugenio Caballero, changed the window grilles and retiled the patio, which serves as the set piece for the film’s first scene introducing the film’s protagonist, Cleo, the family’s maid, as she washes dog waste from the floor with soapy water.

The home was painstakingly recreated a set to match Cuarón’s memories.

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In a Netflix documentary about the making of the film, Cuáron describes how he tried to find as much of the original furniture as he could, contacting relatives across Mexico to ask them to borrow pieces. And it worked, since so many people who saw the film spoke about its authenticity and beauty.

The home’s owners have put it up for sale but aren’t publicly disclosing the price.

When Roma was nominated for 10 Oscars – and won three, including one for Best Director – the Monreal family (who own the property) welcomed tourists who tracked the movie’s locations through Roma and the rest of the city.

“It hurts,” Monreal told The Guardian, of the decision to sell the house, preferring to keep the reasons for the sale private. “It has given us great satisfaction, we love it. You can’t measure everything that we have lived through here, everything this house has given us: shelter, closeness, a united family.”

Despite the rumors that are swirling across social media, the Monreal family has not publicly shared the asking price for the house. A listing for a four-bedroom house on the same street, which is only two blocks long and not much changed since the 1970s, cited an asking price of about US$760,000.

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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