I'm new to Travellerspoint. I will be taking a very quick and unexpected business trip to Mexico City in a couple of weeks. We are just there two nights, but I would really like to at least have some good food. I'll be staying at the Camino Real Hotel. Is anyone familiar with that area and maybe have a suggestion?
Also...I've never been to Mexico at all. Any general travel tips while in Mexico and expecially Mexico City?
First off, you are going to LOVE Mexico City. I have had the privilege of spending a great deal of time there over the past MANY years. Though the pollution problem is comparable to Los Angeles at this time, I do believe it offers much. Two days is not nearly enough time to do extensive touring, especially if it is a business trip, however I will list several "must see" highlights:
The Pyramids (located outside the city...an all day affair)
The Palacio de las Bellas Artes (the art museum of Mexico)
The Shrine of the Guadalupe
La Hacienda de los Morales is a MUST!!!
Delmonico's is also a traditional Mexico City Restaurant
Perhaps, given your time restraints, you could look into day tours which could give you exposure to the riches of La Ciudad de Mexico and entice you to go back when you have a week or two para gozarla (to enjoy it). As for language barrier? Most of the establishments speak English, which disappointed me. I am a retired Spanish teacher, and I love going to Mexico to get the opportunity to go SPANISH 24/7!!!
You know about the real deal!!
Well what can I say?
it is my hometown
LA HACIENDA DE LOS MORALES IS DEFINITELY A MUST !!
LA FONDA DEL RECUERDO I would say it is a first or a second must as well...
OF course at one of the best... EL CHARCO DE LAS RANAS, there are two the south and the north restaurants.
EL HOTEL DE MEXICO
with that wonderful top floor restaurant. good food and drinks.
yes Xochimilco is good
since you are going to be right where many of the most attractions are... (Paseo de la Reforma), you can try most of them.
Starting with Castillo de Chapultepec (a historical site)
Casa del Lago (the restaurant by the lake...)
MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO
(one of the best art museums)
Museo de Antropologia e Historia
(all our history in the blink of a pedestrian tour... Yes, including piramides de teotihuacan, Chichen Itza, Montezuma's Headdress, and all what we are..) a must try at least. Besides one of the best souvenir shops with cool interesting things to take back, from post cards to dresses, cooking books, leather, ties and all filled with Mexico flavour and nice taste, not only the typical everywhere findings stuff...)
By the way it is opposite the art museum.
of course a ride along PASEO DE LA REFORMA... one of the most important avenues in Mexico City, it starts right about the area your hotel is , along the way to EL ZOCALO our main square, yes where the huge formidable and magnificent MEXICAN FLAG Stands, and yes it is taken down with a ceremony and all that right on time at 6pm every single day. a nice thing to see, well of course if you are patriotic.
you can go along Paseo de la Reforma (or REFORMA as we all call it) by buying a ticket
1. it is all day long valid and you can hop on and off as many times as you want to along Reforma Avenue, it starts at ZOCALO (the main square) where the magnificent cathedral and Palacio Nacional (the main city hall) (splendid art there, murals are splendid) and it goes all along 5 de mayo and Madero (important streets) and it stops again like 2 blocks from your hotel. of course it runs all along Reforma
after Mueso de antropologia you can also visit EL PALACIO DE LAS BELLAS ARTES (or BELLAS ARTES as we all know it) There are murals there too) and it has a full floor for exhibitions and temporary interesting art tours from all over the world.
Opposite on the left side you will see the magnificent building for the Postal Service and behind to the left as well right opposite the postal bulding the MUNAL (National Museum for Art) Very interesting exhibition.
you walk again 2 blocks to get to Madero and you take this turibus (tour bus) to head to zocalo.
That is in brief the fastest most complete thing you can do considering you only have 2 days there.
yes there are so many things to see,
what about a visit late in the evening at Plaza Garibaldi with all this Mariachi groups there?
Bellas Artes and the National Ballet?
the Cathedral at the Zocalo?
many,many things to do and to see in Mexico City...