I spent my last three days in Latin America browsing the streets of Mexico city. Mexico City is enormous by the way so have seen far from everything that is worth seeing. And to be honest, by know you should know that going to every museum and site in a city isn't really for me. But here are three places I visited while I was here. All places are found in the Historic part of the city...
VISIT PALACIO POSTAL
Not often I get to impressed with buildings but Palacio Postal or Palacio de Correos as its also called did impress me big time. Opening its doors 1907 and still serves as a post office is not bad. One thing is for sure, they don't build them like this any more!
Where: C. Tacuba 1, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, D.F.
VISIT A PASTELERIA, CAKE SHOP
I saw a lot of pastry/cake shops walking around Mexico City but none of them were as superb as Ideal Pasteleria. This place is huge, the first picture only shows about 10% of the total ground floor. You will find any kind of pastry, cake and cookie you can imagine here. Most of the pastries cost around MXN 9/ USD 0.50/ EUR 0.40. Just grab a big tray, yes there is only one size tray, and pick up what you want. When you finally decided what you want, you don't go to the cashier but to the wrapping station, here you will get a piece of paper stating how much you have to pay, then you take this to the cashier and pay. Now you are ready to go back to the wrapping station to pick up your delicious pastries. Just remember who you left your goodies with. Not the most efficient system but hey, who is in a hurry?! While you here you also have to visit the first floor where they have their cake exhibition, lots of different choices of cakes if you planning a special party! This is by the way not the place you want to go if you on a diet.
Where: 16 de Septiembre 18, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtemoc, D.F.
Even if you like me, not very religious at all, you will have big problems not being impressed by this gigantic cathedral. I nearly didn't enter since I over did it on cathedrals on my "being a tourist day" in Guadalajara but I'm happy I did. I thought the exterior was impressive but entering, the interior, if thats what you call it in a cathedral, was even more so. Best part is that it doesn't cost you a thing. I was told that you can climb the tower for MXN 35/ USD 1.80/ EUR 1.70, I didn't do this since it was very cloudy and was going to start to rain any second. More on me being a tourist in Guadalajara in another post.
Where: Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, D.F.
AND A BONUS THING TO DO
Eat the best tacos ever at Tacos Gus. This place is in the area of Condesa, so a bit of a hike from the historic centre. You either need to take a taxi or jump on the Metro. I spent a couple of hours in Condesa, because I had some errands to run and I regret I didn't go earlier. The area is really nice with plenty of nice small restaurants, cafes and bars. But back to the best Taco place ever... when you walk by it doesn't look like much and when you enter its still kind of a non fancy place. But don't let that fool you, Taco Gus has a big variety of both meat and vegetarian options and it's delicious. Price/taco MXN 25/ USD 1.30/ EUR 1.20. This place is only open during the day.
Where: Ometusco #56, Hipódromo, Cuauhtémoc 06100 México D.F.
WHERE I STAYED?
Mexico City Hostel
Dorm: MXN 170/ USD 9/ EUR 8
Private: MXN 400/ USD 21/ EUR 19
I splashed out and stayed in a Private room with shared bathroom. Really enjoyed this place and would stay here again...
Where: República de Brasil 8, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, D.F.
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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