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mexican food • bbq joint • street food • dance bars • hidden bars • swimming pools • beaches
What are the Mexico City spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Definitely the following: Chapultepec Castle, Frida Kahlo's Museum, UNAM Ciudad Universitaria Museums and Murals, have a ride on Xochimilco, enjoy street food in la Juarez, party all night in Condesa. Take the typical pictures at the Zocalo, Bellas Artes and Monumento a la Revolucion.
Do’s and don’ts in Mexico City: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Don't be afraid to ask for help, we are happy to help. Do use the metro & metrobus, those are cheap and efficient. Do enjoy the hundreds of museums and free entertainment offers of the city. Do use Tinder. Do make local friends, that's the way to get to know the real Mexico. Download Uber or Taxify. Don't use public transportation late at night, especially if you are drunk. Don't go around showing off your big camera or phone to everyone. Don't act like a lost tourist, people can take advantage of that. Don't exchange currency on black markets, most of them are just scammers. Don't drink on the street.
What do you do and why do you do it?
My passion is empowering people to create sustainable technology for the challenges the world will face tomorrow, with their own hands. The world needs agents of change and in order to make this place a better one, we all need to work individually in order to make a difference and inspire and influence other people to do good.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
Depends on what you do and if you drink or not. On average you might spend around 800 pesos going to a nice restaurant, doing some sightseeing and ending the night at a bar or a dance club. If you only want to party you'd be spending around the same depending on how much you drink. If you don't drink most clubs are usually just 100 pesos cover.
Which Mexico City shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
If I'm looking for tech I usually just go online to Amazon or MercadoLibre for cheaper prices. If I want to renew my closet, Parque Delta or Antara Polanco are usually my favorite options as they have most of the international and local brands united in one place.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
During the day I recommend roaming around "La Juarez". It's full of gastronomic, cultural and entertainment options from museums, art forums, local markets and fancy restaurants to important monuments like "Angel de la Independencia" and the business district. During the night, the best place to be is "La Roma/Condesa" - full of pubs, cafes, bars and nightclubs, this is usually where most people go to have fun and dance during the weekends.
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Mexico City?
Tacos "El Vilsito". The best pastor tacos in the city.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
A spot I love is Downtown Mexico, a rooftop bar in the heart of the city with amazing views, a swimming pool, great music and fantastic drinks.
Your go-to brunch spots:
Pinche Gringo BBQ, Bacon Bar MX, Pizza del Perro Negro and Fisher's.
Your perfect night out in Mexico City includes:
A nice dinner, a drink on a rooftop and a dance session in a club.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Kiosko Morisco - it's a beautifully designed kiosk in the heart of Santa Maria la Riviera, a neighborhood full of culture, history and diversity. It's becoming locally trendy now but not very well known for tourists. I definitely recommend it for taking some great pictures and experiencing what Mexico is all about.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Mexico City. How do you spend it?
Climbing up the Latino Tower and having a coffee while watching the sunset, then I would head to my favorite "Taqueria" while having a beer with my friends.
You’re meeting the mayor of Mexico City - what constructive criticism would you give them?