If you’re looking to explore a place full of vibrancy, culture, and welcoming people, Mexico City should be your next destination spot. Not only has Mexico City become one of the largest and most unique cultural hubs in the world, but it is safe and easy to navigate, making it perfect for solo female travelers.
Where to Eat and Drink
Mexico City has become one of the most revered destination spots in the world for food and beverages. Because of the growing amount of people moving to the city from all across the globe, the food scene is represented by unique talent and diversity.
Mercadoroma is a one stop shop for trendy architecture, delicious food, delicate pastries, and yummy cocktails. The market is a perfect depiction of one of Mexico’s main values: community. You can choose food, desserts, or drinks from one of the many vendors and enjoy your treat in the center of the market at the communal tables. Mercadoroma is located in Roma, a trendy, upscale neighborhood in Mexico City.
La Clandestina is a local mezcaleria, which basically means a cozy bar that specializes in mezcal beverages. It’s quaint and cozy, and its vibe is easy enough for people who may be intimidated by mezcal but have wanted to try it. The atmosphere of the bar is very warm, and if you’re traveling as a solo female you’ll definitely feel comfortable spending time there. La Clandestina is located in Condesa, a neighborhood favored by hipster Millennials with creative taste.
You can’t discuss good food in Mexico City without bringing up tacos. Tacos Don Juan is one of the best and most affordable for its quality. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself eating there three or four times before you head back home from your travels.
If you want to dip your toe in the pool of fine dining, Pujol is a necessary spot to try. It was recently rated one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, and if you have the chance to visit you won’t leave with a single regret. Prepare yourself for higher prices, but since you won’t be spending much on food throughout the city, it might be worth setting aside some cash for a splurge.
It’s impossible to be disappointed at Dosis Cafe. The aesthetic is both welcoming and industrial, and the company roasts their own coffee beans sourced from Mexico. You may find yourself ordering multiple drinks and cozying up for a few hours on one of their couches.
Street food is a must
The list of restaurants to try during your trip to Mexico City is endless, but make sure you break away from the list every now and then to try some famous street food. You’ll find vendors on every corner, ranging in food choices from tacos and tamales, to Chicchorones and Raspados (the Mexican take on snow cones). It’s definitely worth trying, and you can ensure you’ll find the best by talking to the locals about their favorite spots.
Places to Stay
Airbnb might be your best choice when looking for a place to stay because not only is it budget friendly, but people in Mexico City are some of the most stylish and creative in the world, and it shows through the ways they decorate their homes. You can easily find a trendy and cozy place in any neighborhood for under $30 a night.
Condesa DF is a popular boutique hotel located in the hipster neighborhood of Condesa. The prices start at about $200 a night, but if you have the money to splurge, it will definitely be worth it. The hotel itself is a chic combination of mid-century modern decor and Mexican flare. There is a world-famous restaurant attached to the hotel, known for its sushi and garden rooftop patio.
The Hotel Casa Nuevo Leon is a beautiful hotel located in Condesa. Its prices are middle of the road and range from about $100-$150 a night. Each room is decorated with crisp, minimal decor and dreamy white linens that resemble the relaxing spa getaway you’ve been craving.
If you don’t mind sharing, the Casa Pepe Hostel is one of the top-rated hostels in Mexico City. You can choose from an 8-person female dorm room, a 6-person mixed room, or a private room if you’re more comfortable sleeping in your own room. Many female solo travelers have left excellent ratings on this hostel and felt that it was not only totally safe, but that the social aspects of the hostel life helped them meet people on their journey.
Do you ever think of Mexico City and dream of those lively, colorful textiles that the culture is known for? Colorindio is a high end textile shop located in the heart of the city that takes the beauty of the Mexican culture and combines with it modern trends to create pillows, bedding, and purses that you’ll want to make extra room in your suitcase for.
The Mercado de Artesanías Coyoacan is a great place to check out if you’re looking for a more traditional market experience that’s easy to navigate and affordable. You’ll walk through hundreds of different vendors and see handcrafted souvenirs that are native to the culture of Mexico City.
The vintage and thrifting scene in Mexico City is continually growing, and hipster neighborhoods like Roma and Condesa are perfect for shopping around. Vintrend is one of the best vintage stores in the city, and you’re guaranteed to find a trendy and affordable piece to take back home with you.
El Pendulo is a book enthusiast’s dream. It is a coffee shop and bookstore combined, and on weekend evenings you’ll find live music or poetry readings. This is a place you’ll want to spend hours exploring, and you can find an enormous variety of books in both English and Spanish.
The Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Casa Azul (or Blue House), is one of Mexico City’s most popular attractions. Casa Azul is actually Kahlo’s old home that she was born in and later shared with her on and off again life partner, Diego Rivera. Because of the museum’s popularity, it is advised that you purchase your ticket online the day before you plan on going.
Easily one of the best museums in all of Mexico, the Museo Nacional de Antropología is a world renowned natural history museum that is made up of 23 different exhibit halls. You could spend an entire day there or pop in for just an hour or two, but either way you’ll have an amazing experience. It’s an affordable museum at only $20 per ticket, and Trip Advisor offers a deal if you purchase a ticket for the Museo Nacional de Antropologia and the Frida Kahlo Museum together.
Other Must Sees
Parque Chapultepec is the largest urban park in Mexico City and is divided into three main sections. You can enjoy walking or jogging through, visiting the park zoo, or bringing some food and a blanket for a nice picnic lunch. The architecture and design throughout the park is enough to make the visit worth it, and you won’t want to miss out on this peaceful escape from the city life.
It’s hard to imagine visiting Mexico without seeing some of the ancient Aztec ruins. For most of the more well-known ruins you may have to drive outside of the city. But the Templo Mayor is a beautiful historical structure right in the middle of Mexico City.
Airbnb Experiences is a highly recommended way to explore all that Mexico City has to offer. Although this a fairly new feature that Airbnb has implemented, it is alive and well in Mexico. You can find top-rated experiences in any category, ranging from cooking classes, bike tours around the city, painting classes, volcano hikes just outside the city, and language exchanges with beer or coffee included. The best part about Airbnb Experiences is that it is a super affordable and social way to encounter the locals’ point of view.
Mexico City truly is a perfect destination for solo female travelers. It is a bustling city full of culture, creativity, and hospitality and one of the safest places to travel alone. Whether you’re there for a long weekend or a more extended adventure, you’ll never run out of places to shop, new food to try, and culture to experience.
Featured image by Ready Set Jet Set.