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Visiting Mexico City as Solo Female Travelers

My mom, sister (Vivian) and I had such a nice trip to Mexico City for 5 days in March, 2017. We were all a little nervous to visit as solo female travelers, but then we heard people saying that it was a fantastic place to visit and just don’t do anything stupid and you’ll be okay. So we went! We were smart and weren’t out late at night and came to believe that a lot of media coverage was probably a little extreme. We experienced a wonderful kindness from the locals, enjoyed the delicious food and drinks (avocado margarita!), and experienced as much art and culture as we could. We stayed in an Airbnb near the Centro Historico and walked, or Uber’ed, all over town. I think we averaged ~8 miles of walking every day and still saw only a small part of what could now be our new favorite big city.

Traveling from Austin, TX to Mexico City

We flew Southwest from Austin directly to Mexico City. We’d read online that Uber was the best way to get around, but we knew we wouldn’t have cell service, so we used the airport wifi to dial up a car and then waited outside. The driver was so sweet and had candy and water bottles for us. Thanks to Vivian’s Spanish fluency, we got to our Airbnb no problem.

Checking into Our Quiet, yet Vibrant, Airbnb Rental in Mexico City

We stayed right in the center on a street called Bellasario Dominguez. Our affordable Mexico City Airbnb was about $70/night for all 3 of us and owned by a young gal from North Carolina and her husband, a Mexico native. They’d foreseen a trend in tourism and purchased a handful of properties, which they’re now managing as their business while raising 3 kids. They were so friendly and even had us over for happy hour to their home apartment, just a few blocks from their Airbnb property. Our Airbnb was inside of an old girls school and we had to go through multiple doors and into a courtyard to access it. From the Airbnb listing: “This apartment is located on the terrace of an 18th Century building that used to be a Spanish school for girls and was recently restored and turned into apartments by the Mexican government and the government of Andalusia (Spain).”

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Outside the Airbnb
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Mexico City Airbnb used to be a girl’s school and was nice and quiet.
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Butt shot as I’m doing some Mexico City research at our Airbnb.
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Our Airbnb neighbors. Two painters. I think they were from Argentina originally. Mom introduced herself and helped us become friends!
Viv checking wifi at the airbnb in Mexico City.
Viv checking wifi at the airbnb in Mexico City.
View from our Airbnb that Mom found in Mexico City.
View from our Airbnb that Mom found in Mexico City.

Lunch, Art and Happy Hour in Mexico City

After we’d checked into the Airbnb and dropped off our luggage, it was about lunchtime and we strolled down to the Centro Histórico to visit the Casa de los Azulejos (House of Tiles) for a meal. The House of Tiles dates back to the 1500s and the story goes that the count of the Valley of Orizaba was defiant and his father told him that he’d never be able to build a house of tiles, which was a sign of success. Then, when the count became successful, he covered his house in blue and white tiles.

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Having lunch at Casa de los Azulejos.
Posing for pics in front of the Casa de los Azulejos.
Posing for pics in front of the Casa de los Azulejos.
Posing for pics in front of the Casa de los Azulejos.
Mom and Vivian in front of a beautiful tile wall for a photo shoot 😉

After lunch, we started our own walking tour and headed towards the Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square with Aztec roots and now the location of many events. We stopped to check out art along the way and to peruse the street vendor offerings. Yum, warm elotes!

Strolling and sightseeing in Mexico City's Centro Historico.
Strolling and sightseeing in Mexico City’s Centro Historico.
Mom viewing some ornate painting in an exhibit on Avenida Francisco I. Madero.
Mom viewing some ornate painting in an exhibit on Avenida Francisco I. Madero.
Elotes street vendors.
Elotes street vendors.
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
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With Mom and Viv in the Zocalo.

We eventually found our way to our new favorite happy hour spot, which was on top of a book store called Librería Porrúa. The book store had a coffee shop and bar on the top floor with views of the Zocalo.

Cafe on top of Librería Porrúa near Mexico City's Zocalo.
Cafe on top of Librería Porrúa near Mexico City’s Zocalo.
views from the Librería Porrúa cafe near Mexico City's Zocalo
Viv checking out the views from the Librería Porrúa cafe near Mexico City’s Zocalo.

After happy hour, we headed back to the Airbnb and stopped for a quesadilla on the way. We were pretty tired from traveling and ready to sleep well for another full day.

A Day of Coffee, Museums and Margaritas in Mexico City

As you might have noticed, we like to eat and drink and squeeze in some art, walking and shopping. Our second day in Mexico City was no different and we started it by walking to a bakery near our Airbnb for coffee and fresh pastries. I wish I could tell you the name of it, but I can’t remember and can’t seem to find it on Google Maps.

Our favorite panaderia for a morning coffee and pastry. It was less than a mile from Airbnb.
Morning coffee and chat

After coffee, pastries and waking up for the day, we caught an Uber to Museo Tamayo and also walked around the big Parque Chapultepec.

Art at Museo Tamayo.
Art at Museo Tamayo.
Art at Museo Tamayo.
Art at Museo Tamayo.
Art at Museo Tamayo.
Art at Museo Tamayo.
Fun agave piece at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
Fun agave piece at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.
Creative sculpture outside of Parque Chapultepec.
Creative sculpture outside of Parque Chapultepec.
Interesting sculpture in Parque Chapultepec.
Interesting sculpture in Parque Chapultepec.
Walking in Parque Chapultepec.
Walking in Parque Chapultepec.

After Museo Tamayo and Parque Chapultepec, we headed to the gigantic National Anthropology Museum. We were there for a couple of hours and didn’t see all of the exhibits. It was huge!

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Mural inside the Anthropology Museum.
The National Anthropology Museum.
The National Anthropology Museum.

The rest of our visit was more walking around, checking out the architecture and eating some great meals. We visited the huge La Merced Market and got a little lost among the produce, live animals, decorations, flowers and more. It was an experience!

La Merced Market from Wikimedia. Labeled for reuse.
La Merced Market from Wikimedia. Labeled for reuse.
La Merced Market from Wikimedia. Labeled for reuse.
La Merced Market from Wikimedia. Labeled for reuse.
La Merced Market from Wikimedia. Labeled for reuse.

The architecture and landscaping were fantastic and worth a trip alone. We enjoyed just looking at the different buildings and taking photos.

 

Rooftop garden

But, most important of all was spending time together. Mom likes to take pics of our hands…show the different signs of aging and life stages. 

Our hands

 

Sister hugs
Happy hour in the Coyoacán neighborhood

Other places we visited that I’d recommend seeing:

Roma Sur (Colonia Roma) neighborhood

"Colonia Roma" by Alejandro licensed by Creative Commons
“Colonia Roma” by Alejandro licensed by Creative Commons

Ballet Folklorico

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On our way to see the Ballet Folklorico performance on Sunday morning.

Carlos Slim’s freeform, metallic, art museum called Museo Soumaya

Museo Soumaya, Carlos Slim's museum
Museo Soumaya, Carlos Slim’s museum

Have you been to Mexico City? What were some of your favorite places and/or things to do?

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Visiting Mexico City as Solo Female Travelers Leave a comment

  1. This was THE BEST Trip for me!! To be with my daughters in a most interesting place, in an incredible city and to have such delightful company. I would love to return!! And with these two!!

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    • It was wonderful! Just looking at the photos makes me want to go back too.

      On Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 5:05 PM The Eleanor Report wrote:

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