Hey, in this post I’ll tell about the best place to go in Mexico City – Coyoacan and things to do in Coyoacan, Mexico City.
My husband, who is originally from Mexico City says that Coyoacan is one of the safest and most touristic districts of Mexico City or CDMX (Ciudad de Mexico). I actually spent most of my time in Mexico City in Coyoacan and I liked it a lot: so cheerful and crowded, with plenty of restaurants, bars, street food, markets and lovely colorful streets!
Coyoacan used to be a bit far from the city center of Mexico City, so there were plenty of vacation homes of wealthy Mexican entrepreneurs and other citizens, who could afford a home there. Coyoacan looks like a vacation zone even now – its atmosphere of holiday, joy and cheer makes the mood go up.
Even though Coyoacan gets really crowded during the weekends – it’s not so easy to get there. If you take a metro, you’ll have to walk quite a lot to the center of Coyoacan, Jardin Centenario (the one with the statue of coyotes). Alternatively, you could take a bus or even a minibus, there are plenty of them in Coyoacan, but knowing which one to take is almost impossible. Google maps don’t have all the information about the routes, but there’s a specific app for Mexico City, that does, try Smartpaths.
If you are risky enough, you can hop on a minibus, that goes to Coyoacan. The easiest way of getting to Coyoacan is by car, but then again, there are not many parking lots there. I was always lucky to be there every day because I actually lived there, but that’s another story.
Coyoacan is full of small and middle sized parks. If you just keep walking around, you will encounter at least 3 or 4 parks. Also, another thing that Coyoacan is famous for is its colorful bright streets. The colorful streets of Coyoacan were the reason we decided to do a small photo session there. Just look at the streets. There are so fabulous!
We also took some wedding photos in Coyoacan, Mexico City. Our wedding took place in the afternoon, but quite early – at 1:30 pm, so once the makeup and hair were finished, we rushed to the streets of Coyoacan to take few shots with our photographer. He took some really awesome photos during our special day. I will probably tell you about my wedding in one of the next posts.
What is there to do in Coyoacan: well, apart from parks colourful streets, there are plenty of things you could do in Coyoacan, Mexico City.
Things to do in Coyoacan, Mexico City
1. Head to the artisan market near Jardin Centenario
At this market, you can buy goods from around the world. The best thing, however, is the local goods – various exotic Mexican drinks like non-alcoholic Pulque (the one Aztecs used to drink a lot, though something tells me that there preferring the alcoholic version), super foamy cocoa, various home made mezcals and many other things. You can also try various Mexican sweets & candies.
2. Take a tour around Coyoacan in the famous red bus.
Not sure where to go? Just take this tour bus and see all the landmarks and interesting spots of Coyoacan during the excursion.
3. Head to the food market & buy some local candies
It’s hard to explain where exactly this market is, but just try to ask a local, they will point you where to go. Once you’ll start getting closer, you won’t miss the market. There you can find anything: from various exotic fruits, you probably haven’t seen before, to a huge variety of Mexican chili and tamarind candies. There are also plenty of cheap places to try Mexican food & and one of the best churros I’ve tried in my life – churros filled with condensed milk.
4. Try an “elote” with mayo and tajin
There are some stalls on the streets of Coyoacan, which sell the typical Mexican corn (elotes) covered by mayo and tajin. If you are risky enough, you can ask to make it spicier, with some chili powder. In case you’re in the mood for some proper snacks, buy a back of chips for 15 pesos. These chips were the best I tried in my entire life: and their secret is very easy – add lime to everything.
5. Visit the cultural house (Casa de Cultura Jesus Reyes)
…and take a photo with the statue of Frida Kahlo and Diego Ribera. This house is a perfect place to chill and relax from walking around Coyoacan.
6. Go to one of the impressive churches
Just sneak a peek at what’s inside to see how impressive the Mexican churches and cathedrals are!
7. Visit the museum of Frida Kahlo
If you’re a fan or an admirer of Frida’s talent, this museum is a must for you.
8. Take a look at the house of Leo Trotsky
He lived here his last years. In case you’re interested in his story or are amused by the history, you won’t be disappointed.
9. Dine in one of the famous restaurants of Coyoacan
There are plenty of international restaurants: Uruguayan, Chinese, Argentinian, Japanese. There’s even a fondue place. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of Mexican food in Mexico (I love it outside Mexico, though) you’ll find something you will like for sure.
10. Have a drink in one of the bars of Coyoacan
Coyoacan is really famous for its bars: people come to drink there from all the parts of Mexico City. From the fancy and proper bars and cervecerias in Jardin Centenario to some small and cheap local bars, Coyoacan has everything. Try a “michelada con clamato” in La Cerveceria del Barrio, it’s a beer with a special clamato juice, you’ll either love it or hate it!
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