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Where to Find the Romance Hidden in Mexico City


A romantic getaway in Mexico. That phrase may be more likely to conjure visions of an all-inclusive resort on one of the country’s many serene beaches rather than a trip to the bustling capital; however, overlooking Mexico City for your next south-of-the-border get-away with that special someone would mean cutting off its multitude of vibrant, sensual and exciting experiences. Mexico City is known for its thriving arts scene, colorful architecture, modern dining and hip nightlife. These are reasons enough to put it high on your list of must-visit destinations.

Where to Find the Romance Hidden in Mexico City

With my hubby in Mexico City, at Downtown Hotel

Can’t-miss neighborhoods in Mexico City are:

  • Condesa: Mexico City’s answer to New York’s West Village, with a large selection of shops and restaurants (and a fun antique fair) surrounding Parque México.
  • Polanco: One of the city’s poshest districts, which has expanded north, and added “Nuevo Polanco”, has lots of galleries and shopping.
  • Roma: Filled with Art Nouveau mansions, this area has been revived by hipsters, artists, and boutique owners.

For those looking for a trip filled with romance, though, Mexico City also offers many hidden gems that you won’t find in the guidebooks. The following ideas will make you and your sweetheart feel like residents of Mexico City.

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.


  1. Mexico City sounds great – I have never been, but I have been to many other places in central amercia which I loved. I stayed in downtown Cancun for a week so I could do a PADI course about 8 years ago and loved the mexican food!

  2. Ahh I reeeeally want to go. I have a friend from there who has been on at me for years to visit. It’s definitely up there on the list.

  3. i definitely agree that mexico city is HIGHLY underrated. i havent been in a few years and must get myself back there! they had a quirky cafe culture and an affinity for craft beer which i also loved.

  4. Christina Cavanaugh

    So grateful for this post! I’ve been here for a week and I’m here for another four because I love it so much. The food, the museums, the parks, the monuments, the markets…Your post couldn’t come at a better time! Great recommendations, excited to try the restaurants!

  5. Brenda Nelson

    I’d say what is said of violence and theft are highly exaggerated since Mexico City is actually one of the safest cities of Mexico. Of course, as any other big city there are places to avoid, but in general, it’s a great place to enjoy for days and days. Beautiful architecture, rich history, awesome food! I loved the photos and the story! It is a city that never keeps the same as before, and every time you come you will discover extraordinary new things. I’m glad you had a good experience.

  6. Deborah Henry

    I was also so intimidated by Mexico City. It was the first stop for us on a 7 month trip through Latin America. I spent 3 days there but what I saw was really beautiful and diverse, I only wish that I could have gone there after spending a while in other parts of the country first to gain my confidence. I will definitely return to explore some of the vibrant neighbourhoods and the food scene. Thanks for the great post ?

  7. Nancy Musselman

    Love Mexico City, especially on Sundays when most of the museums are free! I was also amazed that Chapultepec Zoo was world-class and absolutely free… desire to see a panda bear, now satiated! Thanks, Hilary and Mike ?

  8. Jane Troper

    Your photos are beautiful as always! I have been interested in Mexico City for a while thanks to a super buzzed-about design hostel there that I am dying to try. This post gives me all the more reason to check it out!

  9. Monica Collins

    Amazing photos of Mexico! You truly captured the essence of Mexico City! If Buenos Aires is the Paris of Latin America, Mexico City is definitely the New York ? I really need to make it back to Mexico soon. Only been to Cancun and Mexico city. But wanting to explore many other cities.

  10. Bethany Miles

    Wow, what a stunning city. I’ve never been and it hadn’t been on my list as a place to see but it looks marvelous. Definitely need to check it out sometime! Lovely photos and stoked you loved it!

  11. Shelley Donalds

    I am obsessed with Mexico City! Definitely want to go back!!! Love these shots!

  12. Charleen Washington

    I hope you can go back soon to explore more! I also hope that the crime rate continues to decrease and that more people start visiting this beautiful city. Lovely photos, as always!

    Happy travels ?

  13. Ingrid Winston

    We will be there for a week at the beginning of June as our last last stop on our 8 month tour of Mexico and Guatemala. We are super excited to go as everyone we’ve asked over the past few months has said they love Mexico City. Thanks for reinforcing that!

  14. Winona Miller

    We’ll arrive in Mexico City in a week. It hadn’t really made it into our travel plans. I’d only heard negative things about violence and theft, but talking to people who have been I’ve only heard positive things, now I couldn’t be more excited!

    Thanks for the travel guide tips too.

  15. Ariana Rhyder

    It does look really pretty. I love the architecture! I’d be cautious there cause I travel alone. Because the the sheer size and scope of it would intimidate me.

  16. Brooke Tyre

    We don’t have to look and travel far for a romantic getaway. When I think of romantic getaway, Paris always comes to mind. But with the recent terrorist-related events happening in that side of the world, a good and cheaper alternative would be most welcome. Mexico is literally a neighbor and wouldn’t take that much of travel time. I heard it’s also relatively cheaper there, but with the same amount satisfaction. Thanks for this article. Very informative and useful.

  17. Leslie Williams

    Goodness! I pictured the whole city in my mind while reading the article! So well written, and the photos are pure beautiful! How I wish I could afford a trip there.

  18. Nicky Bryan

    How exciting! 🙂 Do you always travel with your husband btw?

  19. Emma Blackwood

    Don’t tell me you went to all those places, but not to Basilica! I am not religious but I am awed by the architecture. 🙂

  20. Jennifer McSween

    About Cineteca Nacional… A must visit. A low fee cinema with an specialiced library in movies history, that shows movies from all around the world. The architecture of this place is quite amazing and it’s a very calm place. You can go to see international movies or movies that aren’t regularly in the cinema and they also have some other events like concerts and so on.

  21. Kim Hartford

    Have you been to Cafe de Tacuba? I recommend everybody should visit at least once when they’re in Mexico city!

  22. Sabrina Grattidge

    Wow! You sure do travel a lot. How lucky. I don’t know how you afford it all, but I know you’re living my dream!

  23. Lynn Hayes

    Looks fantastic. Almost like a fairytale. You’re truly blessed, Hilary. I admire your lifestyle.

  24. Sydney Nowak

    I was in Cancun this summer. Mexico City is next! Hopefully summer’16 🙂

  25. Delilah Peyton

    I literally just saw a documentary about the Cuban Dance zone in the Mexico City! What a coincidence. 🙂

  26. Amelia Beckons

    I have never visited a place that dates back to 1600’s! That alone amazes me and makes me want to go there. 🙂 I’m a history buff lol

  27. Sabrina Wellington

    You are the luckiest woman on earth! You have a handsome husband, you get the travel all you want. You wear the fanciest clothes. You own your own magazine! Your life is like a fairy tale! 🙂

  28. Monica CONOVER

    I’ve been dying to visit! But I think I’ll spend my Mexico vacation on a beach side. 🙂

  29. Melissa Princeton

    Bicycling through the city sounds so fun but what about the local criminals and such? I hear a lot of people get in trouble.

  30. Susanna Milton

    Very impressive and beautiful! They built a total heaven of a city. 🙂

  31. Marina Henderson

    But I love this article. I really didn’t know Mexico City was so splendid — I feel so prejudgemental and silly LOL — and Downtown looks incredible!!

  32. Colleen Frasier

    oh my god! there’s a bicycle on that wall! how cool is that! 😀 so creative!

  33. Kimberley Foulkes

    I really hope you had breakfast at El Cardenal at least for once during your visit. 🙂

  34. Danielle Wilson

    Heard a lot good about Downtown Mexico from other people too. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I’m glad for you. 🙂

  35. Anna Kaplan

    That suite you stayed at looks so marvelous!

  36. Shannon Bradley

    Visited this October!!! The Cineteca was remodeled last year. Slas were added and parking facilities were greatly enlarged. 🙂

  37. Kaitlyn Barrett

    I went to this national park for a wedding and I never imagined something like this existed in Mexico City because it’s a monastery in the middle of a forest!!!!! It really takes you back in time with it’s beautiful architecture and gardens.

  38. Camila Hilhorst

    Will keep your recommendations in mind for when we visit.
    PS. you and your husband make such a gorgeous couple. 🙂

  39. Helena Stevens

    Desierto de los Leones National Park is a real treasure indeed! That park has an amazing old monastery surrounded by forest and moss. I recommend following the trail along the old wall, and a visit to the trout hatchery. The place is magic.

  40. Franny Pimms

    Beautiful article Hilary! Inspires me to visit after the new years. We’ll see. 🙂

  41. Olivia Peterson

    Biblioteca José Vasconcelos is an amazing restoration and well worth seeing, as well!

  42. Pamela Sanabria

    I believe the dancing in the Danzon is seasonal. I’ve watched many of the dance sessions but don’t recall the start/end times.

  43. Lana Urie

    I stayed across the street from the Ciudadela plaza this April and checked out the dancers on two Saturdays. It was really fun to watch the men in zoot suits and the women with flowers in their hair dancing. I’m not sure when the festivities started in the afternoon, but it seemed to be over by about 10 pm. I was a little worried the music would go on all night, but it didn’t.

  44. Sarah Uibel

    Wow, I had no idea MC was so dynamic. Had a totally different idea in my head. Looks like a great spot to hit this winter! : )

  45. Aimee Marks

    Very nice travel article. Haven’t been to Mexico yet, and this article has totally changed my perception. Makes me want to go to Mexico City ASAP. I can at least get away from the cold and get all cozy down there. Now, if I could just kidnap my boyfriend for that chance to feel the hidden romance as well, Mexico-style! 🙂

  46. Jessica Carlson

    Before I visit a place, I always check blog sites and personal travel accounts to get to increase my knowledge about the locations. There’s just a lot of honest information you can get from articles which are written based on actual accounts compared to paid advertisements. In a new place, knowing how to get there, how much the costs would be, what places are must-see, what restaurant to go to, etc., are necessary and empowering inputs.

    Traveling will always have some risks attached to it, so one will almost always experience some blunders, which may prove to be costly at times. Somehow, personal accounts of other people’s travels, like this one, provides guidance needed to ensure a worthwhile trip. I especially like how the author describes the places. They sure do look very good and romantic in the pictures, but the descriptions lets me imagine something more about it. I would love to visit the specific places in Mexico City mentioned in the article, and hope to appreciate it not in a tourist’s point of view, but from that of a traveler’s.

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