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Under $100: Centro Historico, Mexico

by Holly Riddle

Jul 17, 2020

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Under $100 / North America

Start your day exploring the historic center of Mexico City with breakfast at Restaurante El Cardenal, often named the top breakfast eatery in all of Mexico City. You might have to wait a half hour or so for a table, but the wait is well worth it once you dig into the huge portions of scrumptious, traditional Mexican breakfast fare, accompanied by coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast pastries.


Then, take a walk over to El Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square. The expansive space is picture-perfect, and even sports a colorful CDMX sign where you’ll for sure want to get some pics.


From there, you’re just a few steps away from El Templo Mayor, aka the Great Temple. This archaeological site is accessible for just a few dollars. A small museum accompanies the large outdoor space, filled with dig sites that visitors explore via overlooking walkways. Signage in both Spanish and English ensures you thoroughly learn the history of these Aztec ruins that date back to the 1300s.


Grab lunch a short walk away at Testal, where the Instagram-worthy dining room serves elegantly plated dishes, including traditional Mexican fare and an extensive list of Mexican beers.


Then it’s time for a cocktail at the observation deck bar at Torre LatinoAmericana. If you only want a cocktail, you don’t have to pay for entry to the observation deck, but you’ll still enjoy the same amazing views.


From there, walk over to The House of Tiles, or La Casa de los Azulejos, a 1700s palace. Snap a few photos in front of the gorgeous exterior walls, covered with blue tilework.


Don’t miss photos in front of Bellas Artes, either, the arts venue that’s one of Mexico City’s most famous landmarks. This busy hub of activity is located adjacent to a large park, where you can catch some talented street performances.


Head back to El Zocalo and enjoy free entry to the National Palace, another photogenic spot. The large compound is filled with beautiful, historic architecture, as well as murals and gardens.


For dinner and drinks overlooking Mexico’s skyline, end your day at Terraza Umbral Restaurant Bar, located atop Umbral, a Curio Collection by Hilton property.


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