It’s no secret that Mexico is the favorite destination of Americans traveling abroad.
In 2022, Mexico received over 18.4 million visitors, setting a new tourism record. It’s unsurprising that the most popular destination in Mexico was Cancun, which is known for its stunning beaches and serves as a gateway to the rest of the Riviera Maya.
But according to data from Priceline, the second most popular destination in Mexico as of summer 2023 is actually Mexico City.
While you won’t find white sandy beaches, palm trees, or clear blue ocean waves in Mexico City, this vibrant capital city has a lot to offer to visitors who are interested in food, art, culture, nightlife, and unique travel experiences.
Here’s why this city is currently trending with travelers:
1. Amazing Food
Mexico City is known for being one of the best foodie destinations in the world. From street food (you can’t leave without trying tacos al pastor, tlacoyos, and esquites) to high-end restaurants like Pujol and Quintonil, the cuisine in Mexico City has an incredible range.
Aside from food, Mexico City is also a great place for tequila and mezcal tastings. The city is full of incredible restaurants, trendy cafes, and electric cocktail bars.
2. Arts And Culture
If you enjoy art, history, and culture and the idea of spending an afternoon getting lost in a museum sounds perfect to you, you will love Mexico City.
Some of the top museums not to miss around the city include the MUNAL (Museo Nacional De Arte), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the Frida Kahlo Museum.
3. Diverse Neighborhoods
One of the reasons that so many travelers love Mexico City is because there’s a neighborhood for everyone.
In the Centro Histórico, you’ll find elegant architecture and loads of museums and cultural offerings. Two of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city are Roma and Condesa, which have a hip vibe and plenty of cool spots to check out.
Zona Rosa is Mexico City’s nightlife district and party center, while Coyoacan is further off the beaten path but has a laidback, artistic atmosphere.
4. City Break
Mexico may be best known for its beaches, but it’s also a country full of incredible cities, with Mexico City leading the pack.
This cosmopolitan capital city often draws comparisons to New York and Paris due to its incredible energy and emphasis on arts, culture, cuisine, and nightlife. It’s the perfect place for a city break, even if you only have time for a quick weekend trip.
5. Unique Experiences
You’ll also find a variety of very unique experiences in Mexico City. For example, you can’t miss taking a tour of the Aztec-made Xochimilco canals on a colorful boat or seeing an ostentatious lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) match.
One extremely unique bucket list experience to have in Mexico City is taking a hot air balloon ride over Teotihuacan, an amazing pre-Columbian archaeological site.
6. Digital Nomad Hotspot
Finally, Mexico City attracts a growing number of digital nomads and remote workers. Whether you just want to spend a few days on a “workcation” or you want to make Mexico City your home base for several months, it’s a great place to work remotely.
Mexico City is exploding in popularity as a digital nomad hotspot, and it’s well-equipped for remote workers with speedy WiFi and plenty of coffee shops and co-working spaces.
Since Americans and many other nationalities can stay in Mexico for up to six months without a visa, it’s easy to try out the digital nomad lifestyle in Mexico City.
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