If you’ve selected Mexico City as your honeymoon destination, there are some things you shouldn’t miss while you’re there.
Something old, something new, best describes the ancient hub of the Aztec Empire. This ancient city of Tenochtitlán has morphed into one of North America’s most sophisticated and modern capitals since its discovery in 1519 by Spanish conquistadores.
“El D.F.” (short for Distrito Federal) - boasts some of the country’s finest restaurants, best stores, most luxurious hotels, and the liveliest nightlife around, scattered throughout distinct neighborhoods. Tucked inside convents, cloisters and former palaces are a host of museums filled with archaeological treasures and exquisite works of art.
Sleek skyscrapers, aristocratic mansions and cozy cafes pocketed alongside the rubble of Aztec palaces and pyramids in the Zocalo - the city’s main square - highlight the Centro Historico.
Chapultepec Park, former hunting ground for Aztec nobles encompasses several outstanding museums, including the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology; an amusement park; the ruins of thermal baths used by Moctezuma; several lakes; Chapultepec Castle (former home of the ill-fated Emperor Maximilian); a world class zoo and several fine restaurants.
Lining the Paseo de la Reforma, are some of the capital’s most notable hotels – all of which offer spectacular honeymoon accommodations: J.W. Marriott, W, Nikko, St Regis, Presidente Intercontinental and the Four Seasons. The all-suite, boutique Hotel Marquis Reforma and the Gran Meliá Reforma Mexico house two of the city’s best hotel spas.
The southern end of Mexico City houses the colonial enclaves of San Ángel and Coyoacán. Here, narrow cobblestone streets twist and turn through mazes of high-walled Spanish colonial residences and open onto small parks and plazas adorned with graceful fountains.
Located here are the Diego Rivera Studio and the Frida Kahlo Museum, both of which provide a glimpse into the lives of two of Mexico’s most famous artists.
Shopping is so varied that it is virtually impossible for even the most blasé traveler to return home empty handed. Though handicrafts from all corners of the nation are displayed in the shops and markets of the nation’s capital, Mexico City is also replete with famous-name boutiques, located in chic shopping districts and sleek malls.
One of the most popular shopping areas is posh Polanco, a residential and commercial district located just north of Chapultepec Park. The ultra-modern Perisur and Santa Fe malls brim with additional international boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and jewelry designers.
Outstanding crafts can be found at La Ciudadela and, Saturdays only, at the Bazaar Sábado.
If you seek culinary arts, the nation’s capital will not disappoint. Gourmands will delight in the variety of tastes and flavors served up in the city’s fine restaurants, some located in beautifully restored haciendas and colonial buildings. Villa Maria, Aguila y Sol and Las Almendras are among the current “darlings.”
Mexico City’s nightlife is legendary. Tequila bars, discos, dance halls, flamenco shows and the wonderful Ballet Folklórico lead the list world.
This ancient capital is sure to give you honeymoon memories that will last a lifetime.