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Security advice: Be aware of pickpockets and common scams, especially in crowded areas like the metro. If a stranger asks for money, your phone, or documents, try to ignore them. Withdraw money from official bank ATMs only. Always keep an eye on valuable items (don’t leave them on the table or the back of your chair). Wear bags/purses across your body instead of over your shoulder and keep an eye on your pockets and zippers. Keep high-value jewelry, watches, and other accessories at home for more peace of mind. If you go to a bar, keep always an eye on your drink.
By Donald S. General
If you like nature, you can head to El Ajusco to spend some time in the forest. Take a day trip or a weekend getaway to the town of Bernal, where you will find La Peña de Bernal (Bernal's Boulder or Bernal Peak). This is one of the tallest monoliths in the world and is considered one of the 13 Wonders of Mexico.
By Antonio V. Places to visit
Street vendors may want to give you “tourist prices”. Official shops such as Oxxos or 7 Eleven have fixed prices. We suggest for you to stay away from these 3 markets: Tepito, La Lagunilla and La Merced as they are not always safe. Some of them are run by gangs, and some of them are popular places for pick pocketing.
By Antonio V. General
Go to Xochimilco with your friends and rent a trajinera (flat-bottomed boat). Usually, local families hire trajineras for special occasions and parties with friends, passing through the famous canals perhaps to the tune of a mariachi band. It's a very cool experience.
By Mark A. Places to visit
If you want to have a weekend getaway, go to San Miguel de Allende. It is a beautiful Mexican town about 4 hours away. Just be aware that it is crowded with expats but it's still worth visiting.
By Mark A. Places to visit
Make sure you visit Teotihuacan Pyramids. They are very impressive. If your budget allows it, you can take a hot air balloon tour to watch them from a different perspective.
By Mark A. Places to visit
Traffic is horrible in Mexico City, so if you’re planning to take an Uber or a taxi, keep in mind the peak hours (7am – 9am, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, and 5:00pm – 8:00pm –ish). The metro also gets really crowded during these times.
By Liz A. Transportation
Go to see Lucha Libre (wrestling) in the Arena Coliseo or at the Arena México. It is a very Mexican experience.
By Pedro G. Places to visit
Mexico City has excellent museums such as Frida Kahlo’s museum (Casa Azul), Museums of Anthropology and Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more. If your inner child is awakened, consider going to the "Museo del Niño" (The Children's Museum), which is really close by to the Feria de Chapultepec (another fantastic and fun place to spend the day). Keep in mind that museums usually close on Mondays.
By Pedro G. Places to visit
Don’t be afraid of the centro (downtown). Lots of people think that my city is dangerous (it is, though not much more than any other world capital), but the neighborhoods strung along the Paseo de la Reforma are, most the time, full of people, open businesses, and security cameras. If you like shopping, you will be in heaven with the low prices of the items in there (from pens to clothes).
By Pedro G. General
If you need to go to the bathroom while out and about in the city, look for a restaurant/shop called Sanborn’s (they are everywhere). The bathrooms are clean and available to anyone and you just leave a tip at the end if you wish to ($5 pesos is about right).
By Alyssa R. General
Watch a Ballet Folklórico show. Mexican traditional dance is absolutely beautiful, as well as their stunning colorful dresses. If there is a show in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, that would be ideal.
By Alyssa R. Places to visit
Though lots of places accept cards, there are some fundamental Mexico City experiences that can only be had with a pocket full of small bills and coins.
By Alyssa R. General
One of the many trendy locations of this cafe chain. I go here often to do my work, mainly for the pleasant interior design. Sometimes the internet can be painfully slow and so I'll often come here to do work that doesn't require a ton of online time.
By Derek B. for Tierra Garat cafe. Workspaces
Just an easy co-working space to show up at and get settled. Very friendly vibe, 'cool' open design and a diverse range of people working on all kinds of projects/businesses. My favorite in the city.
By Derek B. for The Pool coworking space. Workspaces
It has a unique half open-air setup that is simply ideal for hanging out and getting some work done. There's a ton of natural light. I would avoid early mornings during the week as it tends to get quite crowded but apart from that, it's usually easy to find a seat.
By Derek B. for Blend Station cafe. Workspaces
This is my favorite location as it's right around the corner from my apartment. I go here 4-5 times per week to get some work done for a few hours. The atmosphere is pleasant, the staff are super friendly, the Mexican coffee is really good and the wifi is good too. As many people say, it's like a Mexican Starbucks but I prefer Cielito every time. It's also cheaper!
By Derek B. for Cielito Querido Cafe cafe. Workspaces
Comfy place to get some work done. Nice selection of light food, coffee and beer, reliable wifi, small tables so that you don't take up too much space and plug outlets scattered throughout. Has everything you might need for a few hours of work.
By Derek B. for Boicot Cafe cafe. Workspaces
This has been my neighborhood of choice for 8 months. I've lived here happily, enjoying the perfect mix of culture, modern amenities, local food, sights, parks and an overall artsy community. I find Coyoacan to be very foreigner friendly and remote workers have no shortage of cafes to choose from if they prefer to work outside of their apartment.
By Derek B. for Coyoacan area. Where to live
There's a reason Polanco is called the Beverly Hills of Mexico City! This neighborhood is absolutely beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks that I lived here (before moving to a more affordable part of the city). But it is crazy expensive so be prepared to pay way more for everything if you live here. It's basically high end Western prices.
By Derek B. for Polanco area. Where to live
This has been my home neighborhood for a year now and I think the combination of affordability, culture and laid-back atmosphere make this a very underrated part of the city. You can save a couple of hundred dollars per month on rent by living here and yet you're still close to areas like Roma and Condesa (30 minutes by foot).
By Derek B. for San Rafael area. Where to live
I spent my first month living in Santa Fe before moving to Roma. Santa Fe is a good area if you want to be around familiar western restaurants, modern skyscrapers and a more business-oriented atmosphere. But you won't have much in terms of the culture, local food and activities that really make Mexico City so incredible. Now that I've spent time in Roma, I wouldn't live in Santa Fe again.
By Derek B. for Santa Fe area. Where to live
I highly recommend living in La Condesa as a remote worker. You have access to cafes to work from, wonderful restaurants, beautiful tree-lined streets and a very positive vibe. The location is perfect too, with the rest of the city being quite accessible. But you could stay in this one area and have all of the culture, food and work environments you could possibly need!
By Derek B. for La Condesa area. Where to live
Jardin del Arte is a great place to take a break from work in the afternoon. You can wander the park and watch the dozens of artisans create their artwork. There's plenty of cafes around this area (San Rafael) as well.
By Derek B. Places to visit
It's not worth using local taxis to get around. Always use Uber. It's simply safer, cheaper and you don't need to spend time negotiating and arguing over fares. If you take a regular taxi, be prepared to get ripped off or have some type of issue.
By Derek B. Transportation
People are often surprised by how much they spend on food here. Food can be super cheap and it can also be very expensive if you eat at more western restaurants all the time. But my recommendation is to seek out the popular local hotspots in your neighborhood. This will save you money and will honestly allow you to try some of the best food in the city. Popular street stalls and local restaurants are safe to eat at...if it's full of locals, it's for a reason!
By Derek B. Food and drink
As a city, Mexico City is awesome but meeting other remote workers can be difficult. You really need to float around to a few co-working spaces and attend as many meetups and events as you can in order to find a community. It's not very centralized and the city is huge so it does take time to make connections.
By Brian S. Community