We started off our trip flying directly from London Heathrow to Mexico City with British Airways. After the long flight time of 11 hours we were pleased to of pre-booked a taxi that was waiting for us. A quick 30 minutes later we were at our amazing boutique hotel Casa9 in Condesa. As it was 9pm we decided to dump our bags and head straight out to a local gin bar to make the most of the Friday night. We had been recommended Gin Gin Bar and when we got there it was a lively, industrial space with a great choice of gins and small bites to eat. We enjoyed a cocktail and tacos here and made our way back to the hotel to get some sleep for a full day of being a tourist on the Saturday.
With the time difference (-6 hours to the UK) we woke up a little early so decided to make a full day of it and head out to walk around the streets after breakfast at our hotel. One thing to bear in mind if travelling over a weekend is that nothing seemed to open until around 10am so it was very quiet before this. We walked from the Condesa area, past the Frida Kahlo mural, to the House of Tiles and Catedral Metropolitana on Zocalo square. From there we went past the Palacio de Bellas Artes to the La Ciudadela market where we had a look around, took lots of photos and bought some souvenirs. After that we walked up to the area of Juarez and stopped for some lunch at Don Ignacio by Plaza de la Republica. Here we tried Olla coffee (a Mexican coffee with cinnamon and raw dark sugar in a clay pot). At that point our feet were starting to ache so we jumped in an UBER back to our hotel (perfectly safe in Mexico city) and after a quick breather went to Chapultepec park. Here we decided to venture up to the castle (Castillo de Chapultepec) which was really worth seeing and spent an hour enjoying the views of Mexico City. For the afternoon we jumped in another Uber to the Polanco district as I had to see the Mexico Mi Amor sign at Tane Jewellery store. We then stopped at a little café called Maque. This is definitely the 'posh' area of the city and lots of people recommended this area but we were glad we actually decided to stay in the Condesa area as it was a little more quirky and felt like it had more history.
That evening we went to the Roma district and had a couple of drinks at Departamento bar before heading down to Mercado Roma which boasts lots of pop up food outlets where we tucked into pulled pork tacos. For dessert we had some consuelos (a churro ice cream sandwich) at Churreria El Moro – amazing!
The next morning it was time to catch our 2 hour flight with the airline Volaris to Los Cabos on the Mexican Pacific coast. Once we landed we picked up our rental car with Hertz which was a really smooth process and drove around an hour up the Baja Mexican Coast to a town called Todos Santos otherwise known as a ‘magic town’ meaning all development, shops and restaurants are completely local and authentic. No supermarkets or chains have moved into this area which is really rare. The roads to the hotel were quiet and it was a really easy journey. We arrived at our boutique hotel Hotel San Cristobal where we were staying for the first 3 nights. It had a very homely, stylish and quirky vibe here. The first evening whilst we were here we sat near the outside fire with blankets (it was a little chilly with the sea breeze) and watched whales swim by just off the shore which was magical. It’s migrations season in February and around our hotel were hump back whales so it was amazing watching them breach, blow and flick their tails out of the water. We of course ordered the guacamole and ceviche off the menu which was to die for and washed it down with Margaritas.
Day one at Todos Santos started off a little cloudy so we seized the opportunity to visit the town where we indulged in some fresh fish and prawn tacos at Taqueria el Parguito – a little shack by the side of the road where we were directed to for the best fish tacos in the area at very affordable prices – it did not disappoint, costing £5 for enough tacos for 2 of us. Nearby there were a number of local artisan shops full of hand painted crockery, patterned hand woven blankets and macramé wall decorations. This brought on a need for a coffee stop at Caffé Todos Santos, an Italian escape in the middle of town. We arrived back to the hotel in time to watch the local fisherman haul in their catch of the day, which they do by driving their fishing boats straight onto the beach, where they prepare and sell the fish to local restaurants straight away.