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Escape from Pittsburgh to Mexico City on a budget

Escape from Pittsburgh to Mexico City on a budget
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By Hoodline - Published on May 31, 2019.

Looking for an adventure in one of the world’s great megacities, but without the hassle of flying halfway around the world? Mexico City is North America’s largest, at over 8 million people (and more than twice that number in the greater metro area).

It's the oldest capital city in the Americas, rich in history and culture, and a major economic center in the region today. In addition to Aztec ruins, the city has the world’s largest single-metropolitan concentration of museums, plus extensive art galleries, concert halls and theaters. And the city’s 16 boroughs and many colorful neighborhoods offer an abundance of shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Pittsburgh to Mexico City in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Mexico City

The cheapest flights between Pittsburgh and Mexico City are if you leave on Nov. 1 and return from Mexico on Nov. 4. Aeromexico (aerm) currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $289.

There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Pittsburgh on Oct. 31 and return from Mexico City on Nov. 3, Aeromexico (aerm) can get you there and back for $312 roundtrip.

Top Mexico City hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Mexico City’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do, and customer satisfaction.

The Condesa DF (Avenida Veracruz 102 Colonia Condesa)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, try The Condesa DF. Rooms are currently set at $265/night.

This 40-room luxury hotel is located in Mexico City's Condesa district, close to many restaurants, bars and cafes.

The Four Seasons Mexico City (Paseo de la Reforma 500 Colonia Juárez)

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A third option is The Four Seasons Mexico City. With a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $179/night.

Set in the heart of Mexico City on the busy Paseo de la Reforma, this luxury hotel is close to the Monumento a los Ninos Heroes and the Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

Featured Mexico City restaurants

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Mexico City's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

El Moro (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, 42)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to El Moro, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 17 reviews on Skyscanner.

"This 1930s-era churrería is a stand-out and must visit," wrote visitor Harold. "The lines can be long but they move quickly."

Restaurante El Cardenal (Calle de la Palma, 23)

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Another popular dining destination is Restaurante El Cardenal, with 4.6 stars from 22 reviews.

"The food was super fantastic here," wrote reviewer Frank. "The wait is pretty long, but I can see why. Much bigger on the inside than I thought. There are three floors of dining. The eggs for breakfast were perfect."

Panaderia Rosetta (Colima 179)

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Also worth considering is Panaderia Rosetta.

"This is the sister bakery to Rosetta," wrote Leila. "It's a very cozy breakfast spot with only a few bar stools for seating. Get there early to get your hands on the good pastries."

Lalo! (Zacatecas 173)

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Finally, there's Lalo!

"Food and drinks here are delicious! Flavors in the lavender soda were subtle. Definitely recommend the flor de calabaza," wrote visitor Mario. 

Top Mexico City attractions

To round out your trip, Mexico City offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Av. Juárez)

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First up is The Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Inaugurated in 1934, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City is a major cultural center where you can attend poetry readings, operas, dance recitals, art shows and more. Its construction began in 1904, but took three decades to complete due to the Mexican Revolution and complications during the building process.

"The place in itself is a beauty," wrote visitor Analu. "The lobby feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The museum is well worth the visit."

Callejón Regina (Calle Regina Centro Histórico)

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Finally, spend some time at Callejón Regina.

"I have seen the transformation of this alley. Back when it was a busy street until its current closure to cars, becoming a walking destination for pedestrians," wrote visitor Rebeca. "Undoubtedly, it is one of my favorite areas of the historic center."


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