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.
Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Oakland and Mexico City. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Flight deals to Mexico City
Currently, the cheapest flights between Oakland and Mexico City are if you leave on Aug. 15 and return from Mexico on Aug. 21. Volaris currently has tickets for $213, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had in September. If you fly out of Oakland on Sept. 6 and return from Mexico City on Sept. 8, Volaris can get you there and back for $242 roundtrip.
Top Mexico City hotels
To plan your accommodations, here are two 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 St. Regis Mexico City (Paseo de la Reforma 439)
If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The St. Regis Mexico City. The hotel has a five-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $255.
"Great location to amazing restaurants and street food, excellent staff, champagne to greet you when you walk in, daily free dessert delivery — what else can you ask for on a vacation?" wrote visitor Yvette.
The Four Seasons Mexico City (Paseo de la Reforma 500)
There's also the 4.9-star rated The Four Seasons Mexico City, which has rooms 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.
Local restaurant picks
Don't miss Mexico City's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.
Panaderia Rosetta (Colima 179)
If you're looking for a local favorite, head to the Panaderia Rosetta, which has an average of 4.9 stars out of 11 reviews on Skyscanner.
"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," wrote Leila.
El Moro (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42)
Another popular dining destination is the El Moro, with 4.8 stars from 17 reviews.
"This 1930s churrería is a must-visit," wrote reviewer Harold.
Casa de los Azulejos (Av Francisco I. Madero 4)
Also worth considering is the Casa de los Azulejos, with 4.7 stars from 14 reviews.
"It's set on one of the main tourist streets in Mexico City. Many people stop by to get a picture of the unique facade or to grab a coffee inside," wrote Gianfi.
What to see and do in Mexico City
Mexico City is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.
The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Av. Juárez)
First up is The Palacio de Bellas Artes. It has 4.8 stars from 74 reviews.
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.
Callejón Regina (Calle Regina Centro Histórico)
Then, there's the Callejón Regina, with five stars from five reviews.
"Undoubtedly, this is one of my favorite areas of the historic center. It's the home of very trendy cafes and restaurants as well as the refuge of urban and independent artists," wrote visitor Rebeca.
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