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Published on July 18, 2019
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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 Washington 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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Cheapest Mexico City flights

The cheapest flights between Washington and Mexico City are if you leave on Oct. 1 and return from Mexico on Oct. 8. JetBlue currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $342.

There are also deals to be had in August. If you fly out of Washington on Aug. 27 and return from Mexico City on Sept. 3, jetBlue can get you there and back for $351 roundtrip.

Top Mexico City hotels

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

The St. Regis Mexico City (Paseo de la Reforma 439)

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For an all-around top recommendation, consider The St. Regis Mexico City. The hotel has a five-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $255.

The centrally located hotel features a 15th floor gym, pool and spa — all with panoramic views of the city.

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

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There's also the 4.9-star rated The Four Seasons Mexico City. Rooms are currently set at $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.

The Condesa DF (Avenida Veracruz 102 Colonia Condesa)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, try The Condesa DF. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $265/night.

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

Top picks for dining and drinking

Mexico City has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

Panaderia Rosetta (Colima 179)

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One of Mexico City's most popular restaurants is Panaderia Rosetta, with 4.9 stars from 11 reviews.

"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."

El Moro (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, 42)

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Also worth considering is El Moro.

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

Restaurante El Cardenal (Calle de la Palma, 23)

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Finally, there's Restaurante El Cardenal.

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

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, which was inaugurated in 1934 and is a major cultural center where you can attend poetry readings, operas, dance performances, art shows and more.

From outside, marvel at the building's white-marble beauty and symbolic sculptures that include an eagle eating a snake. Inside, find spectacular murals by renowned artists, such as Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera.

"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."

Kiosco Morisco de Santa María la Ribera (Calle Salvador Díaz Mirón S/N)

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Another popular destination is the Kiosco Morisco de Santa María la Ribera, an elaborately designed steel kiosk. 

"The kiosk of Santa María la Ribera is a benchmark of ancient Mexico. ... On weekends it is always full of children and families around and travelers taking pictures. Do not lose detail of its dome and the eagle that gives the final touch at the tip," wrote visitor Maru. 

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 since it was a busy street until its closure to become a space dedicated to the pedestrian," wrote visitor Rebeca. "Undoubtedly, it is one of my favorite areas of the historic center ... [and is a] refuge of urban and independent artists."


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