24 Hours in Mexico City

The adventure began in Mexico City. A busy, vibrant city, with something different in every district! Arriving in Mexico City I didn’t quite know what to expect. As I have mentioned, I had booked everything for the honeymoon, but I hadn’t put as much time into researching the cities and what they had to offer because I was always distracted by the wedding. It was actually fun to turn up and not know what we were going to to do or what to expect. I absolutely loved the colour and street art of Mexico City, with so many of the buildings and walls covered in beautiful art work. Here’s a super quick guide for anyone spending just 24 hours in Mexico City.


We stayed at Sevilla Palace on Paseo de la Reforma Avenida in the heart of Mexico City. It was a great place to base ourselves in the city, within walking distance of many of the main streets and attractions, as well as close to public transport options. The hotel offered free wifi, an onsite restaurant and bar and 24 hour room service, which is always great for people crossing time zones like we were.

If you want to stay a little bit out of the main city, the suburb of La Condesa was fantastic. More of an up and coming hipster area, the streets are overflowing with trendy bars and restaurants, designer shops and boutique hotels. I didn’t know about the area before I arrived, but I definitely would have stayed there had I been aware of it. La Condesa is about 15 to 20 minutes by car/bus from the city centre, but definitely the place to be for food and nightlife.


With only one full day to spend in Mexico City, we decided to jump onto a sightseeing bus to see as much of the city as we could with the limited time that we had. The Turibus would have to be the best sightseeing bus going around – with an open top, English commentary through the headphones and four different sightseeing routes, the Turibus really gets you around the city! It’s a traditional hop on hop off bus, allowing you to visit many of the different sights and attractions around Mexico City and it’s surrounding suburbs. It’s only $140 pesos per person for the whole day, which is definitely the cheapest tour bus I’ve ever found!


The food in Mexico City was fantastic, with Abran Cancha being home to potentially one of the best steaks I have ever eaten overseas (a massive call for me!). There was quite a language barrier, with most of the staff speaking very little to no English and an all Spanish menu, but they were able to give us a couple of recommendations and WOW! It was amazing!! The restaurant is located in the La Condesa area and is definitely worth the trip, the food was so delicious. You can find Abran Cancha at Av Michoacán 110, Hipódromo Condesa. And of course, since you’re in Mexico City, make sure you find yourself some churros!! How could you not.

Get around

We found that Uber was definitely the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get around the city.

There’s no doubt about it – Mexico City was not what I expected. The streets were clean, with modern buildings lining the streets and lovely, friendly people everywhere we went. People keep asking me if I felt safe there and we absolutely did – we didn’t feel unsafe for a minute. Here’s a photo diary of our day in Mexico City. The city was so full of life and colour, I could have spent hours just photographing the street art.

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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