A Couple’s Guide To Mexico City

Castillo de Chapultepec
Castillo de Chapultepec | © Joseph Martinez/Flickr

Northern England Writer

As one of the world’s largest capital cities and most fascinating metropolis’, Mexico City has numerous romantic activities that make it the perfect destination for a couple’s getaway weekend. Here’s our guide to the best spots to hang out, dine, drink and visit if you come as a pair in the buzzing Mexican capital.

1. Take a walk and picnic in the Bosque de Chapultepec

Forest

Take a walk and picnic in the Bosque de Chapultepec

Perhaps the most frequently recommended romantic destination for couples in Mexico City is the sprawling Bosque de Chapultepec, situated near the historic center of the city. The reason it’s so widely recommended, though, is because there are vast amounts of things to do once you get away from the traffic jams and smog of the streets at arrive at the open green space of the forest. Visit the Castillo de Chapultepec or wander around the lake (maybe even rent a boat). Alternatively, stop by at night and indulge in a candlelit picnic in the Jardín Botánico.

Jardín Botánico, Paseo de la Reforma 126, Miguel Hidalgo, Bosque de Chapultepec I Sección, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 3567 9889

Castillo de Chapultepec | © Joseph Martinez/Flickr

Grab drinks with a view

Nothing says romance like a stunning backdrop and a fancy cocktail, all enjoyed as you whisper sweet nothings into your loved one’s ear. Mexico City has a number of excellent spots at which you can soak up the view and the alcohol; however, we especially recommend Miralto in the historic center, Condesa DF’s rooftop terrace bar complete with ambient music and a relaxed vibe, as well as Romita Comedor which looks like an oversized, renovated greenhouse that serves great cocktails.

Miralto, Mirador Torre Latino, Eje Central #2, Piso 41, Torre Latinoamericana, Cuauhtémoc, Centro Histórico, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5518 1710

Condesa DF, Av Veracruz 102, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5241 2600

Romita Comedor, Avenida Álvaro Obregón 49, Cuahutémoc, Roma Norte, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5525 8975

Romita Comedor

Go to a couple’s spa day

One of the best things to do for a romantic Mexico City experience is to enjoy a spa day together in one of the capital’s best relaxation destinations. Hela Spa, situated in Polanco, is particularly popular for its couple’s packages that include treatments, plus champagne and truffles in a private room afterwards. However, Away Spa is also a great stop for those interested in trying out the Mexican temazcal cleansing ritual and Remède Spa is a slice of tranquillity on busy Paseo de la Reforma.

Hela Spa, Campos Elíseos 218, Piso 10, Hotel Presidente Intercontinental, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5280 3716

Away Spa, W Mexico City, Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco IV Sección, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 9138 1800

Remède Spa, The St. Regis Hotel,Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5228 1818

Couple’s spa day

2. Float down the canals of Xochimilco in a trajinera

Float down the canals of Xochimilco in a trajinera

Mexico City’s answer to the Venice gondolas are the Xochimilco trajineras. These emblematic, vibrant canal boats cruise daily through the waters of this southern Mexico City neighborhood and are loved by locals and foreigners alike. While it costs slightly more to rent an entire boat for just the two of you (many people go in large groups to get a better deal), it’s worth the pay off. Mariachi groups and pulque vendors can be found along the length of the council, and you could enjoy a romantic picnic for two on the water.

Embarcadero Las Flores Nativitas, Calle Del Mercado No.1, Xochimilco, Barrio Xaltocan, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5555 7852

Xochimilco | © Christian Córdova/Flickr

Get coffee in Coyoacán

Coyoacán, the neighborhood once famed for being home to numerous artists and intellectuals such as Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, is an unmissable spot in Mexico City for couples. The tranquil central Jardín Centenario and the adjoining Plaza Hidalgo are quintessentially romantic destinations filled with wrought iron benches and lined with trees. One of the things you must do in Coyoacán, however, is buy a coffee and some churros. Some of its most highly recommended spots are Café El Jarocho, Café Avellaneda and Café Negro.

Café El Jarocho, Cuauhtémoc 134, Coyoacán, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, Cuidad de México, México +52 55 5554 5418

Café Avellaneda, Higuera 40-A, Coyoacán, La Concepción, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 6553 3441

Café Negro, Centenario 16, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, México

Café Negro

Cool down with an ice cream

There’s nothing more romantic than making googly eyes at one another over a banana split or a super chocolatey ice cream, so we recommend checking out any one of these Mexico City ice cream parlors on your next romantic visit to the capital. Helado Obscuro sells a wide range of innovative (and alcoholic) flavor combinations, with names like Darth Vader and Blind Melon, whereas both Nevería Roxy and La Casa de los Helados in Coyoacán serve up traditional, artisanal Mexican ice creams.

Helado Obscuro, Calle Córdoba No.223, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte., Ciudad de México, México + 52 55 4444 4878

La Casa de los Helados, Centenario 35, Coyoacán, Del Carmen, Ciudad de México, México

Nevería Roxy, Av. Fernando Montes de Oca 89, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5286 1258

Nevería Roxy

3. Watch a film at the drive-thru cinema

Cinema

Watch a film at the drive-thru cinema

For an old-time romantic experience, why not pay a visit to Polanco’s Autocinema Coyote? This drive-thru destination offers regular film cycles, so you can wait until that soppy rom-com you’ve been wanting to see for ages is due to be shown or you can just chance it and see what’s on offer that night. This is definitely one of those couple’s activities that can be crossed off your bucket list in Mexico City.

Autocinema Coyote, Lago Zurich 200, Miguel Hidalgo, Granada, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 6552 5054

Cinema | © Diego David Garcia/Flickr

Enjoy a romantic dinner with a twist

Romantic dinners are fine, but sometimes they can all start to seem the same. So, with that in mind, try out one of these two unique destinations when you’re next in town with your partner. Bellini, the restaurant situated in Mexico’s World Trade Center, is actually one of the country’s only spinning dining destinations; as you eat, this building gently spins around, allowing for excellent views and an even better anecdote. Or, for the more adventurous, try out Dinner in the Sky, where you will be suspended 45 meters off the ground over Teotihuacán (technically in the State of Mexico).

Bellini, World Trade Center Mexico City, Calle Montecito 38 Piso 45, Benito Juárez, Nápoles, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 9000 8305

Dinner in the Sky Teotihuacán, Carretera Libre México – Tulancingo km 27.5, San Juan Teotihuacán, San Francisco Mazapa, Estado de México, México +52 984 175 0398

Bellini

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