A Couple’s Guide To Mexico City
Castillo de Chapultepec | © Joseph Martinez/Flickr
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.
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.
Romita Comedor | © TJ DeGroat/Flickr / Miralto | © Karen Cantú/Flickr / Condesa DF | © Festival Ambulante/Flickr
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.
Couple’s spa day | © Collin Parker/Flickr
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
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 Negro | © Bex Walton/Flickr / Café Avellaneda | © Bex Walton/Flickr / Café Jarocho | © Dan Gut/Flickr
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.
Nevería Roxy | © Krista/Flickr / Flavours | © Waywuwei/Flickr / Ice cream | © Kolin Toney/Flickr
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 | © Harnán García Crespo/Flickr