Travel Guide: Mexico City

by Jen Burkett

Last year, I went on a New Years trip to Mexico City and fell in love. I returned in the summer for a month with just a carry-on and wanted to share my experience.

Mexico City is a crazy place. It is luxe and grit, love and violence, ease and complication. If I’m visiting a city, the two things I care about most are food and art. Mexico City has the most museums of any city in the world (150+) and an amazing, global, and affordable food scene. In the spirit of mimimalism, here are just a few of my very favorites:


Mercado Roma - for an upscale food court with global options

Sud 777 - for a fancy prix-fixe for a super affordable price tag (<$100 with wine pairings!)

Nanche - for an amazing breakfast/lunch menu in the cutest spot with a former Pujol chef



SO many but make the slightly out-of-the-way trek to UNAM, book timed-entry tickets to Frida’s Blue house, don’t skip the small OMR, and visit all of the museums in Chapultepec Park.


AirBnB had so many great spots on many price tags. I recommend the Condessa or Roma neighborhoods and definitely check out their city guide. I also really liked the Goop guide for the city.

Downtown Hotel - if you can splurge a bit, you get a cool historical building with great restaurants and shopping, complete with a rooftop bar and pool


Make no mistake, Mexico City is a complicated place. Here are a few easy-to-digest resources on some of the social, political and governmental realities of this amazing city: watch Ingobernable, Frida, and read Midnight in Mexico.

A couple of insider tips: the city can have a lot of smog, especially in the summer months. Our V by Viscera skincare line helps keep things simple and is sized for travel. Also, the “dress code” tends to be a bit more formal and traditional, especially for women. If you don’t want to look like a tourist, wear closed toe shoes even when it is hot and avoid wearing shorts. Our midi dress and our newly launched travel line will be perfect.