WiFi on my flight yesterday from London to Miami was a complete bust. Therefore, instead of the standard "Throwback Thursday" post, you get a special edition "Flashback Friday!"
I visited Mexico City last January in an attempt to escape the frigid New York winter. When I told friends of my plans, they all advised that I best not to get myself killed. Mexico City is clearly a polarizing city. However, some of those opinions are based on stereotypes and generalizations (some deserved) about Mexico that tarnish an amazingly diverse, cosmopolitan city. Yes, it has its rough patches, but what city doesn't? As long as you plan ahead and know what neighborhoods to avoid, you'll be in pretty good shape.
I stayed at the Downtown Mexico - a beautifully restored 17th century manor in the center of the city. The hotel is essentially a mini community with bustling restaurants and cute shops lining the interior courtyard. However, this makes the stay a bit uncomfortable for those hoping to get a good nights rest. I would advise staying elsewhere, but make sure to include this as a stop on your itinerary.
When it comes to food, don't shy away from the holes in the walls and the tiny street stalls. We had some of the most amazing tacos from a random street vendor for just a few pesos. Some of the best food can be found in the beautiful neighborhoods of San Angel and Coyoacán - both of which are just south of downtown. The tree-lined cobblestone streets are fun to explore, as are the open air markets that dot the plazas on weekends. For a bit of art and culture, make sure to check out the Frida Kahlo Museum in Coyoacán as well as Museo Tamayo and the National Museum of Anthropology on Paseo de la Reforma.
Mexico City can seem pretty overwhelming for travelers as it's not the easiest city to navigate. However, if you keep an open mind and a healthy (and safe) sense of adventure, you will quickly find a rapidly evolving, culturally rich capital with so much to offer.