Originally Posted by LouisianaRush
My boyfriend and I are going to Mexico City for his birthday from 8/1-8/7. We are staying in the La Reforma area. We have some plans, but we would appriceate any advice of places to see and eat. I would be obliged for any help.
are you a male or female? if you are a gay couple there is a plethora of things you guys can do around the area where you are staying (zona rosa)- especially when it comes to nightlife, cafes, restaurants etc.....
also, dont miss a stroll thru the trendy condesa neighborhood and have some drinks at a cafe in that area. According to a recent discovery travel television show, condesa is the most "in" neighbohood in all america (western hemisphere) right now
coyoacan (plaza hidalgo) also has enough attractions to fill up your entire trip without visiting anything else in the city. plaza hidalgo on the weekend is a happening place that fills with all types of people. i once read that it was considered the most vivrant, fun, and happening square in the world.
around there is also frida khalo's house (now a museum), leon trotsky's house (also a museum now).
another must is xochimilco (floating gardens).... rent a trajenera and drink some beer. listen to mariachis and watch locals get very drunk- always nice.
if you have on sunday evening and want a romantic dinner with views from above the city. go to the world trade center and have some lobster at the bellini restaurant on the 45th floor. the restaurant is revolves like a carousel (but very slow so you dont get sick).... basically in about one hour you will have a view of the whole city.
if you want the views, but not the food... go to the latin american tower in the centro (bellas artes subway station) and go to the 44th floor observatory. you will have good views of the city from there... on a clear day you will see the santa fe area of mexico city to the west, interlomas, and to the southeast you may see the eternally snow capped volcanoes that surround the city.
if i go on this post will take all day, so im just gonna list some things to do that i consider musts.... you obviously wont have time for it all so just choose what you will be most interested in.... google the following for more info
teotihuacan pyramids (huge archeological site)
tepoztlan, morelos (esoteric town)
la marquesa (park that separates mexico city and toluca full of pines and forrest)
desierto de los leones (another wonderful park)
san angel (romantic neighborhood with great restaurants and art life)
polanco (upscale neighborhood with some posh bars (area bar at habita hotel is ***** excellent))
chapultepec castle (and park)
zocalo-alameda (full of history, awsome architecture, and art)
izta-popo park- go climb iztaccihuat and have a close up of popocatepetl volcano both are very high elevations (2nd and 3rd highest in mexico)... expect freezing temperatures all year and snow... you must be acclimatized to go this high up (if you go from below sea level new orleans to 4500 meters you will probably have severy altitude sickness- which can be very dangerous).
ok thats all i can type.... send me a pm if you want details of the nightlife