Alex from Lyme Terrace recently ventured to Mexico in search of waves, tacos and Mezcal meeting up with relatives and friends, who have been in residence there for a couple of years, showing a more local side of the city.
Starting off in the vibrant Mexico city, the European influence of the city is immediately noticeable. The Colonial historical centre is filled with beautiful gothic architecture and definitely worth a gander, but the guide books can fill you in on that.
Make sure to check out Roma Notre, the neighbourhood is one of the trendiest in Mexico City. The beautifully eclectic buildings and French aristocratic influence provide an amazing backdrop for the hipster cafes, shops and restaurants.
Stop off for a famous coffee in La Panaderia Rosetta bakery or if you fancy something a little more substantial head over the street to the Colima Blanco cocktail bar. Soak in the lavish interior and crème de la crème of Mexico City.
The sheer offering of street food in Mexico City can be over facing, watching where the locals are eating is always a solid indication of good feed. One street stall that deserves a special mention is placed in front of Scotia Bank on Nuevo León, the Tacos de res con papas are crazy good.
Who knew there were ancient Aztec pyramids only 50km Northeast of the city, definitely worth a visit. Being able to climb the pyramids and relax on the top overlooking the rural Mexican landscape makes it a prime location for a life changing epiphany. Maybe it’s the altitude, but the euphoria and energy at the top is difficult to describe.
Oaxcaca city is known as the cultural heart of Mexico, its brightly coloured streets attract artists and artisans alike. Aside from the world-class museums and buzzing Zocola (central square), the local market is the place to where you may end up spending the majority of your time.
Due to Oaxaca being the home of Mezcal, the selection of locally made Mezcal is incredible, this may end up in you getting lost (not a bad thing) in the extensive crafts market, buying a ridiculous amount of presents and eating a stupid amount of tacos.
If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just life in general, Casa Oaxaca Restaurant offers some of the best alfresco dining and food to match overlooking the Cathedral. Make sure to finish off your meal with a Carajillo (coffee based cocktail) and a Cuban cigar.
Puerto Escondido is paradise for the big barrel hunters, the swells at Zicaleta beach hit the sandbars and create the well publicised monsters. Best to surf this in early in the morning, as the wave will often be blown out by 11am.
If you’re not willing to put it all on the line at Zicaleta beach, then ‘The Point’ offers a more manageable left, which can be an incredibly long, fast and challenging ride. The quality of the surf in Puerto Escondido improves just after the rainy season (end of September/ start of October).
When the waves aren’t pumping, there’s abundance of other activities and natural beauty in Puerto Escondido. It’s the kind of place where you can meet the fisherman off the beach at 7am and take your pick of the daily catch.
Rent a bike or scooter to fully explore the breathtaking coastline or stop off at the Restaurant at Villas Carrizalillo, which overlook a small mesmerizing bay.
Mexico is filled with unbelievable locations and this is just a mere snapshot, but it’s the hospitality and kindness of the Mexcian people that is the most overwhelming. Always smiling, forever happy.
BARS: Artemisia, Gin Gin, Baltra Bar
CLUBS: El Paradiso
RESTAURANTS: Rosetta (Delicios Italian), Maximo Bistrot (daily changing menu) , El Pernita (scene-y taco place), Dulcinea (shrimp & mango tacos are outrageously good)