Yep—we’re gettin’ REAL specific with this post over here at TME. Were you just thinking to yourself you may need to figure out what cute clothes you should wear for an upcoming trip to Mexico City where you will be stuffing your face with every taco and every tamale and every tostada you see? Great! So glad I can be of assistance. I’ve got ALL those deets in this post, in addition to some roundups of cute pieces you could wear places OTHER than Mexico City as well, so go ahead and click on what interests you the most:
What To Wear + Where To Eat In Mexico City
A few months ago, we found an absolutely lovely, reasonably-priced boutique hotel and convinced my parents that they needed to come to Philly and spend some quality time with our boys. SCORE!
The thing is…when my husband and I do get away, we eat a lot and we eat well. Not necessarily the fanciest of restaurants, but we LOVE LOVE LOVE to find hole-in-the-wall local spots, as well as try ALL the street food (we are both blessed with strong stomachs.)
What To Know About Mexico City Vacation Outfits
I’ll tell you right now…I was definitely overdressed for certain neighborhoods we explored. Mexico City is huge, though, so there was a little bit of everything in terms of clothing everywhere we went. I also enjoy being a little dressed up when vacationing alone with the hubs, and I had full access to Shana’s closet the night before we left, so it was pretty hard to resist bringing some special pieces.
Note on weather: Mexico City is NOT hot! The weather is often warm-ish during the days, but cold at night, so layering is key. I was happy with summery-springy outfits during the day with fall-type shoes, and a jacket and scarf over these outfits at night. No judgment please on the quantity of tostadas I have in front of me in the photo below.
Day-To-Night Packing List: Looking Cute In Mexico City
**Note: Many of these pieces are pricey. I DO think it’s fun to bring a couple special pieces on vacation, but this is also intended for idea purposes. I tried to include a wider range of pricing in the Shopping Section at the end of the post.
A Couple Pretty Dresses (Floral | Green): I’m such a fan of pretty dresses on vacation (and Reformation and Voloshin are my favs). Make sure the dresses you bring can be layered with a shirt underneath (for you gals who get REALLY cold) or a scarf & jacket over the top (which is what I did) when it gets cold at night.
Versatile Comfy Pants: I wore these Voloshin gauze ones on the plane, for morning coffee runs, dressed up with the my silk blouse, as well as lounging at our B&B. Could also serve as a swimsuit cover-up if your hotel has a pool. Ridiculously soft and versatile.
PAIGE Moto Jacket: I am not a leather jacket gal, but I was so glad I threw Shana’s in last minute. It was absolutely perfect for giving my pretty dresses a more citified feel (and keeping me warm at night).
Scarf: On the plane, and for cool mornings and evenings. I used mine as a shoulder wrap over dresses for a dressier evening feel as well.
Sunnies: It’s not super-hot, but it IS sunny.
A Special Blouse: This washable silk beauty would mix and match easily with denim, skirts and pants, as well as over little dresses.
Your Favorite Denim: I’m always happiest when I bring my absolute favorite pair–I have to size up in these Mothers.
A Pretty Bikini: If your hotel has a pool.
Cute PJs: We’re all in love with Print Fresh’s pajama prints…so cute!
A Good Backpack: Bring one big enough to carry the stuff you need for under your airplane seat, but also lightweight and cute enough to be worn with dresses. I love Fjällrävens for this purpose.
A Cute Bag: I used this way more than I thought I would. My hubs carried a backpack, so I got away with this small crossbody most days. Cute enough for evening, but easy to wear as a crossbody during the day.
Comfortable Flats: I wore these flats on the plane, and with dresses and skirts on the trip too. These Everlane Day Gloves look polished, but are somehow still super-comfortable.
Walkable Booties: Great to add a more street style flare to whatever you’re wearing. Most locals were wearing booties or sneaks. These Everlanes are much more walkable than I ever expected, and the ecru color goes with everything.
Your Fav Clogs or Sneaks: My clogs are actually more comfortable for me than sneaks, so I brought clogs as my walking shoe for full days out and about. They worked perfectly for long days of city exploration, but if you’re a sneaker gal, bring your cute fashion sneaks and a good insert.
Where I Ate: Favorite Mexico City Food Tours & Eating Spots
Club Tengo Hambre Street Food Tour: I cannot recommend this enough–it was definitely the highlight of our trip. Monica was delightful, and it definitely felt more like she was a friend taking us around the city for her favorite eats, rather than a tour guide. We stopped at eight different food trucks/stands/markets, and the food was some of the best I have EVER had. SO good.
Tostadas Coyoacan: Our favorite tostadas of the entire vacation. We went there twice.
Mercado de Comida Coyoacan: Off-the-beaten-path market with incredible pozole stands.
La Guerrerense: Yum! Specialty seafood tostadas.
El Califa: Several locations–great for late night tacos.
Coyoacan in the Morning: We stayed in Coyoacan, and if you pick any busy corner in the morning, you’re bound to find mouth-watering tamales of every sort. My “lady” was just around the corner from our B&B, and she had different types each morning. I couldn’t get enough.
Corozan de Maguey: The food was fine, but if you’re in the neighborhood, the experience was what we came for. Our waiter gave us a full lesson on drinking mezcal, we “enjoyed” a flight of local mezcals, along with a bowl of crickets to snack on (which to me, tasted WAY better than the mezcal).
Where I Want To Eat Next In Mexico City
We stayed in Coyoacan on this trip and LOVED the laidback, family-friendly vibe, but will likely stay in Roma or Condessa next time to try something new. We will go back to as many of the places above as we can, but will hopefully squeeze in these as well:
El Turix: Looks and sounds ah-mazing!
Contramar: Make reservations ahead of time–we couldn’t get in.
Club Tengo Hambre Street Food Tour: We want to try the Mexico City After Dark tour next.
El Hidalguense: We had a ton of amazing al pastor, but not much barbacoa, so we’ll either contact Club Tengo Hambre to see if they can help us find the best street food barbacoa or check out El Hidalguense.
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Denim & Versatile Pants
We had such an incredible time in Mexico City and are really itching to go back…I start planning another trip anytime I’m hungry..ahhh…that FOOD! Anyone else have good food recs for Mexico City? Preferably not SUPER fancy-schmancy places?
This one’s for the pinners…