Mexico City: Resources, Tours and Tips

Museums
Museo Soumaya – Carlos Slim built this museum and named it after his wife. Cool museum. It is free and if you only visit 3 museums in Mexico this should be 1. 2 is Frida & Diego Museum and the 3 its

Frida & Diego Museum – http://www.museofridakahlo.org.mx/en/ – great indoor outdoor museum celebrating the lives and relationship of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Buy your tickets online to avoid the long lines.

Museo Nacional de Anthropolgia Museum – http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx – this is a wonderful space that you could get lost in for hours and hours. Very well done history of the people in Mexico and latin america.

Other stuff
Vinicola Urbana – Winery in the heart of the city

Avenida Presidente Masaryk – is the Rodeo drive of Mexico City

Mercado Ciudadela – is an artisan market

Mexico City’s Top Spots for Street Art – https://www.afar.com/travel-tips/mexico-citys-top-spots-for-street-art

A Guide to the Coolest Mexico City Street Art – http://northernlauren.com/guide-mexico-city-street-art/

Sheraton hotel – the round about in front of the hotel has 30 x 5 foot and painted soccer/Futbal’s from teams around the world. If someone is really into soccer seeing the painted balls is really cool.

Xochimilco Canals – 3 to 4 hour activity but cool. Bring food and wine or buy it there for a ton more money

Chapultepec Castle – worth a look and the best view of the city from here

Transportation – Uber, EasyTaxi or Cabify

Food tour and cooking – http://eatlikealocal.com.mx

Casa Jacaranda – perfect place for cooking lessons

Tierra Garat – Mexico es cafe y chocolate – a Chocolate shop and cafe

Del Parque Cafe – for good coffee

Resources in English – http://cdmxtravel.com/en/

Mexico City: Accommodations

4 Seasons Hotel – beautiful upscale hotel. Some great places to eat and drink inside too.

Ignacia Guest House – small and quaint. Only 5 rooms.

Las Alcobas Hotel – little hotel but nice rooms and interior

San Angel inn – a Carmelite Monastery from 1692

El Patio 77 B&B – Eco friendly hotel in El Centro

Hotel Gran Ciudad de Mexico – Upscale old school charming hotel in El Centro

Reforma (zona rosa) – big night life….Genova street shopping – check out Little
Korea

Casa Prim Boutique – at the edge of Zona Rosa. Nice hotel with rooftop bar.

Chaya B & B – in Zona Rosa. Not elevator so it is a better bargain here.

Casa Decu – in Roma and one of the best hotels for the money in Mexico City

Hotel Carlota – in graffiti filled Juarez neighborhood

Condesa DF – great little bohemian hotel with a great rooftop bar

Mexico City: Food & Drink


FOOD
Pasillo De Humo – 2nd Floor – has a very local feeling. Great Mexican food and very reasonable and really good margaritas.

Parian Condesa Rest Comida Yucateca La Tradicion – is on the first floor below Pasillo De Humo and it has 8 food counters where you can grab 8 different types of food and then sit at a table either inside or outside. Seafood, Japanese, Mexican, Deli, Beef or a sampling of the many types of cuisines offerred. Very good and really reasonable. Pasillo D H takes reservations but the downstairs place is walk in only.

Pujol – one of the most expensive places in town. A very romantic but very pricey place full of Gringo’s. The meal will likely cost between $150 to $200 per person but we thought it was well worth it.

Azul Condesa – Really good Mexican food

Rosetta – a great place in a little mansion in Roma Norte. Good food and service and very reasonable too.

Quintonil – this place came highly recommended but we did not go. it is pricey.
Milan 44 – food hall and market for casual dining

Comedor Jacinta – new from Chef Edgar Nunez. Simple mexican.

San Angel Inn – great place to eat after seeing the Frida museum

Comedor de Los Milagros – food hall across from Mercado de Medellin

Dulce Patria – a great place to eat at Las Alcobas hotel

Polanquito in Polanco Many really good restaurants for all tastes

El Cardenal – traditional lunch place while visiting the Palacio de Bellas Artes

Maximo Bistrot – The epitome of living the maximum mediterranean gastronomic experience offered by Chef Lalo Garcia in a charming locale. A top, top local favorite!!!

Rosa Negra – trendy venue offering a wide variety of delicious food from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and other Latin American countries. in Polanco.

Entremar (lunch only) – Few people are aware of this quiet sister venue of the famous Contramar, where the same exquisite menu is served and the service is more personalized.

Merotoro – Chef Jair Tellez provides an incredible gourmet experience of new aromas and flavors, opening new horizons for the already-rich Mexican gastronomy.

Havre 77 – Lalo Garcia fulfills his dream of offering his favorite French cuisine and an oyster bar in a lovely house redesigned to create an intimate ambience.

Contramar – in Condesa for seafood. One of the best seafood places in town.

Restaurant Nicos – the new sister place of Fonda Mayora. Both great places but the second one is more casual

Mercado N 89 Coyoacan – Main market near Frida K Museum. Best places to eat in the market: Quesadillas Lucha, La Cocina de mi Mama, Rica Barbacoa El Borrego De Oro, Tres Coyotes,El Jarden Del Pulpo

Panderia Rosetta – 2 great bakeries in Mexico City one in Juarez

Treinta Y Tres – A great little simple taco place. More of a lunch place.

Mercado De Medellin in Roma Sur – a food market

DRINK
Xaman – a cocktail bar with Mexico’s pre – hispanic roots

Hanky Panky – is a new speakeasy but you need a reservation

Cantina Fina – an outpost of Roma’s Fonda Fina – mexican pub

Miralto inside the Torre Latino americana – this place has the best view of Mexico City. If you have a drink at the bar the view is free or you can pay to just go to the observation deck.

La Opera – a Cantina from 1876

Gin Gin Roma – Good food plus late night cool bar and dance club. Mixed

Xaman Bar – in Juarez worth checking out if in the area

Cine Tonala – in Roma Sur. cool little bar.

MN Roy – a DJ and craft cocktails. Young crowd

Xampaneria – for mescal and small bites

Tel Aviv: Resources, Tours and Tips

Tour Guides and tour Companies:
Sulwis Suleiman – sulwis@gmail.com  +972 54 582 3612 – he tours all over Israel including: TLV, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, West Bank, Jordan etc.
Adi Siri –  adi.siri@hotmail.com  – +972 50 668 4541 She gives local reasonably priced tours in Tel Aviv only
Jordan Tour Guide – aamreen100@gmail.com  +962 77 25 38 649 or +962 79 890 8167 -he has been a guide for 20 plus years.  He will help with everything once you cross the Jordanian Border.  You fly into Eilat Airport in Israel then take a 10 minute taxi to the boarde, check in at 2 counters (papers then payment) and then walk across  the boarder.  Guide arranges the VISA that you will need to get into Jordan.  Once you meet him he takes care of the rest including the Hotel in Jordan.  It is best to stay one night in Jordan for you will see more, you won’t be rushed and all of the entry fees are then cheaper.

                                                                                                                                                              Places to eathttps://www.restaurants-in-israel.co.il/restaurant.aspx?id=23724

2 local Airlines –  www.Arkia.com and Isair – http://www.iaa.gov.il/en-US/airports/bengurion/airlines/Pages/Israir.aspx

Welcomepickups.com –   To reserve a car for your arrival. Usually from International airport to TLV is $50  to $75. They can also take you directly to Jerusalem for about double the TLV rate.

Gett is the app you must download for local taxi rides

Best Rental car placehttps://rent.albar.co.il/en/rent-in-israel/

https://www.touristisrael.com/haifa/435/

https://abrahamtours.com

https://www.touristisrael.com

Neveh Tzedek neighborhood is cool to walk around galleries and stores and coffee and ice cream and yogurt. 

Rothschild blvd is nice to walk around. restaurants and bars. pretty lively.

Tour Guide – Maor : +972 52 221 4814

Masada – is 1.5 hours from Jerusalem.

Israel Side Trips from Tel Aviv
Haita – 1,5 from TLV – Womens Center for trade is key attraction
Kinneret – tons of nature preserves
Safed – one of the 4 holiest cities in israel – Sachne Natural Pools key attraction
Hurfeish – one of the Druze Villages in Galilea