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Paris: Food & Drink
Mexico City: Resources, Tours and Tips
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.
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
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
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
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
Mexico City: Photos
Tel Aviv: Resources, Tours and Tips
Places to eat – https://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 place – https://rent.albar.co.il/en/rent-in-israel/ –
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.
Tel Aviv: Food & Drink
Bars, Clubs and Treats
Imperial Cocktail Bar – inside imperial hotel Anita – http://www.anita-gelato.com – best gelato in town. It is on the famous Shabaz Street. The perfect place for gelato. The street is also well known for it’s shopping, art galleries and eateries. Anita also has a frozen Yogurt shop 100 yards away on the same street. Cat and the dog – dancing night club
Bell Boy Bar – Berdichevsky 14 – 1920’s style speak easy
Botanika – high end Scandinavian Bar in high end beach hotel
French 57 – Brenner 2 – New Orleans
Library Bar at the Norman Hotel Golda – Ice Cream Gazebbo – www.gazebbo.co.il/gazebbo – This is an amazing beach bar but it is pretty young and clubby. Dizzi Frisdhon – Sundays are wine nights The Prince Balcony Bar – great rooftop bar (Bottom middle picture) Shpagat – is local gay bar Spice Bar – Dizendorf 17 – cool bar with a cool set of many different glassware Poli Hotel Rooftop Bar – younger, hip fashionable crowd. Great view from the rooftop. Papua Cafe – An outside coffee & pastry shop in the heart of Tel Aviv. Sit on barrels and benches and enjoy some incredible java. 24 Rothschild Speakeasy – great place to eat and listen to music.