A Local’s Guide to the Top Things to Do in Mexico City

The Pan American medalist Rommel Pacheco shares his favourite museums, attractions and restaurants in the capital of Mexico.
 

Olympic diver Rommel Pacheco, photo by Brenda Islas

A professional diver, Rommel Pacheco is an Olympic athlete—he competed in Athens, Beijing and Rio—and has won gold and silver medals at the Pan American Games for Mexico. Having lived in Mexico City since he was a teenager, the Yucatán native loves the vibrant atmosphere and the variety of cultural and historic places around the city.

Best view

“The Torre Latinoamericana is an amazing place to view downtown and the Alameda Central, including the Palace of Fine Arts. I love the view, the urban landscape. The views from the 44th floor, and the restaurant, Miralto, on the 41st, are two great choices. They give an idea of how big and impressive the city is.”

Where to eat

“As a good Yucatecan, I’m always looking for the best food from my state in Mexico City. Montejo Sureste Restaurante Bar has a delicious menu that is very similar to the ones in Yucatán. My favourite is queso relleno [cheese stuffed with meat]; it has a special flavour. Lime soup and papadzules are also must-tries.”

Favourite museums

“The National Museum of Anthropology and the Soumaya Museum are my two favourites in Mexico City. The first shows our ancestors’ legacy—where we came from, how our country was formed, our heritage and our culture. The second holds entrepreneur Carlos Slim’s large collection of art. There are many beautiful pieces I love at the museum, for example, a [bronze cast] of The Gates of Hell by Rodin.”

Chapultepec Castle, photo by Chon Kit Leong/Alamy

Historic site

“There’s no other building like Chapultepec Castle. It’s majestic.”

Must-visit market

“The Callejón de la Amargura and Plaza San Jacinto; the Saturday market will put you in a good mood. It’s a very friendly neighbourhood, with antique dealers and artisans from all over the country.”

Best neighbourhood

“San Ángel is very cute. I love its country vibe and it is very artistic, too.”

 

[This story appears in the August 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]