Having spent the last two months in the USA, I was in for a real culture shock when arrived in Mexico City. Thankfully I was gently acclimatised to my new environment by spending my first days in the beautiful neighbourhood of Coyoacán. My host for the week, Jane from Virtuous Breads (more on that next week), also did a sterling job at bringing me up to speed with the Mexican way of life and more importantly Mexican food.
Coyoacán (place of the coyotes) remained completely independent of Mexico City during the colonial period until the mid nineteenth century. The neighbourhood’s cobbled streets are lined with a lot of interesting and varied architecture, full of colour, vibrance and history. An area for the curious, every few yards a doorway might reveal anything from a museum to a boutique shop. Fortunately for foodish people, the area also has some of the best street food in the city, as well as the Mercardo de Coyoacán, where Jane enjoyed feeding me ’til I could almost not walk home.
Here are a few pics from my time there. Click to view the gallery.
My Top 5 Things to do in Coyoacán…
- Take a walk down Francisco Sousa to admire some of Coyocan’s most beautiful buildings and boutique shops. Francisco Sousa, nearest metro Viveros.
- Parroquia de San Juan Bautista. A stunning church. The ceiling alone is worth taking a look inside for. Jardín del Centenariio 8, Villa Coyoacán, Coyoacán
- Mercardo de Coyoacan. A great place for lunch and stocking up on fresh produce. Street food stalls line the perimeter. Ignacio Allende S/n, Del Carmen, Coyoacán,
- Frida Kahlo’s House & Museum. Walk off lunch with this incredibly inspiring museum. Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán.
- Grab an evening drink in la Plaza Hidalgo y Centenario and watch the world go by. N.b Be carefulI! I asked for a ‘large beer’ and ended up with 1.2 litres of the stuff. Salud!