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7 Tips for Living in Mexico City

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Mexico City or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Mexico City or thinking about moving there.

As an expat or digital nomad, living in a foreign country can be an exciting adventure filled with new experiences and opportunities. Mexico City, the vibrant capital of Mexico, is a popular destination for many, offering a rich cultural heritage, a thriving food scene, and a bustling city life. Here are seven key tips to help you navigate life in Mexico City and make the most of your time there.

1. Learn the Language

While many people in Mexico City speak English, especially in the tourist areas, learning Spanish will greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make everyday tasks like shopping and dining easier, but it will also allow you to connect with locals on a deeper level. There are many language schools in the city, such as Frida Spanish School and Spanish Language Institute, where you can take classes to improve your skills.

2. Explore the Neighborhoods

Mexico City is made up of numerous distinct neighborhoods, each with its own unique character. Condesa and Roma are known for their hipster vibe, with trendy cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. Polanco is the upscale district, home to luxury shops and some of the city's best restaurants, like Pujol and Quintonil. Coyoacán, where Frida Kahlo's Blue House is located, is a charming area with cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. Spend time exploring these neighborhoods to find the one that feels like home to you.

3. Embrace the Food Culture

Mexico City is a food lover's paradise. From street food stalls serving up tacos and tamales, to high-end restaurants offering innovative takes on traditional dishes, there's something for every palate. Be sure to try local specialties like chiles en nogada and pozole. Some of the city's most popular restaurants include Contramar, known for its seafood, and El Cardenal, a classic spot for Mexican cuisine.

4. Understand the Transportation System

Getting around Mexico City can be a challenge due to its size and traffic. The city has an extensive public transportation system, including the Metro, buses, and the Metrobús, a rapid transit bus service. Taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are also widely available. However, it's important to be aware of safety, especially at night. Always use official taxis or trusted ride-sharing apps, and avoid displaying valuable items in public.

5. Enjoy the City's Green Spaces

Despite its urban sprawl, Mexico City has many beautiful parks where you can relax and enjoy nature. Chapultepec Park, the city's largest park, is a must-visit. It's home to the Chapultepec Castle, several museums, a zoo, and a large lake where you can rent paddle boats. Other notable green spaces include Parque México in Condesa and the Viveros de Coyoacán, a tree nursery turned public park.

6. Get Involved in the Community

One of the best ways to feel at home in a new city is to get involved in the community. Look for opportunities to volunteer, join local clubs or groups, or participate in community events. This will not only help you meet new people and make friends, but also give you a deeper understanding of the local culture and way of life.

7. Be Prepared for the Altitude

Mexico City is located at a high altitude, which can cause altitude sickness in some people. Symptoms include headache, nausea, and shortness of breath. It's important to take it easy for the first few days to allow your body to adjust. Stay hydrated, avoid heavy meals and alcohol, and get plenty of rest. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

Living in Mexico City can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By embracing the local culture, exploring the city's diverse neighborhoods, and taking the time to learn the language, you can make the most of your time in this vibrant and dynamic city.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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