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Options for a not-so-lazy local Sunday in Mexico City

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Sundays in Mexico City are some of my favorites, especially in spring. The streets are quieter, yet still brimming with life. And the options…oh the options are abounding -and often for little or no pesos.

For starters:

Walk Reforma

Avenida Reforma is one of the main thoroughfares in the city—and it is gorgeous in its own right. Tall buildings, a semi-rare occurrence in Mexico City, sculptures, photo exhibitions, free dance classes (yes, dance classes in the middle of the street), street food, and people watching. And they close the entire avenue on Sundays for the benefit of pedestrians and bikers. That being said, renting bikes is also a good option. Just make sure you have photo ID (license, passport, etc) and proof of address. Otherwise, there is always EcoBici or your own bike. I would suggest starting near El Bosque de Chapultepec and following the crowd.

Casa Fusión (pictured)

This one is new, in the resurging neighborhood, La Juarez. It’s actually a renovated old home, complete with boutiques featuring all Mexican designers, food stands, and a lovely café, Otro Café, which in my opinion serves the best coffee in all of DF, straight from Chiapas. This place is worth a visit for the terrace alone. They also hold workshops and special bazaars each weekend.

Londres 37, Colonia Juarez, Cuauhtémoc, DF

Mercado Jamaica

Sure, this market has your Mexican market quintessentials—fresh fruit, ripe for the tasting, meats, cheeses, herbs, you name it. But what makes this market special are all of the flowers—aisles and aisles of fresh flowers, exotic plants, remarkable arrangements for all occasions. It’s worth a look, and a few bouquets.

It’s also very easy to get there. Just take the brown line (Metro Linea 9) to the Jamaica stop.

Museo del Arte Moderno and MUAC

Mexico City is full of museums. Most remark about the Museum of Anthropology, yet I prefer either the Museum of Modern Art or MUAC, when I have the time. The Museum of Modern Art is centrally located on Avenida Reforma, inside the huge park El Bosque de Chapultepec, Sección I, and it’s free on Sundays. There is almost always a worthwhile exhibition.

The same can be said for MUAC, yet it’s quite a bit further from the city centre. Located on the UNAM campus, the architecture is well worth the look.

Insurgentes Sur 3000, Coyoacan, Centro, 04510

Coyoacán

Sometimes this gets a bit of a touristy-rap. But Coyoacán is different from anything else you will see in the city—it might even be safe to call it hippie. It’s vibrant, filled with colors, colonial architecture and much history. And it’s where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera resided. It’s a good day trip. Saunter through the cobblestone streets, with a coffee from El Jarocho in hand and a churro filled with cajeta. There are also some tostadas to die for in the local market. Look for the ones called La Chaparita. The nature preserve Los Viveros is also a good option, about a 20 minute walk from the center of Coyoacán or right outside the metro of the same name, line 3 (lime green).

El Mercado de Coyoacan: Ignacio Allende, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100

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