Here are my tips for having a kitsch night to remember in Mexico City as featured in my video and blog post.
Lucha Libre wrestling
- For details on the history of Lucha Libre see here.
- The best place to see lucha libre is without doubt Arena Mexico, Mexico City’s lucha libre “Cathedral”. They don’t yet have an English version of their website but the flyer for coming shows is easy to understand and you’ll find it here.
- One of the best ways to get to Arena Mexico is by taking the Turiluchas open top tour bus where you’ll be accompanied by a number of wrestlers who will answer questions and pose for photos. Free mask included!
- Serious fans will love the shop run by El Hijo Del Santo, son of the legendary luchador, El Santo. It’s located in the popular tourist neighbourhood of La Condesa and if El Hijo del Santo is there, he will happily sign merchandise and pose for photos. Just look out for the man in the mask.
- Collectors might also be interested in picking up a bottle of Blue Demon Jr’s new mezcal available in most major liquor stores.
- If you want to take on a luchador without the nipple slapping, visit El Cuadrilátero, at no. 73 Luis Moya street between Ayuntamiento and Pescaditos. Owned by luchador Super Astro, this downtown sandwich place is a lucha libre mask mecca and it’s also where you can wrestle with the 1.3kg “Torta Gladiador” (an egg, sausage, bacon, beef, chicken and hot dog sandwich). Finish the whole thing in 15 minutes and you’ll get it for free.
Mariachis in Plaza Garibaldi
- You will find mariachis in Garibaldi square during the day but I recommend attending at night for the best atmosphere.
- I also recommend you don’t bring valuables as the area surrounding the square is still a little rough around the edges despite a recent makeover to the square.
- The legendary Salón Tenampa in the square was founded in 1921 by Juan Indalecio Hernández Ibarra, originally from Cocula, Jalisco, the birthplace of mariachi. Since then, this lively cantina has hosted kings, princesses, presidents, and prime ministers, as well as innumerable politicians, artists and intellectuals from Mexico and abroad. Open until 2am during the week and 4am on weekends.
- If you’re feeling hungry, pop across the square to the San Camilitio Gastronomic market where you can try all sorts of classic Mexican dishes such as hearty birria and pozole. I also recommend you try fermented pineapple drink tepache, although perhaps not all at the same time as I did (tummy timebomb).
Museo de Tequila y Mezcal (Museum of Tequila and Mezcal)
- You’ll find most of the mezcal and tequila on sale in the museum shop at cheaper prices in supermarkets and liquor stores if you have time to shop around, otherwise it’s a great place to find many great products and bottles under one roof.
- A rooftop tasting is included in the price of the tour.
- To keep up to date with the happenings in the world of agave spirits, check out the blog of agave spirits expert Cecilia Rios Murrieta, aka “La Niña del Mezcal”.
- The Torre Latinoamericana is the place to visit for stunning 360° views of Mexico City. You will be provided with a leaflet identifying landmarks in the distance – a great way to get your bearings in this hug metropolis.
- Open 365 days a year 9am to 10pm. At the time of writing entry costs $60 MXN (approx. $4 USD) per adult and $50 (approx. $3.40 USD per child) and as long as you keep the bracelet on, you can visit as many times as you wish in one day.
- If at all possible, visit on a clear, sunny day for the best views. There is usually less smog first thing in the morning, however the sunset is also spectacular from this height.
- You can see the view from the webcam located on the tower here.
- You’ll find a coffee shop and souvenirs on the 37th floor
- You’ll find a bar and restaurant on the 41st floor with panoramic views of the city. The restaurant is slightly pricey but well worth it for the view and those on a budget can opt for a very reasonably-priced beer by the window in the bar.
- Girls should make sure to visit the ladies room in the restaurant where you’ll find floor to ceiling windows in the end cubicle giving you perhaps the most incredible toilet experience you have ever had! If you aren’t brave enough to bare everything to the world below, at least take a fully-clothed selfie.