Palacio de Bellas Artes
The best place to photograph, and take an amazing Instagram picture, of Bellas Artes is from the cafe across the street. Finca Don Porfirio is located on the top floor and you'll have to buy a drink to gain access to the balcony.
The cafe can be a bit tricky to find, so here are full directions: Directly across the street from Palacio de Bellas Artes is an entrance to the Sears building, or what looks like a mall. Walk inside and continue directly to the back wall where you will find an elevator bank. Take the elevator to floor 8 and you’ll find a small cafe in the corner that looks standalone. Once you order a drink you will gain access to the long narrow balcony that overlooks the Palace. The coffee is amazing (and cheap) and the view is definitely worth it.
Gondola ride in Xochimilco
One of the most popular things to do in Mexico City is visit the district known as Xochimilco. The area gets the name Mexican Venice for the series of canals and the colorful gondola-like boats you can hire there. The boats - known as trajineras - will take you on a lazy float down the canals. Along the way, you’ll pass vendors selling food, beer, and other drinks.
Also known as Palacio de Correos or Correos Mayor
Open Monday through Friday from 8:00-21:00 Saturday from 8:00-18:00.
One of the most beautiful buildings in the country is a post office and it's free to enter. Definitely, something you should at least peek inside for. The European style building was constructed in 1906 and houses the main post office.
Another essential Mexico City that you've probably seen all over Instagram.... churros and white tile. El Moro Churerría - and specifically the location in the Roma District - is a small chain that makes the most delicious churros in the cutest setting. If you want a cute picture while eating some tasty sweets then put this place on your list.
Museo Frida Kahlo
Tuesday 10:00-17:45. Wednesday 11:00-17:45. Thursday through Sunday 10:00-17:45.
Ticket prices vary on each day but are between M$130 - M$150 for adults.
You will have to pay extra for a photo permit. No videotaping is allowed.
Also known as La Casa Azul, for the bright indigo blue painted walls, Museo Frida Kahlo is one of the most popular museums in all of Mexico City. Because it is so popular it may be hard to get a good Instagram photo here but if you're patient (and find a quiet corner) you'll have some luck. Admission includes access to the courtyard, a small series of galleries, and a portion of the house which has been preserved from the days when Kahlo was alive. The lines to get in can be ridiculously long - plan accordingly.
The quiet and quaint streets of Coyoacán offer some amazing Instagram spots. You'll find courtyards, intricately carved doors, and muted tiled walls around every corner. There are also numerous cafes and restaurants that make beautiful backdrops.
You'll want your camera and some spare pesos when you visit the market! There are so many picture opportunities with the vibrant blankets, hammocks, and embroidered clothing and bags. All made from Mexican artisans.
Catedral Metropolitana, especially the grand wooden doors, makes for a great photo while visiting the main sights in Centro.
Mercado San Juan
Another market, but much different compared to La Ciudadela. Mercado San Juan is a food market with more than 150 years of history. It is a truly local place frequented by Mexico City residents looking for fresh fruit, beautiful flowers, and the exotic ingredients to make traditional meals. Be sure to stay out of locals way while taking photos. Most vendors don't mind pictures of their stands but be sure to ask before you set up a photo shoot. Bring a couple pesos with you as well and make sure you try the local coffee served inside as well as pastries, ice cream, and chilis.
Gran Hotel Ciudad De Mexico
This beautiful hotel with its glass ceiling may look familiar. It is featured in the James Bond movie Spectre and also in the Disney movie Coco. It may be hard to snap a photo in here with a large camera as the guards told me to put mine away. But camera phones and smaller lens seemed to be fine.
Azul Historico is located inside the Downtown México hotel. Not only is the food delicious but the spacious courtyard is magical to eat in. The decor changes regularly so you never know what it’s going to look like, but rest assured it will be a beautiful setting for lunch of dinner. Make sure to try the tortilla soup which comes in the most adorable bowl I’ve ever seen!
Ok, last but definitely not least, is Teotihuacan. While technically the Pre-Hispanic ruins of Teotihuacan are about an hour outside the city you can't make a trip to Mexico City without visiting this gorgeous sight. Day trips to Teotihuacan are plentiful and you can book (last minute even!) through various tour companies in Mexico City. If you want a good Instagram photo of Teotihuacan I suggest visiting as close to opening as you can. Head straight to the Moon Pyramid and climb to the top. From this view is a beautiful photo that includes the vastness of the complex and the famous Sun Pyramid.
Planning a trip to Mexico, and Mexico City in general is overwhelming. Everyone has an opinion on this beautiful location. Rest assured that no matter what you choose to do or where you choose to stay you'll have a beautiful time.
One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a Mexico travel guide along with you. Here are some books I recommend...
And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).