Mexico City is the center of the country’s economy and is home to more than twice as many people than LA and has an economy worth $200 billion per year. The city is a hub for retail & financial services as well as tech. Established New Zealand companies include WDT, Bombardier, GE and Delphi. Wider Mexico has strong specialized manufacturing, agri-tech, green energy and natural product segments.

WHERE TO STAY

POLANCO
Polanco is populated with offices (including NZTE!), restaurants, museums and shopping malls. At the heart of Polanco is ‘AVENIDA PRESIDENTE MASARYK’ - Mexico City’s version of RODEO DRIVE. Close by are Lincoln Park and Bosque de Chapultepec, both great parks for running. e:
CUAUHTÉMOC & JUAREZ
Usual ‘go-to’ neighbourhoods for tourists so very safe. The below are all on avenue ‘Reforma’ – the iconic/main avenue running from the downtown to the Chapultepec Park. Lively dining and nightlife scene especially the nearby gay district ‘Zona Rosa’.
LA CONDESA & ROMA SUR
Divided by Av. Insurgentes, both of these residential neighbourhoods are popular with Expats and filled with bars, pubs, cafes and boutique shops.

CO-WORKING

COFFEE & KAI

POLANCO

COFFEE

  • CAFE JOSELO – NZTE’s Mexico team tell us is the best coffee close to their office – located inside the Plaza Polanco shopping mall in front of the NZTE office building.
  • CAFE EMIR – just off Presidente Masaryk.
  • CIELITO QUERIDO – 10mins walk from the NZTE offices.
  • CAFE BISCOTTINO – Everything from their espresso to their frappe is natural. Bread is baked twice a day because of how often they run out and they have freshly made biscotti in a variety of flavours. Try one of the many craft beer options they offer if you’re not in the mood for coffee.

NIGHT SPOTS

CUAUHTÉMOC & JUAREZ

LUNCH & DINNER

NIGHT SPOTS

  • LIMANTOUR – #20 on the list of The World’s Best Bars 2015, they offer 30 cocktails; 10 are classics, 10 are best sellers and 10 change every season. Their mixers, such as juices are 100% natural, they make their own syrups and use fresh fruit and herbs for everything they make. Try their Mr. Pink with a base of Tanqueray, angostura, grapefruit juice and rosemary.
  • PATIO AURORA – A place where you can snack, have a drink or have dinner. From Thursday to Sunday there is live music you can enjoy with bands playing bossanova, jazz, swing, etc.
  • BALMORI ROOF BAR 
  • BLANCO COLIMA 
  • King Cole Bar at ST. REGIS MÉXICO CITY for cocktails overlooking Reforma and the Angel of Independence.

LA CONDESA & ROMA SUR

COFFEE

  • FOURNIER ROUSSEAU – the name stands for redheaded baker in French and aside from offering great coffee, their handmade bread and pastries which contain no artificial flavours or artificial preservatives are definitely worth a try.
  • CHIQUITITO CAFE – in Spanish the name means “Tiny Café” as the space is indeed tiny. Here baristas consider the variables that influence the preparation: concentration, temperature, time and method. Their staple is the Café Chiquitito, which like the name indicates is a modest size: an espresso lightly sweetened with condensed milk.

NIGHT SPOTS

COOL HUNTING

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GETTING AROUND

THE BASICS

  • If you’re heading straight through to Mexico City we recommend taking the Auckland-Houston flight with Air NZ. Houston is a dream to transit through plus United Airlines and Aero México both fly from Houston to Mexico City in two hours.
  • On arrival into Mexico City take the PREPAID AIRPOT TAXIS. Look out for the taxi booths inside the airport where you’ll prepay. You’ll be provided with a voucher/receipt to hand over to the driver when you exit the terminal. No payment is exchanged with the driver directly.
  • UBER is active in Mexico City. If you do need to catch a taxi don’t hail one on the street. Instead have the venue you’re at (restaurant, hotel etc.) call an approved taxi.
  • Use WAZE to estimate journey times but always add extra time to each trip. If you leave for the airport after 7:30am from any of the key business districts it will take 2 hours. ALWAYS leave extra early.
  • Finally – don’t lose the (very small!) paper visa you’re issued on arrival. If it slips out of your passport and you lose it you’ll face big delays at the airport when you go to leave Mexico. Take it from us, we’ve been there done that and the stress may just kill you!

OTHER TIPS

  • If you need to withdraw MXP or exchange money upon your arrival do it at the airport or at the hotel. NZ and US credit cards are also accepted widely.
  • Be cautious about wearing jewellery or expensive items. The major business districts of Polanco, Cuauhtemoc and Condesa are popular with tourists and so are well policed – but exercise sensible caution when walking late and keep an eye on your credit card to avoid skimming.
  • Mexico City is at an altitude of over 2,240 meters. Effects may be tiring easily, headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath. Drink lots of water and limit excessive alcohol consumption!
  • For further advice from our team in Mexico City please see this attachment.