In this in-depth digital nomad guide to Mexico City, you’ll find everything you need to know to set yourself up in one of the most vibrant and extraordinary cities in the world.
We only stayed a month, because we weren’t able to extend our Airbnb. We would have liked to stay longer − Mexico City is one of our favorite cities. It offers an array of quality food options, art, culture, history and shopping malls (quite a novelty after spending so much time in small towns).
Why Choose Mexico City
Cost of living: The basic cost of living in Mexico is lower than that of the US, Canada, and Europe; particularly for items such as housing, transport, food and entertainment.
Wifi: Mexico City has the best in the country. Although it’s not US standard, it’s improving.
Food: You can find some of the best food here from street food to high-end culinary experience. There are so many great food options, accessible everywhere.
Art & History: Mexico City has over 150 museums, showcasing its rich historical past, contemporary art, and the countries best antiques and artifacts.
Visa policy: Citizens of 65 countries do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists, visitors in transit or business visitors. Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days.
Mexico City Basics
Currency: Mexican Pesos (MXN)
Language: Spanish is the official language spoken by the majority of the population. However, most people working in tourism and hospitality industry speak both Spanish and English.
Climate: May is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 18°C (64°F). January is the coldest with 13°C (55°F) when night frosts are possible.
Altitude: Mexico City’s altitude is 7,382 ft (2,250 m), so it may take some time to adjust.
Safety: Mexico City has had a bad rap when it comes to safety, but it is generally safe and most of the issues occur in other states such as North and Pacific. We spent most of our time in the Center and Roma Norte, which we found to be safe. Like anywhere follow extra safety precautions and have common sense.
Accommodation in Mexico City
March – April 2017 (1 month)
Cost: $1,140 USD (21,300 MXN) per month (including wifi and utilities)
Location: Roma Norte
A pretty neighborhood with tree-lined streets, colonial and art deco architecture, street art, and a buzzing food culture. It had a cosmopolitan atmosphere. In addition, this area was safe and we never felt uneasy.
Amenities: Wifi, washing machine, fully-equipped kitchen, TV with cable.
Summary: Our Airbnb had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 study (great for working and business calls) and an adequate kitchen. The furniture was basic but comfortable enough. Wifi was decent and reliable – no problems with Skype calls or streaming. It was conveniently located near a variety of food options (restaurants and food trucks), supermarkets, big shopping malls, and parks. It was a great value compared to many other places and perfect for working and living.
Transport in Mexico City
Our main mode of transport was Uber; it was super-convenient and cheap at about $1.53 USD (29 MXN) per mile or $0.90 USD (17 MXN) per km.
Just be mindful of peak periods. Here are the times our Airbnb host told us to watch out for: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 12:30 to 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It can be tough if you’re trying to travel from one end of the city to the other during these times.
Mobile & Wifi in Mexico City
We chose a pre-paid option through Telcel. It’s one of the major service providers in Mexico so it has the largest coverage. There are stores in most shopping malls where you can purchase SIMs and recharge.
Telcel SIM: $8 USD (150 MXN)
Package (data only): We chose 1.5GB for $11 USD (200 MXN) over 30 days every month. This was sufficient since we try to use wifi when we can (at home and restaurants) and use WhatsApp or Skype to make calls.
The Telcel assistant will set up your SIM and recharge. No passport required. Once the process is complete, a confirmation SMS will be sent to your mobile.
Not everyone at Telcel speaks English, so some basic Spanish and pointing can help.
We didn’t have any problems with Telcel coverage. Our wifi at home was decent, with download and upload speeds of about 20/1 mbps. Wifi quality will depend on the location and set up on the premises.
Places to Eat in Mexico City
There are so many restaurants, kiosks, cafes, and food trucks to choose from, we barely scratched the surface. Mexico City is a foodie’s heaven – that’s why we’ll be back.
Mog’s Bistro (Roma Norte)
Cuisine: Asian, Sushi and Japanese (Lunch and Dinner).
After several months of Latin American cuisine, I was very happy to find a place that offers a huge menu of delicious Asian food, including ramen, sushi, rice dishes, noodles, and dumplings. I’ll go back to Mexico City just to eat there again!
Mog’s is very popular and they don’t take reservations, so try to avoid peak eating hours, otherwise be prepared to wait in line.
Belmondo Roma (Roma Norte)
Cuisine: Deli, Sandwiches, and Brunch (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
This place does a mean brunch. We particularly liked their avocado on toast and Reuben sandwich.
Get in early on the weekends, because it gets very busy late morning to midday. On weekdays it’s much quieter and even makes a good work space.
Cuisine: Everything your heart desires (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
Our productivity levels rose to new heights, and our waistlines expanded to new girths, thanks to the convenience of UberEats.
Cuisine: Mexican (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
There is street food on every corner − you just can’t go hungry in this place.
*Exchange rates are based on the rates as of 22 May 2017.
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