Mexico City, Mexico – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

Updated in 2022. 

More commonly known in Mexico as “D.F” (Distrito Federal) or “CDMX”, Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and one of the world’s largest cities.

The city is simply too vast to comprehend if you grew up in a second-tier city or lower.

The only way to make any sense of it is to think of it in terms of districts and only mess with one or two of them if your stay is short. For this reason, I will deal only with a few neighborhoods. The city boasts incredible food, world-class cultural institutions, and a reasonably low cost of living.

POPULATION: 9,000,000 (proper). 21,000,000 (greater).

 


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN MEXICO CITY

Entirely depends on your barrio. All types of options for all types of prices all over the city. Obviously, you’ll want to be in a decent area with an assortment of bars and clubs, so to keep it simple, I’d recommend an apartment in Condesa or Roma through Airbnb. For a longterm stay, you may be able to swing something basic for around $500/month.

 

NIGHTLIFE IN MEXICO CITY

8/10

Condesa, Polanco and Roma alone will satisfy your every desire for nightlife.

I recommend: Pata NegraIt’s an embarrassingly obvious choice for anyone familiar with Mexico City, but it’s tough to go wrong with this place. The girls here in the D.F are pretty, friendly and, most importantly, liberal. I have nothing negative to say about this bar except for the fact that it is now overrun with gringos. Word is out.

One gripe I have in Mexico City is the lack of reggaeton clubs. Give me some of that perrea!

 

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COST OF LIVING IN MEXICO CITY

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You will need a minimum of $1416 USD/month to live in Mexico City

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IS MEXICO CITY SAFE?

You can’t generalize in Mexico City. Some areas in Condesa, Roma, Coyoacan and Polanco are entirely safe at all hours. But walk into Tepito or Guerrero alone at 2 am with an expensive watch and a designer shirt and you might not walk out.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Mexico City is a fascinating place. But as a first time visitor, you must only focus on one district (max two) or else you will think it’s nothing more than a bafflingly chaotic mess. Find a decent apartment, visit the bars in your area to see what fits your personality best.

Overall Rating: 9/10

 

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