Solo Travel in Mexico City: Everything You Need to Know

Solo Travel in Mexico City: Everything You Need to Know

ViaHero · April 12, 2019

If you’re traveling to Mexico City solo, you’re going to have a great time! That said, we know you have questions—so here’s everything you need to know about solo travel to Mexico City, from where to stay, to where to eat, to how to keep safe, and even what to do as a solo female traveler. And even if you have only a *solo* question after reading, feel free to send us a message!

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Getting around Mexico City solo

The two main ways of getting around Mexico City are Uber (so make sure your phone is set up for international roaming) and the Mexico City metro train.

Either option makes traveling around Mexico City super simple—Uber for obvious reasons, and the metro because it has cars designated for women and children only (which can be an excellent option if you’re a woman traveling alone). We’ll get into tips for female solo travelers in just a few.

Eating solo in Mexico City

One of the most intimidating activities while traveling alone can be finding a place to eat. But it can also be a great opportunity to enjoy delicious food (without having to share), to reflect on your day, and work on the next great American novel. If you’re wondering where to eat in Mexico City, we’ve definitely got suggestions, especially for solo travelers.

  • Try the street food: An excellent and easy option for dining solo is to hit up Mexico City’s street food scene (though really, this is a good suggestion no matter the size of your party). You’ll find street food all over Mexico City, so be sure to try some of the classics—tacos al pastor, tamales, and tlacoyos. Yum.
  • Check out some of the best solo dining options: There are tons of lists online that discuss the innumerable Mexico City restaurants that are good for solo dining. But frankly, asking a Mexico City local about where to dine alone is the way to go—they’ll know best.
  • Treat yo self: Reservations are often easiest when you only need a table for one. So why not check out some of the world’s best restaurants? Two of them, Pujol and Quintonil, are in Mexico City’s posh Polanco neighborhood.

Pro tip: No matter where you go, be sure you brush up on Mexico City’s tipping etiquette! And definitely buy lots of water bottles. Getting sick in Mexico City sucks, but getting sick while traveling alone is a whole other level of ugh.

Solo female travel is something to consider during Mexico City solo travelThe best places to stay for solo travelers

No matter what your budget, Mexico City offers some excellent choices for where to stay. First step: narrow down which of Mexico City’s amazing neighborhoods you want to call home for a bit. Roma and Condesa are among the top choices—well-traveled and central, they offer a safe and vibrant atmosphere for solo travelers.

Next, figure out what kind of place you want to stay at—hostel, hotel, or Airbnb? All three options are solid. If picking a hostel, just be sure to do some research on the best hostels in Mexico City.

Hostels definitely won’t break the bank—you can find options in shared rooms for less than $10 USD per night. For hotels and Airbnb, it depends on your level of luxe (but the exchange rate is pretty excellent).

Tips for solo female travel in Mexico City

Mexico City is safe, even for women traveling alone. But since the world is annoying and people can be horrid, educate yourself on how to stay safe as a solo female traveler (a lot of these tips apply, well, everywhere). We’ve got you, girl.

  • Be conservative with clothes: Although it’s BS that this is a thing (you should be able to wear whatever you want whenever you want), it’s still a good idea to err on the conservative side when it comes to clothes—skirts, long pants, etc. Shorts really aren’t a thing in Mexico, so keep that in mind.
  • Keep an eye on drinks: This is a lesson from like, womanhood 101, but keep an eye on your drinks and don’t accept a drink from a stranger. Stranger danger is international.
  • Know some Spanish: You don’t need to know Spanish, but it certainly could come in handy, especially while navigating the city. At least learn a few key phrases in Spanish to keep in your back pocket.
  • Get a cross-body purse: One of the most common crimes in Mexico City is pickpocketing, so get a purse you can wear across your body. Or a fanny pack (fanny packs are in now!).
  • If you get catcalled, ignore it: As a woman traveling alone, you might hear a hissing noise. This is actually the Mexican equivalent of a wolf whistle. The best thing to do is to ignore it and keep walking—just like when this annoyance happens at home. Also, this makes us so furious we can’t stand it.
  • Get tips from women who live in Mexico City: Who knows best what it’s like to navigate Mexico City as a woman? Women who live there! One of the best ways to experience Mexico City in an authentic and safe way is to connect with a Mexico City local who can give you the down-low on staying safe (and where to get the best margarita in town).

The best places to visit solo

One of the best things about traveling in Mexico City alone is there’s no need to squabble over when to go where—*you* get to choose (and with so many great places to visit, that’s important).

Mexico City is full of amazing landmarks, and you can take your time admiring the iconic El Angel or checking out the Zocalo without anyone bugging you about having to move on to the next activity. Seeing the Diego Rivera murals at the Palacio Nacional or checking out the incredible art at Museo Soumaya are wonderful solo activities!

you can see Palacio de Bella Artes Nacional during your Mexico City solo travelPlaces to avoid in Mexico City while solo (or otherwise)

There are tons of great neighborhoods in Mexico City to stay in,  but also some to avoid. This applies to all travelers, but especially solo ones—skip these neighborhoods!

  • Doctores: Although Doctores borders the safer, central Roma, it should be avoided.
  • Tepito: People call Tepito Barrio Bravo because you’d have to be brave to visit. Take the hint—avoid!  
  • Iztapalapa: Used by drug traffickers, Iztapalapa should be avoided by visitors to Mexico City.
  • Ciudad Neza: Ciudad Neza may have a bright future, but for now it’s best to steer clear of this part of town.

Solo travel safety tips

Some of the most frequently asked questions about Mexico City concern safety. Well, Mexico City is a safe place to visit. It’s all about being smart—take Ubers to get home late at night, don’t go to neighborhoods with bad reputations, and don’t flash cash or valuables.

Keep these basic rules in mind and your solo trip to Mexico City will be amazing!

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Fear not, solo travelers! You’re ready to travel to Mexico City alone—and to make sure you have the most incredible, safe, and fulfilling time possible, make sure to get in touch with a local for insider tips and recommendations. It’s like having a best friend in Mexico City. Still have questions? Send us a message or check out:

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