9 Evening Activities in Mexico City Perfect for any Budget
Yes, you know all about the day trips and awesome parks in Mexico City, but where can you spend an evening here?? As a digital nomad, it can be really hard to find destination recommendations that aren’t aimed at traditional vacationers with all day to kill.
Luckily, I’m here to help. I spent one month living and working here, and this is my list of the top nine evening activities in Mexico City!
1. Check Out Biblioteca Vasconcelos
Time: Open until 7:30 pm
Cost: Free Entrance
This was the very first place I went in Mexico City. After seeing the amazing pictures online, I knew I had to get there.
Biblioteca Vasconcelos is perfect if you love photography, or just getting off the beaten path in a new city. Spend time admiring the views from every floor, snapping some insta worthy shots, or just sitting quietly with a book to read. The library also has gardens surrounding it that you can check out on a sunny day, and balconies on the top floor with expansive views of the city.
This is possibly the most unique building I’ve ever seen, and it felt just like stepping into a sci-fi movie one thousand years in the future. For digital nomads, Biblioteca Vasconcelos is a must see evening activity in Mexico City.
2. Visit the Basilica de Guadalupe
Time: Open until 9pm
Cost: Free Entrance
The Basilica of Guadalupe is a major Catholic site in Mexico City. Your probably weren’t expecting a church on my list of evening activities in Mexico City (lol of course you were) but if you’re at all religious or interested in history or spirituality, this is a must-see. Even if you’re a firm atheist, it’s still an interesting stop just for the sheer importance of the site to the Catholic community.
What makes this church so special? In 1531 the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a Mexican man, now Saint, named Juan Diego. The four apparitions occurred on a hill near this spot, and the Basilica was built as a shrine to commemorate it. It even holds Juan Diego’s cloak, which miraculously bears the image of Mary that is now famously known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
There are now two Basilicas on the site (one old and one new), and both are currently open for exploration, prayer, and meditation.
3. Take a Cooking Class
Times: Chosen around your schedule
Cost: Around $50 to $80 usd per person
If you have room in the budget, this is a delicious and educational way to spend an evening in Mexico City. I mean, we all know Mexican food is one of the best cuisines in the world, so what better way to enjoy it than by learning all the techniques you need to make it at home? While researching it for my to do list, I found a few different class options you can check out here and here.
4. Take in the View at Torre Latinoamericana
Time: Open until 10pm
Cost: ~100 pesos per person
This famed tower was once the tallest in Mexico City, and is one of the most beautiful evening activities in Mexico City. Come for dinner, drinks, or just the view. You can buy tickets in the lobby for 90 pesos to head to the observation deck, or you can go to the restaurant, one floor lower, for free.
If you don’t want a whole dinner, you can just get a beer and still hang out at the bar for a bit and snap a few photos of the view. Just make sure you go on a day without smog!
5. Try Craft Beer at a Local Brewery
How convenient, I have a guide right here that doesn’t just list the best breweries in Mexico City, but ALL the breweries. It was actually pretty difficult to make because the craft beer scene in Mexico City is up and coming, and there’s not a lot of info from the breweries online yet.
My favorite brewery on the list is HOP 2, but I really enjoyed our visit to La Graciela and The Tasting Room as well. There are a bunch of breweries spread out across the city, so head out for your thirsty Thursday and try some beers you won’t be able to get anywhere else.
6. Wander the Quaint Neighborhood of Coyoacan
Time: Always Open
This neighborhood is so cute, and great to explore day or night. Some people actually think it’s more lively in the evenings, and I have to agree.
Daniel and I went around 4:30pm and spent a few hours here. There is a large market, two beautiful squares, an ornate church, tons of hip bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops, and side streets lined with brightly painted houses and green leafy trees.
If you go, I recommend checking out Los Mercaderes Coyoacan for beautiful bottles of mezcal or tequila, grabbing a beer at the cool La Calaca Bar, and walking through the large Viveros de Coyoacan park.
7. Go to a Mexican Wrestling Match
Time: 7:30pm on weekdays, 8:30pm for the Friday matches
Cost: Tickets range from 100 to 420 pesos per person
Yes! Lucha Libre, or Mexican wrestling, is such an big part of Mexico’s culture in the city. There are matches every Friday, and you can buy tickets directly at the box office before they start. However, if you can’t make a Friday show or want to see more than one, there are sometimes fights during the week as well.
I definitely can’t guarantee it, but check out this calendar of events on Ticketmaster to see if any are coming up. If you can, choose one at Arena Mexico which is the main stage.
Daniel and I went to a Friday match and had soooo much fun. Even if you’re totally not into wrestling and don’t speak Spanish (check and check) the wild atmosphere and sheer absurdity of the event will get yelling and cheering along with everyone else.
8. Cheer on Club America at a Soccer Game
Time: Weekday matches start around 8:45pm
Cost: Tickets range from 150 to 1,000 pesos
Like the Lucha Libre events, these are totally dependent on schedule. Don’t look too far in advance though. Daniel and I checked the schedule a month before we arrived in Mexico City, and saw nothing listed. A few weeks later when we arrived, there were two games added in during our stay. They play at the famous Estadio Azteca, which is the biggest stadium in the country.
Unless it’s a really big match you can buy your tickets right at the stadium and have fun cheering on Club America, Mexico City’s official team. If you’re lucky enough to catch a game, it’s an awesome way to spend an evening in Mexico City!
9. See the Ballet Folklorico
Time: See the schedule here
Cost: Tickets range from around 360 to 1500 pesos
The ballet is a great evening activity in Mexico City because not only do you get to see a show, but it’s also located in the beautiful Palacio de Belles Artes. The building looks gorgeous day and night, and has a museum you can visit as well on your night out. If you want to learn more about the culture of Mexico, or just enjoy a good show, definitely try seeing the Ballet Folklorico after work.
If you’re looking for a fun evening activities in Mexico City, look no further. This list has something for every interest and every budget. If you’re a digital nomad in Mexico City and have more evening destinations to add to the list, please comment below and let me know!
All my love,
PS for more things to do in Mexico City check out the rest of my articles here!
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