Solo Female Travel in Mexico City

Mexico City, the vibrant capital of Mexico, is located in the heart of the country's central highlands. This metropolis is one of the most populous city in the world and is brimming with a heady mix of tradition, modernity, culture, and history. Known for its fascinating blend of Aztec and Spanish colonial heritage, Mexico City shines through its prestigious historical sites such as the ancient ruins of Teotihuacán and the magnificent Templo Mayor. Its lively street life, rich food scene, traditional mariachi music, and iconic attractions like Palacio Nacional and Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo) also draw millions of tourists each year. Moreover, it's a cultural hub and is renowned for a myriad of museums like Soumaya Museum, Frida Kahlo Museum, and the National Museum of Anthropology. Whether you're a history buff, foodie, or culture vulture, the sweeping array of experiences in Mexico City ensures something for everyone's liking.

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Safety:Moderate

Mexico City has diverse areas, with some being quite safe while others can be less so. As a solo female traveller, it's key to stay aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Stick to well-lit, populated areas and use registered taxis or Uber for transportation. Also, avoid displaying expensive items like jewelry or high-end electronics in public, which can attract unwanted attention. Traveling by day and participating in organized tours can greatly increase safety. Local authorities are making efforts to improve safety but practicing personal caution is a must.

Transport:Moderate

Mexico City, while vast and spread out, is generally navigable. With a well-lit and clearly signposted public transportation network, getting around isn't daunting. However, language barriers and heavy traffic may occasionally pose difficulties. Also, it is crucial to stay alert and cautious, particularly at night.

Things to do:Fascinating

Mexico City is a feast for the senses with its captivating blend of history, culture, and modern vivacity. Explore stunning architecture that spans from ancient Aztec ruins to Spanish colonial buildings, up to sleek contemporary designs. Renowned museums hold vast art collections as well as anthropological treasures. Dive into neighborhoods filled with lively markets, trendy boutiques, and a wide array of restaurants showcasing rich Mexican cuisine. You'll also find verdant parks and urban green spaces for a touch of tranquility amidst the bustling city energy. And don't let's forget the warm, welcoming nature of the local people.

Food:Excellent

The culinary scene in Mexico City is incredibly varied and exciting. From street food stands serving traditional tacos, to fine dining experiences offering innovative fusion cuisine, there's something for everyone. Every region of Mexico is represented in the city's food, so you can discover a wide range of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques. Vegetarians, vegans, and those with dietary restrictions will be able to find plenty of delicious options as well. The price range is very broad, making it possible to enjoy great meals regardless of budget.

Budget:Affordable

Mexico City offers an enjoyable experience at a cost that's relatively low compared to many other large cities. Notably, public transportation, local food, and accommodations can be surprisingly affordable. Markets and street food offer tasty meals at low prices. Public museums often have no entry price. However, prices can vary, and luxury experiences will cost more.

Is Mexico City worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 46 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.9/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.8/5

Budget-friendly

4.1/5
AJ

AJ

United States

Solo travel experience

I decided to ring in 2024 with an impromptu trip to Mexico City, that included 22 hour layovers in Guatemala on the way in and out. So basically I got 3 trips in one! I stayed at El Barrio Central which is conveniently located in the historic center. My hostel mates were awesome, and we actually did a bunch of fun & group activities (Museum of Archaeology, Karaoke, free walking tours of different neighborhoods). The hostel hostel several daily activities for guests to gather and get too know each other. There were a couple days I decided to venture out on my own and I felt completely safe at all times. Mexico City is very inexpensive, especially coming from the U.S. There were plenty of food options. I ate at Cocuyos multiple times during my stay as it was right next door to my hostel and open until 5am. There was also a fantastic torta stand there next block over with the cheapest and fattest tortas I came across while there. I explored mostly on foot, but public transit was convenient. An Uber ride from the airport (40 min) was only about $11 (USD).

Posted: March 11, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Couple travel experience

• for the most part, I felt very safe. We stayed in the Roma norte area which is the “hipster” area of Mexico City. Very cute neighborhood and very walkable • definitely visit all the cathedrals in the area, the biblioteca with the floating bookshelves, the fortress/castle on the hill… and all of the parks! The greenery is so so beautiful.

Posted: March 6, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Jay (40)

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

I loved the friendly, chaotic vibe of Mexico City, people are busy but incredibly laid-back. There was a real sense of warmth and hospitality from people, I walked around alone at night and never felt in danger or encountered any problems. I very rarely use taxis despite having a knee injury but I found myself using them often here because they are so cheap and it felt like a good opportunity to practice my Spanish with the driver. It took me a little while to get used to the traffic, drivers typically won't stop and wait at lights. It's worth exercising caution. I did feel safer crossing the road in Mexico than in Rome though. If you're planning to travel outside the city, I recommend visiting Tolantongo. There's a collection of incredibly blue pools on the side of a cliff, handcarved by the indigenous Nahua people after they reclaimed their land. There's also a warm blue river and a bat cave! Inside the city, Chapultapec Park is really lovely, it has a castle and a free zoo, the latter is home to the axolotl museum. You can see axolotls in tanks and learn about their physiology and their history since they were discovered in the canals beneath the city. The park is huge and definitely takes more than a day to explore. It's hard to recommend food, there is street food everywhere and so many restaurants and everything I ate was delicious.

Posted: January 24, 2024Experienced: May, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

First solo trip! Had a blast. I felt safe and there were so many things to do. Also met amazing ladies at my hostel. Who were very nice, and supportive through my stay. They offered to walk with me at night if I wanted to get something. It was just surreal experience in general.

Posted: December 18, 2023Experienced: February, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Manon

Manon

France

Solo travel experience

My opinion, it was very safe during the day but I didn't go out alone in the evening, there are a lots of activities to do for free or really not expensive likes parks or museum. Hostel was pretty good, not expensive, good localisation with breakfasts including

Posted: November 8, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Mexico City is a huge international city with a ton to offer. The food is amazing, museums are great, and there are plenty of tours that can be set up by your hostel or hotel. It’s safe in certain areas but I wouldn’t walk around in many places at night. Definitely be aware of your surroundings. It was expensive.

Posted: October 24, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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I spent a month in Mexico, alone. The capital is a real jungle, so it's good to know where you can move without fear (Roma Norte, Condesa, Polanco, Coyoacán) and which places are better to avoid. I recommend using Uber, not walking alone at night, common sense, marking tourist places on your map and not walking with your phone in your hand. Mexico is a beautiful city with countless museums, exhibitions, amazing food and very friendly people. The Yucatan Peninsula is a Caribbean paradise, with lots of tourists and beautiful places - divine cenotes, great diving spots, historical ruins and wonderful restaurants.

Posted: October 7, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I loved Mexico City and felt very safe there. I spent the first part of my trip in La Condesa, and the second in Polanco. Both places were great, but I loved La Condesa more, which has much more character and amazing restaurants. I even went running there alone in the morning and it was fine.

Posted: October 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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I spent seven days and was able to successfully move here. I highly recommend visiting Teotihuacan (pyramids of the sun and moon, a full day trip), the Museo Nacional de Antropologia (an incredible history museum, with really interesting exhibits of all the different indigenous Mexican groups), Casa Azul (Frida Kahlo's house, incredible), Xochimilco (canals with floating boats). There is a lot to do in Mexico City, the Coyoacán and Condesa districts are really interesting. I don't recommend taking taxis in Mexico (use Uber) or approaching the Tepito district. Be careful with your things if you use the metro.

Posted: October 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

Mexico City was perfect for me, I walked around all day by myself, only staying in the central square close to my hotel in the evenings, but there are night markets there that are bustling and safe at least until midnight. It can be dangerous if you leave the tourist areas, but other than that, it's safe.

Posted: September 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Local tips

México city is a beautiful place but please be careful since crime rate is quite high in some places. For me the safest places are 'del valle' and some parts of 'la condesa' and 'Coyoacan' as long as you're with a group tour you'll be alright. Try to not go out very late unless you're with a group of friends

Posted: April 1, 2024
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Anaïs

Anaïs

Mexico

Mexico city is probably the safest part of Mexico for women *but* as with any other major city, you need to be cautious. I would recommend being very cautious with every man you meet, because you can never really know, and avoid the outskirts of the city as a whole unless you have some very specific activity to do there and you know with certainty that you'll be safe. Be careful with your drinks and stay alert while on Ubers. The subway and metrobus have women-only spaces, I highly recommend using them and also don't get in there on rush hour if you have any alternatives because it becomes literal hell. Public transport is good otherwise and it's very cheap, the same card (you can buy it in any station) is good for all transports and you can recharge it on the stations or with a mobile app. Do see the more touristy places (Downtown, Anthropology museum, Coyoacán, Xochimilco and the posh Roma/Condesa neighborhoods to eat good and for shopping) as they're definitely worth it! Beware of "gringo" prices though! Look for the price tags and try to avoid shopping where the prices aren't written down as they might inflate the price based on where they think you come from. Always carry between 300-800 mxn in cash. Many places still don't take cards. (Street food stands and markets for example) Leave your passport in your room, take any other ID. If you're staying for a while buy a phone chip so you can have internet everywhere, they sell them in many places and they're cheap too. Try to find a place to stay in the Roma/Condesa/San Miguel Chapultepec/Santa Maria la Ribera/Polanco/Centro área 1/ Coyoacán neighborhoods and if you want to save money don't forget to check if there's a subway station or metrobus closeby, as CDMX is not exactly a walkable city. Stay away from the Tepito area and Estado de México, especially at night, and be very alert with men and you should be fine. Oh, and if you're in a lesbian couple there shouldn't be many problems around the city either, people might stare but don't usually do anything else.

Posted: January 3, 2024
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There are several things that must be in your “to do list” when visiting Mexico City: - Eat the most delicious tostadas you would find and drink a “chocofrio” as a dessert in Coyoacan. - Visit “ Templo Mayor” and “la Catedral” - Enjoy Palacio de Bellas Artes’ view while getting a Delicious coffee or chocolate at “Porfirios” - As must seen museums you can visit: Castillo de Chapultepec, casa de Frida Kahlo, Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia and Museo de Antropología

Posted: November 23, 2023
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There are many one-day/weekend trips that you can organize from Mexico City!!! Many of them are so-called pueblo mágicos (small magical towns): Tepoztlan, Taxco, San Miguel Allende, Guanajato, Valle de Bravo, Grutas Tolontongo. Of course, you can also take a one-day trip to Teotihuacan! (Pyramids- if you have the opportunity, I recommend a balloon ride over the pyramids). Check out the tianguis (food markets), which take place every day in different parts of Mexico City - the neighborhood varies depending on the day. There are websites that provide this information!! Allocate one day to visit Castillo de Chapultapec! Try all the street tacos and my favorite drink - pulque! I also recommend staying in the Condesa/Roma area!! Near Parque México/Parque España!

Posted: November 1, 2022
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Estoy rondando por México, un país el cual soñaba conocer desde hace tiempo ✨❤️‍🩹 Es hermoso poder estar acá disfrutando de toda la belleza que ofrece su naturaleza sumando a la magia 🙏🏼🤍 Y sigo paseando así que pueden hablarme y compartimos ya sea un viaje o alguna experiencia! Soy fotógrafa y me dedico a todo tipo de fotografía, siempre estoy abierta a conocer más!

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Estoy rondando por México, un país el cual soñaba conocer desde hace tiempo ✨❤️‍🩹 Es hermoso poder estar acá disfrutando de toda la belleza que ofrece su naturaleza sumando a la magia 🙏🏼🤍 Y sigo paseando así que pueden hablarme y compartimos ya sea un viaje o alguna experiencia! Soy fotógrafa y me dedico a todo tipo de fotografía, siempre estoy abierta a conocer más!

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Hi girls! Just hanging around Mexico for a couple of weeks, and would love to meet some new people and explore together. I’m passing through Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca city and Mexico City, so hit me up if you want to meet :) whether it’s for coffee, drinks, tacos, yoga or a dive in the water, I’m in.

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