Mexico City and Oaxaca Recommendations

I’m participating in the Hay Festival Querétaro 2023 and I have two events, during which I will present my book, The Rooster House, and talk about Ukraine:
Victoria Belim in conversation with Eduardo de la Garma de la Rosa and Alejandra Martínez Quesada
Thursday 7 September 2023, 12pm
Venue: Tec de Monterrey, Punto Blanco

Victoria Belim in conversation with Yael Weiss
Friday, September 8, 2023, 10:30 a.m.
Venue: City Theatre

I hope to meet some of you there. You can see the full program at the Hay Festival Querétaro website.

On this note, if you have recommendations for what to see and do in Mexico City and Oaxaca, I would be grateful. My readers make the most wonderful suggestions and I learn a lot from you.

Image: Frida Kahlo, Roots.



  • neisha: Mexico city is a feast for the senses and I long to visit Oaxaca one day. Old world Mexican breakfast at El Cardinal in Centro, Michelin starred delicacies at Pujol, Contramar and others. One of our favorite meals was at Rosetta, chef Elena is a genius. And the street food is not to be missed, I still dream about Rico’s tacos with their famous green chorizo. The history of the area is long and rich and goes back a millennium. Take the trip to Teotchitlan to see the pyramids. Also visit the Museo de Anthropologia. Then there is the art, the Ministeria de Educacion in Centro is filled inside, floor to ceiling in every nook and cranny with the art of Diego Rivera, celebrating indigenous people and culture, and revolution. Freida Kahlo’s home and neighborhood are a delight. You will feel as though you are just scratching the surface of this largest and oldest city in the Americas and will want to rerun as soon as possible! Enjoy! September 8, 2023 at 10:52am Reply

  • la_ninon: How wonderful, Victoria! I haven’t been to Mexico City yet, sadly, but would love to hear your thoughts on Xinu fragrances, if you have time to visit their boutique. September 8, 2023 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Marsi: Hope I’m not too late with a few recommendations for Mexico City. For me, the top 3 are the Museo Soumaya, which has a massive collection of Rodin sculptures on the top floor under a skylight (very beautiful building and an impressive art collection as well), and in Coyoacán you should see the homes of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, which are within walking distance of one another. These three museums were the highlights of my visit last year.

    I didn’t care for Pujol. (I don’t care for tasting menus without à la carte options.) The individual courses were hit or miss, either very good or nothing special. Very expensive, too, and I had a sandwich afterwards because I felt like I hadn’t eaten. September 8, 2023 at 2:41pm Reply

  • WARA: FELICITACIONES!!!! How exciting for you Victoria!!! Loved Mexico but I was last there about twelve years ago. Coqui Coqui is a fragrance house in Yucatán but I am not sure if they have stores in Mexico City or Oaxaca. The people, colors, smells, tastes, sounds of beautiful Mexico will stay with you forever🩷 September 12, 2023 at 7:42am Reply

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