FREE Mexico City 4-day Itinerary
Short on time, and want to make the most of your time in Mexico City? Then this itinerary is perfect for you! Mexico City is an incredible place full of yummy food and amazing art! We visited Mexico City in April 2024
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Where to Stay

POLANCO - This is an upscale neighborhood with nice restaurants and shops.

Hyatt Regency Mexico City
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Luxury hotel. This is where we stayed. It's a lovely hotel. Clean and comfortable
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Dominion Polanco
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Midrange hotel
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Residencia Polanco
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Budget hotel
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CONDESA/ROMA NORTE - These two neighborhoods have a hipster vibe with tons of food options (including food markets), art galleries, and nightlife

Nima Local House Hotel & Spa
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Luxury hotel
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Hotel Parque España
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Midrange hotel
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Hotel Marbella
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Budget hotel
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CENTRO HISTORICO - This area is central to many attractions in Mexico City and is full of history, but some people say it's a busy/loud area

Gran Hotel Ciudad de México
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Luxury hotel
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Hotel Histórico Central
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Midrange hotel
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Hotel Punto Mx
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Budget hotel
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Day 1

We arrived around 1 PM, so we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and went to get lunch near our hotel in Polanco

LUNCH OPTIONS 

El Bajío Polanco
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2 PM - We ate here for lunch. No reservations were needed. Got the beef tongue, octopus tostadas, and the lamb and pork tacos. Highly recommend the octopus tostadas (large and tender octopus pieces) and the lamb tacos. The beef tongue was also soft and interesting to try
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Comedor Jacinta
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AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES 

Xochimilco Embarcaderos
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4 PM - Xochimilco is known for the brightly painted Trajinera boat tours, where you can have a fiesta with live music, food, and drinks as you float along the canals. You don't need advanced reservations for the boats, but make sure you only pay the price of the boat, NOT for each person. Typical cost is around $20-25 per hour for the whole boat, and you can negotiate. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy on the boat if you don't want to pay the higher prices on site. There are different tours available. We did the 1-hour basic tour through the Embarcadero Las Flores Nativitas since I had reached out to them in advance to ensure they had evening boats.
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If you prefer to book a tour in advance, you can do so here:

DINNER OPTIONS IN POLANCO

Carmela y Sal
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8 PM - We ate here for dinner. They accept reservations. Some of the dishes we tried were the smoked cheese, octopus tostada, plantains, sea bass, lamb, and short ribs. Most of the dishes were tasty, but the lamb was too salty.
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Pujol
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As of 2024, Pujol is ranked 13th on the World's 50 Best Restaurants. You need to make reservations many months in advance
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Quintonil
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As of 2024, Quintonil is ranked 9th on the World's 50 Best Restaurants. You need to make reservations months in advance
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Day 2

We did a full-day Tolantongo Tour. The tour included time in the thermal pools, the caves, and the river. Some items to pack include a swimsuit, change of clothes, towel, water, snacks, sandals, watershoes, and cash. Our tour included a towel, and they also stopped by a store so you can purchase watershoes

The tour started at 5:45 AM. The tour we booked didn't include the breakfast buffet or lunch, so we paid separately for food.  The lunch spot only accepted cash.

The Tolantongo excursion was a very unique experience. The thermal pools were beautiful and relaxing. My favorite part was the cave area. We got to see bats inside, and the waterfall in this area was breathtaking. The drive to Tolantonga is very long (4 hours one way) and can be longer with traffic, so be prepared.

Another option:

DINNER OPTIONS IN ROMA NORTE

Cuerno Masaryk
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10:30 PM - We arrived back to Mexico City very late after the Tolantongo excursion due to traffic, so we decided to eat near our hotel. This place is a fine dining grill cuisine experience with top notch service. The taco richi (steak with cheese) and the aguachile de camaron (shrimp aguachile) were so good! I wouldn't recommend the tacos de fideos (they're basically noodles and chicharron in a taco, so it's a carb overload).
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Mercado Roma
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This is an up-scale food hall
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Taquería Orinoco
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There are other locations besides Roma Norte, including one in Zona Rosa and one in Polanco. I read that lines can be super long. My friend said it wasn't worth it, but I didn't get to see for myself this trip
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CHICOJULIO fishtacos&chips
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If you want fish tacos!
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Day 3

We decided to visit the musuems on Sundays, as admission for some of the museums were free 

BREAKFAST

Amado
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8 AM - Can get a quick breakfast in this pastry shop located in the Hyatt Regency
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MORNING ACTIVITIES

Museo Nacional de Antropología
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9 AM - Piedra del Sol is the most famous thing to see here. It is a gladiatorial sacrificial altar.
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Museo de Arte Moderno
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10:30 AM - The most famous artwork here is the Two Fridas. Entry is free on Sundays for all
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Chapultepec Castle
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11:30 AM - This castle is beautiful to walk around, especially the garden area. You can walk inside around the rooms to see the different exhibits
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LUNCH OPTIONS

El Cardenal
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1:30 PM - There are 2 locations. We made a reservation for the one located inside the Hilton. The food was so good here! We got the tuna ceviche, sea bass, chicken mole verde, and the lamb barbacoa. The lamb barbacoa is a must-try! I didn't like the queso tapado (huge block of cheese covered with veggies).
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Los Cocuyos
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This is a a popular taco spot with a variety of meat options (including organ meats)
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AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Palacio de Bellas Artes
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2:30 PM - This was my favorite museum of the ones we visited in Mexico City. It was free on Sunday. The temporary exhibit with structures made of food was so cool
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Palacio Postal
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3:30 PM - Closed on Sundays so you may want to come back here on a different day if you want to go inside
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The House of Tiles
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4 PM - Quick visit to see the cool exterior
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Templo Mayor de México-Tenochtitlan
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4:30 PM - This is a museum that features a variety of archaeological pieces. Closes at 5 PM. Not open on Mon.
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Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
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5:30 PM - When we visited on Sunday, the cathedral closed at 6 PM. You may only have time to see Templo Mayor or the cathedral. We only saw the cathedral
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DINNER

Contramar
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7 PM - We made reservations for dinner. Tried the ceviche contramar (sole fish) and the whole grilled fish with half red adobo rub and half parsley rub). The ceviche was tasty, and the fish was quite soft. I personally didn’t like the red adobo rub too much since it was a little spicy for me. The parsley rub was delicious, although a little on the salty side
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Day 4

If you have a full day, you can book a Teotihuacan tour: 

Our flight was at 7 PM, so we only were able to do a half day in Teotihuacan. You can either take the public transportation or Uber. We used Uber to save time

MORNING ACTIVITIES

San Juan Teotihuacán
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9 PM - Make sure to bring hat and sunscreen, as it gets hot with no shade! Make sure to check out the popular sights: Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, Temple of Quetzalcoatl
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LUNCH

La Gruta
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12 PM - We made a reservation. Highly recommend this spot for a unique dining experience in a grotto. Apparently, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera had been here. I got the pork belly with macnhamanteles mole (tender meat and flavorful mole) and the chocolate cake with amaranth flour with hibiscus and guava ice cream (the cake was warm and not too sweet).
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AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
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2:30 PM - This Catholic church is one of the most visited sanctuaries in the world. They offer guided tours
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Museo Soumaya
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4:30 PM - Free admission. Features art from Mexico and Europe
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DINNER OPTIONS IN POLANCO 

El Turix
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Taco restaurant
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Mandolina Polanco
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This restaurant serves Italian dishes if you want a break from Mexican food
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Thank you for reading! Follow @Jenuine_reviews on Instagram for more food and travel inspirations! Feel free to message me on Instagram or email me at Jenuine_reviews@yahoo.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions! 

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FREE Mexico City 4-day Itinerary
Short on time, and want to make the most of your time in Mexico City? Then this itinerary is perfect for you! Mexico City is an incredible place full of yummy food and amazing art! We visited Mexico City in April 2024
37 Places • ago
Free

Where to Stay

POLANCO - This is an upscale neighborhood with nice restaurants and shops.

Hyatt Regency Mexico City
@jenuine_reviews
Luxury hotel. This is where we stayed. It's a lovely hotel. Clean and comfortable
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Details
Dominion Polanco
@jenuine_reviews
Midrange hotel
Add to
Details
Residencia Polanco
@jenuine_reviews
Budget hotel
Add to
Details

CONDESA/ROMA NORTE - These two neighborhoods have a hipster vibe with tons of food options (including food markets), art galleries, and nightlife

Nima Local House Hotel & Spa
@jenuine_reviews
Luxury hotel
Add to
Details
Hotel Parque España
@jenuine_reviews
Midrange hotel
Add to
Details
Hotel Marbella
@jenuine_reviews
Budget hotel
Add to
Details

CENTRO HISTORICO - This area is central to many attractions in Mexico City and is full of history, but some people say it's a busy/loud area

Gran Hotel Ciudad de México
@jenuine_reviews
Luxury hotel
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Hotel Histórico Central
@jenuine_reviews
Midrange hotel
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Details
Hotel Punto Mx
@jenuine_reviews
Budget hotel
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Details

Day 1

We arrived around 1 PM, so we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and went to get lunch near our hotel in Polanco

LUNCH OPTIONS 

El Bajío Polanco
@jenuine_reviews
2 PM - We ate here for lunch. No reservations were needed. Got the beef tongue, octopus tostadas, and the lamb and pork tacos. Highly recommend the octopus tostadas (large and tender octopus pieces) and the lamb tacos. The beef tongue was also soft and interesting to try
Add to
Details
Comedor Jacinta
@jenuine_reviews
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Details

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES 

Xochimilco Embarcaderos
@jenuine_reviews
4 PM - Xochimilco is known for the brightly painted Trajinera boat tours, where you can have a fiesta with live music, food, and drinks as you float along the canals. You don't need advanced reservations for the boats, but make sure you only pay the price of the boat, NOT for each person. Typical cost is around $20-25 per hour for the whole boat, and you can negotiate. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to enjoy on the boat if you don't want to pay the higher prices on site. There are different tours available. We did the 1-hour basic tour through the Embarcadero Las Flores Nativitas since I had reached out to them in advance to ensure they had evening boats.
Add to
Details

If you prefer to book a tour in advance, you can do so here:

DINNER OPTIONS IN POLANCO

Carmela y Sal
@jenuine_reviews
8 PM - We ate here for dinner. They accept reservations. Some of the dishes we tried were the smoked cheese, octopus tostada, plantains, sea bass, lamb, and short ribs. Most of the dishes were tasty, but the lamb was too salty.
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Details
Pujol
@jenuine_reviews
As of 2024, Pujol is ranked 13th on the World's 50 Best Restaurants. You need to make reservations many months in advance
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Details
Quintonil
@jenuine_reviews
As of 2024, Quintonil is ranked 9th on the World's 50 Best Restaurants. You need to make reservations months in advance
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Details

Day 2

We did a full-day Tolantongo Tour. The tour included time in the thermal pools, the caves, and the river. Some items to pack include a swimsuit, change of clothes, towel, water, snacks, sandals, watershoes, and cash. Our tour included a towel, and they also stopped by a store so you can purchase watershoes

The tour started at 5:45 AM. The tour we booked didn't include the breakfast buffet or lunch, so we paid separately for food.  The lunch spot only accepted cash.

The Tolantongo excursion was a very unique experience. The thermal pools were beautiful and relaxing. My favorite part was the cave area. We got to see bats inside, and the waterfall in this area was breathtaking. The drive to Tolantonga is very long (4 hours one way) and can be longer with traffic, so be prepared.

Another option:

DINNER OPTIONS IN ROMA NORTE

Cuerno Masaryk
@jenuine_reviews
10:30 PM - We arrived back to Mexico City very late after the Tolantongo excursion due to traffic, so we decided to eat near our hotel. This place is a fine dining grill cuisine experience with top notch service. The taco richi (steak with cheese) and the aguachile de camaron (shrimp aguachile) were so good! I wouldn't recommend the tacos de fideos (they're basically noodles and chicharron in a taco, so it's a carb overload).
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Details
Mercado Roma
@jenuine_reviews
This is an up-scale food hall
Add to
Details
Taquería Orinoco
@jenuine_reviews
There are other locations besides Roma Norte, including one in Zona Rosa and one in Polanco. I read that lines can be super long. My friend said it wasn't worth it, but I didn't get to see for myself this trip
Add to
Details
CHICOJULIO fishtacos&chips
@jenuine_reviews
If you want fish tacos!
Add to
Details

Day 3

We decided to visit the musuems on Sundays, as admission for some of the museums were free 

BREAKFAST

Amado
@jenuine_reviews
8 AM - Can get a quick breakfast in this pastry shop located in the Hyatt Regency
Add to
Details

MORNING ACTIVITIES

Museo Nacional de Antropología
@jenuine_reviews
9 AM - Piedra del Sol is the most famous thing to see here. It is a gladiatorial sacrificial altar.
Add to
Details
Museo de Arte Moderno
@jenuine_reviews
10:30 AM - The most famous artwork here is the Two Fridas. Entry is free on Sundays for all
Add to
Details
Chapultepec Castle
@jenuine_reviews
11:30 AM - This castle is beautiful to walk around, especially the garden area. You can walk inside around the rooms to see the different exhibits
Add to
Details

LUNCH OPTIONS

El Cardenal
@jenuine_reviews
1:30 PM - There are 2 locations. We made a reservation for the one located inside the Hilton. The food was so good here! We got the tuna ceviche, sea bass, chicken mole verde, and the lamb barbacoa. The lamb barbacoa is a must-try! I didn't like the queso tapado (huge block of cheese covered with veggies).
Add to
Details
Los Cocuyos
@jenuine_reviews
This is a a popular taco spot with a variety of meat options (including organ meats)
Add to
Details

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Palacio de Bellas Artes
@jenuine_reviews
2:30 PM - This was my favorite museum of the ones we visited in Mexico City. It was free on Sunday. The temporary exhibit with structures made of food was so cool
Add to
Details
Palacio Postal
@jenuine_reviews
3:30 PM - Closed on Sundays so you may want to come back here on a different day if you want to go inside
Add to
Details
The House of Tiles
@jenuine_reviews
4 PM - Quick visit to see the cool exterior
Add to
Details
Templo Mayor de México-Tenochtitlan
@jenuine_reviews
4:30 PM - This is a museum that features a variety of archaeological pieces. Closes at 5 PM. Not open on Mon.
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Details
Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral
@jenuine_reviews
5:30 PM - When we visited on Sunday, the cathedral closed at 6 PM. You may only have time to see Templo Mayor or the cathedral. We only saw the cathedral
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DINNER

Contramar
@jenuine_reviews
7 PM - We made reservations for dinner. Tried the ceviche contramar (sole fish) and the whole grilled fish with half red adobo rub and half parsley rub). The ceviche was tasty, and the fish was quite soft. I personally didn’t like the red adobo rub too much since it was a little spicy for me. The parsley rub was delicious, although a little on the salty side
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Details

Day 4

If you have a full day, you can book a Teotihuacan tour: 

Our flight was at 7 PM, so we only were able to do a half day in Teotihuacan. You can either take the public transportation or Uber. We used Uber to save time

MORNING ACTIVITIES

San Juan Teotihuacán
@jenuine_reviews
9 PM - Make sure to bring hat and sunscreen, as it gets hot with no shade! Make sure to check out the popular sights: Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon, Temple of Quetzalcoatl
Add to
Details

LUNCH

La Gruta
@jenuine_reviews
12 PM - We made a reservation. Highly recommend this spot for a unique dining experience in a grotto. Apparently, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera had been here. I got the pork belly with macnhamanteles mole (tender meat and flavorful mole) and the chocolate cake with amaranth flour with hibiscus and guava ice cream (the cake was warm and not too sweet).
Add to
Details

AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
@jenuine_reviews
2:30 PM - This Catholic church is one of the most visited sanctuaries in the world. They offer guided tours
Add to
Details
Museo Soumaya
@jenuine_reviews
4:30 PM - Free admission. Features art from Mexico and Europe
Add to
Details

DINNER OPTIONS IN POLANCO 

El Turix
@jenuine_reviews
Taco restaurant
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Details
Mandolina Polanco
@jenuine_reviews
This restaurant serves Italian dishes if you want a break from Mexican food
Add to
Details

Thank you for reading! Follow @Jenuine_reviews on Instagram for more food and travel inspirations! Feel free to message me on Instagram or email me at Jenuine_reviews@yahoo.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions! 

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CURATED BY
Hello! My name is Jennifer! I’m a pharmacist with a passion for traveling and trying new foods! As a busy healthcare professional, vacation time is limited, so I create jam-packed itineraries to make the most of my traveling experiences! I spend hours of research to make organized itineraries to optimize my time to see the most popular attractions in each place and to find the best food to eat! I'd love to share my experiences and tips with you! If you have any questions, you can contact me via direct message on Instagram (@jenuine_reviews) or send me an email at Jhum8@yahoo.com!
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