Bienvenido to Mexico City, Mexico's energetic and tireless heart! Over the centuries, Mexico city has been the capital of the Aztec Empire, New Spain, and, finally, Mexico. Now it’s a thriving metropolis with almost 22 million inhabitants in the metro area, making it one of the largest cities in the world. It’s a cultural melting pot filled with places to see, things to experience, and foods to try.
If you love buzzing cities full of energy, life, and people, Mexico City is a great place for you to be. As one of the most productive and richest urban areas in the world, this city has a strong job market, so you don’t have to worry about finding a new job if you decide to move here. It is also brimming with history and culture, and the whole life would not be enough to enjoy everything CDMX has to offer. If you come from the US or Europe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the prices for rent in Mexico City, even though it’s one of the most expensive places to live in the country. And, you don’t have to worry about spending money on tables and couches — most rentals in Mexico City come furnished. There are many housing options to choose from, with the most popular being condominios (or, simply, condos), which you can find in every neighborhood across the town. It’s also fairly easy to find single-family houses for rent in CDMX, both recently constructed and those villas with a longer history. Finally, if you’re coming here to study, you can expect to find plenty of rooms, so the housing costs here wouldn’t hit your wallet too hard. Overall, the real estate market in the city tries to keep pace with the demand of millions of residents, so there are properties for rent in Mexico City to suit all tastes and pockets.
You can’t talk about Mexico without mentioning its incredible food. And as the capital, Mexico City is a mecca for any foodie, from its street foods to posh restaurants. Some places keep old traditions, serving customers for over 100 years, while new places pop up every day, coming up with interesting flavors and innovative approaches. But street food in all its forms is the real gastronomy superstar of CDMX. Coming here, you simply must try real tacos, tlacoyos, chicharrónes, esquites, and barbacoa. Keep an open mind and remember, even though the Michelin guide does not cover Mexico, you might discover one of the best meals of your life in a little stall on the corner.
Living (and renting) in Mexico City, you definitely have to learn some of its history to understand more of its culture and heritage. The city Mexico-Tenochtitlan was founded in the 14th century and became the capital of the Aztec Empire. The borders of Tenochtitlan match the historic center of contemporary Mexico City. In 1521, the city was captured by Spaniards and still remained a capital, but this time of the colonial Kingdom of New Spain. Mexico City is filled with museums and historical sights representing those earlier eras and more recent important periods in the city’s evolution. Some of them include Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Chapultepec Castle, Templo Mayor Museum, and Historic Center.
Being in such a big city, you want to make sure it will be easy getting around. Mexico City has many options for the locals and tourists, such as metro, buses, minibusses (micros), trolleybuses, and more. Metro here can get you to almost every part of the city thanks to 12 lines, and it services around 5 million people a day. Finally, there are city bikes and scooters you can rent via a couple of apps. However, you might have to prepare to spend some time commuting, as it’s extremely difficult to find an apartment for rent in Mexico City close to work. Four central districts provide 53% of jobs but offer only 19% of housing in the city.