Working Remotely and Living in Mexico City: The Remote Year Guide
Learn how Remote Year travelers bring their jobs and appetite for adventure to Mexico City. Log on in the heart of the city, and spend your after-work hours embracing Aztec culture, exploring world-class museums, eating homemade elotes, and creating lifelong friendships.
Imagine what 24 hours can look like when working remotely in Mexico City. We’re thinking morning walks through Parque Mexico in Condesa, taking your first meeting of the day from a sunlit rooftop, and sunsets spent at the Basilica de Guadalupe. Fill your days (and cups) with tajin-rimmed sodas, tacos al-pastor, colorful architecture, and memories made with friends from all over the world.
To make sure your time in Mexico City is full of memorable moments, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to living and working in the buzzing metropolis of CDMX. Whether you’re working from innovative coworking spaces during the week or spending your weekends at world-famous landmarks – our city guide crafted by Remote Year travelers has you covered.
Wake up to a new morning routine in Mexico City
Buenos dias! Rise and shine in one of Mexico City’s trendiest neighborhoods. Whether you’re living in Condesa, San Miguel, or Hipódromo, start your day by immersing yourself in CDMX’s lively energy. Before making your way to the coworking space, grab a horchata coffee, indulge in a freshly baked churro, or take a walk through Chapultepec Park - the largest urban park in Latin America.
“A walk around the leafy maze of Parque Mexico will certainly make you smile. Whether it's the different dance troops practicing their routines, dog owners training their puppies, or bringing a book to read in the sound garden – the park certainly packs a lot of punch.” - Daniel Smith, VP of Experience Delivery, Remote Year
“My morning routine is to stop by Boicot Cafe and grab a Rufus Thomas to-go (cold brew with horchata), then I make my way through the beautiful streets of Condesa on my walk to the office.” - Joshua Andrews, Program Director, Remote Year
Log on in Mexico City, one of the most innovative cities in the world
Mexico City has always been a paradise for remote workers. It even inspired Jack Kerouac to write a bestseller and Frida Khalo to paint her masterpieces; the colorful and vibrant cobblestone streets of Mexico City are nothing short of a creative’s oasis. Whether you’re logging on in Remote Year’s brightly colored coworking space, a neighboring hotel lounge, or an intimate cafe with reliable wifi – transform the way you work in this hub of culture and innovation.
“I love working remotely from Juarez and Roma Norte. There are so many concept spaces, beautiful restaurants, and cafes in these neighborhoods that have wifi suitable for remote working. I love working from Bazaar Fusion and getting some shopping done in between tasks. If you're looking to work on a rooftop, Hotel Condesa DF happily accommodates.” - Alicia Briggs, 12-Month Program, World.
“Condesa is a favorite of mine. A255 is a fabulous workspace with a lovely rooftop. If I'm looking for cafe work, it doesn't get any better than El Pendulo.” - Krystal Pino, 12-Month Program, World.
Mexico City, where you’ll want a second lunch
Power through your morning to-do list knowing some of the world’s best cuisine is right outside your door. Say goodbye to bagged lunches, and stroll past the many street-cart vendors selling street corn or barbacoa. Head to a local cafe and enjoy a traditional bowl of chicken tortilla soup and a plate of chilaquiles. Steps away from Remote Year’s coworking space you’ll find dozens of delicious restaurants that make for a great lunch spot – and a change of scenery.
“Chilaquiles from Chilakillers are the best!” - Paco Santillan, Remote Year City Coordinator
“Try El Pescadito for Fish Tacos or Balboa for Agua Fresca.” - Casey Lawrence, Remote Year’s Digital Territory Account Manager
“I can’t stop thinking about the Peking duck tacos from El Auténtico Pato Manila. Additionally, La Docena is a great Oyster Bar in the middle of Roma Norte. You must try the oyster shots or the flamed oyster with cheese when you go there.” - Gert Ebner, Programs Manager, Remote Year
After-work hours look better in Mexico City
Home to one of the world’s top 10 restaurants - Pujol, a celebrated music scene, and lively entertainment, your evenings in Mexico City can look different every night. Join new friends at a Lucha Libre performance wrestling match or test your culinary skills with an impromptu Mexican-inspired cooking class. Mexico City has a creative hobby for everyone.
“I enjoyed all the museums around the Chapultepec area: Museo de Antropologia, Rufino Tamayo, and the Soumaya in Polanco. When it comes to architecture the city has a lot to offer as well, the historical center, Ángel de la Independencia, Bellas Artes, and Castillo de Chapultepec are all a must!” - Omar Hernandez, City Manager, Remote Year.
“After work visit MAIA contemporary gallery or proyecto Publico Prim (an amazing space that hosts events). Try eating at Taverna, a restaurant next to Prim that is delicious and has an interesting architecture. See Kurimanzutto gallery and take an Instagram photo at Casa Gilardi.” - Charlotte Terrien, Head of Learn and Travel, Remote Year
Weekends in Mexico City are made for adventure
Spend your weekends soaring above temples in a hot air balloon or walking through Mexico City’s famous farmer’s markets. Visit the Palacio de Bellas Artes Museum, or head over to Tolantongo Hot Springs for a relaxing soak after a long work week. Embrace new opportunities and experiences every weekend you’re in CDMX – with thousands of things to do and sights to see, this city truly has it all!
“Embracing different experiences and interactions helped shift my perspective. Being able to do things that have been on my wish list for a while - like learning a new language and dancing salsa!” - Femi Luwa, 4-Month Program, Latin America
“My favorite weekend away was the day trip to Tolantongo. The hot pools, the warm waterfalls, and chilling (with new friends) on the river was amazing!” - Gert Ebner, Programs Manager, Remote Year
Give back while living in Mexico City
Whether we’re spending time at the local orphanage Casa Frida, or participating in a fundraiser to help CDMX water supply, at Remote Year we know that part of truly immersing yourself in a new city is learning how to give back to the neighborhoods and locals that have hosted your stay. With over 8.8 million people, Mexico City has so many wonderful opportunities and outlets where you can give back to the community.
“We supported a local puppy shelter by walking dogs and providing financial support. Remote Year participated in a Drag Show event to help raise funds for a local LGBTQ shelter, as well as fundraising for an NGO that helps with the shortage of drinking water for parts of the city.” - Joshua Andrews, Program Director, Remote Year
“Helping at Shelter Casa Frida, and the orphanage Ministerios de Amor, were some of our favorite positive impact experiences on Remote Year.” - Omar Hernandez, City Manager, Remote Year
Ready to join Remote Year for a 1-month Trip to Mexico City? In CDMX you’ll embrace a new culture, meet new friends, and spend 30 days uncovering unlimited opportunities in the heart of Mexico’s capital.