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3 Things Only Locals Know About in CDMX

As a local tour guide from Mexico City, I have accumulated a few facts that most visitors are always surprised about when they visit. In this article, we'll explore 3 facts that only locals know about Mexico City.

1. CDMX Comfort Breakfast - Torta de Chilaquiles Verdes

When it comes to breakfast in Mexico City, there are plenty of options to choose

from, but one comfort food that stands out is the Torta de Chilaquiles Verdes. This delicious sandwich is a filling and flavorful way to start the day and is a staple

of many local cafes and street vendors.

Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican breakfast dish made from tortilla chips simmered in spicy salsa and topped with queso fresco, sour cream, and other garnishes. To make the Torta de Chilaquiles Verdes, this chilaquiles are stuffed into a soft bolillo (a type of bread) along with other ingredients like refried beans, avocado, and grilled or shredded chicken. Since it’s specific to Mexico City, it’s a must-try when you visit!

2. The City-Wide Known Chant

If you’re visiting CDMX, you will most likely hear a chant around the city. No, it is not related to anything political. It’s actually a call to buy second-hand home appliances like refrigerators or microwaves. Now when you hear, “Se compran, colchones, tambores, refrigeradores, estufas, lavadoras, microondas, o algo de fierro viejo, que vendan!” you will be able to sing along! For reference, this translates to, “We buy mattresses, box springs, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, microwaves, or old iron things, whatever you’re selling!”. While it may not seem like much, it’s something that every person will recognize and remind them of home.

3. Meaning of September 19th

September 19th is a day that holds deep significance for the people of Mexico City. It is a day that is remembered with fear and anxiety, as it marks the anniversary of two devastating earthquakes that struck the city, one in 1985 and another in 2017 that surprisingly happened the exact same day. However, it is also a day to remember the resilience and solidarity of the people of Mexico City and to honor those who lost their lives. It is a day to come together, support each other, and to continue to rebuild and strengthen the city. It is common to have evacuation trails, and the alarms all over the city will set off, just beware – it’s not an actual earthquake!

Want to Learn More?

Now that you have extra insight from a local, it’s time to make your list of what you want to do and see while there. Download our app, Locals Insight, to find all of the cool local spots from locals like Daniel. It enables users to discover new unique experiences at home and abroad to make lifelong memories. Download it now! (Available on iOS).

If you want to see Daniel’s specific recommendations, find his profile in the Locals Insight app by searching “Bar Oriente”. There’s your first rec right there!

If you want to explore, check out our other resources on Mexico City to learn more!


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