TRAVEL | THE LIDO GUIDES

Legend of Lido was inspired by the act and art of travel, so naturally we could go on and on about some of our favorite spots. But if we only had to name a few, Mexico City, Cartagena, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming would be our selects.


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WHERE TO EAT

LA VITROLA
A must-go. This place is a local institution. If you go during high season (Dec-Feb), definitely make a reservation (and maybe two...). We loved the carpaccios.

EL BOLICHE
Amazing ceviches and a great octopus dish.  Good place for a nice lunch in San Diego, a sleepier part of town. Not cheap for Colombia, but much less touristy and better quality than some of the oft-recommended ceviche restaurants.

CANDÉ
Really nice patio for nice lunch with excellent local cuisine. We got the shark with coconut rice and plantains.

CASA DE LA SOCORRO
This is in the Getsemani area outside the wall. Lots of places nearby sound similar (e.g., next door is Donde Socorro), so make sure you find the right one. We got seafood casserole, which was amazing.

DON JUAN
Upscale spot pretty much for out-of-towners, not locals.  We took a cooking class here, which wasn't cheap for Colombia but was fun.

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WHERE TO DRINK

EL BARON
Great for a drink before dinner (try the Basil leaf smash) with a few super-romantic seats outside. It's in a really cool square that looks onto a big church, which I think holds a nightly mass, so make sure to take a peek in if the doors are open. 

WHERE TO STAY

CASA SAN AGUSTIN
Very chic and cool. If you stay here, request room 102 — it’s got a private plunge pool that elevates the experience. The small bakery just outside the hotel, La Esquina de Pan de Bono, is perfect Cartagena. Charming, and delicious with an assortment of breads that will get your mornings off to a great start.


WHAT TO DO

Cartagena is an amazing walking city and shockingly safe, even at night. It feels a bit like a mix of New Orleans, Buenos Aires and Florence. I imagine it's only going to grow more popular.

It's fun to get lost in the old town and San Diego.  We literally just walked around for hours, ate, drank, and hung out at the pool.

If you want cool stores and shops, Abaco was a cool Colombian book store, Loto del Sur for lotions, soaps and scrubs and Mila was a cute bakery.

Getsemani is the area of town outside the wall.  This area is still up and coming (and potentially less safe at night), but still worth walking through, especially in a few years since it feels like the area that will change the most. Lots of cool graffiti on the walls. We didn't go but this is where Café Havana is located, which is known as the best nightclub in case you're into that.


MEXICO CITY


WHERE TO EAT

MAXIMO BISTROT
At first glance, it seems pretty basic, but it's super comfortable and has amazing local food. Feels like a nice neighborhood spot you'd go to a lot. Probably the best all around non-taco meal we had.

ROSETTA
It may seem strange to get Italian in Mexico, but this place is adorable. It's by far the prettiest restaurant we saw and has good food — romantic and pretty much a must-go if you have a few days.

EL BAROCHE
All the tacos are great, but this is the best casual taco place we went to.  It almost feels like fast food but we agree with the locals who consider this place the best.

WHERE TO DRINK

MEZCAL BAR AT THE HOTEL DOWNTOWN
Great Mezcal bar in the hotel Downtown. The mezcal comes with Oaxacan pairings like string cheese and giant corn nuts.

WHERE TO STAY
HOTEL DOWNTOWN
We stayed in the Centro, which is pretty much a busy downtown. It's 20-30 minutes from Roma and Condesa (the two areas with cool shops), but I'd still stay here. It has an amazing Mezcal bar and cool shops. 

WHAT TO DO

LUCHA LIBRE
Mexican wrestling on Friday and Saturday nights which shouldn't be missed. There are tours, but I'd go without one and buy tickets at the door.  Bring cash and don't be super flashy of course.

ROMA + CONDESA
these are the two best walking areas.  Roma is very cute and good place to explore.


JACKSON HOLE


Summer is Krista’s personal favorite time of the year in Wyoming. The adults can hike and bike just about everywhere, my favorite is Snow King Mountain, where the air is clean and the stunning beauty is endless. For the kids there are rope climbing courses, tobogganing down the mountain and floating down the famous Snake River in a raft. Be on the lookout during the float; you will surely spot a moose!

WHERE TO EAT

RENDEZVOUS BISTRO
Rendezvous Bistro is a fun local spot with that is considered a signature of Jackson Hole. The serve classic French-American Bistro fare in a sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere. Ingredients are always fresh and local. Our favorites include the Idaho Trout and Bistro Meatloaf.

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WHERE TO DRINK

THE MILLION DOLLAR COWBOY BAR
This is no ordinary bar. This gallery-like atmosphere is an awesome display of the true Wild West. The decor alone will keep you fascinated for hours at a time. It’s also known worldwide for its western dancing and live entertainment. Some of the best entertainers on the country music scene have been known to hit the stage here, my personal favorite being Willie Nelson.

WHAT TO DO

The Rodeo
I have two little boys and one of their grandpas is from the Mid-West. When he eventually decided to leave the corporate world he became interested in roping and he started riding in a rodeo in Wyoming. Like a true cowboy, he now rides in the local town rodeo and we take the kiddos to watch and cheer him on. The entire family gets into the rodeo as we stock up on cowboy hats and head on over.