The depth and richness of regional Mexican culinary traditions combine in this valley, making Mexico City one of the world’s most exciting cities for an adventurous palate.
International superstar chef Enrique Olvera is leading a reinvention of Mexican cuisine. Visit his celebrated restaurant Pujol to understand why it is widely listed amongst the finest in the world. Olvera’s focus is on preserving tradition and pairing it with sustainable ingredients. Pujol is the kind of place that can change your view of what’s possible with food.
Nestled inside an old French-style mansion in the bustling Roma Norte neighborhood, Rosetta is the epitome of charming. Elena Reygadas, recently named Latin America’s Best Female Chef, is strict about using only seasonal ingredients, which makes the menu an ever-changing mystery. Go for the food, stay for the atmosphere. If you get the chance to pick, ask for a table in the outside courtyard.
When people imagine Mexico City, they think of a concrete jungle full of noise and cars. But the city is also filled with trees and parks. Visit the neighborhood of La Condesa for a slower-paced experience. The sidewalks are full of cafés, and the streets are lined with art galleries and local design boutiques. Walk along Avenida Amsterdam, a circular street that was once a horse racing track, and make your way to Parque México — a green space surrounded by art deco houses that will make you forget you’re in a modern megalopolis.
Once a village away from the city, Coyoacán is a neighborhood that feels like a movie set from the 19th century. Its grand colonial houses, cobblestone streets and public squares make it an ideal place to get lost walking. Start at the Frida Kahlo home and museum, then make your way to the main square, Plaza Hidalgo, and find a restaurant or café with a patio for people watching.
Walk the cobblestone streets of Centro Histórico to fully understand Mexico. Begin at the art deco Palacio de Bellas Artes, and walk on Avenida Francisco I. Madero (pedestrian only) towards the Zócalo. Visit the sinking 17th century cathedral and the murals at the Palacio Nacional. Behind the cathedral, visit the Centro Cultural de España and the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso.
Visiting Mexico City can be exhausting — it’s busy, noisy, and full of life. After a day of exploring, you’ll crave a place to relax. Hotel Condesa DF is a temple to modern architecture hidden inside an old art deco building. Enjoy the best rooftop lounge in the city, overlooking the beautiful trees of Parque España.
If a boutique hotel in a 17th century building (with a rooftop pool) is more your style, stay at Downtown, located in the heart of Centro Histórico. The colonial architecture and the breakfast patio will transport you to another era.
As you lose yourself in your exploration of Mexico City, you might try to cram your days with as many attractions as possible — but control that impulse. Pick one neighborhood each day, and allow yourself the time to see the details that appear when you pause and appreciate the choreography of every new street.
Written by Jorge Amigo
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