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Romantic Mexico City

Romantic Rooftops
Romantic Mexico City
Mexico City may not be the first spot that comes to mind when you think romance, but one visit will have you convinced: It can easily give Paris a run for its money as a city of love.
Photo Courtesy Grupo Habita
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    Romantic Rooftops
    Romantic Rooftops
    Rooftop bars are a magnet for couples in love, especially in Mexico City. The capital's location in the bowl of a valley means it enjoys lovely panoramas of the mountains that ring it, and thousands of twinkling lights at night. Several of the capital's Grupo Habita hotels—Distrito Capital, Condesa DF, and Downtown—all have rooftops where you can order drinks to go with the view; they also offer cozy loungers for couples. St. Regis on Paseo de la Reforma has a terrace just off the bar that provides an up-close view of the Diana the Huntress fountain; you can also spy nearby Castillo de Chapultepec.
    Photo Courtesy Grupo Habita
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    Pleasant Parks
    Pleasant Parks
    Visitors are sometimes surprised that Mexico City has so many parks, which are usually full of couples walking hand in hand or professing their love while sitting side by side on benches. (Keep in mind that many young professionals still live with their parents here, so parks and other public spaces are choice spots for romantic dates, and public displays of affection are very common.) Head to Mexico City's largest and prettiest green space, Bosque de Chapultepec, where you could easily spend a whole day with someone special. In addition to plenty of quiet areas, the park has a zoo, paddleboats, and street performers, and is home to Castillo de Chapultepec, housing the National History Museum.
    Photo by Eunice Adorno
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    Mexico City's Great Love Stories
    Mexico City's Great Love Stories
    Mexico City has been the backdrop for plenty of famous love stories, some of which are well-known beyond the country's borders. The most legendary, perhaps, is that of the stormy, on-again, off-again marriage of 20th-century artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Visit Museo Frida Kahlo, in the neighborhood of Coyoacán, to experience the home where many of their relationship dramas played out; or the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera, where Diego often trysted with a rotating cast of lovers. After Frida displaced her, Rivera's ex-wife Lupe Marín would frequently show up here, demanding alimony payments from Rivera.
    Photo by Diego Berruecos
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    Table for Two
    Table for Two
    The Mexican capital offers many opportunities for a romantic lunch or dinner for two. Top spots include Pujol, Quintonil, and Biko, all of which are in Polanco and have been ranked among the world's top 50 tables by Restaurant magazine. With its pink color scheme and whimsical plate presentations, Dulce Patria is another enchanting choice. Azul Histórico, no less delicious, is usually easier to get in to than the others; located in a historic 17th-century former palace downtown, it boasts an idyllic tree-filled courtyard and exposed-brick walls.
    Photo by Adrián Duchateau
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    Copas and Cantinas
    Copas and Cantinas
    Bars, lounges, cantinas—the hardest decision you have to make is what you want to drink and what type of setting you require. From intimate nooks specializing in copas (glasses) of wine grown in Mexico's own Baja California, to buzzing cantinas where you can order micheladas (beer-based cocktails) or tequila served straight up, there are seemingly endless places where you can enjoy an evening out or a pre-dinner drink—a precopeo, in local lingo. Some favorites include mezcal bar La Botica, which has a number of outposts around the city; the Catalonian-themed Xampañeria, in Condesa; and Jules Basement, a speakeasy pouring craft cocktails in Polanco.
    Photo by Aníbal Barco
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    All She Wants to Do Is Dance
    All She Wants to Do Is Dance
    Mexico didn't invent salsa or merengue, and it's not known for tango, but many Chilangos (residents of the capital) adore the fancy steps of their Latin American and Caribbean neighbors. The number of venues to dance the night away reflects that. Mama Rumba is a perennially popular club where Cuban music rules; live bands play many nights of the week and dancing is foot-to-foot and shoulder-to-shoulder, as the floor is always packed. If your own feet aren't quite up to the challenge—or you prefer being a bit of a wallflower—head to Plaza de la Ciudadela on a weekend afternoon to watch people of all ages dancing to slower tunes. Don't be surprised if the revelers, dressed to the nines, encourage you and your partner to join in.
    Photo by Jordana BTP
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    Spa Treatments for Two
    Spa Treatments for Two
    Mexico City's upscale hotels have some fantastic spa treatments, many of which are inspired by Aztec and other indigenous rituals and use locally sourced staples such as Mexican cacao, cinnamon, vanilla, agave, and nopal (cactus paddle). At the boutique hotel Las Alcobas, in Polanco, the Aurora Spa features body wraps and massages with such ingredients. The St. Regis's Remède Spa offers a special package for couples that includes massage and a facial for two, as well as full use of the spa's facilities and amenities, which include a sauna, steam room, champagne, and snacks.
    Photo by Ariette Armella
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    Hot-Air Ballooning over Pyramids
    Hot-Air Ballooning over Pyramids
    The ancient complex of Teotihuacán is one of Mexico's most important and most-visited pre-Hispanic sites, located some 30 miles outside of Mexico City. Climbing to the top of one of the pyramids is a pretty spectacular experience on its own, especially when you do it hand in hand with someone you love. Take that experience—and view—to a whole other level by hiring a local outfitter to get you in a hot-air balloon over the pyramids and temples of Teotihuacán. The one-hour journey is breathtaking and romantic, and once you're back on the ground, the excursion will continue with a guided tour of the ancient site. Breakfast and round-trip transportation from Mexico City are typically included in the rate.
    Photo by Aníbal Barco
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     Top Spots for Selfies
    Top Spots for Selfies
    Mexico City is an incredibly photogenic place, full of color and texture. You'll inevitably snap shot after shot of city scenery, but don't forget to take pictures of yourselves, too. For a locale where you can get beyond-the-ordinary tourist photos, head to the top of the Torre Latinoamericana, just across from Palacio de Bellas Artes. The observatory on its 44th floor opens up to panoramic views of the valley that Mexico City occupies; on a clear day, you can see to the mountains and volcanoes in the distance. Other secret spots for snuggly shots include the castle in Chapultepec Park, the leafy Alameda Central park (next to Bellas Artes), and any of the atmospheric buildings in and around the zocalo, or main square.
    Photo by Aníbal Barco