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Calle Dr. Enrique Gonzalez Martinez 10, Sta María la Ribera, 06400 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The massive building occupied by this museum has a fascinating history. Built in the early 20th century in Germany for an international art and textile fair, the structure represents the "Jugendstil" style, which dates back to the 1850s. It was...
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Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The cobalt-blue-and-brick-red residence where now-legendary Mexican visual artist Frida Kahlo grew up—and at times lived with husband Diego Rivera—is one of the city’s most consistently packed attractions; buying tickets in...
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Av. Juárez 8, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06010 墨西哥城 CDMX, Mexico
More than 10 years in the making, the Museo de la Memoria y Tolerancia (Museum of Memory and Tolerance) may seem somewhat out of place if you don't know much about Mexico City's immigrant population and the capital's role in Jewish history... and...
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Av. Hidalgo 39, Centro Histórico, Guerrero, 06300 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The building in which you'll find the Museo Nacional de la Estampa (National Graphic Arts Museum) dates back to the 16th century, and—make note—is just a few short steps to a couple of other museums, including the Franz Mayer. This museum,...
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Paseo de la Reforma 243, Col. Renacimiento, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There are plenty of Starbucks in Mexico City, and plenty of excellent independent cafés, too, but if you're looking for a quick cup to go, Cielito Querido isn't a bad option. The Mexico City chain is hipper than Starbucks, with its black, white,...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You have a few different options when it comes to stopping for a coffee at The Shops at Downtown, the retail complex inside Hotel Downtown in Mexico City's Centro Histórico. There's the hotel's own restaurant, which offers comfortable chairs and...
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Hegel 256, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
La Balance is a French-style bakery and café, complete with macarons, madeleines, and other Parisian confections, all of which go down nicely with a freshly pulled espresso. La Balance has several cafés around the city; more central locations...
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Cto. Interior Mtro. José Vasconcelos 106, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A caveat: You're not really going to Sanborn's for the coffee. The regular drip brew is absolutely nothing to write home about, mediocre at best. But the setting and its historic value... now that's a different story. Sanborn's is the Mexican...
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Plaza de la República S/N, Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, 06030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has an abundance of impressive monuments and memorials, but this one is among the most memorable, given its scale and style, which fuses Art Deco and Mexican Surrealism elements. In recent years, the area around the monument, including...
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Torre Latinoamericana, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If Torre Latinoamericana, whose construction was completed in 1956, looks familiar, it shouldn't be hard to place the resemblance: this skyscraper, once Mexico City's tallest at just under 600 feet, looks quite a bit like New York City's Empire...
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República de Guatemala 18, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
On the ground floor of this building just behind the Zócalo, within view of Templo Mayor, is an art gallery run by the Spanish Cultural Center (El Centro Cultural de España), which is certainly worth your time. On the top floor is a never-crowded...
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Calle Ernesto Pugibet, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You may not know it, but as you peruse the stalls of vendors at Mercado San Juan, you just might be rubbing shoulders or vying for the plumpest, prettiest chayote with one of Mexico City's top chefs. San Juan is the market for serious home cooks...
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Delegación Iztapalapa, Canal de Río Churubusco S/N, Col. Central de Abastos, 09040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You have to be a little bit loco to want to visit Central de Abasto, much less actually go there, but it is the ultimate market experience. Central de Abasto is the market that supplies all of the other fruit and vegetable markets in the city and...
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Fray Servando Teresa de Mier 419, Merced Balbuena, 15810 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It's been said you can find anything in Mexico City, as long as you know where to look for it, and if the "it" you're looking for is strange, dark, or even, perhaps, otherworldly, you might just find it at Mercado de Sonora. This market is also...
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Campeche 101, Roma Sur, 06760 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
All of Mexico City's neighborhood markets are fun to browse, with their rows and rows of colorful stalls and equally colorful characters, and you can't go wrong ducking into any one of these mercados as you come across them in your wanderings....
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José María Pino Suárez, Centro, 06080 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
"Ride the Metro?" your chilango acquaintances will exclaim in disbelief? In Mexico City, where a car is the ultimate status symbol, many people try to avoid the Metro, which is a shame. One of the largest and most affordable subway systems in the...
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Guillermo Prieto 45, Jamaica, 15800 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
No, Customs won't let you take them home with you, but that shouldn't keep you from visiting Mercado de Jamaica to see the riot of colorful flowers lining floors and stalls. This market, which has been Mexico City's premier flower market for more...
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Paseo de la Reforma 325, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The idea that death can be both colorful and a cause for celebration may be uncomfortable, but it may also provoke curiosity, and there's no better time to learn about the Mexican attitude toward death than during the annual Día de los Muertos, or...
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Higuera 40-A, Coyoacán, La Concepción, 04020 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
In a country that produces as much coffee as Mexico, you might expect more cafés to feature domestic beans, but that's not always the case. At Café Avellaneda, however, you can be certain that the coffee in your cup was brewed from...
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Londres 161, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you love antiquing or if you're just searching for a Mexico City souvenir with a bit of history behind it, it's hard to imagine a more pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning in the capital than visiting Plaza de la Angel, a giant antique...
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Mercado la Merced S/n, Centro, El Parque, 15960 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Plate-sized, Pop Art–colored lollipops. Candied and dried fruits rolled in chile powder. Crackling peanut brittle stippled with sesame seeds. Gelatins of every conceivable flavor. Names you can't pronounce, much less decipher, even if you speak...
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Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Each Sunday, Mexico City's main avenue, Reforma, shuts down to vehicular traffic and cedes to cyclists, rollerbladers, and walkers, who enjoy a slower, more scenic pace than is typical on one of the busiest streets. The program, called Muevete en...
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Orizaba 42, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Café Toscano sits on the edge of Plaza Rio de Janeiro, its walls opening up practically to the park itself. WiFi, light café fare, and the people-watching are all complemented by the fact that the café is less than a two-minute walk to several...
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Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If the city has you overwhelmed, whether by its chaos or its abundance of choices, and you want to take refuge in the familiarity of a hotel bar, you can't do much better than St. Regis's King Cole Bar. Sit inside at the bar or on one of its...
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S/N, Balderas, Centro, 06040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
On any given Sunday, a multitude of Mexico City parks find themselves playing host to groups of dance aficionados, who gather together to practice their steps in a jovial, non-judgmental atmosphere. But perhaps no park has a better Sunday scene...
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Calle Colima, Hab Valle Ceylan, 54150 Tlalnepantla, Méx., Mexico
Twice a year, galleries, restaurants, cultural organizations, and retail businesses in the artsy neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa gather together to host a community "cultural corridor." The event, known as El Corredor Cultural Roma Condesa, is...
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Augusto Rodin 130, Cd. de los Deportes, 03710 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
D.H. Lawrence detested it. Langston Hughes loved it. It's probably safe to say that no one who has seen bullfighting comes away ambivalent about it. If you can stomach the blood and the inevitable death of the bull (and, perhaps, the injury of the...
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Aldama, Cuauhtémoc, Buenavista, 06350 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Saturday tianguis is a Mexico City tradition, and many neighborhoods have one of these open-air flea markets, where vendors peddle everything from rare books, maps, and postcards to locally made T-shirts, vintage jewelry, and art. One popular...
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Calle Dr. García Diego 157, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you have time to visit only one of our picks for stellar street art, Foro Cultural MUJAM should be the spot. Its building, and those surrounding it, are wall-to-wall with murals and pieces by both local and international artists. MUJAM, the...
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Zacatecas 47, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Many street artists in Mexico City draw on the imagery of thousands of years of Mexican culture, incorporating important symbols into their work , whether in homage, resistance, or reinterpretation. In this mural at #47 Calle Zacatecas, you'll see...
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Dr. Olvera 15, Doctores, 06720 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
The story behind the founding of the Museo del Juguete Antiguo México (Museum of the Antique Mexican Toy) is almost as charming and intriguing as the collection of toys itself. Roberto Shimizu, Sr., who founded the museum with his son, Roberto...
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Zacatecas 85, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
You probably wouldn't want to live in this residential building on Calle Zacatecas–it's covered from top-to-bottom and side-to-side with a painting of a violent battle–but it's interesting to see as you're walking through the Colonial Roma Norte...
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Plaza Luis Cabrera #5 Local 1, Cuauhtémoc, Col Roma, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The periphery of Plaza Luis Cabrera is ringed with buses that have become canvases for all manner of street art—from painting to stencil to stickers and wheatpaste pieces. Though the work changes periodically, many of the themes you'll see on the...
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Avenida Álvaro Obregón 99, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mr. Fly is one of Mexico City's local street art talents, leaving his signature fly on buildings all around town. This fly was found on a building at the corner of Álvaro Obregón and Calle Frontera. How many can you find during your visit? Other...
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Donato Guerra 26, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
During the 2012 street art festival All-City Canvas, invited artists created massive murals and paintings on walls of multistory buildings around Mexico City. There are several on or just off the capital's main avenue, Reforma, including this...
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Claudio Bernard 149, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This spot makes up in authenticity what it lacks in charm; in other words: it's a dive bar, and one that's best visited with a local friend, if you have one. La Hija de los Apaches is a decades-old bar that specializes in pulque, the fermented...
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Av Nuevo León 66, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico doesn't lack exceptional domestic wines—in fact, if you love wine, make it a priority to search out a bottle or two from Baja California—but if you're looking for a little bubbly, this xampañeria might fit the bill. The spot is trendy, the...
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Luis Moya 31, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
A few years ago, Bósforo was a nondescript bar in the capital's Centro Histórico (Historic Center) neighborhood. Its decor was nothing to write home about; in fact, it was so dark it was hard to make out whether there was any decor...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Whether you're new to mezcal or have already added it to your repertoire, you'll probably like La Botica, a mezcal bar among The Shops at Downtown in the Downtown Hotel in Centro Histórico. The bar is on the smaller side, with all tables for two,...
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Av, Juan Salvador Agraz 37, Sta Fé, 05300 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The 2009 opening of Distrito Capital-one of several properties in Mexico City owned by boutique hotel trendsetters Grupo Habita-was a welcome event in the business-oriented neighborhood of Santa Fe. Though the area has a number of hotels, Distrito...
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5 de Mayo 10, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has hundreds of watering holes, but perhaps none is more well-known than La Opera, which opened in 1876. Since then, a parade of famous, infamous, and not-so-famous guests has graced its bar (which was imported from New Orleans) and...
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Calle de Motolinia 20, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City's Centro Histórico has some fine bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels where you can enjoy a copa or a cocktail, but if you're looking for a side of good jazz to go along with your drink, then, the place is Zinco. Housed inside the...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Mexican fashion house Pineda Covalin has four boutiques in Mexico City, plus one in each of the terminals at the airport, just in case you're looking to make a last-minute purchase. The designs–for women, men, and the home– draw inspiration...
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República de Chile 25, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of the lovely traditions that persists in Mexico City is that vendors of certain niche items–sponges, say, or stationery, or car spoilers–tend to sell their wares on the same street or zone, making shopping easy and convenient. One of the most...
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S/N, Balderas, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
La Ciudadela has been the go-to market for handcrafts for nearly 50 years, and it features crafts and handmade objects from all over Mexico. Expect to find everything from textiles (blankets, tablecloths, and hand-embroidered clothing) to...
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Insurgentes 3000, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you happen to be on the hunt for Mexican designer jewelry and you're already at the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (University Museum of Contemporary Art), then be sure to stop by the museum's large store, where the work of more than...
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Av Moliere 222, Polanco, Polanco II Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The clothes at El Palacio de Hierro aren't anything special, in the sense that they're the same familiar brands and pieces you could probably find in your basic upscale department store at home. But if you open your suitcase and find that you've...
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So you attended a lucha libre match. Now you have a favorite wrestler and you want to show your admiration with a mask or T-shirt in his likeness? You can probably find it at the lucha-themed shop, El Hijo del Santo. The shop has a particular bias...
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Colima 134, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you want to know what Mexico City hipster kids and twentysomethings are wearing, you can get a good idea by browsing the wares on offer at Sicario. Local designers have silk-screened T-shirts, hoodies, kicks, and other must-have accessories. A...
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República del Ecuador 16, Lagunilla, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There's an absolute art in dressing like a mariachi or charro (Mexican rodeo riders), and the clothing of both groups share some similarities: form-fitting suits, jackets (and, in the case of mariachis, pants) with metallic adornments, silk bows,...
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Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
On the one hand, in a city with as many top-shelf restaurants as the Mexican capital, it seems silly to privilege a hotel restaurant among those you should definitely patronize. On the other hand, the food at Diana, the restaurant in the St....
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 76, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11570 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The name sounds as if this corner spot on Presidente Masaryk had been imported directly from Cuba, but it's Argentinean alfajores that are the specialty at this upscale cafe in Polanco. If you become addicted to the chocolate-covered alfajores...
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Isabel la Catolica 30 local 15-16, Cuauhtémoc, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you've got a hankering for a chocolate truffle, stop by Qué Bo! in The Shops at Downtown for chocolates filled with all kinds of delicious flavors, from tropical fruits to chapulines-- grasshoppers. You can buy an individual chocolate or two...
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Andrés Bello 29, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The famed Brasserie Lipp in Paris has only one international outpost. No, it's not in New York; it's in Mexico City. Located in the JW Marriott in Polanco, Brasserie Lipp is a late-night bistro, open until 2:00 am every day but Sunday, when it's...
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the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel, Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Maybe it's not French food you've got a hankering for when hunger strikes in the Mexican capital and money is no issue, but the fact that Au Pied de Cochon is open 24-hours may persuade you to head to Polanco's Hotel Intercontinental for a plate...
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Calle de Durango 204, Roma Norte, Hipódromo, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you're missing American diner grub, head out to Barracuda Diner for a late-night burger and fries. This Condesa restaurant is open until 3 a.m. and serves heaping portions to hungry patrons waiting patiently in 1950s-style booths and Formica...
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Av. Revolución 241, Tacubaya, 11870 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Not every late-night dining option in Mexico City is upscale. For every Au Pied du Cochon or Brasserie Lipp, there are a dozen dives of dubious cleanliness but immense popularity. One of these—and a perennial favorite—is El Borrego Viudo. While...
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Av. Tamaulipas 122, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you're looking for a quick bite between stops on a bar or club crawl in Colonia Condesa, El Tizoncito might just be the spot, especially on a Sunday. Many restaurants in Mexico City close early on Sundays, but El Tizoncito's Condesa branch is...
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Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Moro has been turning out churros and creamy hot chocolate 24 hours a day since 1935. You can have your churros three ways—with sugar, with sugar and cinnamon, or with cajeta, a creamy caramel—and your hot chocolate one of four ways—Mexican,...
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Av. 5 de Mayo 10, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Please don't swing by this 24-hour spot thinking you're going to satisfy your Chinese food craving; despite the fact that its name might suggest it specializes in Asian fare, it's actually a Mexican restaurant. La Pagoda is an old-school,...
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Calle Bahía de las Palmas 37, Verónica Anzúres, 11300 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
La Fonda del Recuerdo is one of those places (though not uncommon in Mexico City) where the servers are still called waiters and they dress like it: white button-down shirts topped with black vests, matched with black trousers. Everything here is...
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Oregon 752, Local J, Benito Juarez, Colonia del Valle Centro, Col del Valle Centro, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you've never eaten a taco in Mexico, then perhaps you think, "Well, a taco is a taco is a taco." Not so, as you'll find out if you swing by Tacos Joven for an order of their tacos en canasta ("tacos in a basket"). Since 1971, this fast-food...
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Manuel María Contreras 18-A, San Rafael, 06470 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
People from all over the country come to live in the capital, and they bring their culinary traditions with them. One of those traditions is the tamale from Oaxaca, and on any given night in the city, you'll hear vendors on bicycles play the...
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Insurgentes Sur 295, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of the most storied dishes in Mexican cuisine—many Americans know it from Laura Esquivel's novel, Like Water for Chocolate or its film adaptation—is mole. What many Americans may not know, however, is that there are many kinds of mole—from red...
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Alejandro Dumas 7, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico redefines "breakfast of champions." No wimpy cereals or simple scrambled eggs here. No, the first meal of the day, when done right, will hold you straight until the traditional Mexican lunch time, which is 3:00 pm. There are numerous...
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Calle Río Elba 32-A, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Some of Mexico's most luscious chilled treats can be had at the chain of popsicle and ice cream shops that operate under the name "La Michoacana." The brand, which has outposts all over Mexico City (and the country, for that matter), is from the...
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República de Uruguay 74, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
There may be bakeries with pastries that are just as good or even better than those sold at Pasteleria Ideal, but tradition and atmosphere practically dictate that you should take an obligatory spin through the Ideal first. This massive bakery...
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Calle de Filomeno Mata 6, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Immersion, it's said, is the fastest route to fluency. Surrounding yourself with Spanish speakers and promising yourself you won't slip into English is one type of immersion; complement it with some literary immersion, too. At La Torre de Papel,...
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Bellas Artes, Av. Juárez 4, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Even if you're a fluent Spanish speaker, it's likely Mexico City will throw a few curve balls to test your language skills. The country and the city both have words that are regionally unique, not used elsewhere in Latin America. Fortunately,...
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It's true: even visitors who are confident in their Spanish-speaking skills may feel that they need a dictionary just to help them decipher words on menus; many food words used in Mexico are unique to the country and are unlikely to be familiar....
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Tennyson 133, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you want to brush up on your Spanish and you love good food, then consider taking a workshop, or taller, at TEO, the culinary workshop of world-renowned chef Enrique Olvera, of Pujol. While the workshop may not be with Olvera himself (he's busy...
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S/N, Balderas, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Most travelers can't resist a bargain, but for some visitors, the real pleasure of shopping comes in haggling expertly to secure a lower price for the object of their desire. If that sounds like you, then head to La Ciudadela or any of the other...
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Av Universidad 3000, Cd. Universitaria, Coyoacán, 04510 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It's worth the considerable trek to the southern part of the city to tour around the campus of UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, to see its iconic mid-20th-century buildings. American writer Selden Rodman, touring Mexico in the...
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Plaza de las Américas 1, Villa de Guadalupe, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Each December 12, thousands of pilgrims from all corners of the country converge upon the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to honor the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Some arrive by car, others by bus, and a good many have...
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Alfarería 12, Morelos, 15270 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tepito is–and has long been–considered one of Mexico City's roughest, toughest neighborhoods. It is here where the American anthropologist Oscar Lewis forged relationships and gathered material for what is probably his best-known work, The...
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Nápoles 40, Juárez, 06600 Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
It's a footnote to more storied facts of his biography, but at one time, Che Guevara lived in Mexico City. He arrived in the capital on September 21, 1954, reportedly near-broke and not knowing anyone in the city. After establishing himself...
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Tacuba, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
It may come as a surprise, but the history of Mexico City's Jewish communities stretches back almost 500 years. Approximately 40,000 Jews live in the capital today, comprising as much as 90% of the country's total Jewish population. Both Sephardic...
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Calle Euclides 25, Anzures, 11590 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Estimates confirming the number of Muslims living in Mexico vary widely, but a large number of them–expats and recent converts alike– reside in Mexico City. As recently as 20 years ago, they had no formal house of worship (in the mid-90s, Muslims...
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Joaquín Gallo 101, Santa Fe, ALVARO OBREGON, 01219 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of Mexico City's newest churches, San Josemaría Escrivá, was built between 2005 and 2008 in the Santa Fe neighborhood. Like the businesses and hotel complexes surrounding it, the church is ultra-contemporary. Formed by two massive walls and...
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Paseo de la Reforma 325, Tabacalera, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The simple but striking beauty of the Angel de la Independencia monument is immediately evident to passersby hurrying along on Avenida Reforma, but visitors may not be aware just how much history is encapsulated here–literally. Built upon the...
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Av. Hidalgo 51, Guerrero, 06300 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Much like traveling in Europe, it can seem, after a few days in Mexico City, that there are just too many churches to see. Cathedral fatigue sets in and your eyes glaze over at the thought of seeing one more gilt altar. If you walk by without...
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Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico C.U., Av de los Insurgentes Sur S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
As with most structures and sites in Mexico City, the Estadio Olímpico, or Olympic Stadium, located on the grounds of the university (UNAM), has played an important role in several historic episodes. First is its role in mid-20th-century Mexican...
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Donato Guerra 24, Juárez, 06600 Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
American writer William Burroughs moved to Mexico City in 1949 in an attempt to escape legal and financial troubles that plagued him in the U.S. He wasn't entirely successful; in fact, his problems grew exponentially in the capital, primarily...
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Lázaro Cárdenas, Tlatelolco, 06900 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tlatelolco, the area where you'll find the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, is full of significant architecture, spanning centuries that represent three distinct time periods: the Pre-Hispanic, the colonial, and modern-day. The oldest structure here is...
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..."I recall no period in my life when I've had more fun with less cash," wrote Langston Hughes of the time he spent living in Mexico City. It was 1934 and he was 32 years old, sharing an apartment near Lagunilla Market ("across from the coffin...
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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Nobel Prize–winning writer Gabriel García Marquez was born in Colombia, but, the story goes, when he came to Mexico City for the first time in 1961, he loved it so much he decided to make it his new home. The author, who composed the Nobel-winning...
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Samuel 27, Guadalupe Tepeyac, 07840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Interest in Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has only increased since his death at the age of 50 in 2003. Given the amount of time he lived in Mexico City and his reputation as a rebellious anti-establishment upstart, his work has a considerable...
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Av Francisco I. Madero 73, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City may not have the reputation of literary cafe culture that Paris has, but that's certainly not because it lacks cafes or writers to fill them. In fact, by the mid 18th century, Mexico City's cafe culture was flourishing, thanks to...
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Centro Banamex, Av. del Conscripto 311, Lomas de Sotelo, Hipódromo de las Américas, 11200 Ciudad de México, Méx., Mexico
Held each February since 2003, typically during the first weekend of the month, ZONA MACO is the city's–and the country's–premier art fair, featuring contemporary photography, sculpture, painting, video, and multimedia. Works are exhibited by...
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Córdoba 100, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Galeria OMR, sitting on the periphery of a park in Colonia Roma, has been an art institution in Mexico City since 1983. Among the many artists it has exhibited or represented in the 30+ years since are Rafael Lozano Hemmer, a Mexican artist living...
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Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Three friends who found themselves thrown together in the New York of the 1990s—artist Gabriel Orozco, who has been featured at MoMA, the Pompidou Center, and the Tate Modern; Mónica Manzutto, who worked at the Marian Goodman Gallery;...
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Calle Bajío 231, Roma Sur, 06760 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Over the past few years, an interesting phenomenon has been taking off among Mexico City artists and curators: the apartment gallery. Sometimes an alternative to "The Establishment," other times a way to manage finances more intelligently, and...
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Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, 06000 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
The stations in Mexico City's subway system, the Metro, may not be famous for their century-old mosaics and tile work, as in New York City, or its painted ceilings and walls, as in Stockholm, but the capital's 100+ subway stations aren't devoid of...
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Bahía de San Hipólito 51, Local 5, Miguel Hidalgo, Col. Anáhuac 1a. Sección, Anáhuac I Secc, 11320 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It may not be the first musical genre that comes to mind when you think of Mexico City, but the capital does have a robust jazz scene, and Blue Monk has been at the forefront of it since 2003 (when it opened under a different name, Papa Beto)....
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Paseo de la Reforma 50, Miguel Hidalgo, 11580 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Initially constructed as a host venue for the 1954 Central American and Caribbean Games, the Auditorio Nacional has seen the top names in sports and the performing arts fill its halls in sixty years since it was inaugurated. The auditorium is an...
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Av. Viaducto Rio de la Piedad S/N, Granjas México, 08400 Iztacalco, CDMX, Mexico
Foro Sol, like Auditorio Nacional, is a massive venue for big concerts, and if your favorite group hasn't played Auditorio Nacional, it's probably taken the stage at Foro Sol. Newer than Auditorio Nacional (it was built in 1993), Foro Sol is also...
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Calle de Niza 23, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has a number of excellent bookstores that double as cafés and cultural forums, and one of them is Voces en Tinta, a large, welcoming shop in the Zona Rosa neighborhood. The particular thematic focus of this shop is, in staff's words,...
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Joaquin Garcia Icazbalceta 77, San Rafael, 06470 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Billed as Mexico City's first eco-friendly B&B, El Patio 77 is a charming, chic, and ultra-affordable accommodation in the neighborhood of San Rafael. Each of its rooms is named after a Mexican state and is decorated with handcrafts that...
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Av. Industria Militar S/N, Residencial Militar, Hipódromo de las Américas, 11600 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
You probably won't head out to the Hipódromo de las Américas unless you're a devoted horse racing fan, but if you do consider yourself a betting and racing aficionado, you'll probably be glad you visited. Hipódromo de las Américas was established...
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Cerrada de Huizaches 36, Tlalpan, Ejidos de Huipulco, Ex de San Juan de Dios, 14370 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Soccer–or fútbol–has always been popular in Mexico, of course, but street soccer–games for homeless and at-risk players– is a slightly newer concept. With Mexico City having hosted the 2012 Homeless World Cup, however, street soccer gained both...
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Av. México Coyoacán 389, Xoco, 03330 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There are many reasons to go see a movie (or three) at Mexico City's Cineteca Nacional. For one thing, the price of a ticket is much lower than the average price of a movie ticket in the U.S. (And here's a tip: On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, everyone...
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Av. Río Churubusco 79, Country Club Churubusco, 04220 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
While Mexico's best-known and most internationally respected book fair is held annually in Guadalajara, Mexico City attracts plenty of bibliophiles with a dizzying number and variety of ferias de libros. There's the old book fair, the artists'...
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Paseo de la Reforma, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Paseo de la Reforma–or just "Reforma" to locals–is Mexico City's principal avenue, and its generous width means there's ample space to maintain large-scale public artworks. Among the best-known artists who have sculptures along Reforma...
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Gral Anaya, 03340 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City was host of the 1968 Olympic Games, and today, a number of the venues used during the Games remain open and accessible to the public, including the Alberca Olímpica. Renovated in 2009, the complex is best known for its Olympic-size...
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Av Viaducto Rio de la Piedad y Rio Churubusco S/N, Granjas México, 08400 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Built for the 1968 Olympic Games, the Palacio de Deportes remains an architectural icon of the second half of the 20th-century. Its unusual exterior somewhat resembles the exoskeleton of an armadillo, and its texture stands out as you look at ...
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Calle Amberes 18, Juárez, 06600 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
Though Papi Fun Bar is small and seemingly unimpressive compared to some of its trendy neighbors, this venue is super popular thanks to its Hermanas Vampiro (Vampire Sisters) drag show. Expect pop, kitsch, camp, and lots of gold lamé.
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There's no shortage of sex shops or love stores in LGBT-friendly Zona Rosa, but Erotika may be the cleanest and most inviting, with its hot pink color scheme and "No shame here" attitude. This is one of several stores Erotika runs throughout the...
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Luis Moya 31, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
If camp and kitsch aren't your thing, and the Zona Rosa "scene" is just a bit too much, then head to the Centro Histórico, where post-identity politics allow everyone to just be himself/herself/itself at Mezcaleria El Bósforo. The place is dark,...
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Bosque de Duraznos 47, Bosque de las Lomas, 11700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Whether you're looking for eye candy or, as the gym promises, eager for "personal training to guide [you] towards 'eye candy' results," Madonna's Hardcandy Fitness, one of several international outposts of the Material Girl's growing empire of...
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has no dearth of luxurious boutique hotels, but Las Alcobas is a special option. Designed by famed firm Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel is full of gorgeous details, from hand-stitched leather wall coverings to a spiral staircase that surges...
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Av. Isaac Newton 35, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Rizzoli Studio is the Mexico City outpost of the beloved independent publisher and bookstore that specializes in architecture, art, design, fashion, food, interior design, photography, and literature. Rizzoli has long published books in Spanish,...
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Amsterdam 53, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
At first glance, Duo is just another one of those increasingly popular Mexico City bistros channeling a French vibe, what with its vitrine of pastries and its fancy espresso machine. But step inside and take a table, and you'll see that this café...
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Museo 150, San Pablo Tepetlapa, 04620 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
They intended it as their gift to Mexico, and what a gift it is. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, two of the most famous artists of the 20th century, worked with renowned Mexican architect Juan O'Gorman to create Museo Anahuacalli, a temple-like...
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Avenida Sonora 180 Local 6, Cuauhtémoc, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you're shopping for a foodie friend or you want to take some of the flavors of Mexico home with you, Bottega Culinaria is a one-stop-shop for food-related souvenirs. Here, you'll find sal de gusano (sea salt mixed with ground worms from the...
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Campos Elíseos 218, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chapulín is a restaurant that aims to fuse Mexico's traditions and contemporary influences into a single experience. That idea isn't found just on the menu—where diners will find dishes like scallops with jicama and green melon—but also in the...
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Paseo de la Reforma 222, Col. Juarez, 06600 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Over the past few years, Avenida Reforma has seen a handful of new skyscrapers soar up on choice lots, with nearly all of them, including Reforma 222, combining luxury rentals with upscale retail. Reforma 222 is a megaplex, with movie theaters,...
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Av. Veracruz 102, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexican hotelier Grupo Habita turned the shell of a 1928 French neoclassical mansion into a wholly contemporary property, CONDESAdf, which immediately became the standard for boutique hotels in Mexico City when it opened to rave reviews...
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 201, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Ultra-modern Hotel Habita sits on upscale avenue Presidente Masaryk, in the midst of the Polanco's fine restaurants and shops. Opened in 2000 and renovated in 2012, the hotel, which looks like a glass cube, continues to attract travelers who...
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Av México 188, Cuauhtémoc, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of the city's newer boutique hotels, Hippodrome has quickly become a popular place to stay. With a location in the artsy Condesa neighborhood, it's fitting that the hotel merges Art Deco and neoclassical architecture with contemporary interior...
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Calle Morelos 62, Juárez, 06600 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
On the non-descript, busy corner of Bucareli and Morelos streets in Mexico City is a café with a famous history: Fidel Castro and Che Guevarra met here at Café La Habana several times, chain smoking and drinking strong coffee, to plan the Cuban...
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5 de Mayo 10, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Ornate, dark-wood interiors harken back to the Porfiriato in this historic bar. Take a break from your Centro Histórico wanderings for a tequila and a delicious botana (snack). Ask the waiter to show you the bullet hole in the ceiling shot during...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
What began with Azul y Oro—chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s high-end university “refectory”—is now a multi-restaurant group famed for an almost museum-like reverence for traditional Mexican cooking in all its...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Name:Alfonsina Peñaloza
Age: 31
Neighborhood: San Ángel, Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation: Alfonsina works for Ethos, a nonprofit that conducts research and advises governments and other organizations on economic, gender equality, and human rights...
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Insurgentes Sur 2113, San Ángel, 01000 Alvaro Obregon, CDMX, Mexico
This place, near the 16th-century Convento del Carmen, is famous for its churros, fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar. A mandatory stop. 4 Plaza del Carmen 52/55-5616-0978 As told to Nathalie Jordi. This story appeared in the March/April 2010...
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Galería Doce, San Ángel, Mexico Distrito Federal, 01000, Amargura 12, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
My friend’s mother, Teresa Creel, paints these astonishingretablosof gold-plated Guadalupe virgins. They’re incredibly ornate, very Mexican and beautiful. 12 Amargura 52/55-5616-2040 As told to Nathalie Jordi. This story appeared in the...
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2a Frontera 37, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Right off the market hubbub is this colonial square flush with bougainvillea. You go through a narrow alleyway, and all of a sudden you’re in the most tranquil placein Mexico City. Near Calle del Arbol and 2a Cerrada de Frontera. As told to...
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One of the best seafood restaurants in Mexico, as far as I’m concerned. They havetostadas de atúnwith a chipotle sauce, a thin sashimi-like slice of tuna with avocado and fried leek on top. Absolutely delicious. 57 Avenida de la Paz...
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San Ángel Inn, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This used to be a hacienda, but it was turned into a restaurant almost 50 years ago. The food is phenomenal and the margaritas are famous—in fact, they’re my favorite thing on the menu. There is always a band or a pianist playing. 50 Diego Rivera...
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Madero 3, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A traditional Mexican cantina. When I was in college, I played dominoes there every Thursday with some good girlfriends. 3 Francisco I. Madero 52/55-5616-4668 As told to Nathalie Jordi. This story appeared in the March/April 2010 issue. See all of...
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Aristóteles 8, Polanco Chapultepec, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
Tienda MAP, the Museo de Arte Popular store, offers folk art from from different regions of Mexico. You’ll find a typical hand-woven shawl from Estado de México, huichol bracelets made in San Luis Potosí, or even maque from Michoacán. In total,...
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Juan Escutia 4 Hipódromo, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Fall is one of the best times of the year for Mexico City’s music enthusiasts. This is when the most important music festivals take place. The Corona Capital is usually celebrated in October, while Mutek, the internationally renowned electronic...
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Calle del Mercado 133, San Jerónimo, 16420 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The system of canals and chinampas (cultivated artificial islands fashioned from the area’s swampy soils) that has survived in the far-south neighborhood known as Xochilmilco once stretched all the way to the Centro. To this day, the...
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Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Located on a hill that held sacred significance for the Aztecs is Chapultepec Castle, an impressive edifice completed in 1863. The castle, reputed to be the only royal castle in the Americas, has served many functions over the course of its...
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Calz. Gral. Mariano Escobedo No. 700, Anzures, 11590 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There's a lot to recommend the Camino Real in Polanco, especially if you're an architecture and art aficionado. The hotel, designed by the late Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta, is considered one of his master works; the shape of its pink and...
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Recinto Portuario 110, San Antonio, El Zacatal, 23090 La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico
Red Travel Mexico was not named after the color but after the Spanish word for a fisherman's net. The company, which is a hybrid of tour company and non-profit eco-resource and which has gotten high marks for its community based work, operates a...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
What’s common to all Mexico’s regional styles of cookery is the liberal use of chili peppers. With their powerful smoky, sweet, and sometimes scorchingly hot flavors, these indigenous staples have done more to shape the cuisine here than any other...
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Primera Sección del Bosque de Chapultepec S/N, San Miguel Chapultepec I Sección, 11580 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
The magnificent Castillo de Chapultepec is surrounded by 1,695 acres of trees and wildlife on a high hill in the heart of Mexico City. I boarded the small tram in the middle of Chapultepec Park in downtown Mexico City, the former home of Mexican...
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Alejandro Dumas 81, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Péndulo elevates the café-bookstore concept exceptionally well, inviting you to linger for hours over coffee and pastries in its large, two-level cafe (there are even tables on the second floor's balcony). Books in Spanish and...
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Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, 11520 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Much of Mexico City’s fervid contemporary art movement—galleries and collectors abound; the scene is now a launching pad for Mexican artists looking to conquer the world—can be traced to art patron Eugenio López Alonso,...
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Alejandro Dumas 125, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
First, it was the cupcake craze; now, macarons have made their way to Mexico City. But despite the name of this shop and the confection in which it specializes, don't expect the usual run-of-the-mill flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio;...
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Alejandro Dumas 125, Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Inside the gourmet market Marché Dumas, you'll find all sorts of sweet treats, from Theurel & Thomas' macarons to some delicious, unusual artisanal chocolates sold at Le Caméléon. Made by a Belgian chocolatier and expat, the flavors of the bars...
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Av. Emilio Castelar 163, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you find yourself staying at Hotel Las Alcobas on a Saturday, ask staff to point you in the direction of Parque Lincoln (Lincoln Park), just a three-minute walk from the hotel, so you can stroll through Polanco's Saturday tianguis, or street...
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Tennyson 133, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
After years at its original, jewel-box-like (and maybe even a little solemn) location, the city’s high temple of Mexican regional cuisine has moved to a more expansive—some say more relaxed—space. It includes more light, a bar...
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City can be overwhelming, especially for first-time visitors, due to its sheer size, teeming population, and–when it comes to food, in particular–enormous variety of options. One excellent way to get a sense of the city's scope and sabor...
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Gral. Benjamín Hill 78, Hipódromo, 06170 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It was either an insane idea or an inspired one–or a bit of both. When Mexico City launched the EcoBici bike-share program in 2010, pessimists wondered whether anyone would dare to take the manic traffic of the car-clogged capital by two wheels...
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Av. Isaac Newton 88, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The popular upscale restaurant Jaso is excellent at lunch or at dinner, but it is especially good for dessert. Chef Sonia Arias holds down the pastry portion of the business, while her husband, Jared Reardon, holds down the savory side of the...
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Colima 145, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It's a somewhat awkwardly named museum, but Museo del Objeto del Objeto, has a charming, fascinating collection that tells the history of modern Mexico through both extraordinary and everyday objects it has made and used. Though it has a solid...
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Anatole France 100, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Never underestimate the power of shocking pink. The intimate but lively dining room at Dulce Patria—the smash hit by celebrity chef Martha Ortiz—feels not unlike a stage set. Soon after 2 p.m., it starts to fill with high-powered...
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Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s St. Regis has everything you would expect from the hotel brand, with the bonus of being in an absolutely exceptional location right on the city’s main avenue. The hotel overlooks one of Reforma’s many glorietas...
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Campos Elíseos 252, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Located in Polanco amid a cluster of familiar, brand-name hotels, the W Mexico City features all the usual amenities and contemporary design touches you expect from this hotelier, including toiletries by Bliss. On-site, you’ll find a...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 30, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Hands down the best place to stay in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico is the aptly named Downtown. Located inside a restored 17th-century casona (mansion), the hotel shares its property with a select group of Mexican businesses,...
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Calle de Durango 280, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This 29-room boutique hotel is located in an early 20th-century casona, or mansion. Rooms are unpretentious, and the property is filled with lots of small decorative details that help set a true sense of place. While not as popular as some other...
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Andres Bello 29, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you're planning on attending a concert at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, there's no hotel more convenient to that venue than JW Marriott, which overlooks the auditorium. The large property has clean, comfortable rooms and a number of on-site...
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La Condesa, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
On a lazy Sunday morning in Mexico City, after having an amazing breakfast of pan dulce at the famous Cafe Matisse, I strolled through the beautiful Parque Mexico - a neighborhood park, in the trendy Condesa area of D.F. On one side of the park, I...
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 407, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A nondescript shopping arcade in a tony neighborhood might not be the place you'd expect to find one of the world's top restaurants—but if there's any place that reinforces the adage about not judging a book by its cover, it's Mexico City....
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Paseo de la Reforma, San Miguel Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
So you say you're the kind of traveler who would never take a tour bus. I know. Me too. But Mexico City's Turibus is different because it gives you a sense of the capital's scope that's really impossible to experience in any other way. Take a ride...
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Calle Isabel la Catolica 26, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
The 2010 death of the great Mexican journalist Carlos Monsiváis was a profound loss. Perhaps the best-known chronicler and editorialist among many excellent journalists, Monsiváis was especially well-known for his commentary about social problems...
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Puebla 242, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
We live in the age of artisanal everything, from chocolate and coffee, to, you guessed it, water. At Mexico City's Casa del Agua, staff produce and bottle "local water" on-site. The bottles—designed artisanally, of course—are charming...
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Calle Celaya 25, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
English-speaking bibliophiles love Under the Volcano for its cozy, welcoming space, where shelves stretch from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, sagging under the weight of previously read and gently used books. Those that don't fit on shelves...
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25, Calle Celaya, Hipódromo Condesa, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
"Best Hamburgers in DF" proclaims the chalkboard sitting on the sidewalk in front of the American Legion's Mexico City outpost. A veteran who lives in Mexico City insists its true, and says the bar isn't half bad, either. The interior of the...
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Plaza Garibaldi s/n, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A museum about tequila and mezcal, complete with its own bar? Yes, por favor! And it's in the perfect location, too, on Plaza Garibaldi, where mariachi groups sing and hustle for work on a city square that's ringed with cantinas. The other thing...
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Insurgentes Sur 1391, Insurgentes Mixcoac, 03920 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It bills itself as Mexico City's first gourmet popcorn shop, one of the newer additions to the "everything artisanal" craze that has seized the Mexican capital. Palomita Querida typically carries 30 different popcorns at any given time, plus...
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Calle de Durango 200, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
With almost 20 years at the helm of a dining room that’s jammed every afternoon, Gabriela Cámara at Contramar must be doing something right. For one, the seafood on offer—traditional, even homey recipes, impeccably...
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Local 2, Bahia del Espiritu santo 21, Anáhuac I Secc, 11320 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There are multiple outposts of the popular pozoleria La Casa de Toño all over Mexico City, but only a few of them are open 24 hours, including this one in the Zona Rosa neighborhood. Whether you've worked up an appetite dancing or need to soak up...
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Parque Centenario 12, Coyoacán TNT, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This charming restaurant serves up Mexican classics like mole, pork casserole, ceviche, octopus and even grasshopper. Great produce. Situated right on the plaza de dos coyotes, it's a delightful place to enjoy an afternoon.
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Paseo de la Reforma, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s answer to the Champs-Élysées, the wide, tree-and-statuary-adorned Paseo de la Reforma was first known as the Paseo de la Emperatriz, laid out as a ceremonial lane to take Their Majesties Maximilian and Carlota...
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Avenida Prado Norte 391, Lomas - Virreyes, Lomas de Chapultepec V Secc, 11000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This casual restaurant has amazing tacos al pastor, where you add the pineapple, scallions and cilantro to taste. The beef tacos are maybe just as good. In the posh neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec, this place is open really, really late too.
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2da Calle de Ernesto Pugibet 77 L-162, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
My friend's favorite place to come for chicken, fish and seafood. Not for the squeamish - goats still with their coats before being butchered. She has been coming for years. Also some produce.
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Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The imposing, white-domed wedding cake now known as Palacio de Bellas Artes was originally planned as a national theater, and construction was begun in 1904. The Mexican Revolution, among other things, postponed its completion until 1934, which...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Five hundred years ago, Mexico City looked a little different. Instead of crowded roads, there was water. The honking red and gold taxis were preceded by boats. In place of today’s bars, restaurants and cathedrals sat piles of mud, reeds and tree...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Parque Mexico is a lush pocket of palms and jacaranda trees located smack dab in the middle of Mexico City’s Colonia Condesa. It’s trendy, accessible and one of the city’s few green spaces. The park appeared extra lively on weekends, when bands,...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Mercado San Juan is the ultimate shopping destination for Mexico City’s professional chefs, local foodies and travelers with cookbooks in tow. Here you’ll find some of the city’s finest fish, produce and meat. The dead eyes of recently-killed...
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Calle Regina, 27 B, Cuauhtemoc, Centro, 06080 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Grasshoppers, or chapulines in Spanish, are on the menu at Al Andar, a hip mezcalería on the first floor of a renovated tenement. They're squishy, sour and taste best when chased with a slice of orange.
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Paseo de la Reforma 500, Cuauhtémoc, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Classic luxury in a colonial building is what visitors can expect of Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, located near the swanky neighborhood of Polanco and the sprawling Chapultepec Park. Proximity to the park offers respite from some...
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Plaza Tres Estrellas 50, 37286 Trancas, Gto., Mexico
Think Mexico is all about tacos and burritos? You haven't been to Hacienda las Trancas, a sprawling estate in colonial Mexico's fertile Bajío. Once a fort on the original Camino Real, it's been lovingly restored by a North Carolina couple who gave...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
My guide, Paco, a.k.a. Francisco de Santiago, 46, is a full time tour guide, and also a former child chess champion and bullfighter (“that was many kilos ago”), orders a flight of artisanal mezcal samples at our first mezcalería of the evening,...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
I adjust my seat post and swing my leg over my cruiser bicycle on a side street in the Centro district, looking nervously at the cars and taxis clogging the lane to my left. “I know it might seem a little scary riding a bicycle in downtown Mexico...
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Plaza Garibaldi s/n, Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Come for the mariachis, stay for the tequila. Plaza Garibaldi has long been famous for its roaming musicians for hire and cantina scene, and now sports a new and worthy feature: El Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal, a.k.a. MUTEM. The Museum of Tequila...
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Tepic 5, Roma Sur, 06760 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
After a morning of urban cycling, we choose a shaded, open-air balcony table at Romita Comedor and each order a beer, tequila, and sangrita, then discuss Mexico City's prospects with Michael Parker-Stainback, a U.S.–born journalist, translator,...
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Av. Javier Barros Sierra 540, Santa Fe, Zedec Sta Fé, 01219 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This modern hotel is located in the trendy business district of Santa Fe and is ideal for executives or any seeking a peaceful urban oasis.
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Calz. Gral. Mariano Escobedo No. 700, Anzures, 11590 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The creative team behind the edgy cultural magazine Celeste sells clothes and accessories by up-and-coming designers, as well as hats, lingerie, orchids, cigars, antique furniture, and, as one might expect, solid silver lizards and taxidermied...
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In the morning, we went to Mixquic in the southwest of Mexico City to witness and participate in the decoration of the graves there. This photo was taken later in Zocalo in the city center where the parade and festivities lasted late into the...

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Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06066 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Though his reputation is now arguably overshadowed by that of his former wife, painter and muralist Diego Rivera—commissioned by Mexico’s postrevolutionary governments starting in the late 1920s to adorn several national monuments in...
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Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Housed in a 1964 structure whose modern lines and central fountain greatly complement what's on view, this anthropology museum is a repository of the most important pre-Hispanic treasures modern Mexico has discovered. The works are...
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Av. Insurgentes Nte. 1980, Lindavista, 07300 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Precariously standing on a thin strip of concrete, four feet above an angry bull, I wondered what my insurance deductible would be if I slipped. Earlier in the morning I had driven down to Lienzo Charro Regionales de la Villa or as I prefer to...
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Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 43, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
They've been popularized and commercialized in movies and may even seem to be a cultural stereotype of sorts, but visit Mexico City's Plaza Garibaldi on any given evening and you'll soon see that the tradition of mariachis is alive and well and...
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16 de Septiembre 82, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Fabulous art nouveau lobby of the Gran Hotel in Mexico City. This is an amazing interior located in an unexpected building in an unexpected city. It's a few blocks from the Zocalo. 16 de Septiembre 82, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City
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Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
I was blown away by the sheer size of the Zocalo - main square in Mexico City. The crowd is minimal because everyone was watching Mexico in a World Cup soccer mach at the time. This picture was taken from the 3rd floor terrace of a restaurant...
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Agrícola, Chimalistac, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
"The architect, Eduardo Mata, was inspired by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Berliner Philharmonie. I love performing in this monumental building. It was specially designed for symphonic music, and the audience surrounds the musicians...
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Colima 174, Colonia Roma, Colima 174, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
"Located in a gorgeous old house in the heart of La Roma, TOCA is an intimate boutique gallery that showcases the rising talents of contemporary Latin American art. It represents international artists as well." —Alondra De La Parra Colima 174,...
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Colima 166, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Perhaps it’s more interested in diner loyalty than in snagging prizes, but chef Elena Reygadas’s original Mexico City restaurant is still beloved—and busier than ever. So while a few greatest hits linger season to season,...
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Avenida Álvaro Obregón 99, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Housed in a mansion built in 1911, Casa Lamm is a cultural center, art school, and gallery. The permanent collection includes works by such notable Mexican artists as landscape painter Abelardo López and sculptor Jorge Marín. Sign up for a...
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Puebla 121, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
For libations in Colonia Roma, visit the cantina Salón Covadonga, where waiters in white shirts and bow ties serve up palomas, tequila drinks made with grapefruit soda. At this sprawling local institution, you’re just as likely to find old-timers...
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Av. 5 de Mayo 61, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Centro, CDMX, Mexico
The restaurant and bar, called El Balcon del Zocalo, on the roof top of the Holiday Inn located along the Zocalo, or central square, of Mexico City is worth the inflated prices in order to get a bird's eye view of Mexico's largest and most...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
In this very active city in “Paseo de la Reforma” stands majestically overlooking the city “the Angel of Independence” one of the most characteristic symbols of Mexico City.
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sometimes, once you've journeyed many dusty miles in a foreign land, it's cool just to do nothing and enjoy the moment. there's a place in Northern Baja called Canyon de Guadalupe where you can do just that. set in a remote canyon amongst 1000...
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Hipódromo Condesa, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Condesa neighborhood has to be one of my favorite neighborhoods in Mexico City. If you want a really good mezcal-and-cilantro margarita while sitting at a very chic, cool bar, then head to Condesa DF. Avenida Veracruz 102 | Colonia Condesa,...
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Culiacan 6, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This wonderful bed and breakfast located in Condesa is a great place to spend your time in Mexico City. The staff, especially Victor and Ernesto, is extremely helpful and friendly and will provide you with site recommendations, safe taxis and a...
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If you're looking for good art, food and company then you should head over to the best Saturday market in town. Grab a quesadilla, minus the spicy hot jalapeño, and stroll the market in search of a deal. If your Spanish is good, you will have an...
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Álvaro Obregón 64, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
For a chill and young atmosphere, indulge yourself with a few well-made martinis from the bar at Felix. By the end of the night I had more than two drinks and almost forgot that I was in Mexico City. If the check wasn't tallied in pesos I would...
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Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Learn more about the history of Mexico and its fight to freedom at this lovely museum located in the city's largest park. Have your camera ready, for once you reach the top you will finally understand just how big the city truly is.
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Ignacio Allende Esquina Av. Miguel Hidalgo, Coyoacán TNT, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Once a separate town, the leafy colonial neighborhood known as Coyoacán has long been absorbed into the city at large, but retains a separate, old-fashioned air that’s impossible to resist. Restaurants and ice cream parlors (plus some...
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Plaza Mayor, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Plaza Mayor is one of the largest city squares in the world. I love how small the lone cyclist looks set among the vast concrete sprawl and the backdrop of the square.
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San Andrés Mixquic, CDMX, Mexico
Mixquic is a little town to the southeast of Mexico City. It is known for its traditional celebration of the Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which is a national holiday that takes place every year on November 2. The villagers open their...
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30, Av Francisco I. Madero, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Greater Mexico City from above - the vastness of the land, home to over 19 million people.
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Gral. Francisco Ramírez 12-14, Ampliación Daniel Garza, Amp Daniel Garza, 11840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Luis Barragán was the preeminent modernist Mexican architect. Sometimes characterized as the Frank Lloyd Wright of Mexico, he was the second winner of the Pritzker Prize. Active in Mexico City and Guadalajara, there are a number of significant...
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Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
We stopped at this stall near the Zócalo because there were tons of people buzzing around it so we knew it must be something good. My non-Spanish speaking friend ran across the street and pantomimed to the vendor that he wanted one of whatever he...
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Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, 06000 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Its massive size, centrality to daily life in the capital, and easy accessibility (a Metro station opens up right onto the plaza) makes the Zócalo an ideal place for large-scale temporary exhibits. The government hosts occasional exhibits...
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Carr. Picacho-Ajusco Km 1.5, Tlalpan, 14200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City is a vast, vibrant city, with as many diverse neighborhoods and lodging options as you can imagine. For anyone who does not want to be in the downtown tourist zone, but still wants to be in a safe area, or for anyone who may be in town...
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Plaza San Jacinto 11, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Once a separate municipality, San Ángel—in the city’s south, nestled into its western foothills—is a leafy, genteel enclave whose relative isolation adds a soigné feel (for better or worse) you won’t find in...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City is often depicted—and not incorrectly—as a capital city teeming with buildings, people, and cars. It also, though, has a surprising number of green spaces and parks, the most expansive of which is Bosque de Chapultepec, right on the...
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Dr. Lavista 189, Doctores, 06720 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The concierge at the hotel was skeptical. The cab driver was amused and skeptical. Lucha libre, or Mexican wrestling, is clearly an unsophisticated embarrassment, tantamount to telling a visitor to the U.S. to...
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55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico
While it's not in Mexico City proper, the sacred pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan is close enough–about 30 miles– for an easy day trip if you're interested in architecture, archaeology, and indigenous history. The site's primary...
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Domicilio conocido S/N, Polanco Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11560 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
Great view from an apartment in Polanco area to a waving Mexican Flag in Campo Marte, military camp in Mexico City.
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Juan Vazquez de Mella 525, Polanco, Polanco I Secc, 11510 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Hacienda de los Morales is probably my favorite Mexican restaurant in Mexico City. This is a must-try appetizer: duck chicharron tacos on black tortilla. Add a little lemon and salsa... bingo!!
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Dakota 95, Nápoles, 03810 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
What a great experience. Full to capacity, watching the best bullfighter in the world, Jose Tomas, priceless! Also very emotional to be with my grandfather during his last live bullfight. If you ever visit the stadium in Mexico City you have to...
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Av Chemuyil Mz 26 Smz 70 Lt 3 Quintana Roo, La Toscana, 77725 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
A dilapidated warehouse, cobalt blue on the outside, draws me in. It doesn't look promising, paint peeling and in need of repair, but I have learned never to judge a book by its cover here in Mexico. I walk from bright sunlight into cool shade,...
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La Condesa, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Condesa df is a pretty awesome hotel if you are a design conscious traveler and the neighborhood is very creative and more low key than the historic part of Mexico City. I didn't end up staying at the hotel (I didn't know how cool it was until...
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Av. Hidalgo 85, Centro Histórico, Guerrero, 06300 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
I wanted to stay in a hotel that was historical, represented Mexico City, and was right in the heart of the action. Boutique Hotel de Cortes was even better than I expected, so completely romantic and their restaurant had amazing food. I still...
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Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
A great introduction to the street food scene in Mexico City. Super friendly, knowledgeable tour guide introduced a small group of us to vendors around the city, explaining what they sell, when they sell it, and how to order. In just a few hours,...
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Paseo de la Reforma 116, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you're concerned about the provenance of handcrafts and whether your purchase will genuinely benefit the craftsperson or artist who made it, then confine your shopping to FONART. This government-sponsored project ensures that all of its...
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República de Uruguay 74, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
We semi-stumbled into this pastry shop, drawn in by the smell and the colorful paper decorations that adorned every inch of the ceiling and windows for Día de Muertos. It's like no bakery I've ever seen. The place is huge (two stories) with every...
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Av. Paseo de los Tamarindos No.98 Col, Bosque de las Lomas, 05120 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Last month, I was on a business trip to Mexico City and I discovered the Live Aqua hotel in the Bosques area of the city. It's such a perfect place to chill out after a few traffic-jammed days of business in this crazy, but exciting, city. A lobby...
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Av. Isaac Newton 55, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chef Jorge Vallejo spent time in the kitchen at Pujol before he and wife Alejandra Flores opened Quintonil, giving the former boss a run for his money. Their place, too, has become a fixture on best-restaurants lists, and is changing how people...
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Avenida Arcos de Belén s/n, Centro, 06720 Cuahutémoc, CDMX, Mexico
Mercado San Juan is a market where you go to discuss the best salsas made with the ant hormiga chicatana, the best way to make soup with dried shrimp, and the merits of coffee grown in Veracruz. It’s Mexico City’s gourmet market, where chefs...
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Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
A city full of live, culture and color.
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Lope de Vega 330, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Housewares designer Maggie Galton works with Mexican artisans to create clay bowls, woven rebozos (shawls), and hand-etched lacquer trays (pictured). Find these items at Galton’s showroom, along with pillows inspired by huipiles, tunic-like...
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Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Granada, 11529 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Museo Soumaya, financed by Carlos Slim, the richest man in Mexico, has the ambitions of the Guggenheim Bilbao from the outside. It's a stunning building whose sweeping, soaring curves couldn't help but make it an instant landmark near Polanco,...
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Av Mexico 5843, La Noria, 16030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has a colorful legacy of art and architecture. Today, museum buildings are often impressive landmarks on their own. Here's a place where art and design align. Dolores Olmedo first modeled for artist Diego Rivera when she was 20. At her...
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Gral. Francisco Ramírez 12-14, Ampliación Daniel Garza, Amp Daniel Garza, 11840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Don’t let the concrete exterior fool you. Casa Luis Barragan, the midcentury home and studio of the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Luis Barragan, emphasizes natural light, bright color, and striking contrasts. Inspired by his travels in Europe...
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Parque Centenario 9A, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Once considered a poor man’s liquor, mezcal now stocks the top shelves of high-end restaurants and bars around the world. Sample the spirit, made from the maguey plant, on the open-air terrace at Corazon de Maguey. The mezcaleria serves golden...
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Av. 5 de Mayo 39, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
An art nouveau stained-glass sign welcomes you into the 140-year-old Dulcería de Celaya, a family-owned sweets shop near the Zócalo. Mexican treats such as aleluyas de pistache (dulce de leche sweets studded with pistachios) and buñuelos...
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Plaza San Jacinto 15, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Álvaro Obregón, CDMX, Mexico
While shopping in the San Ángel district, make sure to check out the fabulous store Tocamadera. Doug and I could have gone absolutely crazy in here, spending our hard-earned dinero on the amazing artisan objects, one-of-a-kid woodwork furniture...
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Calle Chivatito s/n 1ª sección del Bosque de Chapultepec, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11850 Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
Wake up early, lace up your walking shoes, and get ready for a day of adventure at the Chapultepec Zoo. Free and open to the public, the expansive grounds wind past panda bears, butterflies, and even a lake. The park is best enjoyed early in the...
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Carr. Picacho-Ajusco Km 1.5, Tlalpan, 14200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
For a bit of adventure, animals, and adrenaline Six Flags is the place to go in Mexico City. Unlike other amusement parks, they feature a range of activities—many of which you won't find in the US—that cater to all ages. Explore the themed...
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Calle de la Palma 23, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
For breakfast at El Cardenal you can gently tear open fresh pastries, dip them in cool clotted cream, and follow them with classic Mexican hot chocolate. Of course you might rather order the squash blossom omelet or the escamole--ant eggs...
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Insurgentes Centro 117, San Rafael, 06470 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It was one of my neighbors who pointed me towards this place. He told me that every once in a while his grandmother and his aunt used to make a special visit to get the best ice cream in the city. The chosen place was always La Especial de París....
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Paseo de la Reforma y Eje 2 PTE, Juárez, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The last Sunday of every month, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the most beautiful avenue in Mexico City is closed to traffic and used for biking, skating and running. So just grab one of the public transport bicycles, known as Ecobicis, and start...
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Altata 22, Hipódromo, 06170 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Any taco connoisseur knows that the difference between a good and a great taco al pastor lies in the salsa. If you ask me, El Califa is a bit overpriced, but its salsas make a late night visit to this chain totally worth it.
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Antiguo Canal Cuemanco, Pista Olímpica Virgilio Uribe, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
At the south end of Mexico City lie the floating gardens of Xochimilco. These waterways date from the time of the Aztecs and are great if you suddenly feel overwhelmed by craziness of a big city. To avoid the crowds, gather a couple of friends and...
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Av. Veracruz 15, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mezcal has almost substituted tequila as the spirit of choice in high-end restaurants and simple bars alike. Recently a couple of mezcal specialized boutiques opened across the city. One of them is Sabrá Dios Mezcalería, where you can buy bottles...
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Adolfo Prieto 1364, Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
My favorite Mexico City breakfast is as simple as it gets: refried beans and eggs in Fonda Margarita, a small yet ridiculously famous eatery in Colonia del Valle. People start arriving early, at around 5:30 a.m., to enjoy the simple but savory...
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Calle de Venustiano Carranza 49, Centro, 06000 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
Its owners advertise La Faena as a bar and bullfighting museum. Paintings of epic bullfights hang from its walls, outfits of famous toreros are displayed on the columns, and typical cantina phrases sometimes funny, more often just plainly...
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Campeche 367, Hipódromo Condesa, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The food truck craze has also taken over Mexico City. There is even a Food Truck Association that groups many of them. Don Kebab, one of my favorite food trucks, parks from Friday to Sunday on the southern edge of Parque México. Shawarma, falafel,...
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Hamburgo 97, Juárez, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
As soon as I stepped into El Dragón I realized my friends and I were one of the only two tables of non-Chinese people. That is almost always a good sign, and in this case it definitely was. We had more than generous servings of fried rice, pork on...
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Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Built in the 18th Century, the Chapultepec Castle has been through different times a summer palace, an imperial residence and a military academy. Today it hosts the Museo Nacional de Historia (National History Museum). Among its collection you can...
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Zamora 7, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Restaurant, cafeteria, bookstore and small neighborhood theatre, Foro Shakespeare is generally off the tourist route. But catching one of its plays is a great way to spend an evening before heading out to one of the bars at Colonia Condesa. Many...
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Oscar Wilde 29, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
As a general rule, I try to avoid the restaurants in Polanco neighborhood. They tend to be pricey and rarely live up to their fame. The flagship Dulcinea is one of the notable exceptions. Run by chefs Lucy, Leopoldo and Fabián Acuña, and one of...
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Calle Julio Verne 93, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Jules Basement hosts jazz nights every Tuesday. “Hidden” behind a refrigerator door of a taco joint in the Polanco neighborhood, it is the first speakeasy in Mexico City. Supposedly, the only way to access this very well known little secret is to...
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Calle de Venustiano Carranza 35, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Gallo de Oro is a place with history, it opened in 1874 and it wasn’t until 1982 when women were allowed in the place. To this day, the waiters are old school: most of the time they will call you a caballero, señora or señorita. El Gallo de Oro...
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Londres 130, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Right in the Heart of Zona Rosa, hotel Geneve is one of the oldest in the city. Its lobby is also a sort of museum, with objects that date back a hundred years. It opened in 1907. If you are an adventurous eater, be sure to ask for habanero...
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Plaza de las Américas 1, Villa de Guadalupe, Villa Gustavo A. Madero, 07050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It is said that in Mexico, even atheists are guadalupanos, that is, they believe in the Virgin of Guadalupe. That is why this is one of the “must see” attractions of the city. On December 12, there is a national pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our...
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Calle Regina 160, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06090 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Don Chon is the place to try some culinary oddities. This traditional restaurant serves escamoles (ant larvae), maguey worms, grasshoppers, and rattlesnake. Pair it with some of the house’s mezcal or a traditional pulque curado (flavored pulque)...
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Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s mammoth cathedral was built across three centuries (1573–1813)—starting soon after Cortés and his allies vanquished the Aztec Empire—using stones taken from a destroyed indigenous temple. Today’s...
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Tabasco 109, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Belmondo is sandwich paradise, for purists and innovators alike. You’ll find the gourmet version of the typical BLT, Reuben and grilled cheese options, but also more elaborate creations. Their sandwich of lechón (roasted pork), frijoles con veneno...
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Seminario 8, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
“Is it a book presentation or is it just an excuse to get drunk?”, I heard someone ask on my first visit to Hostería La Bota. Well… it was both. The place, owned by writer Antonio Calera-Grobet, serves tapas, calzones, mezcal, and more recently, a...
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Belisario Domínguez 70-72, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chile en nogada is a dish invented in Puebla made of poblano peppers with a filling of shredded meat and different nuts and fruits, bathed in a walnut and cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate. It is nearly impossible to find chiles en nogada...
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Insurgentes Sur 701, Benito Juárez, Nápoles, 03810 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
When I first arrived in Mexico City, one of my favorite places to visit was the Polyforum Siqueiros. I used to spend hours looking at the 12 exterior panels and th interior “La historia de la humanidad” (The History of Humanity”), an enormous...
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Calle Querétaro 230, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Whether you want to learn salsa basics or show off your expert skills, Mama Rumba is just the spot. Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the dancing club at Colonia Roma offers salsa lessons for just 100 pesos. It includes the entrance fee to...
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Insurgentes Sur 226, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
What happens in Pulquería Insurgentes at night was described by a local newspaper as the Neoculture of Pulque. Djs play their sets while a young and not so young crowd drinks glasses of pulque (fermented agave sap) flavored with different...
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Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, State of Mexico, Mexico
Besides beautiful scenery (think bearded cactus, banana and guava trees, and even orchids!) hiking in Santo Tomás de los Plátanos, in a near Barranca del Diablo (Devil’s Gorge), has an additional perk. You can find cave paintings that date from a...
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When in Valle de Bravo, many of my friends like to eat in Viva Fajita for its affordable food and simple approach (different kind of fajitas, burgers, some salads, nachos, and that’s about it). They also like the young crowd and the feeling of a...
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San Luis Potosí 26, Roma Sur, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Exactly what is a fichera? Short explanation: it’s woman, in these days generally an older woman, that you pay to dance and talk with you. You pay them with fichas (chips), hence the name ficheras. And that’s it. Well... sort of. In the 70’s there...
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Puebla 371, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Angelopolitano is small restaurant that offers chicken in mole, pepian, and other traditional food from Puebla. Their mole is based on a recipe from a 19th Century cookbook handed down from generation to generation. It is served quite simply, on a...
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Orizaba 28, Roma, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
For some reason Stampa de Mar always reminds me of Mérida or Campeche. Perhaps it’s the tile floor or maybe the general openness of the table setting, but something definitely gives a calm sensation when you walk into the place. It is a wonderful...
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Medellín 197, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuautemoc, CDMX, Mexico
One of the few bad parts about travelling is that you often get food cravings that seem almost impossible to fulfill back home. There was the time when I wanted authentic Sichuan cuisine, and the time when I wanted Brazilian pan de queijo. During...
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Av. Álvaro Obregón 130, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The first thing that drew my attention in Alekzander were the purposefully rusted tables, and the contrast with the refined interiors. It was an irresistible mix between old and new. But I know now that the true value of Alekzander lies elsewhere....
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Tonalá 155, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A tlayuda is like a big tortilla, only crunchier, though not as hard as a tostada. Perhaps it would be easier to compare it to a flat bread, a pizza of sorts, smeared with mashed black beans, melted quesillo (also known as Oaxaca chesse) and bits...
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Avenida de la Paz 47, San Ángel TNT, San Ángel, 01000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you want to understand the evolution of Mexican food in the last decade, then you must eat at Paxia. The elaborated dishes created by chef Daniel Ovadía elevate traditional ingredients to new heights. Mole de guajolote (turkey in mole sauce) is...
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Chef Edgar Núñez runs not only the renowned Sud 777, one of the best restaurants in the city—he also has a food truck. It parks outside the restaurant on weekends, and from Monday to Friday you’ll find it in the Pedregal neighborhood. Besides...
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Andador Jose Enrique Pestalozzi 1238, Benito Juarez, Del Valle, Col del Valle Centro, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
My coworkers and I used to leave Deigo for special occasions. It is the kind of restaurant where you can see Japanese businessmen that have reserved their regular table but also your occasional foodie, or the more usual client who’ll head right up...
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Av. Emilio Castelar 163, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The cuisine of an Acapulco classic arrived in Mexico City this year. Chef Eduardo Whichtendah responsible for the mix of Thai and Mexican food served in Zibu, opened Mar del Zur in Polanco neighborhood. The lion fish tempura with cucumber spicy...
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Av Sonora 49, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This is one of the two restaurants recommended by the Embassy of Thailand in Mexico. They make ordering easy, by having dish numbers right next to the name (just in case your Thai speaking skills haven’t quite reached restaurant menu level). You...
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Temístocles 61, Polanco IV Sección, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
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San Lorenzo 40, Tlacoquemecatl del Valle, 03200 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Feeling the need to enjoy an English Bitter? Nostalgic for an American Lager? Thirsting for a German Amber Ale? El Depósito can accommodate. It has a selection of more than 160 imported and approximately 40 national beers. On a Friday or Saturday...
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San Francisco 1701, Actipan, 03100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
More than wine store, Bacus is a club for wine enthusiasts. It hosts weekly wine, licor or beer tastings. For 350 pesos, non-members can join these events. There are at least three stores in the city, but I like going to the one in Colonia del...
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Y GANDHI, Paseo de la Reforma S/N, Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City is a hidden gem of a destination. I tell everyone that the Condessa neighborhood combines the sophistication of Paris with the energy of Rio de Janeiro but no one believes me. And there’s culture. Mexico City is home to more museums...
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Av. Tamaulipas 45, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Wallace offers more than 150 options of whiskys, bourbons and single malts, from a 12 year Irish whiskey or 18 year old scotch to a 21 year Japanese hibiki. Sit on the tables by the sidewalk or go up the stairs to the pool tables.
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Juan de la Barrera 4, Condesa, 06140 Cuahutemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Expert coffee grader, roaster and barista Aquiles González is the mastermind behind Rococó. If you are lucky enough to find him behind the cash register, he will French press, drip, aeropress, Japanese siphon or whatever rocks your boat...
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Calle Adolfo Prieto s/n Local 237, Del Valle, Col del Valle Nte, 03100 Benito Juárez, CDMX, Mexico
You wouldn’t expect to find a gourmet coffee shop inside a market, right next the fruit stand and past the piñata store. But Passmar, located within the Lázaro Cardenas market in Colonia del Valle, is not your typical shop. The baristas are almost...
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Amsterdam 55, Hipódromo Condesa, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It is a simple place: 10 tables and a very small bar located on a street corner in Colonia Condesa. La Esquina del Té was one of the first places in Mexico City that specialized solely in tea and infusions. It opened in the year 2000, and it still...
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Orizaba 101, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Enjoy a tranquil or a candid conversation over a pot of tea in one of the two rooms of Maison du Thé Francais Caravanseraï. Sit down on a chair, a sofa or an ottoman in one of the two rooms and learn to distinguish your Matcha from your Lung...
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Havre 83, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The owners of El Tercer Lugar take their coffee very seriously. The beans are brought from the states of Guerrero, and Veracruz, roasted on the spot, and each variety is infused using a different method. The roast from Guerrero, for example, is...
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Londres 161, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
On Saturdays, you will find vendors not only in the galleries at Plaza del Ángel, but also in the central courtyard, the hallways and on nearby streets. It is a great spot to find interesting pieces and colorful pieces. Look for china, old wine...
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Hipódromo Condesa, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tandoor offers a mixture of typical Punjab dishes (think of chicken balti, tandoori or julfrezi chicken) and an assortment of kebab. My favorite is the chappal kebab. Try their vegetarian dishes like aloo palak (potatos with spinach), or the...
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Centenario 107, Del Carmen, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Coyoacan is a zone full of folklore, excellent bars and places to hang out. Last month I had the opportunity to visit the Centenario 107 Bar located in Colonia del Carmen. This place offers a wide variety of wines, beers and local tequilas and...
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The Museo de Arte Moderno or Museum of Modern Art is located in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City. The museum is part of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and prepares exhibitions of national and international contemporary artists. The museum...
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Av. República de Argentina 15, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06020 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The most charming bookstore I’ve ever encountered, the Libreria Porrua, is found in Chapultepec Park. The indoor/outdoor space offers contemporary furniture, fresh air, plenty of natural light and a snack/drink bar. Colombia & Mexico City trip...
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C. Tacuba 1, Cuauhtémoc, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City's Palacio de Correos, the capital's main post office, dates from the days of President Porfirio Diaz, who inaugurated it in 1907. The design is an eclectic mix of styles, with Moorish, Spanish and Venetian Renaissance, Neoclassical and...
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Balderas 202, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Nineteenth-century Cuban independence leader José Martí lived a short but full life, creating a considerable body of writing and traveling extensively. He spent long enough periods of time abroad that he could have been considered an expat; he...
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Seminario 8, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtémoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
With the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, Iberian overlords set about imposing their customs on the subdued populace, eliminating traces of pre-Hispanic religions they deemed heretical by demolishing major temples and building churches and...
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Av Nuevo León 103, Condesa, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If you're in the Condesa neighbourhood in DF you must have a meal at Bonita. This lovely airy restaurant serves delicious fare and is one if the locals' favorites. Definitely try the black bean soup.
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Rosario 156, Centro, Merced Balbuena, 15100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mercado de la Merced, Mexico City’s largest traditional food market, is full of little neighborhoods. Wander the districts devoted to everything from nopales—sometimes stacked five feet high—to pyramids of limes and columns of banana leaves. For a...
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Ignacio Allende, s/n, Coyoácan, Del Carmen, 04100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mercado de Coyoacán, located in southwest Mexico City, has an orderly beauty and a sleepy country market vibe. The produce vendors exhibit ingredients that you won't see at most restaurants: piles of mamey—which resemble oblong cantaloupes and...
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Av. 5 de Mayo 43, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
To say that the street food scene in Mexico City was the highlight of my trip would be an understatement. The entire time I was planning my vacation people kept warning me about the food. Montezuma’s revenge was sure to get me! What I found was...
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Fernando Montes de Oca 89, Condesa, 06140 Cuahutemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Neveria Roxy in Mexico City was a sort of revelation. When you think of artisanal ice cream I think your mind directly goes to Italy, but this was proof that the Mexican’s definitely know a thing or two about dairy. In fact, there were many...
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Av. Yucatan 84, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
El Parnita is the place to be for tacos and people watching. The Viajero and Huerfano tacos are favorites of the loyal clientele. Betty, Paulino, and their staff are spot-on and will treat you like family. Ask for the daily specials. Get there...
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Calle Tonalá 133, Roma Norte, 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Chef Eduardo Garcia can hardly go wrong - in or out of the kitchen. He finds the freshest, in-season ingredients to create his daily offer. Reserve ahead of time. The restaurant has a waiting room slash bar upstairs for early arrivals. Save room...
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Colima 179, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
From the creators of Rosetta, the Italian restaurant just down the block, this little bakery has captured the attention of fresh bread connoisseurs and ristretto lovers alike. Finding an empty space at the bar can be hard in the mornings but the...
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Calle Pennsylvania 255, Nápoles, 03810 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Chiandoni is dedicated to serving up the most date-worthy, diner-style ice cream. Founded by an Italian immigrant who was once a boxer, this place situated in residential Colonia Napoles is a must-do for ice cream aficionados. Sit at the bar and...
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Ignacio Allende 77, Lagunilla, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s fabulous Sundays-only flea market—in a down-at-the-heels neighborhood near the Centro Histórico that looks worse than it is—is a must-do for anyone who loves the nostalgic or the campy. No fewer than six...
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Puebla 121, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
It's all bright lights and no music at Covadonga. While there's zero romanticism to this Spanish traditional restaurant bar, a quirky crowd congregates here: from the IT support team from the building two doors down, to the most avant-garde...
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Mosqueta, Eje 1 Nte. S/N, Buenavista, 06350 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
A detour to the centrally located yet way-off-the-tourist-track neighborhood known as Buenavista leads to one of Mexico City’s most dazzling 21st-century landmarks, the Biblioteca Vasconcelos, a gorgeous public library. The...
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Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06050 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
There is so much to see and do in Mexico City, but this place should be on the itinerary of anyone interested in the incredibly varied world of Mexican folk art. The space is spacious and bright, which means the vibrant colors of, well,...
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Ruta Metro Insurgentes a EH, Polanco, Polanco V Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The Polanco Metro’s staircase not only looks like a piano; it is a piano. During certain times of the day and night a switch is turned on and the steps become keys, resonating with the notes people make as they climb up and down.
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Jesús María 39, Centro Histórico, Cuauhtemoc, 06060 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s Central district is home to many colorful if not unusual street finds. My husband and I began our tour of the Centro Histórico at the Iglesia de la Santisima Trinidad, noted for its stunning façade, and started to make our way to the...
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Centro Histórico, Centro, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Diego Rivera’s murals glorify Mexico’s peoples and history. The large building of the Secretaría de Educación Pública (education ministry) holds the most extensive collection of his murals in Mexico City. (Other famous murals can be found in the...
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Calle de Tacuba 8, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The smallish Plaza Manuel Tolsá—at the end of Calle de Tacuba—is an all-but-perfect urban conglomeration that will thrill architecture fans. To the south lies the 18th-century Palacio de Minería (a former engineering...
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Calle General Francisco Ramírez 4, Miguel Hidalgo, Ampliación Daniel Garza, Amp Daniel Garza, 11840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One can easily overlook the Archivo de Diseño y Arquitectura after a visit to its well-publicized next-door neighbor, the Casa Luis Barragán. The Archivo, a museum and gallery, is definitely worth a visit. It is home to a vast international...
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Lindavista Vallejo III Secc, 07750 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City has one of the busiest subway systems in the world, carrying about 5 million people a day. Having lived and used public transportation in New York City, the first thing I noticed about the Mexico subway system is that it is very clean....
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Av. Emilio Castelar, Polanco, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Spend an afternoon wandering the Polanco neighborhood, around streets named after famous political and literary figures -- Alejandro Dumas, Emilio Castelar, Tennyson, and Edgar Allan Poe. Beautifully preserved mansions with elaborate sculptural...
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Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
All foodies ...recommend a visit to Mercado San Juan. I am told this is the gourmet market where the chefs shop. Everything looks great and if you love markets as we do, you will not be disappointed. We went with Eat Mexico culinary tour which I...
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Av Nuevo León 137, Hipódromo Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
After some drinks on the outdoor balcony at the trendy Hotel Condesa nearby, I joined a friend for dinner at La Capital on Av Nuevo Leon. I had heard that chapulinas would be the “adventurous” food experience, if I could find them in the more...
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This little gem was recomended to me by my hosts in Mexico City and it's an excellent find. Part bakery part cafe it has a selection of fantastic morning bakes and selection of juicy meats and cheeses for sandwiches. Great vibe and even better...
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Calle de Tacuba 8, Centro Histórico, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
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Tonalá 51, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
This space owned by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México hosts very ambitious exhibits, performances, and video installations, usually featuring contemporary Mexican artists who are interested in science and technology. +52 55 5511 8867
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After many moves, Proyectos Monclova has a permanent home in a large, lovely space in Roma, and features both young and longstanding Mexican artists, included the vaunted Eduardo Terrazas. +52 (55) 4754 3546
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Ezequiel Montes #36, Tabacalera, 06030 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Talcual is a launching pad for emerging contemporary artists—and a resource for major museums, art foundations, curators, and critics. +52 (55) 5514 9616