Collected by Richard Loyd
Richard Loyd′s Wishlist
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...
Av. Álvaro Obregón 99, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Located on the gorgeous grounds of cultural center Casa Lamm, 99 nueve nueve is a full-service restaurant with an elegant and sophisticated bar. The wine menu is carefully curated by the sommelier, and cocktails are available as well. Live music...
Aguascalientes 232, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
One of many mezcalerías in the trendy Condesa neighborhood, Alipús Endémico distinguishes itself by extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menus in addition to the selection of mezcal—tequila's more complex cousin. Nearly...
Londres, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Mexico City’s fun speakeasy shows no signs of stopping. Officially a membership club, ambitious gate-crashers (doll up and don’t be pushy; foreign accents not a liability) should look for a rather forlorn, seemingly late-night Calle...
Calle Gral. Prim 95, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The latest dining room by star chef Jair Téllez (of MeroToro fame), Amaya reflects its proprietor’s belief that quality ingredients speak for themselves, with little need for overdramatic presentations or reliance on technological...
Malintzin 155, Del Carmen, 04100 Coyoacan, CDMX, Mexico
Co-owner Diego Luna, one of Mexico's most internationally recognized movie stars, helps draw celebrities and other see-and-be-seen folks to La Bipo, his bar in the Coyoacán neighborhood. Designed as a cantina-style watering hole, La Bipo has a...
Tonalá No. 23, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico
The specialty at Artemisia is absinthe, and the bar even has its own French-made custom blend. The bar space located within the Porifiran-era mansion is small and intimate—better to enjoy your drink, staff says (and to control noise and...
Oscar Wilde 9, Polanco III Sección, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico
One of the capital's original contemporary cocktail bars, Limantour ranks #20 on the World's 50 Best Bars list. Mixologists here take their sweet time to make drinks, so don't plan on stopping by if you're in a hurry; the idea is to slow down and...
Chihuahua 118, Roma Nte., 06170 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
If the cocktails at Lilit remind you a bit of London, it's with good reason: the bar's drink menu was designed by Lucas Ranzuglia, formerly of the popular London bar Milk and Honey. If you're keen for a taste of Britain, then order up a London...
Calle Querétaro 225, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Biergarten, located on the roof of Mercado Roma, is a hip urban artisanal food market in the equally popular Roma neighborhood. This is a casual, open-air spot where you can try locally-crafted beers from the barrel or in a bottle. There's always...
Calle Milan 14, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The establishment bears two names for a reason. Lenox is the front room, a restaurant chasing after that holy grail of U.S.-style diner food that's just refined enough to appeal to the beautiful people (remember Max’s Kansas City?). Tables...
Av Oaxaca 87, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
As its name suggests, gin is the spirit of choice at this cocktail bar, which is inspired in every way by all things "across the pond." Mixologists and servers in button-down Oxford shirts prepare and deliver—what else?—gin and tonics in a setting...
Calle Ometusco 87, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
The setting of Felina Bar feels somewhat like hanging out at a friend's apartment: all vintage chairs and couches, with low lighting and jazz setting the scene. Don't rush the bartenders, who mix drinks with great attention and will happily tell...
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...
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...
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...
Local F, Av. Emilio Castelar 107, Polanco, Polanco IV Secc, 11550 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Josélo's location right on the periphery of Parque Lincoln—a peaceful park in the upscale Polanco neighborhood—is one reason to stop by for a cup of coffee. You can sit at a second-floor table and overlook the park as you sip and take a break from...
Córdoba 132, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Cardinal was the first shop in town to take coffee really seriously. Unlike the vibe in many cool cafés, hand-poured cups aren’t served with a salty attitude. It’s a friendly neighborhood spot where you can read the paper in peace and enjoy a...
Calle Tonalá 133, Roma Norte, Roma Nte., 06700 Cuauhtemoc, CDMX, Mexico
Chef Eduardo García’s flagship restaurant continues to excel as one of the city’s (not so) hidden gems. With its tight dining room and just a smattering of sidewalk tables, fans reserve, ask nicely, and beg—and, in one...
- 1The Tea Capital of Europe Isn’t Where You Think It Is
- 28 New Books You Need to Read Before Flying to France
- 3Intimate Portraits of Women Who Live as Men in Remote Albania
- 4An Expert Guide to Working Remotely and Traveling the World
- 5Beyond the French Quarter: Discovering New Orleans’s Downriver Delights