Stellar tequila and unbelievable street eats are two of the things we associate with Mexico City, but the Mexican capital is so much more than just its food and drink. Art flows through its veins, most famously in the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and if you keep your eyes open, you’ll see it alive and well.
For help navigating CDMX, we asked photographer Bex Griffin to show us around. Bex is the co-founder of Luna Negra, a boutique creative agency and production company, as well as PAXA, a leather accessories brand inspired by Mexico.
"It’s funny because Mexico City never was on my radar. I was in Tulum at the time, and a friend of mine was going there and was like, “You should come meet me,” so I decided to go meet up with her and stayed with some friends.
I was completely in shock. The city reminded me of New York and Paris, mixed with a traditional Mexican pueblo and Spanish culture and the jungle, all in one. It was mind-blowing.
The architecture is super interesting because it has a mix of art deco and modern, but also there’s old Spanish kind of mixed in, and bright colors. Everywhere you walk, there’s something.
My favorite place is the Parque México. There’s tons of musicians and artists and families and dogs there all the time, and it’s just very beautiful. It’s kind of like an escape from the city with all these tropical plants, and you feel you’re in another world.
I love going to the Lagunilla Market. It’s some of the best antiques that you can find from all over the world. There’s everything you can think of: I’ve seen fossils there and mid-century furniture. Then, of course, there’s always a food market attached to that with carnitas or fresh mangos.
Everyone I meet is like an incredibly talented artist or architect. I feel, compared to other cities in the world, Mexicans really respect artistry. In New York and L.A., or in the U.S. in general, artists’ jobs aren’t very respected. You think of engineering and doctors and lawyers—those are the prestigious jobs, and art gets pushed aside like it’s not a real thing. But I think in Mexico City, they really embrace it.
It’s everywhere you go: at every street corner, someone’s selling vintage furniture or their own art. I think it’s just ingrained in their culture."
Luis Moya 31, Colonia Centro, Centro, Mexico City
Tue-Sat: 6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Mérida 109, Roma Nte., Mexico City
Tue-Wed: 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.; Thu-Sat: 5:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
La Lagunilla Market
López Rayón 46 lote 1, Centro, Mexico City
Mon-Sun: 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Agustín Melgar 6, Condesa, Mexico City
Mon-Sat: 8:00 a.m.-10:45 p.m.; Sun: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Av. Yucatan 84, Roma Nte., Mexico City
Mon-Sun: 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
Avenida México, Colonia Hipódromo, Mexico City