AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO MEXICO CITY

Guacamole and margaritas are the first thing that come in to people's mind when they think about Mexico City, when in fact those are only a small portion of what one of the biggest cities in the world has to offer. To start of, there are 21 million people living in this teeming metropolis that is going through a renaissance movement, making it more populated than New York, Paris, Los Angeles and London so you can imagine the amount of options and diverse type of experiences you can find.

The restaurant and bar scene is rich and and focused in the Condesa-Roma, the Juarez and Polanco neighborhoods. In the past 5 years, and similarly to what happened in Mexico City in the 60’s, the city has become the home for a new wave of people. Artists, foodies and urban humanists are creating in Mexico City a cosmopolitan destination with a handful of places to visit. Art galleries, museums and urban hideouts like the Kurimanzutto gallery, the JumexSoumaya Museum and the Mercado Roma are all musts. If you are ever in DF in February make sure you visit the Zona Maco México Arte Contemporaneo art fair.

WHERE TO STAY:

DOWNTOWN MEXICO (Hotel Downtown)

Photo: Downtown Mexico

Nestled in mexico city’s centro historico, this colonial building was once one of Mexico’s city’s most exclusive residences and was recently bought and converted in a hip boutique 17-room hotel, also very close to the Zocalo and Bellas Artes.

Las Alcobas

Photo: Las Alcobas

In the heart of the Polanco District, Las Alcobas is a boutique hotel that used to be a residence and was redecorated and turned into a 35-room boutique hotel.

WHERE TO EAT:

Merotoro

Photo: The World's 50 Best

The same owners of CONTRAMAR bringing the surf and turf cuisine of Baja California to Mexico City. Share tapas (ceviche ligero) and the mero.

Restaurante Dulce Patria

Photo: Jaunt Magazine

Mexican folklore at its greatest, definitely try the aguas frescas and fideo. Expect great presentation of dishes and first class service.

Maximo Bistrot

Photo: Time Out Mexico

New menu every day using only fresh ingredients, chef Lalo will tell you what you eat (mainly fish, steak and vegetables). Arguably the best cooking in town.

Restaurante Azul y Oro

Photo: Time Out Mexico

Blue and Gold (colors of the UNAM or Pumas soccer team). Go for breakfast, get a michelada and the Azul y Oro chilaquiles. Period.

The Comrade

Photo: The Comrade

Speakeasy place with excellent mixologist drinks. The secret is to knock on that black door.

La Taberna del Chanclas

Photo: Food and Travel MX

At this tiny spot in Colonia Condesa, the charismatic chef/owner “Chanclas” will show you his interpretation of Spanish cuisine. Order the huevos rotos (broken eggs)

Pujol

Photo: Pujol

Traditional meets contemporary at the best restaurant in Mexico and #20th best restaurant in the world. Baby corn powdered chicatana ant and mole madre are the signature dishes.

For specific bites try the tacos de carnitas at Los Panchos, omakase at Rokai, Burger at Lalo! and a grab a drink at La Surtidora.

Cover photo: Museo Soumaya by Sergio Quesada

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