Tacos and street food, Tequila and Mezcal, Frida and Diego. While these pairings are somewhat synonymous with Mexico City, and already foster a major incentive to visit, there is so much more to uncover in the city whose alchemy of young artists, new restaurants and up-and-coming neighborhoods with flourishing creative energy is just heating up.
At the forefront of the art and design community, for which Mexico City has always been known, is Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Pritzker Prize architect, Luis Barragán. All of whom have existing homes and studios sprinkled throughout the city and are open to the public. Among the greats are the larger, modern institutions, like Museo Jumex and Kurimanzutto Gallery, housing the works of contemporary artists. Another draw is Mexico’s artisan community that can be explored at the various trade markets around the city, like El Bazaar Sabado and La Ciudadela.
But what’s making Mexico City so cool right now is its bustling, younger neighborhoods like Roma, Condesa, and Polanco with shops, restaurants, nightlife and creative communities so dynamic they’ll have you canceling your return flight.
Walking further into the hotel, you’ll notice the playful turquoise walls and subtle cowhide decor in the hotel’s ground-level bar and restaurant. The accommodations are comfortable and simple, with patio rooms perfect for solo travelers and terrace suites for those that seek waking up to views of Condesa. Upstairs at the popular terrace bar and restaurant, you can enjoy drinks in a chic local scene surrounded by Condesa’s tranquil greenery.
Luis Barragán architecture:
Luis Barragán is the heart and soul of Mexico City's architecture. You can see his fusion of modernism and Mexican design elements by visiting many of the properties he designed all over the city. Instagram awaits your visits to Luis Barragan House and Studio, Casa Gilardi and Cuadra San Cristobal Los Clubes Luis Barragán.
Carmela y Sal While the newly opened, Carmela y Sal is popular among the chic local crowd, you’ll likely be the only tourist in this sceney spot. When you waiter insists on you ordering the Tostadas de mentiras and the Tierra de luna, trust him.
Rosetta Stepping into this chicly lit brownstone in what was once the Beaux Arts mansion, the first thing you’ll notice about Rosetta is the chinoiserie mural that fills the room. You’ll come to Rosetta if you need a break from tacos and mole, and are up for some Italian-arguably the best in Mexico City.
In Roma Norte:
Roma Norte is one of Mexico City’s younger and more lively neighborhoods day and night (along with Condesa nearby). Café Paraíso is a tropical gem that combines Mexican and Cuban vibes. Chill to start but if you’re up for a night of dancing, you’ll find that here later into the night. The bar upstairs of Maison Artemisia is another must-hit spot with a Belle Epoque-themed living room and wide assortment of absinthe cocktails. For an unpretentious scene and drinks that you actually recognize, Can Can is another local favorite in the area.
Córdoba 25: On Córdoba street, you’ll find some of the best collection of shops, restaurants, and bars in the city. The best of the boutiques is Córdoba 25 (or Apartment 25), a multi-floor concept store carefully curated with the coolest art, fashion and design.
Bazaar Sabado and La Ciudadela: The two best artisan markets are Bazaar Sabado (open Saturdays only) and La Ciudadela (open every day). Don’t leave CDMX without picking up some art for local artists or jute bags and jewelry from Oaxaca.