Doing Mexico City In Style

It could take years to explore this city, one of the world's largest.
10/10/2012 07:14 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

It would take years to explore one of the world's largest cities, so this time editor Anya Georgijevic focused on Mexico City's vibrant food and design culture.

Located in the ritzy Santa Fe business district, boutique hotel Distrito Capital occupies the top ten floors of a skyscraper, which means breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings, not to mention its trippy Tron-esque entrance. Both Lady Gaga and Bono have stayed there...what else is there to know?

Searching for the new and hip? You'll find it in the city's Condesa and Roma districts. Parque Mexico is a great place to start exploring and discovering beautiful art deco architecture, charming sidewalk espresso bars, local boutiques, and artisanal chocolate shops like Princesse Cacao (Fernando Montes de Oca 81, Condesa, 5211-0276), all while meeting at least fifty dogs and their hipster owners. End your stroll on the sun-soaked terrace of Hotel Brick for a margarita or two.

If you've already said hello to Frida and Diego, then give Rufino Tamayo a visit for a contemporary art fix. Along with the famed Mexican painter's works, Museo Tamayo houses a permanent collection of his peers (he did live to almost a 100!) like Rothko, Mirᅢᄈ, and Warhol as well as rotating contemporary exhibitions. The museum is located in the Chapultepec Park, which could easily rival NYC's Central Park in its beauty.

Mexico City's food choices are abundant, from taco stands to fine dining establishments. One of the latest favourites is restaurant Azul Histᅢᄈrico in the Centro district, which has taken over the gorgeous courtyard of the newly opened Hotel Downtown. Surrounded by historic brick, lush trees and beautiful people, feast on Mexican specialties like organic hibiscus flower enchiladas and Tixin Xie fish.

It won't be hard to find incredible things to buy in Mexico City, but local designer Carla Fernᅢᄀndez caught our eye with her amazing draping and a fresh take on Mexican knitwear -- yes, that includes the legendary poncho. Thank us when everyone asks you, "Hey, where'd you get that?"