September 15, 2017
By Jody Hume
REAL TRAVELS: MEXICO CITY GUIDE Photo: Undine Pröhl
Ask someone what their next international travel destination is, and you’re more and more likely to hear them say Mexico City. With world-class museums, restaurants, bars and architecture, it’s recently become the It destination on everyone’s itinerary. Whether you’re looking to stroll in one of the world’s great public parks, seek out authentic street food or go on an epic museum-hopping spree, the sprawling city has something for everyone. Read on for our picks and what to pack.
See: Casa Luis Barragán
Take your cues from architecture and design enthusiasts who come from around the world to see Pritzker Prize-winning architect Luis Barragán’s personal residence in Mexico City’s Tacubaya neighborhood. Barragán is known for his use of modern geometric lines, bright walls of color, natural light and minimal zig-zag staircases, all of which are on display here. The house was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and is a testament to the enduring influence of Barragán’s vision on modern architecture. Tours are by appointment only, so be sure to book in advance.
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Drink: Baltra Bar
Named for a small island in the Galápagos and with an ingredients list inspired by Darwin’s discoveries, Baltra Bar is perfect for those who prefer their cocktails adventurous and exceptionally well-mixed. Helmed by award-winning bartender José Luis León, who’s racked up an impressive number of international cocktail awards and is also behind the lauded Licorería Limantour, the spot has a cozy, inviting vibe. Take advantage of being in Mezcal territory and try the Busardo featuring Mezcal, Lillet, white port and a grapefruit shrub.
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Stay: Condesa DF
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A stay at this India Mahdavi-designed spot puts you in the heart of one of Mexico City’s hippest neighborhoods, the namesake Condesa, known for its shopping, clubs, galleries and some of the city’s best restaurants. Behind a beautiful 1920s exterior on a tree-lined street, you’ll find modern, minimal rooms, sleek turquoise tones and a hammam-style spa. Don’t miss the fourth floor terrace where you can take in the view of neighboring Chapultepec park while you enjoy sushi from the rooftop bar.
Known for its array of fresh seafood dishes, Contramar is the place to be for a long, leisurely lunch in Condesa. Often busy with locals and tourists alike, it’s popular for its buzzy atmosphere as well as chef Gabriela Cámara’s artful Mexican cuisine. The practically legendary tuna tostadas are a must-order item along with the fig tart.
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