Having just returned from a trip to Mexico City with her family, our style contributor Lara Einzig is overflowing with inspiration and recommendations...
She says, “I have fallen completely in love with Mexico City. A dynamic, vibrant metropolis undergoing a rapid cultural renaissance. The food, art, history, design, architecture – an abundance of creative energy fuelling one of the most exciting travel destinations. We took a four-day sojourn which was not enough time, but every stop was a veritable feast…” Here’s Lara’s list for the month, for anyone ready to book a flight to Mexico City, or those simply looking to create a little piece of the colourful, creative culture at home. For more from Lara, go to www.aquadorium.com
The late (long!) lunch at Contramar is a Mexico City institution and you should believe the hype. Seafood is the focus (and every dish is exceptional) but it was the wait-staff spectacle that was the main event – dozens of them sprinting about in loud, organized chaos ensuring every desire, every whim was met. http://www.contramar.com.mx
Museo Nacional de Antropologia
A must-see space not only for the world’s largest collection of archaeological and anthropological artefacts, but also for the architectural brilliance of the building and surrounding gardens. Spend a day here, awe-inspired by Mexico City’s ancient stories and jaw-dropping artefacts for a true taste of what Mexico was like before the invasion. https://www.mna.inah.gob.mx
Nima House Hotel
Idyllic boutique hotel in Roma Norte with an emphasis on quality, details and personal service. The luxurious home-from-home has only 4 rooms and is located in the heart of the cities best restaurants and bars. There’s also a small but satisfying food and beverage offering – a hot breakfast is served in the stunning indoor courtyard and sundowners are on the roof courtesy of an honesty bar. http://nimalocalhousehotel.com
Arguably one of the world’s best restaurants and with this reputation, you’ll want this pro tip: make a reservation before you book your flights. We had the seven course degustation menu paired with a flight of wine – innovative, unexpected and beyond delicious. If you can overlook the pomp, ceremony and snooty service, Pujol will make a steadfast appearance in your top restaurants of all time. Pujol Website
Born out of Baja and now based in Mexico City, this beautiful line of minimalist silhouettes crafted in linen, cotton and denim captured my attention and is inspiring a summer wardrobe of effortless dressing. http://www.ziiropa.com
La Ciudadela Mercado de Artesanias
A charming, traditional Mexican craft market filled to the brim with souvenirs and homewares. Located downtown, the stall owners take pride in their craftsmanship and presentation and are amenable to a little bit of haggling. I bought some pretty ceramics, characterful basket bags and colourful linens. http://laciudadela.com.mx
Head to Rosetta in Roma Norte for the best Italian in Mexico city in a dreamy, light-filled setting with charming frescos, and a bustling ambience. Linger on the hearty wine-list and deserts to die for. http://www.rosetta.com.mx/restaurante-en/rosetta.html
A 17th Century palace in the cobbled streets of the Centro Historico is now a modern boutique hotel with excellent restaurants, a lively rooftop bar and pool (best chips and guac of all time) and surprisingly, very good shopping. The buildings original features have been restored with jarring but complimentary modernism. The breakfast buffet is small but perfectly formed with traditional and European home-made delights served in Oaxacan clay dinnerware. https://www.downtownmexico.com
My favourite purchase came from Tuza in Roma Norte – the sweetest dolphin-shaped gold hoop earrings. Designed in Mexico by Suzzan Atala, the store features handmade, unique and purse-friendly pieces for the empowered woman. Vagazzle charm necklace, anyone? https://www.tuzajewelry.com/
Just a few of the many stops on our list for our next trip to Mexico City…
Casa Barragan – Pritzker prize-winning architect, Luis Barrgan’s house which he meticulously designed including the furniture and pop color palette. Pro-tip: pre-book your tickets early, they go fast! Museo Frida Kahlo – tour the family home where Frida spent most of her life. Mexican pyramids – about an hour outside of the city is Teotihuacan, a mysterious, ancient collection of pyramids.