I really had no idea what to expect, so before we head south of the border, I did a little research.
A few of the facts via Wikipedia:
In 2008, it was named the 8th richest city in the world.
The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan, and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards. In 1524, the municipality of Mexico City was established.
After reading and talking to a few people, it seems teaming with culture and trendsetters!
Vogue recently featured it as the “Destination of the Month” in which writer Richard Allenman blogged about the “exciting metropolis with dazzling museums, stylish boutique hotels, and happening restaurants and neighborhoods.” Click here for his enticing descriptions of his favorite places.
Before I go anywhere I always check to see if the NY Times has done a 36 Hour Guide. Of course there’s one for Mexico City along with several other articles. They seem to be in agreement with me that now is good time to visit the city.
Travel + Lesisure says that Mexico city is now “on every style-setter’s radar” and calls it “one cool capital.”
Everyone keeps telling me the museums are the crown jewels of the city. There are more museums in Mexico City than in any other city in the world. I’m excited to stroll the artifacts, paintings, and sculptures to dive back into history. I don’t get the chance to do that as often as I’d like. A few that are on my list:
- Museo Soumaya
- National Museum of Anthropology
- Museum of the Templo Mayor
- College of San Ildefonso
- Franz Mayer Museum
And of course I want to see the galleries. There are hundreds! Not being an art aficionado, I’m sure I’ll be happy with what I stumble into.
TO STROLL, SHOP, AND STAY
I’ll be staying in the Condessa neighborhood which is said to be fun, trendy, and most importantly safe. Another diverse and popular neighborhood is Roma.
If I had to find a hotel, I’d check out the hotels on Michelin’s list. Boutique hotels (like Condessadf that EVERY publication raves about) are supposed to be amazing in Mexico City, but if that’s not your thing, there is a JW Marriott, W, St. Regis, Westin, and Four Seasons (which the NY Times recommends).
Of course you know I’m dying to taste their local food as well as their interpretations of other cuisine. Blogger and American living in Mexico Kristin White responded to my tweet for local insight and sent this list of restaurants she loves:
- Biko – Basque in Polanco
- Dulce Patria – modern Mexican in Polanco
- La Nacional – mezcaleria in Roma Norte
- Los Danzantes – Mexican and mezcal in Coyoacan
- The Courtyard of the Four Seasons for Sunday Comida – on Paseo de la Reforma
Her runners up:
- Astrid y Gaston in Polanco
- Pujol in Polanco
- Ivoire in Polanco to see and be seen
and of course street tacos, which don’t really fit on a restaurant list but are a must do in DF!
(Side note: Kristin travels all over the world and does a great job at posting her local finds and the fashion. I really enjoyed reading it! )
The shopping of course! No idea what I’ll find. But I’m going with my fashionista friend Renee and we are sure to stir up the best the city has to offer!
Thankfully I have Bob to show us around. He’s a seasoned gypsy who sniffs out the hot spots within a couple of days.
Sooo excited! Photos start tomorrow!
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