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Drinks & Nightlife
This is an excellent spot to get a taste of one of Mexico's most ancient, and yet currently rediscovered and hottest spirit: Mezcal. The owner of Bósforo, a former mathematician, drives all over the country in search for mezcal producers, so there is an ever changing menu you can start tasting your way though. Also, the owner of Bósforo DJs at his bar almost every night, and has an excellent repertoire. You recognize him nestled behind the bar, a tall guy who looks like Jim Jarmusch.
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Bósforo
31 Luis Moya
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This is an excellent spot to get a taste of one of Mexico's most ancient, and yet currently rediscovered and hottest spirit: Mezcal. The owner of Bósforo, a former mathematician, drives all over the country in search for mezcal producers, so there is an ever changing menu you can start tasting your way though. Also, the owner of Bósforo DJs at his bar almost every night, and has an excellent repertoire. You recognize him nestled behind the bar, a tall guy who looks like Jim Jarmusch.
This also is an excellent spot to get a taste of one of Mexico's most ancient, and yet currently rediscovered and hottest spirit: Mezcal. The ambience is beautiful, everything is made uo in 1030'ties art deco design, and with all the large mezcal bottles standing the circular bar, you feel as if you were in a magical mezcal spaceship. Salud!
Talismán de Motolinia
31 Calle de Motolinia
This also is an excellent spot to get a taste of one of Mexico's most ancient, and yet currently rediscovered and hottest spirit: Mezcal. The ambience is beautiful, everything is made uo in 1030'ties art deco design, and with all the large mezcal bottles standing the circular bar, you feel as if you were in a magical mezcal spaceship. Salud!
A famous drag queen variety show. Be prepared to dance, as the audience likes to dance on the stage between performances.
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La Perla
44 Calle Republica de Cuba
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A famous drag queen variety show. Be prepared to dance, as the audience likes to dance on the stage between performances.
This is the hottest gay club of the city. They also do amazing drag races, every Thursday – entrance is free!
Teatro Garibaldi
This is the hottest gay club of the city. They also do amazing drag races, every Thursday – entrance is free!
Calle López 15, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX Great venue and night club – arquitecture is gerat, and crowd is sophisticated.
Normandie
15 Calle López
Calle López 15, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX Great venue and night club – arquitecture is gerat, and crowd is sophisticated.
A very tradicional, former gentlemen only bar, right next to the very touristy and chique, but generic and gentrifying barrio Alameda.
El Hórreo
11 Calle Dr Mora
A very tradicional, former gentlemen only bar, right next to the very touristy and chique, but generic and gentrifying barrio Alameda.
Slightly spooky, former bullfighters and artists hangout, has seen better days, but is interesting to step into for a drink.
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La Faena
49 Calle Venustiano Carranza
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Slightly spooky, former bullfighters and artists hangout, has seen better days, but is interesting to step into for a drink.
This is where all the hipper expats of the city seem to hang out. The siblings running the place are from Utah, but have worked in gastronomy in NYC for many years, and now opened their own joint. Next to yummy drinks, they also sell excellent coffee and food.
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Cicatriz
44 Calle Dinamarca
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This is where all the hipper expats of the city seem to hang out. The siblings running the place are from Utah, but have worked in gastronomy in NYC for many years, and now opened their own joint. Next to yummy drinks, they also sell excellent coffee and food.
Food Scene
A very traditional, Spanish place where for over a century now businessmen go for their extensive, Mexican lunch break (2PM - 6PM). Try to go eat during this time to get the original feeling. Mexicans traditionally don't really go out to eat for dinner, so at night you are likely to see only some tourists. Try their speciality, a stuffed pepper called 'Chiles en nogada'.
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Hostería de Santo Domingo
70-72 Belisario Domínguez
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A very traditional, Spanish place where for over a century now businessmen go for their extensive, Mexican lunch break (2PM - 6PM). Try to go eat during this time to get the original feeling. Mexicans traditionally don't really go out to eat for dinner, so at night you are likely to see only some tourists. Try their speciality, a stuffed pepper called 'Chiles en nogada'.
Exzellent chefs convert ancient, Mexican receipts into exciting, culinary delights. It's a must for foodies!
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Limosneros
3 Ignacio Allende
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Exzellent chefs convert ancient, Mexican receipts into exciting, culinary delights. It's a must for foodies!
The chef who found this restaurant, was a pioneer in the Mexican food scene. Ricardo Muñoz Zurita wrote and published the first encyclopedia on traditional, Mexican food. His restaurant is located in the beautiful court yard of a colonial building, adored by trees. In the same building you find chic shops, as well as the bar of the 'Downtown Hotel'.
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Azul Historico
30 Calle Isabel la Catolica
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The chef who found this restaurant, was a pioneer in the Mexican food scene. Ricardo Muñoz Zurita wrote and published the first encyclopedia on traditional, Mexican food. His restaurant is located in the beautiful court yard of a colonial building, adored by trees. In the same building you find chic shops, as well as the bar of the 'Downtown Hotel'.
This spot has a nice atmosphere and excellent coffee. It's located in a pedestrian precinct, so it's good for people watching. The Belguim owner brought some Belgian waffle maker to Mexico, so Café Regina is specialized on waffles of all kinds.
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Café Regina
24 Calle de Regina
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This spot has a nice atmosphere and excellent coffee. It's located in a pedestrian precinct, so it's good for people watching. The Belguim owner brought some Belgian waffle maker to Mexico, so Café Regina is specialized on waffles of all kinds.
A historic place to go have lunch.
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The Opera
10 5 de Mayo
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A historic place to go have lunch.
Great views over the Zocalo, sophisticated food, jet cozy ambience.
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La Casa de las Sirenas
32 República de Guatemala
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Great views over the Zocalo, sophisticated food, jet cozy ambience.
Good coffee, nice location just on the Santo Domingo square, two blocks away from the house.
Domingo Santo Cafe
Good coffee, nice location just on the Santo Domingo square, two blocks away from the house.
This brand new boutique hotel has a great rooftop restaurant. I tried the breakfast and it was very yummy.
Domingo Santo Hotel Boutique
96 Calle Republica de Cuba
This brand new boutique hotel has a great rooftop restaurant. I tried the breakfast and it was very yummy.
This is a favorite lunch place for the city's Persian community. Food is excellent and the restaurant is set in a beautiful, colonial building. Get a table on the balconies to see the pigeonry on the roof.
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Al Andalus
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This is a favorite lunch place for the city's Persian community. Food is excellent and the restaurant is set in a beautiful, colonial building. Get a table on the balconies to see the pigeonry on the roof.
A cheaper version of Al Andalus, but just as tasty. Great for take outs.
Helu´s
157 República del Salvador
A cheaper version of Al Andalus, but just as tasty. Great for take outs.
In my opinion –and the opinion of the locals who make this place busy at all times– best quesadillas and tlacoyos in town. Try the dark red tomato salsa, it's a treat!
Esther
16 De La Santísima
In my opinion –and the opinion of the locals who make this place busy at all times– best quesadillas and tlacoyos in town. Try the dark red tomato salsa, it's a treat!
If you make it out to Coyoacan, get your tea and cake here, it's a real treat and has a very tranquille ambience and intellectual crowd.
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Silk Road Café
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If you make it out to Coyoacan, get your tea and cake here, it's a real treat and has a very tranquille ambience and intellectual crowd.
Sightseeing
This square, only two blocks away from my house, is famous for it's cathedral and the fact that here the holy inquisition took place. Also, as in the historical centre and streets are dedicated to certain trades, this square is the heart of the printmaking district. If you are up for it, get your business card made with one of the really old letterpress printers, that are hidden in the archway on the left flank of the cathedral. It takes around 20 minutes, and you can choose from a vast array of letters and decorative ornaments made in the 19th century fashion.
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Plaza de Santo Domingo
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This square, only two blocks away from my house, is famous for it's cathedral and the fact that here the holy inquisition took place. Also, as in the historical centre and streets are dedicated to certain trades, this square is the heart of the printmaking district. If you are up for it, get your business card made with one of the really old letterpress printers, that are hidden in the archway on the left flank of the cathedral. It takes around 20 minutes, and you can choose from a vast array of letters and decorative ornaments made in the 19th century fashion.
If you want to experience an all-Mexican village, this is the most pittoresque option you get! Just a one hour drive away from the city, weekenders go here to see the aztec ruins and the old town square with it's lush market and beautiful cathedral. The views are amazing due to mushroom-like rock formations, surrounding the city. Buses heading there leave every half hour from the southern bus station. If you can, spend a night and go swimming in the river or to attend a aztec sauna ceremony, a Temazcal.
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Tepoztlán
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If you want to experience an all-Mexican village, this is the most pittoresque option you get! Just a one hour drive away from the city, weekenders go here to see the aztec ruins and the old town square with it's lush market and beautiful cathedral. The views are amazing due to mushroom-like rock formations, surrounding the city. Buses heading there leave every half hour from the southern bus station. If you can, spend a night and go swimming in the river or to attend a aztec sauna ceremony, a Temazcal.
Parks & Nature
This Park used to be infamous for cruising and making out. Although there still is a lot of cuddling and kissing going on, the park has been remodeled and converted back into it's original shape, so it is a beautiful place to rest for a moment, and watch the children play at the water fountains.
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Alameda Central
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This Park used to be infamous for cruising and making out. Although there still is a lot of cuddling and kissing going on, the park has been remodeled and converted back into it's original shape, so it is a beautiful place to rest for a moment, and watch the children play at the water fountains.
A very nice park in Coyoacan.
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Viveros de Coyoacán
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A very nice park in Coyoacan.
Try the southern end of the park, to avoid the noisy food vendors.
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Bosque de Chapultepec
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Try the southern end of the park, to avoid the noisy food vendors.
Also a beautiful option for people interested in Mexico's vegetation, or simply a nice stroll.
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Jardín Botánico del Bosque de Chapultepec
126 Paseo de la Reforma
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Also a beautiful option for people interested in Mexico's vegetation, or simply a nice stroll.
Getting Around
Together with the 'Zocalo' and 'Garibaldi' this is the closest metro stop from my house.
Allende
Together with the 'Zocalo' and 'Garibaldi' this is the closest metro stop from my house.
Together with the 'Allende' and 'Garibaldi' this is the closest metro stop from my house.
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Zócalo
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Together with the 'Allende' and 'Garibaldi' this is the closest metro stop from my house.
Together with the 'Zocalo' and 'Allende' this is the closest metro stop from my house.
Metro Garibaldi
Together with the 'Zocalo' and 'Allende' this is the closest metro stop from my house.
This is the closest metro station.
Metro Zocalo
This is the closest metro station.
Arts & Culture
The most beautiful murals by Diego Rivera adorn the walls of this building. Also courtyard's garden is quiet beautiful.
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Palacio Virreinal
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The most beautiful murals by Diego Rivera adorn the walls of this building. Also courtyard's garden is quiet beautiful.
Also some of the most beautiful murals by Rivera, which you can see here.
Anfiteatro Simon Bolívar
16 Justo Sierra
Also some of the most beautiful murals by Rivera, which you can see here.
On this famous square, the mariachis gather, eager to serenade for you.
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Plaza Garibaldi
43 Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas
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On this famous square, the mariachis gather, eager to serenade for you.
This villa build by Luis Barragán was opened to public and now offers visiting hours. The next-door restaurant has excellent food, and also offers a great art library, which you are free to use without signing up for it.
Tetetlán
180 Av. de Las Fuentes
This villa build by Luis Barragán was opened to public and now offers visiting hours. The next-door restaurant has excellent food, and also offers a great art library, which you are free to use without signing up for it.
This last mansion of the muralist Diego Rivera was inspired by an aztec temple, and bares his amazing pre-hispanic art collection.
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Museo Anahuacalli
150 Museo
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This last mansion of the muralist Diego Rivera was inspired by an aztec temple, and bares his amazing pre-hispanic art collection.
This is an outside museum with muralist sculptures and an amazing sound installation. IT's in the southern end of Chapultepec park.
Water Garden Museum
This is an outside museum with muralist sculptures and an amazing sound installation. IT's in the southern end of Chapultepec park.
This is a beautiful, modernist sculpture garden on the campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM
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Espacio Escultórico UNAM
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This is a beautiful, modernist sculpture garden on the campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM
Shopping
This is a government store, selling artesan handcraft to prices that benefit the producers. I like it because here, you can find more original pieces then at the Cituadella Market. Surprisingly it is not expensive!
Fonart Palacio Nacional
This is a government store, selling artesan handcraft to prices that benefit the producers. I like it because here, you can find more original pieces then at the Cituadella Market. Surprisingly it is not expensive!
Mexico's most prominent fashion designer works with artisans from all over the country.
Carla Fernández
30 Calle Isabel la Catolica
Mexico's most prominent fashion designer works with artisans from all over the country.
Very scenic men's fashion store, run by generations of brit-lovers.
Articulos Ingleses
19 Av. 5 de Mayo
Very scenic men's fashion store, run by generations of brit-lovers.
This Sunday flea-market is just ten minutes away from my house, and a great Sunday activity. There is one section where cheap clothes are sold, you can get your hair cut or buy micheladas and beer to drink on the street (as cops are bribed around here). And then there is another section with antiquities where you find very curious and beuatiful stuff.
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La Lagunilla Market
46 López Rayón
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This Sunday flea-market is just ten minutes away from my house, and a great Sunday activity. There is one section where cheap clothes are sold, you can get your hair cut or buy micheladas and beer to drink on the street (as cops are bribed around here). And then there is another section with antiquities where you find very curious and beuatiful stuff.
This century-old candy store is the most pittoresque of the city.
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Dulcería de Celaya S.A. de C.V.
39 5 de Mayo
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This century-old candy store is the most pittoresque of the city.
This chocolatier has won prices all over the world, and makes one of Mexico Cities finest chocolates. As Mexico originated in Mexico, and the Aztec word Xocolatl is the only word in Nahuatl language which is used all over the world, these chocolates make a perfect present. Get a hot chocolate to go, they are delicious!
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Tout Chocolat
13 Av Ozuluama
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This chocolatier has won prices all over the world, and makes one of Mexico Cities finest chocolates. As Mexico originated in Mexico, and the Aztec word Xocolatl is the only word in Nahuatl language which is used all over the world, these chocolates make a perfect present. Get a hot chocolate to go, they are delicious!
The cities most famous gourmet food market. Come around lunchtime to snack cheese and wine, or seafood at the stands.
Mercado Carnes Exóticas San Juan
77-82 2ᵃ Calle de Ernesto Pugibet
The cities most famous gourmet food market. Come around lunchtime to snack cheese and wine, or seafood at the stands.