Mexico City

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If ever a city was having a renaissance, Mexico City is the one. Mexico’s capital city — the second highest populated city in the western hemisphere — boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites, a thriving arts scene built on its rich cultural heritage and award-winning gastronomy.

Cheat Sheet

SLEEP in the historic Paseo de la Reforma at the St. Regis, – EAT in the revolving restaurant Bellini for breathtaking, panoramic views – Hidden behind a refrigerator door, lies Jules Basement, enjoy a DRINK at Mexico City’s first Speakeasy – SEE the iconic Museo Soumaya for incredible architecture and exquisite artworks – SHOP at Ciudadela Market, a traditional Mexican market for beautifully hand crafted art works – GET OUTSIDE and fly over the Teotihuacan Pyramids in a hot air balloon – DON’T MISS the rich culture and history that Centro Histórico has to offer

What to do in Mexico City

There is no shortage of things to do in Mexico City. The metropolitan area is home to a diverse population of more than 20 million people and an array of cultural landmarks, museums, parks and restaurants. Visit iconic attractions like Museo Nacional de Antropología, Palacio Nacional that holds Diego Rivera murals that illustrate Mexico throughout its history, the Aztec archaeological site of Templo Mayor, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Museo Frida Kahlo and many more. Mexico’s food scene is on fire with accolades that include two restaurants on the World’s 50 Best List: celebrity chef-owner Enrique Olvera’s Pujol (no. 20) and contemporary Quintonil (no. 22) from chef Jorge Vallejo. Other sand-outs include Biko and Sud777, not to mention the numerous other opportunities to fill up on street tacos and other local eats.

What to bring to Mexico City

Mexico City’s temperatures can range from hot in the afternoon to chilly at night, so it’s best to plant to dress in layers and bring comfortable shoes for all the sightseeing you’ll be doing. That said, Mexico City is one of the world’s great cosmopolitan centers, so you’ll want to look sharp when you head out at night. The rainy season is usually spans May to October, so if you are traveling there during those months, plan to bring your rain gear. Sun protection is a must when it’s not raining. While Mexico City is much safer than it used to be, leave expensive jewelry at home. Note that the city is at a high elevation so if you have problems dealing with altitude, make a game plan and make sure to drink plenty of water.

What to bring home from Mexico City

Mexico City is a shoppers paradise. Visit local markets to pick up artisanal keepsakes like blown-glassware, jewelry and other knickknacks. Capitalize on Mexico’s distinct local flavors by picking up spices, mole paste, tequila and mezcal. The cacao tree and chocolate have deep roots in Mexico, so be sure to taste through and find your favorite one to bring back at local sweet shops.

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