The Four Best of Everything Mexico City

To say we fell in love when dropping our bags in the largest city in the world would be an understatement. This city heaving with a population of over 21 million has a magic that words can't convey sometimes. An energy that buzzes with an unusual calm. A perfect oxymoron to say the least.

A whirlwind of taco's, mariachi's and machismo, it's the kind of city that will get your head in a spin, even before you've tasted the best artisan tequila you can find. 

Whether it's culinary delights, the arts or shopping you're after, this creative hub is the epicentre for anyone with a keen interest in staying spellbound.

A vibrant city packed with people from all corners of the world, it's cultural depths will keep you busy forever and your stomach full! You'll find some of the best restaurants on the planet whether it's dining al fresco in Polanco, horse riding at a country side ranch or taking a warm stroll around Chapultapec Palace, the Mexican's here know how to grow their economy in favour of the bumbling tourist.

A city set on a never ending lush mountainous terrain, its beauty from great heights is breathtaking. A unique natural landscape dotted with skyscrapers and crawling traffic like slow moving ants, it's a mesmerising scene to take in from above.
It's this natural habitat that creates a powerful weather presence that cannot be ignored. Summers bring mornings filled with sticky sunshine followed by afternoons of heavy rain, thunder and lightning storms. Winter season is far more consistent with it's warm musky days of sunshine where dining al fresco and weekends to the coast are a common pastime. 

And lest we forget to mention the heat! Don't be surprised to find a sneaky jalapeno, habanero's or serrano chile in your dishes so bring your best salsa game in preparation. When you're reaching for the pint of water dont say we didn't warn you!

Historically rich with roots stemming from an Aztec past, you can discover more at the Anthropology Museum in one afternoon than any classroom can offer and the Mexican culture offers more than a casual warm welcome, with new friends opening up their homes for the kindest hospitality.

A very proud, colourful and entertaining tribe, no one knows how to party like a Mexican - and not a sombrero in sight.

This magnetic hub will wrap you up in a warm corn tortilla and keep you enthralled until the mezcal runs dry!

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Sleep

1  Downtown Hotel

Centro, 06002 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Where we first landed our feet in the city. Find this hidden little gem in the heart of gritty Downtown. With a rooftop pool and the best Mescal cocktails in hand, you won't want to leave

2  Condesa DF

Av Veracruz 102, Cuauhtemoc, Condesa, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Cool contemporary hotel with a dreamy terrace and Gallic décor. Nestled in one of the best neighbourhoods with countless restaurants and bars

3  Las Alcobas

Av. Pdte. Masaryk 390, Polanco, Polanco III Secc, 11560 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Luxury boutique hotel in Polanco. Walking distance to Chapultepec the biggest park in the city

4   St Regis

Paseo de la Reforma 439, Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

The finest address in the city also known as The Freedom Tower overlooks the historic Paseo de la Reforma and is exactly what you would expect from a St Regis, pretty much perfection

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See

1 Frida Kahlo's Blue House

Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán, 04100 Ciudad de México

Casa Azul is now a museum and pilgrimage telling the tragic tale of the talented artist herself. It's definitely a must see in the city.

2  National Museum of Anthropology 

Av Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México

The largest museum in Mexico and definitely one of the best in the world and has the worlds largest collection of Mexican Ancient art. This is our favourite!

3  Jumex

Blvd. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Amp Granada, 11520 Ciudad de México

A private art collection in a beautiful space with works including Damian Hurst, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol & Gabriel Orozco

4  Palacio De Bellas Artes

Av. Juárez, Centro Histórico, 06050 Ciudad de México

Immense murals and beautiful architecture

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Eat

1  Pujol

Calle Tennyson 133, Polanco IV Sección, 11570 Miguel Hidalgo, CDMX, Mexico

Chef Enrique Olvera's 17th best restaurant in the world & number one in Mexico

2  Contramar

Calle Durango 200, Roma, 06700 Cuauhtémoc, CDMX, Mexico

Friday lunch at Contramar is the place to be seen. Sit at the oyster bar & have cheeky banter with the waiters 

3  SUD 777

Blvd. de la Luz 777, Jardines del Pedregal, 01900 Alvaro Obregon, CDMX, Mexico

Nuno Mendez delivers his take on Mexican food. The perfect spot for pre-party vibes

4  Lardo Condesa 

Agustín Melgar 6, Cuauhtemoc, Condesa, 06140 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Sit outside on a sunny street corner indulging in one of the finest Italians in the city

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Do

1  Chapultepec Castle 

Sitting in the heart of the city "Chapultepec" meaning "the grasshopper hill" is in the middle of the biggest park in Mexico. Once home to Mexican Emperor Maximilian I, and his consort Empress Carlota, during the Second Mexican Empire. In 1996 the castle was transformed into Capulet Mansion for the movie Romeo and Juliet

2  Volcano hike 

Iztaccihuatl Volcano is a must if you're an outdoor enthusiast like us. Within 3 hours you reach the snowcapped summit and enjoy panoramic views of  its sister Volcano, Popocatepetl, ‘Smoking Mountain’

3 Teotihuacan Pyramids

The moon and the sun. Just 40mins North East of the City this National World Heritage sight is a must see. If you're an early bird you can fly high in a hot air balloon at sunrise

4  San Luis Bar San Luis

San Luis Potosí 28, between Mérida and Frontera, Colonia Roma

this old school bar in Roma with live Mariachi band is a must see. We stumbled across this with no expectation and had one of our favourite nights in the city yet. Tip the little local ladies and they'll dance with you.

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Local Lingo

1 ¡Orale!

Used in most conversations meaning 'right/ sure'. Common expressions are 'Sí, órale, vámonos.’

2  Pendejo!

Mexicans use this as 'idiot' you'll often here this when it comes to the crazy drivers

3  ¿Qué pedo wey? 

literally translates to 'what fart' but in Mexico it's used as 'What's going on dude". Mexicans use "wey" pretty much after every sentence

4  Cabron!

Officially "cabrón" translates to male goat but Mexicans use this as the equivalent to 'mate'

 

 

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