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Mexico City for the trendy party crowd

Destination(s): Mexico City

The film, music and art scene in Mexico have been growing exponentially for years now. With them, the drinking holes, the after hours dancing places, the trendy hotels and restaurants have also been proliferating. This guide will take you through the best, most chic, trendiest hang outs where one is likely to see the latest film phenomena and the most beautiful acting crowd. Dress to impress and leave all inhibitions behind... read more about Mexico City for the trendy party crowd

Castillo de Chapultepec

Castillo de Chapultepec

  • Bosque de Chapultepec 1a Sección
  • Colonia Chapultepec
  • tel:+52 (55) 5241 3100
  • Mexico City, 11560
Hip Kitchen

Hip Kitchen

  • Av. México 188
  • Condesa
  • tel:52 55 5212 2110
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6140

The Hip Kitchen is the restaurant of the Hippodrome, a boutique hotel where Hollywood celebrities and any similar hipsters are housed while in the city. The building is an authentic art deco beauty from the 1930s andremodellled by the infamous architect Nahim Dagdug. The cuisine is international, and unexpected, as the Hip Kitchen's signature is regularly rotating a list of about 10 chefs from different backgrounds and specializing in different cuisines. The result is an ever changing menu of varied influences but with a basis in Mexican fusion. Located in the charming neighbourhood of La Condesa, the Hip Kitchen also boasts of what is possibly the best martini menu in town and some of the most friendly wait staff. You don't have to be an infamous film person, but don't be surprised if you catch them here. read more about Hip Kitchen

Plaza San Angel

Plaza San Angel

  • Avenida Paseo del Pedregal
  • Colonia Jardines del Pedregal
  • tel:+52 55 5568 1360
  • Mexico City, 01900

One of the most beautiful and oldest neighborhoods of Mexico City, the San Angel Plaza – or downtown – is an eclectic mix of cobblestone streets, colonial mansions and delightful traditional restaurants. Saturdays sees the Bazaar open its doors with truly unique and rather expensive Mexican arts and crafts, and Sundays are a great day to visit this sleepy, town-like neighborhood in the middle of the Mexico City hustle and bustle. read more about Plaza San Angel

Contramar

Contramar

  • 200 Durango
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:52 55 5514 9217 / 52 55 5514 3169
  • Mexico City, 06700

Located in the bohemian and trendy neighbourhood of Roma and surrounded by equally palatable buildings, Contramar is a favourite with the local gliteratti, and top local models, film makers, journalists and the like. Yet Contramar is deceptively simple' the decor is practically non-existant, the seating is not all that comfortable, yet the seafood is possibly the best this far from the Atlantic. Seafood soups, tuna tostadas, king shrimp, and even the crab are highly recommended. All are accompanied by fresh, hand made tortillas and a legendary salsa. read more about Contramar

Restaurante Lamm

Restaurante Lamm

  • Alvaro Obregon 99
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:52 55 5514 8501
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06700
Atrio (El)/Travazares

Atrio (El)/Travazares

  • Orizaba 127
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:  52 64 14 21
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700
Destilería (La)

Destilería (La)

  • Ejército Nacional 980
  • Colonia Chapultepec Morales
  • Mexico City, 11570
Sud 777

Sud 777

  • Blvd. de la Luz 777
  • Jardines del Pedregal
  • tel:52 55 5568 4777
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 14141

A former tennis court in Pedregal, one of Mexico's wealthiest neighbourhoods, has gone to become one of the latest sensations in French influenced cuisine in Mexico City. Sud 777 has been designed in what owners call "Shabby Chic" a set of wooden and stone terraces, balconies, open spaces all covered in thick vegetation and dotted with various fireplaces. The result is warm, enticing and very comfortable. The food is French influenced with large portions and their tuna (cooked in lemon and spices with a bed of avocado and crunchy tortillas) recently won an award for one of the top 15 main dishes in the city. As expected, their cellar is highly influenced by continental traditions yet remains a good place to try some of the top Mexican bottles. You can opt for the full restaurant experience, or go for their bistro. Their bar has also become a mecca for the young and wealthy and a table there must be booked at least one week in advance. read more about Sud 777

Plaza Mexico

Plaza Mexico

  • Augusto Rodin #241 Col. Ciudad de los Deportes
  • Del. Benito Juárez
  • tel:+52 55 5533 4700
  • México City, 03040

Whether you find the sport an outdated menace to animal rights or see it as a tradition worth its last few breaths, bullfighting remains a fact of Mexico City's life and Plaza Mexico the most impressive place to watch it. Considered to be Latin America's largest bullfighting rink this monumental structure is the stage for some of Mexico and Spain's most loved matadors. The season usually begins in October and lasts until February and tickets can be purchased according to how close to the rink you wish to be, and also whether you prefer sun or shade. This is a sophisticated and very proud crowd so dress accordingly. read more about Plaza Mexico

Teotihuacan Pyramids (Pirámides de Teotihuacan)

Teotihuacan Pyramids (Pirámides de Teotihuacan)

  • Carretera México Teotihuacan Km. 46
  • Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacan
  • tel:+55 52 50 0123 (Información Turística)
  • San Juan Teotihuacan, 03010

Mexico is rich in culture and many different groups inhabited the country before the arrival of the Spaniards. Aztecs, Mayas, Otomis, Zapotecos, etc. But there is a great mystery surrounding Teotihuacan, there are theories about who built this city and why it was abandoned buy no one knows for sure.

Teotihuacan is an hour and a half drive north of Mexico City and I recommend you devote a full day to visiting. Leave early in the morning in order to avoid traffic and spend as much time as you can exploring this magnificent  @font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } archaeological site.

There are two main pyramids, the Sun and the Moon, the first one is larger and taller and you can climb both of them. The sun is a bit difficult but once you get to the top you will have an incredibly beautiful view of the valley.

You can also walk around what was once the main avenue called Calzada de los Muertos (Avenue of the Dead) and see many small buildings and new discoveries from on-going excavations. You will be approached by locals selling figurines that resemble originals that are housed in the Anthropology museum, they make great souvenirs. There are many places to stop and eat, nothing fancy, mostly food stands on the side of the road that offer tacos, quesadillas, beer and soft drinks.

If its a hot and sunny day, you would be advised to take comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Walking all the way up to the Pyramid of the Sun is taxing, but if you just walk around the site you will still appreciate the grandeur of Teotihuacan.
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Paxia

Paxia

  • Av. de la Paz #47
  • Colonia San Angel
  • tel:52 555 616 6964
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 01000

Set in the traditional, colonial neighbourhood of San Angel (think cobblestone streets, large Spanish influence mansions) Paxia fits the neighbourhood perfectly. Multi-award winning restaurant Paxia (meaning peace in Nahuatl) is without a doubt one of the most sophisticated and all around best dinning experiences in the city. Impecable service, jaw dropping decor (a mixture between Asian and Mexican touches accompanied by excellent lighting), yet with a casual and unpretentious feel to it. Paxia's food matches this ambiance perfectly' Mexican traditional dishes get a surprising reworking here - as in the chicharron (pork grind) lasagne with a pulque sauce; the ostentetious Aztec Budin (a masterfully, if excessive dish including foie gras, truffles which won top main dish in Mexico City in 2008) the "drunken duck" enchiladas with a dark beer sauce, etc. It's entree and bar menu are equally impressive and include a selection of local boutique beers, top range Mexican wines and cocktails invented by the in-house barman. read more about Paxia

T Gallery

T Gallery

  • Saltillo 39
  • Hipodromo-Condesa
  • tel:52 55 5211 7942 / 52 55 5211 1222
  • Mexico City, 06100
Museo Dolores Olmedo

Museo Dolores Olmedo

  • Avenida México 5843
  • La Noria, Xochimilco
  • tel:5 555 1016
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 16030

This was Dolores Olmedo's home in the southern part of Mexico City. She was a friend of Diego Rivera and posed for him as many paintings of his will attest. Ms. Olmedo was a very wealthy and active socialite from the 1930's through the 1960's and since 1994, a few years before her death she converted this XVII century mansion into a museum and opened it to the public for everyone to enjoy.

The gardens are immaculate and the peacocks that roam freely are a sight to behold but her private collection of 145 of Diego Rivera's paintings as well as a substantial sampling of Frida Kahlo's work are the reason you should trek to this part of the city.

You will not feel like you are in a staid museum but rather a guest of Ms. Olmedo because the house has been maintained as it was when she lived here and many of her personal items are on display as well as her bedroom and other rooms which until a few years ago were closed to the public. There is a restaurant and a gift shop and you should probably devote half a day to this visit since getting there can take at least half an hour depending on traffic.


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Terraza del Condesa DF

Terraza del Condesa DF

  • Avenida Veracruz, 102
  • tel:52 55 5241 2600
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700

The rooftop restaurant of the Condesa DF Hotel, like the rest of the building, is tremendously chic. White lounge sofas, circular beds, heat lamps and even a spa pool dot this al-fresco restaurant (blankets and pillows are provided to make your chill out session more pleasant). It's sushi and sashimi dishes are incredibly very well prepared and its myriad of cocktails can have you sampling new concoctions all night long. Terraza at Condesa DF is best on a warm night. read more about Terraza del Condesa DF

Jaso

Jaso

  • 88 Newton
  • Colonia Polanco
  • tel:52 555 545 7476
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11570

Multi-award winning Jaso is set in the heart of Polanco, and is run by American trained chefs Sonia Arias (pastries) and executive chef Jared Reardon. Their restaurant follows a strict "word of mouth only" marketing strategy, which also means the place has no sign, and is not listed. Yet since its opening, this little treasure has remained a popular spot for any epicurian in the city. The influences are clearly American with a slight French fusion and they specialize in a 5 or 9 dish tasting menu which is costumised for each costumer. They dinning experience is unique not just due to its costumised format, but also due to the tasteful surrounds' two levels, an inner garden, a stunning outside terrace, and particular attention on stimulation all 5 senses. Likewise Jaso has had several accolades for their wine list which includes over 450 different labels. All staff are qualified to suggest the perfect bottle for your meal. Jaso, like most of its surrounding neighbourhood of Polanco, is expensive. read more about Jaso

Zinco Jazz Club

Zinco Jazz Club

  • Motolinia 20, Esq. 5 De Mayo
  • Centro Historico
  • tel:52 55 5512 3369
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06000
Hooka Lounge

Hooka Lounge

  • Campeche 284
  • Condesa
  • tel:+52 55 5264 6275
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700
Xochimilco

Xochimilco

  • Avenida México Xochimilco
  • (Xochimilco)
  • tel:+52 5 5525 9380 (Información Turisticos)
  • Mexico City, 16500

400 Kilometers of water canals make of Xochimilco Mexico's version of Venice. The best way to see this wonder of the ancient world is to arrive at the Nativitas boarding area and jump onto a "trajinera" – large wooden boats beautifully decorated with colorful paintings and flower arrangements. The boat trip (which can last one to five hours depending on what you choose) takes you past floating gardens, a vast array of bird life and "tinampas" which were islets made by the Aztecs by compacting mud and straw and building them around roots of aquatic trees. Weekends are very hectic here with a variety of floating mariachi bands, corn sales people, and partiers. For a more relaxed time visit on a weekday. read more about Xochimilco

Hotel Habita

Hotel Habita

  • Av Presidente Masaryk 201
  • Col. Polanco
  • tel:+52 555 282 3100
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 11560
Palacio de Bellas Artes

Palacio de Bellas Artes

  • Avenida Juárez y Eje Lázaro Cárdenas
  • Centro Histórico
  • tel:5512 2593
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 06050

Construction of the Palace of Fine Arts started in 1904 and ended in 1932. Technical difficulties, budgetary constraints and the 1910 Mexican revolution interrupted what was supposed to be a four year project.

It is a magnificent white marble building used for world-class performing arts shows such as symphonic orchestras, operas, plays, singers and performers. It is undoubtedly the most prestigious performing arts center in all of Mexico.

In addition, the building is also a museum with a steady stream of shows of Mexican and European painters. The interior walls have murals by Jose Clemente Orozco as well as stunning bronce sculptures and stained glass windows.
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Terraza del Condesa DF

Terraza del Condesa DF

  • Avenida Veracruz, 102
  • Col. Condesa
  • tel:52 55 5241 2600
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City, 6700
Plaza Garibaldi

Plaza Garibaldi

  • Plaza Garibaldi 12, Col. Garibaldi
  • Mexico City

Outside of the Mexican city of Guadalajara, Plaza Garibaldi is the world's epicenter of traditional mariachi music. Hundreds of bands gather here at nights expecting to be hired for parties, weddings, birthdays or for midnight serenades to one's loved one. At Garibaldi you can get a band of up to 20 musicians to sing any of their massive repertoire of Mexican favorite tunes (ask for "Mariachi Loco" for one of the most upbeat, fun and danceable tunes). The city has also allowed outdoor drinking at this plaza and you can buy a traditional beer cocktail called "michelada" made of beer, lime juice, chili and sometimes bitters. The adjacent restaurants (especially Tenampa) are definitely worth a visit but at night try to remain within the plaza, as the adjacent neighborhood can be dangerous. read more about Plaza Garibaldi

Ixchel

Ixchel

  • Medellín, 65
  • Colonia Roma
  • tel:52 5 206 4065
  • Mexico City, 06700
Tenampa

Tenampa

  • Plaza Garibaldi 12
  • Centro
  • tel:52 5 526 6176
  • Mexico City, 06000
La Bodeguita del Medio

La Bodeguita del Medio

  • Insurgentes Sur 1798
  • Florida
  • tel:52 55 5662 1671
  • Visit website
  • Mexico City

Founded in Habana Cuba, and the original creators of the Mojito this place has been and continues to be frequented by the movers and shakers of Latin culture. Hemingway, Garcia Marquez, Castro, Che Guevara, all have gone through the Bodeguita to sample their amazing cuisine, cocktails, or step into the restaurant's humidor for any of their hundred differnet brands of cigars. To prove their assistance, the Bodeguita del Medio allows costumers to write their name on any of the walls - and often ceiling - of the locale making for interesting reading. The idea here is to order various dishes which then get shared with everyone at the table. The Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians - black beans and rice), their Ropa Vieja (Old Clothes - shredded beef), and fried plantains are worth the visit. Dinners are livened up by original cuban quartets and although there is little space for dancing, people manage to squeeze a few twirls in any open space. Dinner here on the weekends is an unforgettable lively event. read more about La Bodeguita del Medio

Bipolar (La)

Bipolar (La)

  • Malitzin 155
  • Coyoacan
  • Mexico City