Three Days in Mexico City

 by Flavia Kelson

I have always liked Mexico, but it wasn’t until I started dating someone from there that I discovered my true love for the country. Mexico’s proximity to the U.S. makes it incredibly convenient, but its Central American location makes it diverse and exotic. Mexico offers such a variety—untouched rainforest, pristine beaches, Colonial towns, and vibrant cities. Mexico City is truly booming and on the rise. The city offers exciting food and art scenes. Most importantly, the people are wonderful—they truly enjoy life. A packed 3-day visit is a quick way to get to know the city, but it will definitely leave you wanting to go back.

FRIDAY

COFFEE: For a quick breakfast, Cafe O in Las Lomas has delicious chilaquiles and freshly squeezed orange and carrot juice.

LUNCH: El Cardenal´s downtown location is the best for traditional Mexican food. They have an amazing menu ranging from tortilla soup to delicious flank steak and even grasshoppers! Everyone in Mexico has tequila during lunch, so when in Mexico…. a classic margarita is always fun.

MUSEUM: If you love color like I do, Museo of Arte Popular (MAP) is amazing. Colorful tapestries, textiles, and hand-painted ceramics are highlights here.

MUSEUM STORE: Tienda MAP has the best quality (but a bit pricey) Mexican artifacts, Talavera pottery, textiles, and wicker objects.

CRAFT MARKET: I have been to other craft markets in D.F., but La Ciudadela is the best one by far. Just don’t settle right in the beginning because there are over 200 stands.

ARTISAN STORE: If going to the outdoor markets is not your thing, but you want to find artisan goods, try FonArta government sponsored store. They have great baskets, textiles, pottery, and much more.

DINNER: Rosetta, an Italian restaurant located in a beautifully restored mansion, always has a great crowd. The chef, Elena, creates simple, yet amazing, Italian food. I love the burrata and octopus carpaccio.

COCKTAILS After dinner, the perfect spot is the mixology bar Licoreria Limantour for drinks with mezcal and fresh juices.

DANCING: The club MN Roy is unbelievable inside, designed to feel like you are inside a pyramid.

SATURDAY

ANTIQUES SHOPPINGGoing to the Bazaar del Angel in Zona Rosa is my favorite thing to do in the city. This indoor/outdoor bazaar is an art lover’s dream. There are many good finds, but you have to search. Some amazing finds of mine have been wonderful Talavera, silver objects, decorative marble eggs, drawings, and a beautiful art-deco table.

VISIT TO PUEBLA: Puebla, is a colonial town about two hours from Mexico City that is ideal for a short trip.

PUEBLA HOTEL: La Purificadora, was once a 19th century water purification factory. It has been reimagined as a hotel with very modern and beautifully designed interior spaces.

POTTERY FACTORY: Uriarte Talavera and Talavera de la Reyna are the two most famous producers of Talavera, both have exceptional examples. Talavera de la Reyna has a great museum as well.

DINNER: For fantastic local Mexican food, I love the restaurant inside the impeccably designed hotel Casareyna.

LATE NIGHT STROLL: After dinner, it is fun to walk around the city’s main plaza, the Zócalo. It is lovely how people spend their nights here, everyone out together socializing, walking, getting a drink or dessert.

SUNDAY

ANTIQUES: Callejon de los Sapos has a great street market on Sundays.

MUSEUM TRIP: The Amparo Museum houses numerous artifacts and art from pre-Columbian and colonial times.

LATE LUNCH BACK IN MEXICO CITY: Contramar is always packed and lively. I am still dreaming of the aguachiles of white fish and tuna tostadas. I love the cheladas, lighter version of a michelada (Mexican-style beer cocktail with lime juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce). I can’t wait till it catches on in the U.S.

MOVIES: At the Salas VIP in Arcos Bosques, I discovered how much fun going to the movies can be! The VIP rooms have huge reclining leather chairs and table service so you can order food while you are watching a movie. If only Manhattan had the same thing.