Mexico City is the densely populated, high-altitude capital of Mexico. It’s known for its Templo Mayor (a 13th-century Aztec temple), the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México of the Spanish conquistadors and the Palacio Nacional, which houses historic murals by Diego Rivera. All of these are situated in and around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square also known as the Zócalo.
Nima Local House
This exquisite four-bedroom hotel is housed in an early 20th-century Porfirian mansion that Natalia Loeza and Marc Lebreton have called home for the past twenty-five years. Spearheaded by Regina Montes, Nima opened its doors to the public in November 2016. The décor, a fusion of the Japanese Wabi-sabi aesthetic of embracing imperfection and the Danish art of hygge or cosiness, is intended to leave guests feeling as though they have checked into an upgraded version of their own home rather than a hotel. Breakfast is included, and a carefully curated menu of Mexican dishes are available for lunch and dinner. A three-storey indoor patio features lush plants cascading down the walls and narrow staircases lead to a pocket-sized garden in the rooftop terrace. An honesty bar in the living room has everything for impromptu pick-me-ups and night-caps, and a pillow menu provides the ultimate touch of personalized comfort.
Lago DF brings together independent designers from Mexico and abroad who champion an experimental, authentic, eclectic style. You will find fashion, accessories and lifestyle items for men and women here. The store is an exclusive outlet for Mexican labels such as Ishi and BOCA MMXII, and brands including Trista, Carla Fernández, Signature by Marika Vera, 1/8 Takamura and Colorindio. It also stocks international names: Masscob, Enrica, Vlas Bloome, Reptile House, Sibel Saral and Original Paper Backs among them. Every item is the brainchild of a creative idea and process committed to contemporary design.
Máximo Bistrot Local
This is a small, relaxed establishment where the fresh produce, often organic and mostly locally sourced, takes centre stage in the masterly concert of flavours orchestrated by its chef and owner Eduardo García, who previously worked at the Pujol and Le Bernardin in New York. What makes the properietor particularly popular is that he’s always at the helm of the open kitchen. Sample his wonderfully harmonious Mexican and Latin American dishes, such as the astonishingly good tiradito of finely sliced greater amberjack with avocado; beef fillet with dried pepper from Oaxaca; and chicken with garlic and huitlacoche. Gourmet touches of particular note are the delicious creamed aubergine with goat’s cheese served with bread, the truffle oil that brings depth to the delicate celeriac soup, and the generous addition of bottarga to the sauce served with certain pasta dishes. Equally impressive is the way the chef breathes new life into ordinary ingredients such as fried egg with sweetbreads, elevating them to the status of irresistible fare. The menu changes depending on what García finds that’s ultra fresh in the markets. He is also constantly exploring Mexican regional cooking and food around the worldwide. For a taste of France, try his asparagus with poached egg, mussels in butter, or succulent rib of beef in red wine. He also serves reworked American classics, such as crab cakes in a vanilla and orange dressing accompanied by a fennel and green apple salad, Even regular diners here find new dishes to try. An essential destination for foodies. No reservations taken for weekends.
Patricia Ortiz Monasterio and Jaime Riestra founded OMR, a gallery located in a lovely Art Nouveau mansion in Colonia Roma, in 1983. They exhibit a balanced mix of Mexican and international art, and have launched a project room that showcases the work of emerging artists. Mexican artists with an international profile currently represented by OMR include Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jose Dávila, Iñaki Bonillas and Julieta Aranda. OMR mounts six to eight exhibitions a year, and participates in major international art fairs in the Americas and Europe.
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