What $500 Buys in Mexico City

Steven Noble

The arrival of several luxury hotels and a burgeoning contemporary art scene notwithstanding, headlines haven’t been kind to Mexico City lately, with the H1N1 virus and drug-related violence leading to a drop off in travel there. But visitors are starting to return, and deals on airfare and hotels remain in place.

Compiled by Sarah Smith

Dinner for ten at Tonalá Veinte, in the Colonia Roma area. It takes reservations Wednesday through Friday, seating 50 people in what once was a private residence. The rack of lamb is a standout on the ever-changing classic European menu. 52-55/5207-8122.

Almost two weekend nights in a Grand Deluxe room at the Cesar Pelli–designed St. Regis Hotel, unveiled in October in the city’s Historic Center. The 538-square-foot rooms have 360-degree views, Nepalese carpets, and the brand’s signature butler service. starwoodhotels.com.

A ticket to the SUMA 2010 gala dinner at the Museo Tamayo (and its after-party) on April 15, during ZONA MACO, the city’s contemporary art fair, at which 800 international artists will be represented inside the Centro Banamex convention center. macomexico.com.

One pair of Jeremy Scott for Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses from Magistral. The hip men’s and women’s fashion boutique is being compared to Paris’s Colette and New York’s Open Ceremony and will stock items by Mexican designer Christian Cota this spring. magistralconceptstore.com.

An all-day bespoke architecture tour from Artisans of Leisure, a New York–based outfitter with a vast Mexico City Rolodex. Suggested stop: the National Autonomous University of Mexico, to see edifices covered with murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Juan O’Gorman. artisansofleisure.com.

Four sets of EF Tableware by local interior designer Ezequiel Farca, from his new showroom in the posh Polanco district. (His furniture graces the style-setting Hotel Habita nearby.) The five-piece ceramic sets come glazed in white, olive, or ash. ezequielfarca.com.

As of late January, one Mexican peso = $0.08.