The DEPARTURES Guide to Mexico City

Marcus Nilsson

Where to stay, what to eat, and what to do in Mexico City.

The former seat of the Aztec civilization and the financial and cultural heart of present-day Mexico, Mexico City is one of the hemisphere’s most exciting destinations. The city’s high-altitude perch means visitors experience temperate weather year-round, but that is hardly the only cool thing about this sprawling metropolis: After recovering from a few decades of ecological disasters and the ensuing bad press, the newly cosmopolitan locale is teeming with historical sites, world-class restaurants, elegant hotels, and some of North America’s most interesting contemporary artists and designers—and not to mention the largest private collection of contemporary art in Latin America. In other words: If you haven’t yet been, it’s time to hop on a plane.

Where to Stay

Mexico City’s Best Hotels
From a business luxe high-rise to a hideaway housed in a former convent, here are 10 ideal homebases from which to explore Mexico’s capital. See the slideshow »

Downtown Cool in a Royal Residence
Once the palace of the Count and Countess of Miravelle, this 17-room boutique hotel features for industrial-chic interiors. See the slideshow » 

Where to Eat & Drink

10 Don’t Miss Restaurants
From daring dishes that include local delicacy chicatana ants to simple herb salads that burst with flavor, the dishes you’ll encounter at these 10 Mexico City restaurants surprise and delight. See the slideshow » 

Mexico City’s Top Bars and Lounges
Stunning views and glamorous company are some things you can expect to find here. See the slideshow » 

Mexico City’s Culinary Boom
From the archives: Francisco Goldman explores the flourishing food scene in the trendy La Condesa neighborhood and beyond. See the article »

A Meal Worth Traveling For: Pujol
Traditional Mexican ingredients take on rhapsodic new dimensions at esteemed chef Enrique Olvera’s restaurant. See the slideshow »

Art & Culture

Must-Visit Museums And Cultural Attractions
The home of Frida Kahlo, Aztec ruins, and cutting-edge galleries are among this city’s top sights. See the slideshow »

Mexico City’s Contemporary Art Scene
Independent curator Taiyana Pimentel, formerly at the Museo Rufino Tamayo and a well-connected figure in Mexico City, suggests a few essential stops for art-lovers. See the article »

Museo Jumex: The Largest Private Art Collection in Latin America
Established by the heir of a major juice company, this museum holds around 2,750 works from artists like Andy Warhol, Dan Flavin, and more. See the article »

Museo Soumaya / Pedro Friedeberg's studio

Things to Do

Exploring an Underrated Cultural Destination
In the past five years, this city of more than 21 million people has become as urbane as it is urban. See the article » 

A Local’s Guide to Mexico City
Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, CEO and co-founder of luxe Casa Dragones Tequila Company, shares her picks for dining, sightseeing, and drinking. See the article »

Unexpected and Exclusive Experiences
This off-the-beaten-path guide to Mexico City includes a hot air balloon ride over Teotihuacan, dinner at an exclusive culinary club, and more. See the slideshow »

Mexico City’s Best Boutiques
Whether you’re looking for menswear, vintage accessories, or artisanal glassware, Mexico City is a shopper’s dream. See the slideshow »

A Local’s Guide to Mexico City
Fashion editor Karla Martinez de Salas gives her insider picks into the best places to splurge, sip, wander, and shop in her hometown of Mexico City. See the article »

Photo Credit: Marcus Nilsson​​; Betsabee Romero