What neighborhood do you live in and how long have you lived there? My first apartment was in Polanco at Pasaje Polanco, a beautiful oasis in the heart of the area. If you are walking around Polanco I recommend you stop for a coffee there—you will love it.
Where do you put up friends visiting town? If they are splurging, either the St. Regis (Paseo de la Reforma 439; 52-55/5228-1818; starwoodhotels.com) or Four Seasons. If they want a pied-á-terre-feel in Polanco, then Las Alcobas (Presidente Masaryk 390; 52-55/3300-3900; lasalcobas.com). For a Mexican boutique hotel with great design, La Valise (Zacatecas 126; 52-55/5264-9013; lavalise.com) or Condesa DF (Av. Veracruz 102; 52-55/5241-2600; condesadf.com).
Where is the best place to find your hometown’s signature dish? The famous tuna tostadas at Contramar (Calle Durango 200; 52-55/5514-3169; contramar.com) and Dulce Patria (Anatole France 100; 52-55/3300-3999). And, the stand up tacos at Los Panchos (Calle Tolstoi 9; 52-55/5254-5390; lospanchos.mx).
What is your favorite restaurant to take visitors? Pujol (Calle Francisco Petrarca 254; 52-55/5545-3507; pujol.com), Maximo Bistrot (Calle Tonalá 133; 52-55/5264-4291; maximobistrot.com), Contramar, or Dulce Patria. These are the restaurants with chefs that are making a real difference. They are putting Mexico on the international culinary map, each in their own way.
Where can you find the best cocktails? The best cocktails can be found in Artemisia (Calle Tonalá 23; 52-55/9627-6609), Puebla 109 (Roma Norte; 52-55/6389-7300; puebla109.com), or Limantour (Álvaro Obregón 106; 52-55/5264-4122).
Beer list? For beer there is a cool stand at Mercado Medellin in Roma Sur where you can try local beers. Or if you are really in to it, head to El Convite in the Portales neighborhood for some jazz and drink the best local beers alongside really good Mexican food (Calle Ajusco 79; 52-55/5601-2260; elconvite.com).
Wine list? One of the best wine lists can be found at Au Pied de Cochon (Calle Campos Elíseos 218; 52-55/5327-7756; aupieddecochon.rest) or Becco (Goldsmith 103; 52-55/5282-1059; losteriadelbecco.com).
Where would you choose to splurge on a night out? I’ll start off with dinner at Rosetta (Colima 166; 52-55/5533-7804) followed by a drink at Melody Nelson (Querétaro 225, piso 2; melodynelsonbar.com) and finish the night with dancing at Leonor—a cross between a speakeasy and nightclub (Nuevo León 163; 52-55/5212-1018; archipielagocorp.com).
What is your go-to after-hours bar? M.N. ROY, a beautiful combination of design and sexy nightlife (Mérida 186; mnroyclub.com).
What’s the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon in town? Visiting the Mercado de San Juan to buy some fresh local produce, then head off to the Mercado del Angel, a great antique market, followed by a late lunch at Contramar.
What is your Sunday morning routine in your neighborhood? Head out to Ojo de Agua (Calle Citlaltépetl 23-C; 52-55/6395-8000) for a fresh squeezed juice and some eggs at ENO (Av. Explanada 730; 52-55/5202-9808; eno.com). Then I'll take a stroll in the Bosque de Chapultepec and watch the famous Voladores de Panatela, followed by a visit to the Tamayo Museum (Paseo de la Reforma 51; 52-55/5286-6519; museotamayo.org), Casa del Lago, or the Museum of Modern Art (Paseo de la Reforma S/N; 52-55/5553-6233).
Where is the best brunch? At the Four Seasons on the patio—it’s a stunning Spanish courtyard with a beautiful selection of traditional Mexican brunch items mixed with some continental ones, as well (Paseo de la Reforma #500; 52-55/5230-1818; fourseasons.com).
Where do you go for the perfect cup of coffee? La Panaderia de Rosetta, either in Roma or Juarez (Calle Havre 73; 52-55/5207-7065).
What’s your favorite view in town (that tourists might not know about)? There are a few: La Cosa Americana—an incredible view over the historic zocalo of Mexico City—the Piso 51 club view (Av. Reforma 505, piso 51; 52-55/1162-0100; piso51.com); the top floor of the Torre Latinoamericana (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 2; 52-55/5518-7423; torrelatinoamericana.com); the view from the Castillo de Chapultepec (Bosque de Chapultepec I; 52-55/4040-5215; mnh.inah.gob.mx); or from La Casa del Lago (52-55/5211-6093) also in Chapultepec Park. This overlooks beautiful green parks of Mexico City.
What’s your favorite path or trail to follow on a walk? A walk on the Segunda Seccion, the Chapultepec, and Carcamo. The Carcamo is where all the water for the city used to arrive. There is an amazing sculpture and mural there by Diego Rivera.
What are your favorite offbeat cultural attractions? A private view of the Jumex Museum (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303; 52-55/5395-2618; fundacionjumex.org) or a visit to the local galleries like Kurimanzutto (Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94; 52-55/5256-2408; kurimanzutto.com), Proyectos Monclova (Colima 55; 52-55/4754-3546; proyectosmonclova.com), and OMR (Plaza Río de Janeiro 54; 52-55/5511-1179; galeriaomr.com).
What’s your favorite shop or boutique? I love Casa Bosques in Cordoba 25 in Colonia Roma (casabosques.net), because I can find a good magazine or book, a chocolate made with real Mexican cacao, or a cool APC shirt, all in one stop. Also, antique dealer Trouve is a hidden gem (52-55/5264-4884; trouve.mx).
What’s the best-kept local secret? The Anahuacali Museum (Museo 150; 52-55/5617-4797; museoanahuacali.org), the Carcamo in Chapultepe, and the Luis Barragan studio. Also: The UNAM sculpture garden for a stroll. Make sure to check out the mummies in the Convento de San Angel (Avenida Revolucion y Monasterio; 52-55/5616-2816).
Image Credits: Contramar, ©Luis Gallardo, Four Seasons Mexico
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