Colors and Fla­vors: Fol­lowing Deniz, Jen­ny and Shir­ley around Mexi­co City

Deniz (photographer from NYC), Jenny (works for NYLON Germany) and Shirley (runs a restaurant in L.A.) share a few of their favorite things to see, eat and experience in Mexico City.

Sum­ming up ever­ything you need to do while visi­t­ing Mexi­co City is like stuf­fing your face with 25 tacos at once – no mat­ter how bad you want it to hap­pen, you have to give up at some point. Deniz (pho­to­gra­pher from NYC), Jen­ny (works for NYLON Ger­ma­ny) and Shir­ley (runs a restau­rant in L.A.) still want to share a few of their favo­ri­te things to see, eat and expe­ri­ence in Mexi­co City.

Did you know Mexi­co City was built on a lake? Befo­re the Spa­nish con­que­rers des­troy­ed the anci­ent Aztec city, Tenoch­ti­tlán was a very sophisti­ca­ted con­struc­tion of temp­les, mar­ket­pla­ces and even floa­ting gar­dens. A small part of the­se floa­ting gar­dens and cana­ls still exist today and you should defi­ni­te­ly go the­re. Loca­ted in the South of Mexi­to City, Xochi­mil­co offers the per­fect wee­kend acti­vi­ty, espe­cial­ly for the locals them­sel­ves. Who­le fami­lies, groups of friends or lovers book a tour through the cana­ls on color­ful woo­den boats whe­re ven­dors pro­vi­de ever­ything you need: ice­cold Michela­das (beer mixed with hot sau­ce), ama­zing street­food and Maria­chi music. 

If you want to spend some time just strol­ling around, che­cking out some gal­le­ries, nice inte­rior shops or cool bou­ti­ques, check out La Roma and La Con­de­sa. The Con­ti­gu­pus neigh­bor­hoods are less tra­di­tio­nal and some bars or cafés look like any other hip shop around the world, but it’s a gre­at place to hang out, enjoy the two parks (Par­qué Méxi­co & Par­que Espa­ña), walk down Ave­ni­da Álva­ro Obre­gón or have a fan­cy night out with din­ner and drinks at Blan­co Colima. 

To expe­ri­ence the heart of the city a visit to the Cen­tro His­tó­ri­co is ine­vi­ta­ble. Bes­i­des going up the Tor­re Lati­no­ame­ri­ca­na sky­s­cra­per to see how big the city real­ly is, wal­king by the Pala­cio de Bel­las Artes and let­ting the magnitud of the Cather­dral and the Zóca­lo (the main squa­re) sink in, go see the beau­ti­ful Murals of pain­ter (and Fri­da Kahlo’s hus­band) Die­go Rive­ra at Pala­cio Nacio­nal. The ent­ry is free but it’s recom­mend­a­ble to get a guide. 

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Ask for Hugo out­side, he’s at least 200 years old, but pret­ty flu­ent in Eng­lish and gives the ama­zing pain­tings some con­text with impres­si­ve his­to­ri­cal facts and fun­ny anec­do­tes. After­wards walk around the streets in the Cen­tro His­tó­ri­co until you’re hungry – Anto­ji­tos Esther on Cal­le San­tí­si­mo 22 is your desti­na­ti­on. Street workers and busi­ness peop­le squee­zed in the hole in the wall swe­ar on the food pre­pa­red in this open kit­chen. Try the Gord­i­tas con sal­sa de jito­ma­te y queso!

But no mat­ter how gre­at Mexi­co City is — it some­ti­mes calls for a 2 day geta­way. In a 3 – 4 hour dri­ve radi­us from the mega city the­re are several Pue­blos Mági­cos“, Magic Vil­la­ges that deser­ved this offi­cial tit­le for being a place of gre­at cul­tu­ral, natu­ral or gas­tro­no­mic heri­ta­ge. And they’re all worth a visit. Such as Gua­najua­to, Val­le de Bra­vo, Pue­bla or Tepotzlán. 

Due to its colo­ni­al char­ge and sub­tro­pi­cal cli­ma­te all year long Tepotz­lán, loca­ted in a val­ley, is a popu­lar desti­na­ti­on for all Chil­an­gos, how Mexi­co City resi­dents are cal­led. If the only clothes you wan­na put on for a while is a bat­hing suite and some shades, we got you cove­r­ed with the per­fect spot: Las Esta­cas is a natu­ral park with the most ama­zing crys­tal clear river you have ever seen. Jum­ping off trees, floa­ting down the river, han­ging by the pool — pure para­di­se. We high­ly recom­mend spen­ding at least a night the­re to see the sun­ri­se over this magi­cal pie­ce of land. 

17 Juli 2018 · NEUBAU EYEWEAR
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