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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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 Jul 2018 · neubau eyewear