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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. 


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