Every travel guide to Mexico City will mention visiting Frida Kahlo’s House and the impressive Anthropological Museum before nabbing a reservation at Pujol—and they are, without doubt, musts in the city. But instead of repeating the usual suspects here, we’ve gathered some lesser-known gems—places that reveal the eclectic dynamism of Mexico City and prove why it’s one of the most exciting cities in the world right now.
Igancia Guest House
In the heart of Mexico City’s hip Colonia Roma district, this beautifully restored 1913 mansion offers five unique suites with sleek velvet and ceramic touches, surrounding a tranquil courtyard. The traditional Mexican-inspired breakfast which also includes pastries and marmalade made from the orange trees in the courtyard, is so special that you’ll go to bed thinking about it—that’s saying a lot in the city renowned for its cuisine.
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Vinyl Espresso Bar & Records
This coffee shop may be tiny but the excellent coffee, delicious vegan muffins, friendly owners and locals spilling onto the sidewalk, guarantees plenty of good vibes all day long. Next door at Musica En Vinyl, you can peruse vinyl records and grab a beer on tap if you’re so inclined.
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As the name suggests, this small and intimate nightclub feels more like stepping into an chic apartment packed with friends. Pots and pans hang from the ceiling in the “kitchen” and records and knickknacks line the “living room” walls. The best DJs and musicians in Mexico City and beyond, play and spin, here nightly. Check out the lineup here.
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Casa Luis Barragán
Built in 1948, the home of Luis Barragán, is a wonder of colour, geometry and light. It’s where the great Mexican architect experimented with new ideas and it offers a glimpse inside his unusual psyche. In 2004, it became a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only way to see the house is via an hour-long tour. Barragán was a controversial figure in his lifetime, yet in death, he became even more so when a Brooklyn-based performance artist exhumed his body (with his family’s permission) and forged a diamond from his ashes. This New Yorker piece examines his mythic legacy and why the tour guides are banned from speaking about his private life and other delicate matters.
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La Zaranda Miravalle
This casual local spot in Roma is known for its fish and seafood. Don’t miss out on the marlin tacos, black beans, and whole grilled fish. There’s often live music and always a good vibe.
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Museo Dolores Olmedo Museum
This lesser known museum, inside a rambling stone Sixteenth Century hacienda, houses the art collection of the Mexican businesswoman, Dolores Olmedo, and includes the largest selection of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s work.
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