Urban Escapes: Mexico City

In Magical Towns by Suzanne Koch

There’s magic in every corner of Mexico. Here, we dive into Mexico City with an in-the-know local to discover the city’s hidden gems and must-visit destinations.

The heart of the country, Mexico City is a hub for culture, food, history, art, diversity and so much more. It’s historic, yet modern; luxurious, yet humble; energetic, yet comforting. And as one of the most populous cities in the world, there’s many ways to experience it. The St. Regis Mexico City overlooks Paseo de la Reforma and stands as a shiny beacon offering some of the best views of the city’s bustling energy below. Here, Fernanda Elizondo, Marketing and Communications Manager for The St. Regis Mexico City shares some of her tips for the perfect day in the dynamic city.

Mexico City is known for its food scene. What are your favorite choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

For dinner I recommend Pujol which is an exploration of Mexican cuisine with contemporary techniques, or Quintonil which explores Mexican gastronomy with a special insistence on sustainability. For breakfast, my special places are San Angel Inn, a traditional Mexican hacienda where you can enjoy traditional dishes of Mexican cuisine and outstanding margaritas; and El Cardenal, located downtown where they produce their own raw ingredients (tortillas, dairy products, bread, chocolate).

Of all the museums in Mexico City, what are some of your favorites?

The Anthropology Museum is one of my favorites and Jumex Museum, which is one of the most important centers of contemporary art exhibitions worldwide.

What’s your idea of a perfect day in Mexico City?

Going downtown is a perfect day because you can experience an extraordinary gastronomic adventure combined with art and history.

In your opinion, what’s the best time of year to visit Mexico City?

We have a lot to do during every season. There is always something to do in Mexico City, depending on what are you looking for. If it’s the weather, I recommend April, which is sunny. If you are looking for special events, October and November are good months because we have the F1 Grand Prix and Day of the Dead celebrations.

If someone wanted to spend a night out on the town, where would you recommend going?

Condesa and Roma neighborhoods where you can find a bunch of bars for all styles and tastes.

The Bloody Best: Fernanda recommends trying the Sangrita Maria at the hotel’s King Cole Bar. A unique twist on a Bloody Mary, it’s made with mezcal, agave salt, spices and guajillo chile.


This story originally appeared in the 2019 Spring/Summer issue of InMexico Magazine.

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