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Mexico City

HANDMADE
Deep Blue Candle
Beatrice Valenzuela channels her hometown of Mexico City for her nature-inspired shoes and accessories—like a beautiful, unique hand-woven net bag from Chiapas. The Echo Park-based designer (who founded Echo Park Craft Fair) also makes one candle...
TRAVEL
City Guide: Mexico City
Topping several must-visit destination lists, Mexico City is clearly having a moment. But it would be remiss to think it's purely a new crop of stylish outposts that is making this an alluring travel destination or the latest low-cost hipster haven...
SHOPS
Barrio Alameda
For a sample of Mexico City’s shops in eateries in one convenient location, head to Barrio Alameda, a newly renovated multi-story arcade in Centro Histórico (and a stone's throw from Taquería El Caifán). Here you'll find the outpost of Utilitario Mexicano...
SHOPS
Casa Bosques Librería
Tucked away from the bustle of Calle Córdoba in the hip Roma neighborhood is conceptual bookshop Casa Bosques Librería. With its calming whitewashed interiors, this is a space designed to let magazines stand out and for you to sit down and enjoy. But...
CITYGUIDES
Mexico City
Topping numerous travel destination lists, Mexico City is clearly having a moment. But it would be remiss to think it's purely a new crop of stylish outposts making this an alluring travel destination or the latest low-cost hipster haven. From the...
CULTURE
Museo Nacional de Antropología
Mexico is steeped in ancient history, and there's no better way to understand its significant heritage than by visiting The National Museum of Anthropology. The institution is home to the most complete Mesoamerican collection, including Aztec treasures...
FOOD-DRINK
Hanky Panky
The brainchild of American expat Berit Jane Soli-Holt, Hanky Panky is an impeccably appointed speakeasy with an equally well-considered bar program. And it's no wonder; this hidden gem is inspired by Ada Coleman—head bartender in the 1900s at the Savoy...
FOOD_DRINK
Pasteleria Ideal
Allow a few minutes for a spin through another one of Mexico City's unique establishments, Pasteleria Ideal. Originally built in 1927, this two-story bakery borderlines on ridiculous with its towering quinceañera cakes, thematic jelly treats and layers...
FOOD_DRINK
Taquería El Caifán
At first blush, Taquería El Caifán looks like a Manhattan lunch spot; it's perhaps a little too spacious and sparkly for it to seem like an authentic Mexican taco joint. But don't let its bright interior fool you, because this is where you can get...
FOOD_DRINK
Lalo!
Burgers don't typically top most Mexico City culinary tours, but Lalo!'s burger isn't your average rendition. Then again, Lalo! isn't your average restaurant. Helmed by Mexican top chef Eduardo García (also behind the city's award-winning Máximo Bistrot...
HOTELS
DOWNTOWN Mexico
There are several new hotels marking Mexico City's rise in boutique accommodations, but staying in a sleekly renovated 17th century palace is a novelty we're always happy to indulge in. Transformed in 2012, the DOWNTOWN Mexico is a project by local...
STYLE
Fabric-Focused Womenswear by Zii Ropa
Since moving to Mexico three and half years ago, Vancouver native Bridget Tidey has started her own unique clothing line Zii Ropa. Founded just last year, the brand's aesthetic is comfortable yet flattering, durable yet sophisticated and is "inspired...
DESIGN
Carla Fernández: Design Culture Mexico at Heath Ceramics
Based in Mexico City, fashion designer Carla Fernández travels through Mexico seeking the most talented regional artisans; she creates new designs that honor traditional fabrications in each region. This has given Fernández a reputation as a champion...
STYLE
Fashion Designer Paola Hernandez's Brooklyn Showroom
Over a year after launching a flagship store in Mexico City, fashion designer Paola Hernandez has unveiled a showroom at the crux of Brooklyn's north and south Williamsburg neighborhoods. Aesthetically minimal and arranged for the maximum impact...
TRAVEL
Jules Basement
by Carissa Wodehouse Though Mexico City is known for its size, a growing local creative class and influx of world travelers are carving out first-rate gathering spots in its nooks and crannies. Jules Basement, a speakeasy tucked under an unassuming...
TRAVEL
Hôtel Americano
From the airy architecture of seaside retreat Basico to Distrito Capital's urban focus, Mexico-based hotel group Habita has already made a name for itself for how it introduces high-design without disrupting surroundings. Opening today, 6 September...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Liquid Sculptures
When we visited the Zona Maco art fair in Mexico City earlier this year, we saw a wide variety of media and styles—check out our first piece on Martin Creed here. This second video from our trip there explores some of the more abstract pieces...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Collection
by Aphakai Rirkrit Tiravanija has continuously proven himself to be at the forefront of modern conceptual art. Extremely social in nature, Tiravanija's exhibitions range from feeding gallery-goers to recording footage of a road trip and displaying...
CULTURE
Salvando al Soldado Pérez
The New Mexican Cinema movement may have calmed to a simmer in recent years, but the country's presence on the international film scene is here to stay. At Los Angeles' recent Hola México Festival, festival-goers were treated to a secret midnight...
CULTURE
Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Martin Creed
by Gregory Stefano On a recent trip to Mexico City we had the chance to stop by the Zona Maco Art Fair to check out what's happening south of the border. We explored some great galleries, saw some fantastic work, and one piece that jumped out immediately...