Modern Minimalism + Historical Opulence at Mexico City’s Círculo Mexicano

An oasis within CDMX's bustling Centro Histórico neighborhood

Located opposite the stunning Catedral Metropolitana in CDMX’s downtown Centro Histórico neighborhood, Grupo Habita‘s 25-room Círculo Mexicano (which opened in 2020) combines 19th-century architecture with minimalist modern design, creating an effortless feeling of juxtaposition. The building (once home to renowned photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo) has been expertly renovated by architecture firm Ambrosi | Etchegaray‘s Jorge Ambrosi and Gabriele Etchegaray, who successfully play with light, tonality …

Word of Mouth: Oaxaca City, Mexico

From bustling marketplaces to mezcalerias and tranquil hotels, our favorite places in this city of dichotomies

Mexico‘s southern state of Oaxaca encourages all who visit to indulge in its variety: within its borders thrives an array of climates and over a dozen indigenous cultures. This serendipitous formula produces some of the country’s most admired culinary assets and exports, mole and mezcal, as well as traditional craftsmanship revered the world over, including Tlahuitoltepec textiles and ancient barro negro ceramics. The region’s treasured …

The Taste of Celebration in Gem & Bolt Mezcal

We visit Oaxaca to discover the alchemy behind the brand and its gracious smoky flavor

Gem & Bolt founders Adrin Adrina and Elliott Coon shared a childhood in a community of creators in the mountains of Virginia, where plant medicine was part of everyday customs. Long before their life in Mexico, they made damiana elixirs as a way to “share herbal knowledge through the celebratory door,” says Coon. Both artists and alchemists, the duo wanted to be at the crossroads …