T+L's Definitive Guide to Mexico City
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1. Downtown México

8.7
Isabel la Católica 30, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City
Hotel · 353 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Grupo Habita's converted 17th-century palace is an island of chic in workaday Centro Histórico, seamlessly mixing the old (stone walls; high ceilings) with the new (a sexy rooftop bar and pool).

2. Brick

6.8
Orizaba 95 (esq. Tabasco), Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City
Hotel · Roma Norte · 107 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The creative energy of Roma seems to swirl around this warren of restaurants, bars, and 17 wood-paneled rooms. At night, head to the terrace café to watch the comings and goings on Calle Orizaba.

3. Hotel Las Alcobas

9.2
Presidente Masaryk 390, Mexico City, Mexico City
Hotel · Polanco · 22 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: This 35-room sanctuary is marked by rich Yabu Pushelberg–designed interiors and thoughtful touches—a full-length three-way mirror; coffee that arrives minutes after your wake-up call.

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4. The Red Tree House

9.0
Culiacan 6, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City
Bed and Breakfast · 18 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Inside this 17-room B&B are walls painted in bright jewel tones and Mexican art; rooms range in size from the tiny Treehouse to a two-bedroom suite with a private terrace.

5. Four Seasons Hotel

9.3
Paseo de la Reforma 500, Mexico City, Mexico City
Hotel · Juárez · 199 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: It's all about gracefulness here, from the polished staff to the courtyard parterres. Tip: follow staffers to the street-food stands on Calle Burdeos for some of the area’s tastiest tacos.

6. Live Aqua

9.2
Av. Paseo de los Tamarindos no. 98, Col. Bosques de las Lomas, Cuajimalpa de Morelos, Mexico City, Mexico City
Hotel · 66 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Rooms at this stylish hotel, near the Santa Fe neighborhood, include 420-thread-count sheets and motorized drapes—and dedicated floor concierges secure everything from meal reservations to shoeshines.

7. The St. Regis Mexico City

9.2
Paseo de la Reforma 439, Colonia Cuauhtemoc (Rio Missisipi), Mexico City, Mexico City
Hotel · Cuauhtémoc · 183 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Yabu Pushelberg-designed rooms are large and plush at this elegantly modern hotel on Paseo de la Reforma, but the real showstopper is the panoramic view from the spa and fitness center.

8. Pujol

Francisco Petrarca 254, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant · 323 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Chef Enrique Olvera heads the city's most innovative Mexican restaurant, using market ingredients and newfangled techniques. Try the tacos filled with baby lamb, avocado-pea purée, and hoja santa.

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9. Quintonil

8.8
Newton 55 (Masaryk), Polanco, Mexico City
Mexican Restaurant · 306 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: At this Polanco hotspot, chef Jorge Vallejo’s delicate dishes look like floral arrangements. Fried huauzontle is served with cheese from Chiapas; chilacayote squash is drizzled with mole.

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10. Contramar

9.1
Durango 200 (Entre Durango y Av. Oaxaca), Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City
Seafood Restaurant · Roma Norte · 616 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Fashionable locals crowd the high-ceilinged dining room for long, loud, convivial lunches, especially on weekends. The ideal meal: oysters and grilled porgy painted with green and red sauces.

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11. Romita Comedor

Álvaro Obregón 49, Mexico City, Mexico City
Gastropub · Roma Norte · 519 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A theatrical greenhouse-like space with checkerboard floors and a retractable glass roof sits atop an early-20th-century mansion. You can’t go wrong with the taco del río, made with langoustines.

12. Belmondo

8.6
Tabasco 109 (Mérida), Ciudad de México, CDMX
Sandwich Spot · Roma Norte · 772 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: With Midcentury chairs and industrial light fixtures, this unpretentious café is a favorite of Roma’s creative class. The menu is simple: salads, pitch-perfect sandwiches, and wines by the glass.

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13. Common People

8.1
Emilio Castelar 149 (La Fontaine), Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
Boutique · Polanco · 51 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: At the city’s most exhilarating concept store, a circular staircase connects three floors packed with cutting-edge merchandise from both near (bikes from Rock&Ruedas) and far (THVM jeans from L.A.).

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14. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso

9.3
Justo Sierra 16 (República de Argentina y Carmen), Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City
Art Museum · 280 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: At this 18th-century former Jesuit school, placid porticoes are lined with bitingly satirical murals by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera’s contemporary.

15. Casa Estudio Luis Barragán

9.0
General Francisco Ramirez 12, Daniel Garza, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico City
Museum · Miguel Hidalgo · 52 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A must for architecture fans. Barragán created intensity by distilling color and structure, like the intensely pink wall or the window whose shadow aligns with the wall opposite.

16. Museo Del Juguete Antiguo

6.5
Dr. Olvera #15 Col. Doctores (entre Dr. Barragán y Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas), Del Cuahutémoc, Mexico City
Museum · Doctores · 175 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Roberto Shimizu began collecting Mexican-made toys in 1955; now his son oversees the 45,000-piece exhibition. The displays of soldiers, Barbie dolls, and more induce joyful nostalgia.

17. Anthropology Museum of México

9.4
(Museo Nacional de Antropología)
Av. Paseo de la Reforma s/n (Esq. con Clzd. Mahatma Gandhi), Mexico City, Mexico City
Museum · 730 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A trove of pre-Columbian treasures, among them the Piedra del Sol, whose carvings reveal the cosmological complexity of Aztec beliefs, and a Toltec armored vest made from seashells.

18. Las Cazuelas De La Abuela

7.6
Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortines (periferico y av san jeronimo), Mexico City, Mexico City
Mexican Restaurant · 79 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A traditional fonda that serves delicious peneques, a kind of deep-fried quesadilla with green and red pipián (pumpkin-seed sauce).

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19. Taquería Los Cocuyos

8.0
Bolívar 59 (República de Uruguay), Mexico City, Mexico City
Taco Restaurant · Downtown · 233 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Don’t miss this taco spot in Centro, where the specialty is offal.

20. Mercado de Xochimilco

7.6
Francisco I. Madero (16 de Septiembre), Mexico City, Mexico City
Market · 77 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A must-stop for farm-fresh produce and the city’s best barbacoa de borrego (slow-cooked lamb).

21. Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli

8.8
Calle Museo 150, Coyoacán, Mexico City
Art Museum · 157 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The museum, a modern pyramid of volcanic rock built by Diego Rivera, houses the artist’s quirky collection of pre-Hispanic works.

22. Dulcería de Celaya

8.8
Av. Cinco de Mayo 39, Mexico City, Mexico City
Candy Store · Downtown · 76 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The legendary Centro candy store is an Art Nouveau gem. Try the panqué de elote (cornbread pudding).

23. Vintage Hoe

Mérida 122 (e/ Chihuahua & Álvaro Obregón), Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City
Vintage and Thrift Store · 5 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: A wonderful spot for cocktail dresses and leather purses.

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24. Galeria Hilario Galguera

8.1
Francisco Pimentel 3 (Rosas Moreno), San Rafael, Mexico City
Art Gallery · 14 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Shows international stars such as Damien Hirst, as well as Mexican artists (Bosco Sodi; Daniel Lezama).

25. Galería Luis Adelantado

6.7
Laguna de Términos 260 (at Mariano Escobedo), Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City
Art Gallery · 9 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: The hangar-like space, in Nuevo Polanco, is known for large-scale installations.

26. Kurimanzutto

8.6
Rafael Rebollar no. 94 (Gelati), Ciudad de México, CDMX
Art Gallery · San Miguel Chapultepec · 20 tips and reviews

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Champions Mexican artists including Gabriel Orozco.

27. Carla Fernandez

Moliere 58, Mexico City, Mexico City
Women's Store · Polanco · 1 tip

Travel + LeisureTravel + Leisure: Fernandez’s clothes marry traditional patterns and textiles to a modern silhouette: bias-cut ponchos and minidresses may include a print of a Mayan warrior or an armadillo embroidered in silk.