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Mexico City has always been a thriving cultural hub, but in recent years, since being named World Design Capital in 2018, the emerging creative scene has taken off entirely. With endless activities and sites to peak your artistic interest you will have to pick and choose wisely. From gallery hopping in Roma and Condesa to exploring the city's excellent museums, we’ve selected a few favorites from CDMX’s vast possibilities.
CULTURAL MECCA IN MEXICO
01/ EXPLORE ROMA & CONDESA
For a more posh experience Polanco is the neighborhood of choice, but we recommend staying slightly Southeast in neighboring Condesa and Roma, where there is a plethora of chic hotels and guesthouses to choose from at different budgets (we love Ignacia Guesthouse). Here you’ll find art-filled streets, inventive Mexican cuisine, and the young stylish set out and about. An ever-evolving roster of fashion pop-ups and galleries in the neighborhood display the curation and collaboration from Mexico’s emerging talent. The interplay between the wide range of historical crafts and modern viewpoints allows for a flowing and evolving conversation. Galería OMR and Kurimanzutto are two must-see neighborhood options.
02/ MUSEO SCENE
A day exploring the art museums throughout CDMX is a day well spent as its sprawling museum scene is only rivaled by Paris. Start your morning in Polanco with breakfast at Cafe Eno, a casual eatery by Chef Enrique Olevera of the popular nearby Pujol restaurant. Carry on to Museo Jumex for Twombly, Warhol, and Hirst before making your way to the Museo Tamayo for a collection of contemporary works set within the city’s gorgeous Chapultepec Park. Afterwards travel down to the popular Frida Kahlo Museum set in the former home of Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera before finishing your day with dinner at Casa Virginia, whose revolving menu by mother-daughter-duo Chef Monica Patino and Micaela Miguel, is set in a warm Beaux Arts-style home in the center of Roma.
03/ DISCOVER CASA ORÁNICA
Take a day trip to Vista del Valle, an hour outside of Mexico City, for a guided tour of Casa Orgánica, a fluid residential space designed by architect Javier Senosiain Aguilar. Aguilar took inspiration from the elementary needs of a man; environmental, physical and psychological, studying “spaces similar to the maternal cloister, to the shelters of the animals, to the man who at first adopted the caverns without modifying his environment.” To allow for bold the curvature, highly elastic ferrocement was used to construct the space which is punctuated by an inviting rooftop garden.