I must admit Mexico City hadn’t really been on my radar as a location to be added to my travel bucket list. But, when I had the opportunity to visit for a work trip earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised by this richly diverse, hip, creative city. Steeped in history and culture, but with its finger firmly on the modern design scene pulse, I was wowed by its super stylish shops, beautiful eateries, photogenic streets and cultural venues. Here I highlight a few of the top spots I discovered that are a must for your Mexico City itinerary.
Chaya B&B – Situated within Barrio Alameda- a shopping and food destination- Chaya B&B is a beautiful plant-filled retreat. Featured on the 91 Magazine blog back in 2016, this place was already on my radar, but it was by coincidence that I stumbled upon it during my trip. It was a pleasure to spend a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the oasis they have created. It is a photographer’s (and plant lovers!) dream with a mix of leafy, tropical plants, cacti and succulents set against bright yellow walls; the city’s historical architecture rising up behind. For a more detailed review and a peek inside the rooms, head to this previous post.
Querencia – In the arty district of Juarez you’ll find Querencia, a relatively new lifestyle store, filled with plants, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and a small selection of clothing. With a strong emphasis on the botanical trend, this delightful little shop proudly stocks designs from Mexican makers, all beautifully merchandised, making you wish you’d bought that extra suitcase! I certainly did not leave empty handed!
Frida Kahlo museum – You can’t talk of Mexico City without mentioning it’s most iconic female: Frida Kahlo. We all recognise her image, but mono-brow and floral headdresses aside, this was one woman who faced adversity head on. Only knowing snippets of her story myself, the museum, which was also Frida’s home, filled in all the blanks and being so close to so much of her personal belongings and the space she inhabited made it a truly moving experience, despite the hustle and bustle of fellow tourists around you. The colourful walls and greenery of the courtyard garden is a more peaceful area to reflect on the story of her life. Be sure to arrive early as there can be long queues for entry.
My final stop before dashing to the airport was El Moro. There are a number of these around the city – I visited the Condesa branch and it did not disappoint both in terms of ‘Instagramability’ and the amazing chocolate churros! Their famous blue and white tiles and pale wood furniture are a dream to photograph, and there truly was no better way to round off the trip than with a bag of churros in the sun.
This post is an excerpt kindly shared by Caroline Rowland of 91 Magazine. You can read the full Mexico City Guide by heading over to 91Magazine Blog.
Caroline Rowland has ten years experience in blogging, publishing and running a creative business. She first launched independent interiors and lifestyle magazine 91 Magazine in 2011 as a free online publication.
The magazine is now published in both print and digital form and is stocked in over 150 shops across the UK and internationally including WH Smith travel, Anthropologie and Selfridges.
In 2017 91 Magazine won Best Interior Magazine blog at the Amara Interior Blog Awards.
Caroline’s first interiors book The Shopkeepers Home was published in 2015, featuring the homes and shop interiors of independent shop owners.