FOLLOWING FRIDA: MEXICO CITY
MAY 19TH, 2011
We traded all-inclusive beach resorts for a true urban experience in Mexico City. After an epic four-day whirlwind tour, we uncovered the best Ciudad de México has to offer.
One can't go to Mexico City without giving Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera a visit. At their best friend Dolores Olmedo's estatenot only will you find the most comprehensive collection of Kahlo's work, but you will also be greeted by a slew of colourful peacocks and adorable Mexican hairless dogs.www.museodoloresolmedo.org.mx
Bring out your inner Indiana Jones and take a pilgrimage to the ancient Mayan city of Teotihuacan. Explore the ruins and challenge yourself to the 365 steps of the Pyramid of the Sun – the view is spectacular and worth the hike!
We could spend hours browsing stands at La Ciudadela Mercado de Artesanias. From their famous and gorgeous handmade Mexican ponchos and blankets to embroidered cotton blouses, skirts and dresses to fine leather goods to striking silver accessories and Aztec-inspired beaded jewellery, this place has all the local flavour. Plaza de La Ciudadela, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06040 Mexico City.
Pujol recently made San Pellegrino’s list of the world's top 50 restaurants and we see why. If there was ever a time to test your palate with some unusual products like corn fungus, flies or flying ant powder, this would be it. Chef Enrique Olvera will thrill and inspire with every dish. Yes, there is chocolate at the end. http://pujol.com.mx
For a night out on the town, head to Mexico City’s hippest neighborhood, Condesa. Admire the mix of art deco and modernist architecture from the spectacular Sky Bar of the CondesaDF boutique hotel. What to order? Something with tequila, of course.www.condesadf.com
Presidente InterContinental, located in the swanky Polanco neighborhood, offers the most magnificent view of the city. Take a morning stroll in Chapultepec Park, one of the world’s largest urban parks that's three times the size of New York's Central Park. (Hidden at the top of Chapultepec Park is the Chapultepec Castle, overlooking the grandiose tree-lined Reforma Avenue, the city's answer to Paris’ Champs-Elysées.) From US$119/night,www.ichotelsgroup.com