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Mexico,
Mexico City

Introduction

Distrito Federal, the thriving capital, couldn't be more different from the Mexico regularly appearing on the evening news abroad. The city of 21 million remains largely free of the violence that has engulfed too many other towns and cities. And with public transportation expanding, air pollution decreasing, the police force modernising and a parade of new restaurants, shops, galleries and a museum, it's getting even more fun for visitors.

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Essentials

  1. Ask around for the best nearby open-air markets and taco stands.
  2. Keep small bills handy. Shopkeepers don’t like giving change for more than a 50- or 100-peso note.
  3. Lunch, beginning at 14.00 or 15.00 and often lasting hours, is the main meal of the day, and many restaurants are closed for dinner.
  4. Express kidnappings ('secuestros express'), in which your taxi driver robs you, do happen, so don’t hail a cab on the street; call a service or find a stand ('un sitio').

Two-hour tour

  • Museo Soumaya — Carlos Slim funded this impressive new building, which houses the museum's main collection.

    Boulevard Miguel de Cervantes 303, Saavedra, Col. Ampliacion Granada

    +52 55 1103 9800

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  • Zocalo and cathedral

    Col. Centro

  • Museo Soumaya (original building) — Shops, restaurants and an outdoor theatre.

    Plaza Loreto, Av Revolucion y Rio Magdalena, Col. Tizapán

    +52 55 5616 3731

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel Condesa DF

    Avenida Veracruz 102

    +52 55 5241 2600

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  • Dependable

    Hotel Presidente Intercontinental

    Campos Eliseos 218, Col. Chapultepec Polanco

    +52 55 5327 7700

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  • Premium

    The Four Seasons

    Paseo de la Reforma 500, Col. Juárez

    +52 55 5230 1818

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Eno Polanco

    Francisco Petrarca 258

    +52 55 5531 8535

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  • Business breakfast

    Lobby Restaurant at Hotel Habita

    Avenida Presidente Masaryk 201

    +52 55 5282 3100

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  • Working lunch with colleagues

    Contramar

    Durango 200 (just off Fuente de Cibeles), Col. Roma

    +52 55 5514 9217

  • Need-to-impress clients lunch

    El Cardenal

    Avenida de las Palmas 215, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec

    +52 55 2623 0401

  • Lunch on your own

    Duo

    Amsterdam 53, Col. Hipódromo De La Condesa

    +52 55 5211 6727

  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Senses

    Campos Eliseos 189, Col. Polanco

    +52 55 5980 1578

  • Dinner on your own

    Bros

    Lope de Vega 226, Col. Polanco

    +52 55 5250 1325

  • Dinner with colleagues

    Maximo Bistrot

    Tonalá 133

    +52 55 5264 4291

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  • Private dinner

    Lampuga

    Ometusco 1 (corner of Nuevo Leon), Col. Hipódromo Condesa

    +52 55 5286 6942

  • Big dinner with partner/clients

    Pujol

    Francisco Petrarca 254

    +52 55 5545 4111

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  • Drink after dinner

    La Terraza at Hotel

    Condesa DF, Avenida Veracruz 102, Col. Condesa

    +52 55 5241 2600

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  • On the tiles

    VIP room at Pasaje America

    Cinco de Mayo 7, Col. Centro

    +52 55 5521 4375

  • Mid-morning coffee

    Panaderia Rosetta

    Colima 166

    +52 55 5533 7804

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  • Private dinner

    Rosetta

    Colima 166, Col. Roma

    +52 55 5533 7804

  • Drink after dinner

    Félix

    Alvaro Obregon 64, Col. Roma Norte

    +52 55 5264 0318

  • Need-to-impress-clients lunch

    El Casino Español

    Isabel la Católica 31, Col. Centro

    +52 55 5521 8894

  • On the tiles

    M.N. Roy

    Mérida 186, Col. Roma Norte

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Librería Rosario Castellanos

    Tamaulipas 202, Col. Condesa

    +52 55 5276 7110

Thank yous

  • Top quality crafts from the Museo de Arte Popular shop

    Revillagigedo 11, Col. Centro

    +52 55 5510 2201

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Design from the Galería Mexicana de Diseño

    Anatole France 13, Col. Polanco

    +52 55 5280 3709

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  • Something for the kids

    Mexican toys from Jugaré

    Alfonso Reyes 84, Col. Hipodromo Condesa

    +52 55 5211 7280

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  • Something for someone you love

    Erotic prints and antiques by Chic by Accident

    Lago Texcoco 112, Colonia Anahuac

    +52 55 5511 1312

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Transport

  • Bike

    EcoBici — One hour costs 10 pesos (€0.60).

    +52 55 5005 2424

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  • Metro

    Metro — Cheap and efficient. A one-way trip costs 3 pesos (€0.18).

  • Metrobus

    Metrobus — A bus rapid transit system that runs along Avenida de los Insurgentes. Access is with a pre-paid smart card.

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  • Taxi

    Servitaxi — Plentiful and cheap. Don’t hail them from the street.

    +52 55 3626 9800

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Limousine/car

  • Omega

    +52 55 5714 1919

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Qi

    Amsterdam 317, Col. Condesa

    +52 55 5574 5095

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  • Running route

    Viveros de Coyoacán — El Sope, a 2km running track in the huge Bosque de Chapultepec (in the second section of Chapultepec Park near the Lago Mayor).

  • Good gym

    Pilates in la Condesa

    Amsterdam 282 esq. Sonora

    +52 55 5564 3344

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