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Mexico City, Mexico

There’s no one way to experience Mexico City, just like there’s no one way to describe it. Art Deco palaces sit next to Spanish colonial buildings, while family-run taquerias share the block with trendy cocktail bars. In neighbourhoods like Condesa and Roma Norte, you’ll find hip boutiques, cafes, and clubs, while in more down-to-earth quarters like Santa Maria La Ribera you’ll get a taste of local life from the markets to the plazas. Art and design lovers can visit Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul, history buffs (who also like to party) can spend the day at the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, and opera fans can enjoy a performance in the historic Palacio de Bellas Artes. Top all that off with some strong mezcal and tacos de suadero (a CDMX speciality), and you’re still just scratching the surface of all the city has to offer.

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Essential Mexico City

How to spend 3 days in Mexico City

Art deco architecture, museums, and—yes—tacos
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Exploring Mexico City’s design scene

Any design lover will tell you: Mexico City is full of incredible design gems, from fashion to furniture to architecture. I’m obsessed with it all and the way the city’s rich culture and tradition still thrives in everything you see here. My list of what to see is endless, but these are the eight spots you absolutely don’t want to miss.
Stephanie Carmon, Merida, Mexico
  • Casa Luis Barragan
    The former home of Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragan is a must-see. With its clean lines and vibrant colours (fuschia, mustard, deep blue), the house is a time capsule from the 1940s. It’s amazing to witness how Barragan’s mastery of light and shadow evokes a sense of nostalgia and connection with nature—I could really feel it. I also loved the interconnected courtyards, gardens, and reflecting pools. Tickets go quickly, so book in advance.
  • Chapultepec Castle
    It’s a bit of a hike up to the Castillo de Chapultepec, but it’s worth it for the stunning neoclassical and European-style architecture—and some of the best views in the city. Make sure to go inside, too. The interior is lavishly decorated with period furniture, artwork, and historic artifacts. I also love wandering through the surrounding park; it’s the world’s largest urban green space.
  • La Lagunilla Market
    This weekly market, which takes place on Sunday mornings, has great food and clothing, but I really come for the antiques. You can find some real gems, from large taxidermied bears and Pre-Hispanic artifacts to mid-century furniture and records, and more. My latest score was a pair of vintage Christian Dior sunglasses. Brush up on your Spanish ahead of time so you can haggle for a good deal.
  • Mercado de Jamaica
    This renowned flower market is the place for event planners and flower lovers from around the world. It’s always bustling and full of bright colours and bold fragrances. Although the flowers are the main attraction, there’s also a fantastic selection of food. In addition to fresh blooms, I always pick up some wild mushrooms, unique spices, and grilled corn when I visit.
  • AGO Projects
    AGO Projects is a stunningly curated exhibition space and an incubator for new and established design talent in Mexico. It’s an awesome place to go for ideas and to see what’s hot on the design scene. A recent show by OHLA Studio and Eusebio mixed artisan traditions with functional objects like chairs and tables, using neutral colours, glazes, and bronze-toned lighting. It was so cool that it inspired me to upgrade my apartment.
  • Fundación MARSO
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    Housed in a beautiful, turn-of-the-century mansion in the East Juarez neighbourhood, Fundacíon MARSO is a contemporary art exhibition space that hosts working artists. Currently, there’s a spectacular display of hand-made pieces by ceramicist Perla Valtierra. She works with natural clay and local artisans and you can feel the essence of Mexican ancestral pottery in her work.
  • OMR
    A contemporary art gallery in Roma Norte, OMR should be on every design lover’s list. It’s quite avant garde, with a nice mix of emerging and established artists. I come here every time I’m in Mexico City, and even plan trips around their cool event schedule. Add yourself to their email list to get notified of workshops, lectures, film screenings, and more.
  • Chic by Accident
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    Chic By Accident is a super stylish vintage furniture boutique that’s really fun to browse—owner and designer Emmanuel Picaul has a truly incredible eye for antique treasures. Last time I visited, I fell in love with a large Olmecan stone head, a brilliant mid-century desk with artisan candles on top, and what looked like a Barragan glass sphere.