Worth getting out of bed for
Visit the Las Artesanías arts and crafts market on Pasaje Polanco for jewellery designed by local artisans, handmade textiles and gifts (+52 55 5280 9515). Scout out the freshest fruit and veg at the farmers’ market at Abraham Lincoln Park next to Angela Peralta Amphitheatre. Cruise the city on two-wheels for free: borrow a bike at the park, just be sure to bring your ID or Passport. Take a guided tour of the Anthropology Museum (+53 55 4040 5300; www.mna.inah.gob.mx). Pick up the best souvenir, a take-home bottle of sipping tequila, at the Tequila Shop at La Villa Madrid at 78 Alejandro Dumas in Polanco (+52 55 5280 9589; www.lavillademadrid.com.mx). Study the work of one of Mexico’s most provocative artists, Frida Kahlo, in the eponymous museum set in her former home at 247 Londres in Coyoacan (+52 55 5554 5999; www.museofridakahlo.org.mx).
Try Klein’s, a 40-year-old local institution, serving the best breakfast in town, on Avenida Presidente Masaryk (+52 55 5881 0862). Super-fresh sashimi and hand rolls are on offer at Tori Tori on Anatole France, known throughout the city as the best spot for Japanese eats (+52 55 5280 9069; www.toritori.com.mx). Carnivores will love Spuntino, a casual Argentinan steak joint with a bustling after-dinner crowd that likes to perch on its huge patio at 40 Virgilio – look for the curve of the royal blue aluminum roof (+52 55 5281 1211; www.grupomalazzo.com). Head to El Lago de Los Cisnes at 391 Prado Norte in Lomas de Chapultepec to sample typical Mexican fare. Try the chorizo and potato tacos, their rendition is rumoured to the best in the city (+52 55 5282 4501; www.ellagodeloscisnes.com). Lima’s own celebrated chef Gastón Acurio has brought Peruvian gastronomic delights to his Polanco outpost, Astrid & Gastón (+52 55 5282 2666; www.astridygaston.com). Basque-fusion bites such as shrimp salad, ham croquettes and ribeye served with baby corn and pig’s ears are on offer at Biko, helmed by young chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso. The impressive wine list is rounded out with regional as well as Spanish offerings (+ 52 55 5282 2064; www.biko.com.mx). Pick the chef’s table at Pujol and try the multi-course tasting menu, including short ribs braised for 20 hours (+52 55 5545 3507; pujol.com.mx). Prime cuts such as tender beef filet, veal chops and the butterflied ribeye are served on ceramic and wood cutting boards at Ricón Argentino (+52 55 5254 8744; rinconargentino.com.mx).
For a good variety of mezcales, including one that’s chicken-flavoured, and traditional dishes, try La Botica Mezcalería in La Condesa (+52 55 5211 6045; labotica.com.mx). A young, cosmopolitan crowd heads to quirky Gogo Lounge for cocktails and electronica at 105 Alejandro Dumas (+52 55 5281 8973). Pick a table on the terrace at French restaurant Ivoire, located at 95 Emilio Castelar, for dinner, drinks and dancing to a swift DJ (+52 55 5280 0477).
For an icy treat head to retro-styled Nevería Roxy at 105 Emilio Castelar in Polanco. Serving house-made sorbets chock-full of fresh, local fruits, this old-school ice cream parlour is a must-visit (+52 55 5281 5988). With several outlets throughout the city, Café Punta del Cielo at 222 Moliere serves smooth espresso to its loyal patrons (+52 55 5282 1343; puntadelcielo.com.mx).
Buddha Bar serves Pacific Rim cuisine and keeps loungey-tunes playing until 2am (+52 55 5282 0007; www.buddha-bar.com).