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T+L's Definitive Guide to Mexico City

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Local Take

Get the scoop on the city from four insiders.

Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua

Co-owners, DFC design

Our favorite museum is Anahuacalli, a modern pyramid of volcanic rock built by Diego Rivera; it houses the artist’s quirky collection of pre-Hispanic works. The Museo Tamayo was recently renovated—it has our favorite design shop. And the legendary Centro candy store Dulcería de Celaya is an Art Nouveau gem; we always get the panqué de elote (cornbread pudding).

Jorge Vallejo

Chef, Quintonil

My go-to lunch spot is Las Cazuelas de la Abuela (52-55/5683-8720; $), a traditional fonda that serves delicious peneques. It’s a kind of deep-fried quesadilla with green and red pipián (pumpkin-seed sauce). For tacos, don’t miss Centro’s Taquería Los Cocuyos (52-55/5518-4231; $), where the specialty is offal, or El Califa ($), in Condesa. Another must-stop: the Mercado de Xochimilco (60 Avda. Morelos) for farm-fresh produce and the city’s best barbacoa de borrego (slow-cooked lamb).

Carla Fernandez

Fashion designer

My boutique is in Polanco, but Roma is where I live. The neighborhood is full of small design shops and quaint bookstores. Sangre de Mi Sangre sells beautiful jewelry by designer Mariana Villarreal; she uses offbeat images such as skulls to make one-of-a-kind pieces. Vintage HOE (52-55/6275-5424) is a wonderful spot for cocktail dresses and leather purses. On weekends, I take my kids to Plaza de La Ciudadela to watch the danzón, a traditional dance from the eastern state of Veracruz.

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