Mexico City

Mexico City Travel Guide

One of Mexico’s leading intellectual publishers, Fondo de Cultura Económica, has two shops at the airport (each with its own name) with a wide selection of books by Spanish-language and international writers. Both are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Don't miss Cuban music on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Casa Lamm, a cultural institution in a 1913 mansion.

For vintage Luis Barragán chairs and other Modernist Mexican furniture.

An early-20th-century building turned experimental art and performance hall that was recently redesigned by star architect Enrique Norten.

Carlos Place is a lively hotel bar that offers views of the airport runways. It has a full bar and a superb selection of Mexican beer and tequilas, plus a fun menu of margaritas and martinis made with tamarind, coconut, or chocolate.

This boutique features locally crafted jewelry made with silver mined from the historic city of Taxco, the world’s silver capital.  Whether you are looking for modern designs or traditional Mexican folk images, you’ll find it here.

Take a tour on a J-24 racing sailboat with expert guide Tito "El Chino" Benítez. Race other crafts around the lake or lazily explore the area, stopping for a dip under one of three waterfalls.

Three dozen kinds of dried chiles and mole pastes? Pungent Oaxacan cheese, stacks of nopals, and the mingled scents of guavas and epazote? It's all here at the gigantic Merced, which spans several city blocks and has more than 3,000 vendors from across Mexico.

Conaculta, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts, publishes handsome books on Mexican history, art, archaeology, anthropology, and architecture, and Librería Educal is the place for books with the Conaculta imprint.

Located inside of the hotel Condesa DF in the historic Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, the Myself spa includes a hammam (communal bath house), wet areas and a gym. The spa is decorated in a floral theme that is seen throughout the entire property.

A combination art-and-literature bookstore, objets shop, and photography gallery.

The recently renovated museum has a notable design shop.

Any health-minded traveler can obtain a day pass for $9 to use the gym, swimming pool, and a locker at this hotel directly across from T1. Inquire at the front desk or with the concierge.

The colors, images, and symbols of Mexico’s rich culture—from pre-Columbian history to contemporary painters—are translated into stylishly designed clothing and accessories (scarves, ties, shoes, and bags) here. Aztec and folk images embellish earrings and cuff links in silver.