Summer is in full swing, and this recent heat wave has us dreaming of our next get away. But — despite the heat, it’s NOT a beach in Europe, it’s Mexico City. CDMX (for those in the know) is kind of a “hot” ticket RN (pun intended) and our co-founder Sarah’s trip definitely did NOT disappoint.

Mexico City is huge and there’s lots to see, but for the most part, we stuck to the Roma Norté Area. Overflowing with one of a kind coffee shops and bars, this is definitely one of the cooler neighborhoods in Mexico City.  From eating well to exploring the backstreets and popping into different galleries and shops, you’ll leave feeling cultured and inspired to be “more creative”.


Where to Stay //

When it comes to deciding where to stay, Airbnb is the way to go. There are some amazing hotels in the area (La Valise Mexico City is a great option), but staying in a house or studio gives you the freedom to get the most out of your stay. You’ll be able to immerse yourself into the local lifestyle, and experience the culture first hand. Sarah stayed with the divine Maree (linked here), a minimalist dream, in a safe, perfectly convenient location. Maree is an interior designer, and the founder of Casa Mineral – the apartment is filled with her 100% solid Mexican marble designs, trust us, you’ll want to take them all home…

Food, Food, Food  //

There is no shortage of beyond good food in Mexico City, but we definitely had a few favs. For breakfast, one of our go to spots was LALO (@eatlalo). If you stop by, order the eggs chilaquiles with salsa picante + mole verde – an off menu item Sarah spied another guest eating. We also enjoyed walking around the Roma Norte Area and trying out different street foods – yes, street food. Don’t be turned off by the piled high meats and plastic covered plastic plates, pull up a plastic stool amigo, order up a few simple tacos and pile on the fresh condiments. Never enough condiments. Sarah’s still dreaming of this guys’ night time only stand. X marks the spot. No name, just ALL the goodness. Trust us.


Some other faves, and this is just to scratch the surface, the options really are endless:

Maximo Bistro (@maximobistrot) [Make sure you book], Lunch // Contramar – another must book, epically good Tuna Tostada // Ojo De Agua Polanco (@grupoojodeagua) – chicken salad + juice // Fonda Mayora – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner // Rosetta Panaderia – Pastries (get the concha) // Blanco Colima (@blanco_colima) – Lunch // El Hidalguense – Lunch // Cicatriz Café – Hipster Lunch // Páramo – dinner, with all the cool kids // Café Nin — Breakfast/Lunch (didn’t make it here but definitely high on the list for next visit!!)

Drinks //

Tequila Tequila! Don’t squirm at the thought of your shot w/ a slice of lemon in that bar at 2AM last week, this tequila is smooth, liquid gold. But if you can’t get past it, Mexican wine is also an outstanding option, and there’s always cocktails… Or local beer. A few of our favs were La Clandestina, a cool divey mezcal bar, La Belga (if you like beer), and FELINA for cocktails.

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Coffee //

 

Mexico City KNOWS their coffee, and this is coming from a fussy Australian. A few musts… Café Centro // Chiquitito Café // The Illusionist Coffee // Cucurucho Roma // Café Avellaneda // Café NEGRO // Cardinal Casa De Café

Where to shop //

(or window shop…)

Apartment 25 – Think DSM (hard to find door, just head in) // 180º Shop – Boutique // Utilitario Mexicana – MC’s answer to Muji // Sanborns Madero Centro – Department Store // Concept Racer – just cool stuff and cool bikers // Studio Roca – Home + Lifestyle // Polanco – Sarah didn’t make it up to this area, but it’s filled with stars and delights – ready to explore next visit… // Casa Bosques – book and concept store in a multi level plant filled home


What to do //

(when you aren’t wandering, people watching, eating or drinking and making plans to move to CDMX)

Parque Mexico – City Park // Power Flow Yoga // David & Miyagi – Hair studio // Marsogalleria @marsogaleria – gallery housed in an old original house, super contemporary and super inspiring // House of Gaga – Gallery // Frida Kahlo Museum // Galería OMR // Casa Luis Barragan – book in advance, such a treat // La Ciudadela – artisan market, authentic copal incense under $1 (!?)


So city girls, feeling inspired to travel yet? Same! Be sure to tag us in your travel pics so we can see you rocking OVERT. 

Happy Travels.