For many visitors, Mexico City can seem chaotic and confusing, with many world-class attractions and sites. To help you explore the diversity of this sophisticated urban center, we asked the readers of Inside México to share with us 100 Hidden Gems – their favorite restaurants, shopping centers, museums, parks and attractions – that will enrich your visit and provide a more authentic Mexico City experience. (All figures in Mexican pesos)
An oasis for knit-wits. Find beautiful yarn, pattern books, knitting needles, knitting classes and the companionship of knitters.
Address: Pasaje Polanco, Polanco Masaryk 360, Local 35
Mon-Fri: 11 am-7 pm; Sun: 11 am-3 pm, 4 pm-7 pm
If you like beautiful flower arrangements, this is the place for you. Upscale floral design for gardens, events and occasions, with touches such as replicas of antique talavera vases.
Address: Cda. de Monte Líbano 8, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec
Phone: 5520-4947, 5540-2250
Mon-Fri: 10 am-6 pm; Sat: 10 am-2 pm
Hip Mexico designs for cool kids. Pronounced “Destroyer.” Check out the dolls, backpacks, bracelets, cell phone charms, necklaces and other products. Check out Bistroller, next door, too.
Address: Prado Norte 525, Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec
Mon-Fri: 11 am-7 pm; Sun: 12 pm-6 pm
New Yorkers homesick for Dean and Deluca’s can find solace at Dumas Gourmet. Fresh baked bread and bagels, prepared meats and vegetable dishes and excellent coffee attract a loyal clientele from Polanco and beyond.
Address: Dumas 125, just off Masaryk, Colonia Polanco
Mon-Wed: 8 am-8 pm; Thurs-Fri: 8 am -9 pm; Sat: 9 am-9 pm; Sun: 10 am-6 pm
You will see franchises of this restaurant in Polanco and Reforma 222. They are all good, but it is worth making a pilgrimage to the original for some stick-to-the-ribs home cooking.
Address: Av. Cuitláhuac 2709, Colonia Azcapotzalco
Daily: 8 am-11pm
El Califa de León
Everyone has their favorite taco place, but this one is hard to beat. Try their black beans cooked in a big, terra cotta pot. Good for lunch, dinner or that last, post-party taco.
Address: Altata 22, corner of Alfonso Reyes, Colonia Condesa
Phone: 5271-7666, 5271-6285
Excellent, authentic Lebanese food on a stylish, Condesa corner.
Address: Ámsterdam 306
A very good live tropical orchestra plays Thurs-Sun, starting at 4pm, when the place fills to capacity.
Address: Zacatecas 138, Colonia Roma Norte
Thurs-Sun: 12 pm-2 am.
Frutos Prohibidos y Otros Placeres
Enjoy a wrap and a fresh juice with the bohemian crowd. Great place to have lunch and read the paper, or an e-book on your iPad.
Address: Ámsterdam 244-B, Colonia Condesa
Mon-Fri: 8 am-10 pm; Sat-Sun: 10 am-6 pm. Payment: cash only.
Golf Range Santa Fe
Take a break, let off some steam or just have fun by hitting some balls, surrounded by Santa Fe´s skyscrapers. Driving range, cafeteria, pro shop, equipment rental and lessons.
Address: Av. Vasco de Quiroga 3800, Centro Comercial Santa Fe
Phone: 5258-0610, 5258-0611
You could spend more at Crochet Polanco, but why? Old fashioned 100% Mexican yarn company Omega offers Mexico city-based knitters and crocheters a variety of simple but quality natural fiber yarns, needs and notions, all at excellent prices.
Address: San Antonio Abad 23, Colonia Transito, Metro San Antonio Abad
The Colonia Roma solidified its status as world’s coolest neighborhood with the opening of The Brick, a boutique hotel and restaurant housed in a former lock factory.
Address: Orizaba 95, corner of Tabasco, Colonia Roma Norte
Phone: 5525-1100, (01 800) 500-1100
Instituto Italiano di Cultura
Study Italian and cooking through the Italian Embassy’s cultural office. The library contains 21,000 books, 120 Italian magazines and a video/DVD collection.
Address: Francisco Sosa 77, Colonia Coyoacán
Mon-Fri: 10 am-3:30 pm
A good selection of beers and a cozy atmosphere make this spot popular with the British and US Embassy crowd.
Address: Río Tíber 71, Colonia Cuauhtémoc
This large unassuming sports facility is ideally situated between the colonias Condesa, Roma, and Escandón. It has fourteen tennis courts, a squash court, a semi-Olympic pool, and aerobic and weight gyms.
Address: Sindicalismo 3, Colonia Condesa
Mon-Sat: 6 am-9 pm; Sun: 7 am-6 pm.
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