When it comes to travel, I’m a bit of an extremist. I like equally and most the biggest cities and the most remote places. Mexico City, for obvious reasons, falls into the former category. I can’t believe that I’ve lived next door to this incredible city and never visited! Thank god I can store that private shame away now.
Whenever I arrive in a new place my mind tries to make quick sense of it by arranging pieces of past experience onto a familiar canvas that I can then use as a basis of orientation. Inevitably, the crutch of the gathered pieces contained within that false canvas gives way to the familiarity of the new place, until it is altogether replaced. In this sense, my Mexico City canvas initially grabbed at feelings and memories from many places I had travelled before. Buenos Aires and Barcelona came to mind, but were imperfect comparisons. I found it to be cosmopolitan and bustling like New York, but with a laid back cadence. An incredible mix of grit and class. Comparisons aside, it’s clear that Mexico City has a heart and pace all its own.
My friends and I rented an apartment in the Roma Norte neighborhood. It's an artsy corner of the city with lots of young energy and tons of great restaurants nearby. A group favorite was Entre Mar in Polanco for amazing seafood and cocktails. There are also tons of great Mexican design shops in the neighborhood. I picked up a few beautiful bracelets with a cool backstory by one such designer. You can shop those below.
The highlight of this brief stay was, for me, the National Museum of Anthropology. Just get there. It’s incredible.
--Jess, Founder & Principal Shopper, Le Mondeur