My friend, architect Patrick Gegen, has been traveling to Mexico City a lot for business lately and been spinning tales of his great discoveries. (Here he is on the roof of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral.) Patrick not only has a trained eye for design – he worked on the renovation of Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan apartment for god’s sake! – he’s also an amazing cook who’s always up on the food scene. I completely trust his opinion, so I asked him to share his top design-minded picks for Mexico’s biggest city.
STAY: Condesa DF hotel
A modern 40-room hotel housed in a 1928 French, neo-classical building in Mexico City’s artsy Condesa neighborhood. “The restaurant is pretty great and the rooftop bar is amazing, but make sure to specify that you want tequila in your margarita,” says Patrick.
EAT: El Contramar
“Great seafood joint where you can sit outside and people-watch in the Roma
neighborhood. Great micheladas – different than they make in the
states – I remember tequila, I think.”
EAT: Azul Condesa
Also in Condesa: “This place is pretty great, amazing ceviche, mole, and tamarind margaritas. Tamarind is one of the basic margarita flavors you can order all over the city, but this one will blow your mind.”
EAT: La Rosetta
Also in Roma: “My meal at this Italian place was so good, I swear I cried. I had a braised shortrib that tasted almost like they braised it in a mole. It was sweet with vanilla and yet savory and spicy, seriously best meal I have ever had.”
“This French-Mexican place has amazing ambiance. The restaurant has several levels that allow you to look out onto other tables. Where we sat on the roof we could over look much of the restaurant and the street outside. Plus, great wine list.”
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