Get ready for a whirlwind weekend. Indeed, DF ( Mexico City's nickname), is famous for being one of the most hectic places on earth, with its exceptionally large population, rich architecture, and endless list of party spots, not to mention its astonishing tradition of Muralism. The F1 race will give you a shot of adrenaline, and so will the city.
MY OWN PANOPLY
This year in Mexico, pounce on spare, comfortable basics, (a fitted black dress, a cool Dior Homme jeans-and-t-shirt combo, a well-cut pair of Céline pants), and let your accessories do the talking.
To match the sophistication of fast cars, go futuristic, as in Dior's Rihanna sunglasses, with their colorful metallic frames and matching mirrored glasses. Loewe's gigantic tortoise shell-rimmed shades also fit into that category. So does Céline's « soft pump », with its sci-fi design and slanted heel.
A large dose of fun can also enliven the simplest outfits. Fendi's micro-baguette bag, an adorable cartoon-like creation in leather and fur, should put a smile on the face of even the most jaded car racing spectator.
More demure types should go for a black calfskin Diorama bag, whose « cannage » effect silvery chain handle will add class to even the most casual attire. Unless you opt for the now cult micro trunk bag by Louis Vuitton. In this case, be forewarned: it will surely elicit both admiration and jealousy.
MY OWN CIRCUIT
Ramble through La Roma, a hipster neighborhood teeming with second-hand bookstores, small clothing shops, and great bakeries like La Puerta Abierta. Have lunch at the Mercado Medellin market.
For a bit of respite in this hectic, fascinating town, have a cup of coffee at Coffee Factory Sears, a downtown spot offering an extraordinary view of the Palacio de Belles Artes. Or roam the gardens of the Dolores Olmedo Museum, with its ancient Mexican Xoloitzcuintles dogs and stunning peacocks. Try the « papas con chile y limon », chips with lemon and chili, on sale there.
As Muralsim is a real Mexican treasure, you ought to contact the people at Street Art Chilango, who organize weekly three-hour walking tours that will help you discover the cities' most impressive walls.
For a great Cumbia (a rhythm from Colombia) dance session, check out the popular gay bar Marrakech Salon, where cheap drinks are served by bare-chested men . The drag queen and stripper performances at Lollipop are also worth seeing. Note that Thursday is Ladies' Night.
La Purisima also offers a wide range of musical choices, from electro through techno and reggaeton. Feel free to show off your dance skills on the pole.
MY OWN SOUNDTRACK
Mexico is one of Latin America’s biggest music exporters. Since the 1990's, its homegrown pop has been heard all across the globe.
Those who are unfamiliar with their engaging rhythms should listen to Thalia, Gloria Trevi, Paulina Rubio, Pepe Aguilar, Marco Antonio Solis and Alejandro Fernandez, to name a few.