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A Fashion Stylist’s Guide to Mexico City

Salvador Cosio is one of Mexico’s top stylists, creating exciting, colorful editorials for Dolce & Gabbana, Elle Mexico, H&M, and Esquire Latinoamerica. He also happens to be a proud resident of Mexico City, one of the world’s most underrated destinations for art, culture, food, and drinks. Recently, he was kind enough to share his favorite Mexico City locations for lodging, eating, shopping, and drinking with O.N.S. Read on, and discovery one of North America’s most interesting cities.

What to Know: Mexico City

Mexico City is going through a major moment right now, producing world-class movie directors, chefs, and shops. And it’s second only to Paris in total number of museums within city limits, housing around 150 places to view art and historical artifacts. And, with growing fashion and art scenes, great street food, and a unique contrast between tradition and modernity, Mexico City is one of the biggest and most vibrant cities in the world.

Where to Stay: Ignacia Guest House

Located in the heart of the hip Colonia Roma district, the Ignacia Guest House bed and breakfast is an oasis in the middle of the Mexico City. Keeping the original structure of a 1910 house, the name comes from Ignacia, the housekeeper who worked there for over 70 years and inspired the concept of the hotel. With a lovely modern garden and only five suites—each decorated in different Instagram-ready color scheme—guests can enjoy a cozy, elegant experience, that includes home-made breakfast and a famous 5 o’clock happy hour.

Where to Eat: Tacos Orinoco

Monterrey is well known for producing the best beef in Mexico, so it was just a matter of time before a branch of this famous taquería landed in Mexico City. With their nine inch tortillas and five different kinds of salsa, Tacos Orinoco is a great place to introduce yourself into the Mexican street food culture without hurting your stomach or your wallet. Don’t miss the “piratas“—a flour tortilla stuffed with rib eye and melted cheese.

Where to Eat: Lardo

A large bar and a laid back vibe define Lardo, the new spot from Rosetta chef Elena Reygadas. Located in Condesa, one of Mexico City’s most glamorous neighborhoods, Lardo shines for its sharable international cuisine, a great wine list, and its phenomenal bakery, which many have called the best of the city. With an open kitchen and great service, this spot’s the perfect place for a casual lunch or to grab a drink. The bar is always crowded so if you prefer a table, it’s best to get a reservation.

Where to Drink: Xaman Bar

Located in an obscure basement in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Colonia Juarez, Xaman features a unique cocktail experience based on the power of plants. Applying an elevated knowledge of Mexican herbs to crafting cocktails, these bartenders becomes curanderos, healers of the spirit, who apply their understanding of botany to create uniquely delicious boozy concoctions. The menu is made up of both classics and new creations that invoke pre-Hispanic flavors through the infusion of plants, herbs, and spices in their preparation. There are no waiters, so patrons can look forward to an intimate bartender experience, while DJs plays national electric music all night long.

Where to Shop: Casa Bosques

A modern hybrid between bookstore, gallery, and design studio, Casa Bosques is a pioneer in supporting local artists and giving international publications a home in Mexico City. Here you can find the latest art, fashion, and design books carefully curated by the owners who also happen to be the minds behind Savvy Studio. Visitors can enjoy an exhibition in the space’s small gallery, watch a live performance, or simply explore the spot’s two-story house from the Porfirio Diaz era—an architectural style that defines the houses of Roma neighborhood. If that’s not enough, Casa Bosques also boasts its own brand of of gourmet chocolates featuring unusual flavors like chili and cardamom.

Where to Shop: Utilitario Mexicano

This store houses a collection of beautiful, utilitarian objects that have long been part of traditional Mexican life. Utilitario Mexicano houses over 1,500 singular objects in its collection, each with its own history and use, chosen for particular reasons, but all rooted in usefulness. Manufactured using traditional techniques, including blacksmithing, carpentry, and ceramic workshops, all these objects are singularly unique, imperfectly beautiful, and culturally precious.

What to See: Bosque de Chapultepec

Locals often underestimate Bosque de Chapultepec, the biggest park in Latin America. With over 1,500 acres and a truly central location, Bosque de Chapultepec is one of Mexico City’s greatest treasures. The park itself houses a castle, more than ten museums, a zoo, a botanic garden, an amusement park, lakes, and even a restaurant. Best of all, the park’s sheer size alone allows any visitor to to get lost among the flora, taking a much-needed break from the city’s chaos. Although Chapultepec has many entrances, its majestic, iron Puerta de los Leones gate is a must-see.

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