By Gloria Mattioni — photos by Giorgio Possenti
Evolution in Mexico — p. 134
A metropolis at 2,240 metres a. s. l. that in recent years has disproved its reputation as an off- limits city. Mexico City has developed its own contemporary soul, with cutting- edge museums, buildings by starchitects and gourmet restaurants Chaotic, but undergoing improvement thanks to a plan to make it greener. Bracing, with an altitude of 2,240 metres and built on a volcanic plain. No longer as dangerous as in the nineties, as long as you stay in the central Federal District. The history of the “oldest capital in the Americas” started in 1325. The Aztecs built Tenochtitlan on the banks of Lake Texoco and the Spanish conqueror Cortes besieged it in 1521. Lively: over recent years it has shaken off its reputation as a high- risk location and has risen to the top of the list of must- visits in 2016, drawn up by the New York Times. Cosmopolitan and refined, with a constant flow of international visitors, especially in February for MACO, the prestigious contemporary art fair. More than ever before, Mexico City today moves to the beat of its history and is packed with contrasts. Arriving from the airport, you note the extremely tall Torres de Satelite by Barragán, painted in their characteristic colours, the well- preserved pre- Colombian ruins and the brand new architecture that has given the city a facelift: the Cineteca Nacional, the Soumaya Museum designed by Romero, the Jumex Museum and the Elena Garro Cultural Center. Design aficionados can stay in the most modern of hotels with innovative decor, like those in the Habita group, visit collectives with sales points open to the public and ateliers that are a blend of fashion and design. It is literally a pot of gold for foodies: there exists no other more exciting place for culinary adventures, a journey of discovery into Latin- American delights, from the Pujol restaurant to the new sushi bars like Tori Tori ( as an alternative to ceviche, the delicious traditional raw fish), “comidor” taverns and the mescalerie that fill Colonia Roma, open until late and taken by storm by tourists.