BIBLIOTECA CEN­TRAL’S LI­BRARY FAÇADE RE­QUIRES RE­AL­LIFE VIEW­ING

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a full day of aes­thetic wan­der­ing awaits you at uni­ver­si­dad na­cional autónoma de Méx­ico (8 unam.mx). Its Museo uni­ver­si­tario arte con­tem­porá­neo

(8 muac.unam.mx) of­fers an ex­cit­ing pro­gramme of work­shops. hop out­side and around the corner and be­gin your ex­plo­ration of unam’s es­pa­cio es­cultórico. This sculp­ture park will have you in­ter­act­ing with the nat­u­ral and cre­ated land­scape. a walk through the univer­sity grounds leads you to Biblioteca cen­tral

(8 bib­liote­cas.unam.mx) whose li­brary façade re­quires real-life view­ing. com­pletely dec­o­rated in mo­saic by Mex­i­can painter and ar­chi­tect Juan o’gor­man, its mu­rals tell de­tailed sto­ries about Mex­i­can cul­ture.

SHOP LO­CAL

You’ll get to know mer­ca­dos based on your needs – vin­tage cloth­ing (La­gu­nilla), es­o­teric po­tions (sonora), flow­ers (Ja­maica). But it’s at La ciu­dadela

(8 laciu­dadela.com.mx) that you’ll find ar­ti­sanal heaven. open seven days a week, it’s packed with em­broi­dered blouses, hand-carved gui­tars, brightly painted skulls and much, much more. Less of a tourist trap, but more pricey, is the monthly Trá­fico Bazar. a trendy space with live mu­sic and food ven­dors, it sells the hippest lo­cal goods, from tai­lored trousers to con­tem­po­rary ceram­ics. But, if it’s solely fash­ion you’re af­ter, then a visit to one of carla Fernán­dez’s (8 car­lafer­nan­dez.com) stores is high pri­or­ity. Tak­ing tra­di­tional Mex­i­can craft and her coun­try’s rich tex­tile her­itage to the run­way, her cloth­ing is an edgy rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of her cul­ture. equally out-of-the-or­di­nary is the jew­ellery by Luisa re­strepo, which can be found in Blend (8 blend­mex­ico.

com), an invit­ing con­cept store sell­ing ev­ery­thing from lo­cal light­ing to in­ter­na­tional fur­ni­ture brands. IKAL

(8 ikalstore.com) is a shop that’s just as en­tic­ing. Be­cause it only sells in­de­pen­dent brands, you’ll find Pan­tera’s leather bags, ca­bal­le­ria’s crafted shoes and raw apothe­cary’s skin­care prod­ucts made from 100-per­cent nat­u­ral Mex­i­can in­gre­di­ents.

SLEEP SOUNDLY

If airbnb isn’t your thing, don’t fret, Mex­ico city dishes out de­signer ho­tels. con­desa df (8 con­de­sadf.com), ad­ja­cent to the leafy Par­que es­paña, is a favourite. airy suites are pre­sented in calm­ing tones, while the pub­lic spa­ces are splashed with ac­cents of colour to re­mind you you’re in this vi­brant city. sun­down­ers and sushi on the fourth­floor ter­race are oblig­a­tory.

With just four rooms, nima Lo­cal house ho­tel (8 ni­malo­cal­house­ho­tel.

com) of­fers the ul­ti­mate at­ten­tion to de­tail, its in­te­rior pa­tio a wel­come re­treat af­ter a long day walk­ing the city. nima’s at­ten­tive team can also help you tai­lor-make the per­fect itin­er­ary. n

the Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral is one of Mex­ico City’s Most well­known build­ings; a lush Mex­ico City neigh­bour­hood

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