For the first week of September, I was in Mexico City (again). Only this time I was with quite an entourage, as we all came here to work our little butts off in the name of innovation and technology (image above from our workshop)! I helped organize a week-long workshop with the Media Lab in collaboration with the Lab CDMX, a tech and innovation incubator run by the Mayor's office.
The city is still big, still polluted, and still loud. But one thing I noticed this time was also how unpredictable the city is. Here in Boston, you know what to expect and when to expect it. Oh there's a Red Sox game? Don't go near Kenmore between X and X o'clock on this day. In Mexico City you can throw your little day planner out the window. You NEVER know when and where the traffic will be (pretty much everywhere always), where the protests will pop up, which roads will close, when the storm will hit, and so on. That city keeps you on your toes, that's for sure. I noticed that here in Boston people have a tendency to wander around completely oblivious to their surroundings. In Mexico City people are more alert and I like that. It's a very exciting place to be. A few great places I got to check out:
Downtown Mexico Hotel: Part of the Design Hotels Group, the shopping in this hotel is pretty great. Definitely check out Carla Fernandez, a Mexican designer focusing on preserving the traditions of indigenous textile making.
Dulcinea: A very beautiful restaurant that feels like you're inside a victorian conservatory with palm trees. Add flickering candlelight and some smoky mezcal and you might forget you are a normal civilian for a bit.
Bósforo Mezcaleria: Probably my favorite place from the trip. This bar checks all the boxes for me - small, dark, good music, simple menu, mezcal options like whoa. We ordered quesadillas with crickets, or chapulines, and I had about 4 different types of mezcal and loved every one (and everyone, by the end of the night, ha-ha).
Cafe de Tacuba: This spot is one of the most old-school Mexican restaurants you can find. I hear it's a bit of a tourist trap, but we went late around 10pm and it wasn't busy, in fact it was spectacular. The atmosphere was perfect for our group of 7 women, looking to drink some mezcal, relax after an insane week, and talk shit while listening to the Mariachi players. Oh and we ate as much as we could because it was our last night. I have never eaten so well!