My junior year in college I studied in Spain for a semester abroad, and that experience is really what opened my eyes to the world. It was my first real experience outside the U.S., and it changed my life in ways I’m forever grateful for. Since then, I’ve made travel as big a priority in my life as possible: I’ve been lucky enough to visit several countries and phenomenal places within the U.S. (a few writeups on these trips here, here, here and here).
Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, Brett and I decided to take advantage of the time off and head south to Mexico City, and WOW were we blown away! A short 2-hour direct flight from Austin, Mexico City is full of life, style and energy, not to mention some of the most amazing food on the planet.
We stayed in the Reforma area which was a quick and easy walk to the Palacio de Bellas Artes in one direction and the Bosque de Chapultepec in the other. We visited the world-class anthropology museum and the free (!) zoo.
Naturally, I’d pre-planned a few fashion-centric stops in the city to satisfy my clothing sweet tooth. Here are my top style stops in Mexico City, in no particular order:
- Antara Fashion Hall – Yes, it’s a mall. But it’s the only mall I’d recommend to those of us in the States without regular access to international fashion favorites like Mango, Pull and Bear, Bershka, and Benetton. My top shop in this Polanco neighborhood hub was definitely Bimba y Lola: I wanted to leave with all the fabulous prints and bright scarves.
- Naked Boutique – If you’re in the city for only a short time but want to make sure you see the best in Mexican clothing design from designers like Carla Fernández and Sandra Weil, make a trip here. Full of one-of-a-kind treasures and edgy, artful design, this shop is a must-see.
- El Bazaar Sábado – This is the city’s premier weekend market and artist/vendor gathering, and is well worth the trip to the south part of the city. Many unique handmade finds to be found here, and the bright colors and bustling feel of it all makes for amazing photos too.
If you’re after a varied look at what the city has to offer in terms of style and art, this is definitely a good start. We only scratched the surface in the few days we were there, and there are so many spots I didn’t have the chance to see. All the more reason to plan a return trip and soon: this city has it all and so much more, and I can’t wait to go back.
Are you headed out of town somewhere fun (and hopefully warm) for the holidays?