Mexico City: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels
The colorful barrios of this teeming, oft-maligned capital are now thriving with culture, imagination and an exciting, modern food scene
Until half a century ago, Mexico City was known as the Paris of the New World. Ample boulevards were lined with palm trees and French-style mansions. Crisp blue skies provided spectacular the opinions of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The arts flourished. Then the urban decay that would plague many cities around the globe began to take its toll. The second half of the 20 th century considered a huge increase in population and the metropolis struggled to cope. In 1985, a devastating earthquake took an enormous toll.
But the tide has turned. A progressive municipal government has induced great advances in cleaning up the city. Swaths of the historic centre, once considered unsafe, have been repaved and pedestrianised, and shoppers and evening revellers now abound in the revitalised area.
Architecturally important neighbourhoods, such as eclectic Colonia Roma and Condesa, known for its art deco architecture, have been restored. Creative entrepreneurs have flocked to this energetic metropolis, opening stores, galleries, hotels and eateries. Over the past few years, the city has become an internationally recognised culinary destination. From street food to penalty dining venues, featuring traditional and Modern Mexican cooking, the city is like a big open kitchen.