Mexico City: what to see plus the best bars, eateries and hotels
The colorful barrios of this teeming, oft-maligned capital are now thriving with culture, creativity 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 manors. Crisp blue skies provided spectacular views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. The arts flourished. Then the urban disintegrate that would plague many cities around the globe began to take its toll. The second half of the 20 th century insured a huge increase in population and the metropolis struggled to coping. 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 neighborhoods, 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 shops, galleries, hotels and eateries. Over the past few years, the city has become an internationally recognised culinary destination. From street food to fine dining venues, featuring traditional and Modern Mexican cooking, the city is like a big open kitchen.