The sprawling, colorful capital referred to as D.F. (Distrito Federal) has always been a hybrid of artisans and industry, but the city is currently enjoying a renewed enthusiasm for homegrown design. And we're loving it.
Stay: Hotel Brick in the emerging Roma neighborhood mixes classic and cozy Mexican styles and has a lively lobby scene.
Hotel Brick, Orizaba 95 (near Tabasco); 800-500-1100.
Shop: Common People is a 5,000 square-foot concept shop in the swanky Polanco neighborhood. And our other favorite, Chic by Accident, is a dramatic furniture shop and Mexican-design showroom housed in a refurbished mansion from the '20s.
Common People, Emilio Castelar 149 (near Lafontaine); 5281 0800; Chic by Accident, Álvaro Obregón 49 (near San Juan Francisco); +52 55 5511 1312.
Eat: The high-energy Contramar has a legendary seafood menu and is excellent for people-watching.
Contramar, Durango 200 (near Oaxaca); 5514 3169.
See: El Museo del Objeto del Objeto (Museum of the Purpose of the Object) is dedicated to the design, packaging, and advertising of everyday objects.
El Museo Del Objeto Del Objeto, Colima 145 (near Córdoba); 5533 9637.
Want More? Check out Fathom's guide to Mexico City.
Photographed by Piera Gelardi