After hearing many great things about the amazing culinary scene and history of Mexico City, I was so happy when I got the chance to go with my business partner, Oliver Wharton, for a taste tour of the city. I was also joined by my wife Tatiana and son Easton for a long weekend of exploring the city's food and culture. In a matter of days, we ate everything we could, attended a soccer match, enjoyed a river boat ride in Xochimilco and even went to a local amusement park. A highlight of the trip was walking through Plaza Tolsa, which was featured in the latest James Bond movie, Spectre (I'm a big 007 fan). But the most important thing is that we made plans to go back again soon.
WHERE TO STAY:
Located in the heart of Polanco, this hotel is close to several great shopping options and is also a quick walk from the park. But best of all, it's a perfect example of amazing hospitality. The restaurant, Anatol, is beautiful and the complimentary traditional Mexican breakfast is to die for.
- How Mexico City Shaped Star Chef Enrique Olvera
- Chef Enrique Olvera's Guide to Mexico City
- Mexico City Guide: Where to Go for Crab-Stuffed Gorditas and Oaxacan Mezcal
WHERE TO SHOP:
Mercado de San Juan
Mercado de San Juan is the true locals' and chefs' market for everyday needs, offering the best of everything from meat to dried goods. From the old ladies selling dried chiles to the poultry butchers that only use scissors—and the goat guy who skins goats and then gives the skins to the leather guy—this is the must-see market. Crickets, chiles, coffee, fish and spices...the aromas are amazing and delicious.