Mexico City travel guide: art and design

Modern vibrancy, design legacy and ancient heritage puts Mexico's jewel alongside other art capitals of the world

A colourful mural in the rooftop restaurant at the hotel Andaz Mexico City Condesa
Edoardo Aldama's fabulously bright murals at the Andaz Mexico City Condesa's Cabuya Rooftop bar and restaurant
(Image credit: Harriet Marsden)

Being in Mexico City feels, I imagine, like being in Paris in the 1920s, or London in the 1960s: at the epicentre of a new world. 

Art, design, music, fashion, food… Mexico's thriving capital wasn't named Time Out's 2023 top cultural destination in the world for nothing. A high-altitude valley ringed by mountains is an appropriately dramatic setting for a megalopolis built on ancient ruins: the famed Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan. Even for this lifelong Londoner, the sheer scale of Mexico City is dizzying. I was grateful for the 17th-floor rooftop restaurant of my hotel, the Andaz Mexico City Condesa: its 360-degree views of the city, with the high rises of the bohemian La Condesa neighbourhood reflected in the infinity pool, offer a way to get your bearings. 

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