Heading to Mexico City

I'm headed to Mexico City tomorrow—I've never been—and I wanted to reach out to the Dwell community to get an inside track on what I should see and where I should go. At present the itinerary includes seeing a couple houses by Luis Barragan, the Galería Mexicana de Diseño, and  Bruno Newman’s Museum MODO. But I'll have some free time and would love to poll you on where to eat, what to see, and where to pick up a few Christmas presents for the old Britt family.

The Palacio des Bellas Artes is home to an extravagant art nouveau lobby and murals by José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.
The Palacio des Bellas Artes is home to an extravagant art nouveau lobby and murals by José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera.

A great resource so far has been Hecho en Mexico City, the Detour story we did on Mexico City in the June 2007 issue of Dwell. I also have a small book called Stylemap Mexico City put out by the travel magazine Travesías, but I'd love to hear from Dwell readers about what they've loved in Mexico City and what a wayward American should not miss on his design tour of a very exciting city. 

Modernism, Mexican-style, is on view at UNAM’s school of medicine. Francisco Eppens designed the elaborate mural on the Facultad de Medicina building’s façade.
Modernism, Mexican-style, is on view at UNAM’s school of medicine. Francisco Eppens designed the elaborate mural on the Facultad de Medicina building’s façade.

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