Benito Juárez is the city’s international airport; there are frequent flights from the US and most European hubs. It’s a 30-minute drive from the airport to the hotel, but traffic can add another 30 minutes in some cases. The Smith24 team can can arrange flights and transfers; call anytime, day or night.
Unless you've got a bag that’s easily carried, it’s best to take a taxi to the hotel. The Metro system is fast and wallet-friendly (a single ticket comes in at MX$5), but it can get crowded, particularly around rush hour. If you’re unperturbed, take line 5 to Pantitlán, then change to line 1 and ride to Chapultepec.
You won’t need a car if you’re staying in the city; taxis are relatively inexpensive and the Metro system covers plenty ground. Prospective drivers should be aware that the roads can be congested and chaotic at times. If you do want to hire, the Smith24 team can arrange it.
Worth getting out of bed for
The hip haunts of the up-and-coming, La Condesa and neighbouring Roma are the the city’s creative hubs, attracting young, energetic residents with a bit of money to burn. As a result, the streets are scattered with many of Mexico City’s best restaurants, cafés, art galleries, boutiques and vintage shops, making them some of the most enjoyable areas to stroll around. Both colonias are architecturally prominent too: art deco aficionados in particular will find plenty to swoon over. For a change of scene, try Juarez, which was once filled with wealthy families living in Belle Époque-style mansions. Suffering significant damage in the earthquake of 1985, its popularity dropped off sharply, but it's now firmly on its way back up again, with plenty of hidden speakeasies, late-night cafes and pulsing nightclubs.
Contramar pulls in a consistent crowd with their sought-after seafood, which includes fine sashimi, tender grilled octopus and perfectly spiced fish tacos. There’s often a queue at peak times, but the food and service are well worth the wait. The darling of actors, artists and gastronomes alike, bistro Maximo has the food you’d expect from a high-end Parisian restaurant, but it's the distinctly unpretentious atmosphere that’s won over a small army of fans. Often said to be the best restaurant in the city, Pujol has done much to convince gastronomes that fine dining can be unashamedly Mexican at heart (as opposed to French or Italian). Head chef Enrique Olvera takes staples that can be found street-side across the city and gives them an injection of creativity and culinary know-how. Be sure to try the mole madre, a ‘living’ sauce that’s been aged like a fine wine; the oldest batch has already had several birthdays. Huset champions simple country cooking, naming their wood-fired oven as the protagonist of their culinary tale. The food is rustic and hearty, served on iron skillets and earthenware crockery. The terrace is a particular hit, holding several long wooden tables overhung with greenery and Edison bulbs.
With a look inspired by Charles Darwin and his travels, cocktail bar Baltra sweeps drinkers away from the streets, surrounding them with exotic flora and fauna plucked from far-off shores. Mixed by a bar team that have been known to win an award or two, the drinks are every bit as rare as the beetles on the walls. For a more traditional experience, try Montejo, one of the few authentic cantina left in the area. Spanning three floors, this down-to-earth drinking hole fills up each afternoon as workers clock off and meet over cervezas.