Mexico City

Doing business
CULTURE AND HISTORY are at the forefront of one of the world’s largest cities. Mexico City is also one of the most important economic hubs in Latin America and, with its growing economy, the city is attractive to many businesses and investors.

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Cool hotels
Las Alcobas Hotel (lasalcobas.com) located in the upscale Polanco borough of the city is centrally located, providing access to much of the city. It offers boutique charm and Mexican hospitality. On the Pase de la Reforma is the St Regis Mexico City (starwoodhotels.com/ stregis). The hotel has stunning views over the city and a business centre.

Hip restaurants
The elegant Rosetta (rosetta.com.mx) in the city’s Roma district focuses on simplicity and freshness, serving seasonal Mexican dishes with a distinct Italian influence. Mero Toro (merotoro.mx) brings the surf and turf concept to Mexico. The restaurant has a regularly changing and unpretentious menu. Daniel Ovadia is one of Mexico’s bestknown chefs and his restaurant Paxia (paxia.mx) highlights the best of Mexican cuisine with a quirky twist. There's also a not-to-be missed tasting menu.

Happening bars
Take in the amazing architecture at M.N. Roy (mnroyclub.com). Hidden behind an ice cream parlour in the Roma neighborhood, it opens until the early hours. The Melody Nelson piano bar (melodynelsonbar.com) has an extensive wine and spirit list and is ideal for a relaxed drink. For a more traditional vibe, stop off for a drop of tequila at Covadonga Cantina (banquetescovadonga.com.mx/escudo) where very little has changed over the years.

Getting there
Both Aeroméxico and British Airways operate a daily service from London Heathrow to Mexico City. Air Europa and Iberia offer one-stop services via Madrid.

Getting downtown
Authorised taxis shouldn’t be more than Mex$400 to get you downtown. The best and safest types are the airport authorised ‘Taxi de Sitio’. The Metrobus costs Mex$30 pesos per person, per ride, and the Metro runs regular services to the city.

The details
Mexico City is GMT -5hrs. The currency is the Mexican Peso. £1 = Mex$25.37. See visitmexico.com

Must-see sights
As one of the world’s largest conurbations, Mexico City is brimming with cultural and historical attractions and sights. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of the most important cultural centres in Mexico City and features distinctive art deco architecture. The bright-blue former home of Frida Kahlo, in the Colonia del Carmen neighbourhood, dedicated to her life and works is open to visitors. The Bazar del Sabado is held every Saturday in San Angel, showcasing handmade jewellery, woodwork, ceramics and textiles.

Carbon Cost
A return flight from London Heathrow to Mexico City covers 19,431km and produces 1.70 tonnes of C02. You can offset this with The Carbon Neutral Company for £17.00.