MEXICO CITY MUSEUM GUIDE
Embarking on a journey to a new, enchanting destination is an unparalleled experience. Immerse yourself in Mexico City’s vibrant culture by choosing to stay at La Valise, our luxury boutique hotel in Roma Norte. With prime locations near beloved attractions adored by both locals and travelers, a tapestry of exciting events and cherished memories lies just beyond your hotel room, all within the embrace of Namron Hospitality. Not only do we provide an impeccable stay at La Valise Mexico City, but we also curate a collection of the city’s finest experiences for you to indulge in.
303 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Opened in the heart of Polanco in 2013, Museo Jumex is a contemporary art museum funded by one of the largest juice companies in Mexico, Grupo Jumex. The building was designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Colección Jumex contains works from Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst; it is one of the largest private contemporary art collections in Latin America. Mediums range from paintings and drawings to light and video installations.
Av. Insurgentes Sur 3000, C.U., Coyoacán
The MUAC is a 14,000-square-foot contemporary art museum on the grounds of Mexico City’s largest public university designed by architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon. It houses a collection of contemporary Mexican artwork from the 1950s onwards, ranging from paintings and drawings to video and sound installations.
MUSEO DE ARTE POPULAR
Revillagigedo 11, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc
The Folk Art Museum (Museo de Arte Popular) in the historic center of Mexico City has a diverse collection of folk art and handicrafts in Mexico, such as pottery and textiles. This is a great place to learn about the indigenous peoples of Mexico through their creative masterpieces.
Av. Paseo de la Reforma 51, Polanco,
Bosque de Chapultepec
Since its inauguration in 1981, the Tamayo Museum has presented the most significant modern and contemporary art in Mexico and abroad. This famous museum is in the middle of Chapultepec Park, and Rufino Tamayo (1899–1991) is one of the most renowned artists of the second half of the twentieth century.
Born in the state of Oaxaca to a family with Zapotec roots, Tamayo sought to create paintings in “the Mexican tradition,” distancing himself from the political and nationalist movements that dominated Mexican art after the Revolution. His exploration of painting as an aesthetic and spiritual activity distinguished him from his contemporaries, such as Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco, who focused on communicating social and political messages.
If you’re staying in a boutique hotel in Mexico City, this should be on your list of places to visit. It’s a must-have experience
MUSEO FRIDA KAHLO,
Londres 247, Del Carmen, Coyoacán
La Casa Azul is the intimate universe of Frida Kahlo. This artist lived most of her life in this beautiful residence; first with her family, and years later, with Diego Rivera. It didn’t take long after this for interesting Mexican and foreign visitors to stay in this area as well, attracted by the captivating couple of artists. Frida wanted to leave her home as a museum, to be enjoyed by her beloved Mexico. For this reason, after her death, Diego organized the Frida Kahlo museum here in the home she cherished so deeply.
Since the Museum’s inauguration in July 1958, the Blue House exhibits the ambiance that inspired Frida for her creation, as well as her personal belongings. Along with paintings by both artists, are displayed remarkable popular art pieces, pre-Columbian sculptures, photographs, documents, books, and furniture.
Close to many of the best boutique hotels in Mexico City, this museum is a must-see for visitors in the area.
THIRFT LIKE A LOCAL
The best vintage shopping in Mexico City starts with none other than the famous “Tianguis de Antigüedades de la Lagunilla”! However, if you want to thrift like a local, don’t show up on any other day but Sunday! You’ll find yourself out of luck.
The tianguis, or open-air market, is your best bet for vintage finds in Mexico City. This incredible antique market only happens on Sundays. Dating back over 400 years, this market originally stocked only antiques and vintage items but has evolved over the years to offer a huge selection of clothing, housewares, jewelry, and accessories. You can find anything from incredible art pieces to fur coats, and vintage jewelry as well as some of the best street food in the city.
It simply isn’t a visit to Mexico City without checking out this famous market. Before you head back to one of Mexico City’s boutique hotels, be sure to check out all of the amazing things at this market. You’ll be surprised at what you might find!
HOW TO FIND IT?
Address: you’ll find it at the intersection of Avenida Paseo de la Reforma and Calle Ignacio Allende in El Centro. From there, the market stretches around the block, covering the streets of Libertad, González Bocanegra, and Matamoros.
For other thrifting recommendations check out:
GOODBYE FOLK, (@goodbyefolk) Córdoba 55, Roma
VOID, (@void_mx) Parral 5, Condesa
SINGULAR VINTAGE, (@singularvintageshop) Calle Dr Mora 9, Centro
VINTAGE HOE, (@vintagehoestore) Jalapa 27, Roma
VEGAN MUNCHIES GUIDE
Mexico City is famous for its street food, but after eating your fill of tacos, you might be interested in something lighter. Even if you aren’t vegan, sometimes it’s nice to have a plant-based option, and Mexico City has been adding some incredible vegan places to enjoy. If you’re interested in a lighter meal after a heavy day, then these might be for you.
Those of us here at Namron have chosen some of our favorite plant-based restaurants in the city, and all of these places are a 10-minute walk or less from La Valise, an amazing boutique hotel in Mexico City.
Puebla 120, Roma Norte
9 min walk from hotel
“Pan-Asian Plant Based” is the concept of this new space in the Roma neighborhood that offers dishes inspired by the flavors of the East and the generosity of nature. From sushi to pad thai, curry to poke bowls, Plantasia has everything you can think of that’s Asian-inspired without adding any meat. Plantasia also presents the first Botanical Bar in Mexico City with a 100% alcohol-free cocktail menu, giving you the option to have a tasty and refreshing drink without adding any more alcohol to your day.
LA PITAHAYA VEGANA
Calle Querétaro 90, Roma Norte
10 min walk from hotel
La Pitahaya Vegana in Roma Norte became famous for its intensely flavorful tacos served on bright pink tortillas. This place is particularly great for brunch, so pop by for a nutritious meal before all of your thrift store shopping! The cauliflower tacos and al pastor made from mushrooms will have you coming back a second time.
Calle Guanajuato 54, Roma Norte
10 min walk from hotel
This stylish vegan restaurant serves up everything from mushroom mole bowls and coconut ceviche to roasted tomato soup and squash blossom tempura stuffed with cashew ricotta. When you head back to your Mexico City boutique hotels, you definitely won’t leave hungry.
POR SIEMPRE VEGANA TAQUERÍA
Coahuila 169, Roma Norte.
15 min walk from hotel
While this one is a bit of a further walk from the La Valise boutique hotel in Mexico City, the extra walking time is worth it for the food. Come for breakfast or lunch for plant-based versions of well-known Mexican dishes and taco options. Try the enfrijoladas stuffed with steak.
Luis, one of the owners, says that they want their food to have the “Garnachera vibe” but with 100% vegan products and they’re accomplishing that every day!
Namron Hospitality believes in enjoying all of your experiences to the fullest, and that includes experiencing all of what each new city has to offer. Our Mexico City boutique hotels give you the unique experience of being right in the middle of everything happening, from museums to thrift stores to restaurants, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the heart and culture of Mexico City. If you’re interested in booking a stay at La Valise or any of our other boutique hotels, contact us today!