The Ultimate Day: Mexico City
How parfumer Carlos Huber chills out in his hometown.
Originally from Mexico City, parfumer (and architect by trade) Carlos Huber recently launched Arquiste, his debut line of fragrances that aims to resonate with imagined scents of historical times and events. He’s created six unique blends (like 'Aleksandr,' inspired by Russian writer Aleksandr Pushkin’s final duel, and 'Fleur De Louis,' which was conceived when he visited the Isle of Pheasants) and is working on his next olfaction — hint: it’s going to be a very masculine interpretation of a Gardenia. Meanwhile, Huber took us through his ideal stress-free 24 hours in his original stomping grounds: Mexico City.Huber’s Note: To avoid stress, the most important thing in Mexico City is to avoid traffic and long distances, so these guidelines make the most of staying close to the urban triangle of Chapultepec Park and the Condesa and Roma neighborhoods.
Hit the art galleries in La Roma
"Grab one of the 'Ecobicis' all around Condesa and head to the arty and bohemian Roma neighborhood. Full of Belle Epoque architecture, cool fashion, vintage and design shops, delicious restaurants and, of course, the pioneers of the area, the art galleries. A few notables are: OMR & EL52 Galleries on Plaza Rio de Janeiro and Anonymous Gallery and House of Gaga in Durango Street. Also, don’t miss Chic by Accident, the vintage furniture gallery on Alvaro Obregon Street."
Have breakfast at Matisse
"My favorite breakfast place in the city has delicious ‘pan dulce’ or Mexican pastries and a huge selection of pressed juices (don’t miss the orange juice and Zapote combo) and different kinds of eggs – which are all delicious! Ask for a table on the second floor balcony overlooking the patio. The owners are of Austrian and Eastern European origin, so you’ll be surprised to find Sacher Torte and Wiener Schnitzel on the lunch menu too. Located in Condesa, between Parque Mexico and Avenida Amsterdam, the neighborhood is an oasis of calm in the middle of the city."
Morning run in Chapultepec Park
"I think it’s one of the biggest and prettiest parks around. Chapultepec has lakes as well as a castle on top of a hill. I love running around the castle hill and then taking one of the circuits around the ‘First Section’ of the park to discover hidden paths, fountains and forests. The park is really well preserved, and has the most beautiful light in the early morning."
Finish off with dinner at Dulce Patria
"Nothing beats a nice dinner close to your hotel room (this restaurant is precisely next door). Chef Martha Ortiz is one of the top chefs in the world and her menus are creative and exciting. Every couple of weeks brings a new menu with seasonal ingredients and a quirky theme behind the recipes. Every detail is taken care of, from the refreshing star fruit and mint in your water to the after-dinner sweets, making the chef as charming as her food!"
Stay at Las Alcobas
"Even though this high-tech boutique hotel is in the middle of busy Masaryk Avenue, it still provides access to pedestrian areas as well as the park, which makes it the most stress-free option for out-of-towners. Plus, the service is incredible and the rooms super cozy."
Have a prix fixe lunch at Maximo Bistrot Local
"A healthy and delicious lunch, it’s the hottest new spot which also has the most incredible food. For the true Mexico City experience do as the locals and enjoy the “sobremesa”, the looooong and relaxing coffee time after your meal (average time at the table 2 to 3 hours)."
Unwind at Remède Spa at the St. Regis
"One of Mexico City’s newest hotels has one of the best spas in the city. If you like working out after a long day, then this gym is phenomenal for you. Otherwise, they have loads of body and skin treatments and massages. And make sure not to miss the interior pool with the amazing view of the city."