ask Dan about
café • sandwiches • street food • cocktail bars • cycling
What are the Mexico City spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Zócalo. The very center of the city. It'saA huge square with the cathedral and the government building surrounding it, and from there you should take a walk through the Centro Histórico, a great way to see the history of the city. The walk should include Bellas Artes, Alameda and a walk through Madero Street. (Of course, the Frida Kahlo House is highly recommended).
Do’s and don’ts in Mexico City: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Do's: tipping at restaurants (10 to 15% service is the common practice). For transportation Uber is always a great option. If you're going to well-known restaurants, booking a table is highly recommended (sometimes weeks in advance for somewhere like Pujol or Quintonil). Don'ts: if you're going to concerts, museums, or anything that requires a ticket don't buy them from unauthorized places/people - it may be a scam or fake.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work in the hotel industry, because I just love everything about it. It's about making people feel good, and creating experiences. And the food of course...
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Cafe Tacvba is Mexico's greatest band, they would be the soundtrack of my life.
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Centro Histórico by day: from the Zócalo to Bellas Artes (and a walk through Alameda, a recently regenerated park). Museums, history and great places to eat. La Roma by night: cocktail bars, restaurants and galleries all in one neighbourhood.
What’s the one place in Mexico City you think is underrated?
La Juarez Neighbourhood. Very central, great restaurants and cafés, music venues, theatres, everything!
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Mexico City?
Tacos Tacos Tacos. We all have our list of best tacos around the city, from fancy taquerias to street joints (a recent discovery is El Faraon in La Condesa, open 'til very late - order the "Al Pastor" torta).
Which local creators do you admire?
Enrique Olvera! Creator of Pujol Restaurant. One of the first celebrity chefs in Mexico. Proudly Mexican, and very conscious of using local produce. We owe a lot of the gastronomic scene in Mexico nowadays to him.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
The top of Monumento a la Revolución. They even open for sunrise some days. You get a great view with a coffee and pastries. I think even locals don't know about this great view.
You’re meeting the mayor of Mexico City - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Improve public transportation: the metro should reach more neighbourhoods in the city. Also more bike-friendly roads - it would really help to have fewer cars around, and more people using bikes to get everywhere!