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Mexico City, MX

“Mexico City is a really noisy place, there’s music coming from every corner, car honks and shouting all around. From the gasman, the tamalero vendors, the commuter, and all those people that go through the streets with really weird recordings of people shouting what they’re selling. To add to things, there’s a new seismic alarm that can be heard all over the city, there’s even a tribal remix.” — Verano Peligroso

Curated by: Apolo, CALONCHO, El BúhoI Can Chase Dragons!, Kill Aniston, Little Jesus, Los Blenders, Rey Pila, Verano Peligroso

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Mexico City, MX
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Mono
Night club in the La Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City which regularly hosts local and touring DJs.
Calle Versalles 64, Juárez, Mexico City, Mexico
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La Nacional
Trendy, stylish restaurant serving traditional Mexican cuisine and a wide selection of mezcal drinks.
Orizaba 161, Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico
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Museo Nacional de Antropología
Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico, and is home to a large collection of significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico's pre-Colombian heritage.  
Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, Mexico
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El Péndulo
Flagship store of the Mexico City-based chain of bookstores.  The Roma location features two stories of rare books and a café with balcony seating.
Av. Álvaro Obregón 86, Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico
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Bosque de Chapultepec
"The Bosques de Chapultepec are a great place to get away from the noise and madness of the city and well worth taking in the quite incredible Museo de Antropología (the best museum in the city!)"  —  El Búho
Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico
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El Ajusco
El Ajusco is lava dome volcano located just south of Mexico City in the Tlalpan borough. "There are some really easy and accessible hikes from the city!"  —  El Búho
El Ajusco, Tapalpa, Mexico
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Desierto de los Leones National Park
National park located entirely within the limits of Mexico City's Federal District, and is the oldest protected biosphere in Mexico.
Desierto de los Leones, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico
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San Ángel
"I go for San Ángel for its range of different little boutiques, trendy food shops, tourist wares, and a few little gems hidden around the streets. It was my go to place to take friends looking for a souvenir and also a great place to wander around."  —  El Búho
San Angel, Mexico City, Mexico
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Foro Normandie
"If you want a clubbing experience, Foro Normandie is an incredible space hidden in a basement just a stone's throw away from the Bellas Artes museum — Funktion-One sound system, low ceilings, sparse, industrial design, almost too cool for school." — El Búho
Calle López 15, Colonia Centro, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
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Plaza Garibaldi
"Plaza Garibaldi, even if you are skeptical about its tourist-trap shine, is an experience worth living. Hoards of different groups, mariachi or son jarocho, stalk the square looking for customers to pay them per song upon request. You get a personal experience: a one on one concert of any Mexican classic played right in front of you by these incredible musicians. Well worth it!" —  El Búho
Plaza Garibaldi, Eje Central, Centro, Mexico City, Mexico
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Coyoacán
"I love walking down the little cobbled streets of Coyoacán, not just in the center but also into the area which has this almost village atmosphere to it, dotted with little churches, local celebrations, and feels a long way from the hustle of Juarez or the Zona Rosa."  — El Búho
Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
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UNAM Sculpture Garden
"Also worth visiting is the really spooky UNAM sculpture park which has this crazy amphitheater in the middle of it strewn with volcanic rocks and where you can catch an amazing view of the city."  — El Búho
UNAM Sculpture Garden, Mexico City, Mexico
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Xaman
"Go down a flight of stairs in a quiet back street right in the heart of the city, just a few meters from the huge Reforma Avenue and you will find Xaman, one of the most welcoming, warm, and enticing bars in the city. It might seem a bit pretentious when you first walk in but it became our home for our Shika Shika music collective / label thanks to their true enthusiasm and love for the music and for the people that would come down. Every show we played there was a crowd of loyal, wonderful, open-minded people ready to dance away the night. It wasn´t about a big sound system or an incredible mega-club but just a moment and a feeling — the place, the drinks, the ambience and, most of all, the people. Drink: A gin and tonic or, if I was feeling adventurous, one of their weird cocktails!"  — El Búho
Copenhague 6, Juárez, 06600 Mexico City, Mexico
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Tacos Álvaro Obregón
"Uniformed waiters carving slices of incredibly delicious tacos to be sprinkled with amazing spicy sauces, drenched in melted cheese, served on plastic plates, and washed down with a cold beer. Simple and delicious. Simply delicious. This was the very first place I had tacos when I arrived (on the first night) and the very last place, it kind of became a place to mark special occasions in a funny way. Order: A gringa, 3 tacos al pastor (con todo) and a cold beer."   —  El Búho
Av. Álvaro Obregón 90, Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico
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La Roma Records
Record shop selling old and new vinyl. Find everything from classics, to rock, hip hop, local acts and more. They also sell band merch and DJ equipment. Knowledgeable shop owners are happy to give recommendations and help you find what you're looking for.
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Carcoma Records
Premier record shop in Mexico City for punk titles as well as metal and alternative.
Av de los Insurgentes Sur, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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El Imperial
Bar and live music venue in Condesa with a rock and roll vibe. THE place in Mexico City to discover emerging acts both big and small. Arrive early for the opening bands, check out a neighboring bar next-door and return to check out more music as you please.
De Alvaro Obregon 293, Agencia Municipal de Donaji, 68020 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico
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Baltra
Charles Darwin themed bar that started the mixology trend in Mexico City. Named after an island within the Galapagos, Baltra celebrates exploration as is apparent by the unique artifacts on display in this cozy bar. In Darwinian fashion, order the Goldfinch cocktail.
Iztaccihuatl 36, Hipódromo, 06100 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Bósforo
Mezcal bar in the city’s Centro neighborhood, serving up a wide selection of the agave-based spirit. Most are small-batch or limited-edition, meaning you'll taste something you won't find anywhere else (and possibly ever again).
Luis Moya, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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El Real Under
A bar located in a beautiful old house in La Roma. Known for its punk-goth nights and soundtrack, El Real Under attracts a diverse crowd of revelers looking for a good time out and a good dance party.
Eje 2 Pte, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Basílica de Guadalupe
Roman Catholic church, basilica and National shrine of Mexico built near the hill of Tepeyac where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. One of the most important pilgrimage sites of Catholicism, the basilica is visited by several million people every year, especially on December 12th, Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast day.
15 de Agosto, 07050 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Metropolitan Theater
One of Mexico's best-known theatres and former movie palaces. Built in 1943 it seats just over 3,000 guests. Today it showcases everything from plays, concerts, dance and more and is the site of Mexico City’s National Jazz Festival.
Av Independencia 90, Colonia Centro, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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El Jarocho in Coyoacán
Find coffee, tea, and breakfast goods at this cafe established in 1953.
Cuauhtémoc 134, Coyoacán, 04000 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Discos Mono
Record shop for the adventurous listener. Find everything from experimental, prog rock, krautrock and much more. The founders carefully handpick only a couple of copies of each record with a focus on small catalogues and independent labels.
Jalapa 129, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Covadonga
The place to go for a classic, old-school Mexico City experience. This Spanish-style cantina has been serving up classic eats since the 1950s that attract a crowd of older regulars and young hipsters. Enjoy the charm and pickles.
Puebla 121, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Café Passmar
A coffee oasis in the middle of a bustling market. Café Passmar has some of the freshest coffee around as the beans are sourced locally and roasted next door at their micro roastery.
Insurgentes San Borja, 03100 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Almanegra
Trendy cafe serving pour-over coffee, gibraltars, and more.
Avenida Universidad 420, Narvarte Poniente, 03020 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Panadería Rosetta
This beloved bakery is so popular, Chef Elena Reygadas had to open a second location. Enjoy Mexican staples like pulque bread, guava danishes, chocolate-vanilla conchas and much more.
Av Chapultepec, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Dosis Cafe
Specialty coffee shop with variety of espresso drinks to choose from.
Av. Álvaro Obregón 24, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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La Discoteca
Record shop that also has an online store and offers workshops and classes with a focus on electronic and independent music.
Calle Zacatecas 43, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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Pizza Del Perro Negro Roma
Rock n roll pizza joint with mismatched seating, a large oven - and a stage. Thursday night's features a live rock band. Stop by for some local flavor and a delicious pie featuring the house specialty - Black Dog's 21 ingredient secret sauce.
Parque España 3, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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La Finca Santa Veracruz
Cozy cafe that sources coffee from small farmers in Mexico. Featuring medium and finely roasted beans paired with a small selection of pastries. Lovely spot for a mid-day snack and a good book.
Sevilla 15, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
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