Mexico City is officially 2018's , the first city in the Americas to earn the title. A vibrant art scene with a rich history, great shopping and a raft of new museums makes this a design mecca. Here are five places no design lover should miss.
Located in the Coyoacán neighborhood, was the birthplace of the 20th-century artist. Kahlo lived in the famous blue house with her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, for a number of years, and the museum showcases her paintings, wardrobe, and collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. To avoid waiting in line, book tickets in advance .
The late Pritzker Prize-winning Mexican architect Luis Barragán's home and studio, , is open for tours, and just down the street is the architect's larger and lesser-known (above). Stop by LABOR, a contemporary art gallery, and the Archivo de Diseno y Arquitectura, too.
This design-driven boutique on the ground floor of Mexico City's new offers jewelry, clothing, and pottery. , in the city's upscale Polanco neighborhood, is another top boutique known for furniture, clothes, and textiles.
Carlos Slim, who has ranked as the richest person in the world, founded and named (above) for his wife Soumaya Domit, who died in 1999. Admission is free, courtesy of Slim, and the collection features more than 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art. Look for Rodin sculptures along with paintings by Monet, Renoir, and Degas. The neighboring has an equally impressive building, designed by David Chipperfield Architects. Fruit-juice heir and art patron Eugenio López Alonso opened it in 2013, and the collection includes works by Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky, and Gabriel Orozco.
Designers Maggie Galton and Maria Eladia Hagerman founded their boutique to highlight hand-crafted textiles and home goods created by Mexican artisans. Galton was born and bred in New York City and Hagerman grew up in Mexico and previously lived in Los Angeles, and the store melds their backgrounds with designs inspired by their cultures.
Designed by Yabu Pushelberg, this boutique hotel in Polanco features soaking tubs, Rivolta Carmigiani Italian bed linens, and high-end mattresses byin all of its 35 rooms, making for a truly luxurious experience. Make sure to have a meal next door, where Top Chef alum Martha Ortiz serves some of the city's best culinary fare at Dulce Patria (the restaurant is currently ranked #48 on the list of ).
From $279 per night