Concierge Agnes Ignacio at the Four Seasons Hotel, ranked as Mexico City's top hotel for business by participants in Latin Trade's annual travel survey, offers her advice and tips for visiting the Mexican metropolis.
What restaurant would you recommend for a professional lunch or dinner?
Dulce Patria (Tel. 52-55-3300-3999) in Colonia Polanco is an ideal place for a business lunch or dinner. Its exquisite, contemporary Mexican cuisine is complemented by personalized but discreet service, and the tables are placed at a comfortable distance from each other.
I have 24 hours in Mexico City. What itinerary would you recommend?
Begin with breakfast on the hotel patio at one of our restaurants. Head to the Centro Historico along the Paseo de la Reforma with a driver and guide who can point out landmarks along the way. Once in the center, visit the Aztec ruins of the Templo Mayor, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the oldest and largest in Latin America, and the National Palace, which houses some of Diego Rivera's most important murals.
Have lunch at a traditional Mexican restaurant, such as Fonda El Refugio in the Zona Rosa. In the afternoon, go to the National Museum of Anthropology, concentrating on galleries such as those dedicated to the Aztec and Maya cultures and to the site of Teotihuacan. From there, visit the Casa Luis Barragan, the former home and studio of Mexico's most influential 20th-century architect.
Return to the hotel to rest and enjoy a pre-Hispanic massage before dinner.
Can you suggest one or two places to shop?
Maggie Galton Artesanal Design produces high-quality textiles and handicrafts, using traditional methods to create modem designs. Her products are carried at the Palacio de Hierro department stores...