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5 of the best terraces in Mexico City with a flare for the natural

I’ve often been quoted as saying, “Forget finding the man of your dreams. I’m looking for the best terrace in Mexico City (DF).” And this search of mine has led me far and wide, much to the chagrin of my bank account. But I just can’t help it. I’m a sucker for a few drinks and good conversation, even more so on a lovely terrace.

And I’ve always admired and respected the way in which Mexico’s up and coming architects are reusing old materials and incorporating more green space into their constructions, maybe more out of necessity than desire. No matter their reasons, you can easily find beautifully restored buildings, meters of vertical gardens, and numerous plants and trees among tables, chairs, drinks and good people. Here I share with you my current favorite terraces in Mexico City, either for design, ambience, or both.

La Casa del Agua, Puebla 242, Colonia Roma, Delegación Cuauhtémoc

This could very well be my new favorite place in the entire city. The terrace is amazing: Tranquil, secluded, quiet, calm, and full of fresh herbs and plants. There isn’t a better place to read a good book or bring an afternoon snack. But what’s even better is that this place is the epitome of sustainability. They collect rainwater, filter it, infuse it with the herbs they grow themselves (and water with this rainwater), and bottle it. You can even refill your original bottle for a considerable discount the next time you come in. And they have teas.

Azul Historico, Isabel la Católica 30, Colonia Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc

For authentic Mexican cuisine, with exquisite attention to presentation, this restaurant is a must. There are three Azul restaurants, and they’ve become a staple for Mexican fine-dining. But Azul Historico’s terrace (pictured) is unmatched. Set inside the restored 17th-century Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle, this open space is filled with beautiful trees, exposed brick and simply constructed wooden tables. It’s inviting, calming and a lovely respite from the bustle of El Centro.

Central Central, Avenida Javier Barrios Sierra 540, Lomas de Santa Fe, Delegación Alvaro Obregon

This is where the list gets a little snobby. Yet the terrace is just too gorgeous to be missed. In reality, the same could be said for the entire design of the complex in which it sits, unassumingly named Park Plaza. It’s posh for sure, but think the type of posh designed by those who have so much money lying around they think it’s a good idea to take an interest in the environment. You know, why not? Cut out of the natural forests surrounding Santa Fe, its rustic design perfectly complements the gorgeous view of the vegetation that backs up to the restaurant. Filled with trees, cacti, and other plants and surprisingly tasteful country knick-knacks, this gastro pub is a lovely place for a glass of wine, a few tapas and some carajillos.

Casa Fusion, Londres 37, Colonia Juarez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc

I talk about this place so much you would think they pay me. But I love it. It’s a restored old house in a lovely historical neighborhood. There’s the newest Otro Café inside, which, in my opinion is the best coffee in all of Mexico City, as well as multiple boutiques housing all-Mexican designers, and other gourmet food stands. Its terrace is simple but beautiful, constructed of wood, with alternating spaces of sunshine and shade, and equipped with plenty of outlets, perfect for charging your computer while you work. It’s even better during the week, as you have the place almost all to yourself.

La Broka, Zacatecas 126-B, Colonia Roma, Delegación Cuauhtémoc

This used to be my spot in the city every Thursday night a few years ago. Since then, it has dropped somewhat in its popularity in my heart, mainly because they stopped offering their tapas menu on the terrace. Not much could compare to sharing a bottle of wine with your best friend, along with their daily menu of tapas, in such an open, minimalist space, framed by bamboo. It reminded you that you don’t need much else in life. Nevertheless, the space remains gorgeous and is still a good option for a light dinner and drinks.





Image. Photo by Mariana Corcuera.


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