Mexico City isn’t just for mirreyes and fresas. Punks are a cultural staple in the country’s capital. El Tianguis Cultural del Chopo, the open-air flea market near the metro, is the weekly central meeting spot for punks, goths and metal heads.
For over 25 years, punks have gathered at the flea market…
Mexico City has one of the most used transportation systems in the world – more than 4.5 million people use it every single day. And it’s a big system too! It spans some 140 miles and has 195 stations. That’s impressive.
In tourist guides, the Metro is often recommended as the best way to skip the city’s notorious traffic.
But Mexico City’s Metro is in the news now for a totally different reason – its map. Or more specifically, the English translation of the system’s map.
It all started when a map of the CDMX Metro (in English) started making its rounds on Twitter.
A map of the network of 12 lines translated into English began to circulate on Twitter, and for non-Spanish speaking foreigners, it seemed like a great idea. Now they’d be able to better understand the map.
But it hasn’t quite worked out that way because for many the translations are far off.
The names of metro stations are often historical in nature, highlighting people, places, and events in Mexican history. There are stations commemorating aspects of the Mexican Revolution, the nation’s Indigenous history, the country’s advances in science, medicine, and sports.
Even some Mexicans appreciated the map in English because they had never been able to easily translate the Nahuatl words into English.
Words like Tacubaya (where the water is gathered) and Chapultepec (Grasshopper Hill) have their origins in the ancient language of Nahuatl.
Few people also realize that Mexico City is home to one of the world’s few metro systems that have corresponding icons for every station.
Each station is identified by a minimalist logo, first designed by Lance Wyman, who had also designed the logo for the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Logos are generally related to the name of the station or the area around it. At the time of Line 1’s opening, Mexico’s illiteracy rate was high. In fact, in 1960, 38% of Mexicans over the age of five were illiterate and only 5.6% of Mexicans over the age of six had completed more than six years of school.
Since one-third of the Mexican population could not read or write and most of the rest had not completed high school, it was thought that people would find it easier to guide themselves with a system based on colors and visual signs.
Although the icon system was designed with the illiterate in mind, it’s also a huge help to non-Spanish speaking visitors to the city.
That system of icons and colors carries over to today. Visitors to city often remark on how easy it is to navigate the Metro system because of it.
The CDMX Metro also prides itself on being inclusive of all Mexicans.
Mexico City, despite being in a traditional and conservative country, takes its Pride seriously.
Though, to be clear, the CDMX Metro isn’t always so cool…
In fact, it can be a pretty major nightmare for the millions of people who use the system each and every day.
It seems like every day there is a warning tweeted out about this line being delayed or that station being overcrowded.
Mexico has been a foodie destination for years now. From next level puestos serving up some of the world’s best street food to little fonditas with full lunch specials for the equivalent of a few dollars to some of the world’s fanciest fine dining – Mexico City has it all.
And for several years now, the city has been home to a few of the world’s best 50 restaurants. And 2019 is no different.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants awarded Mexico City’s Pujol its number 12 spot in the world.
The Mexican restaurant Pujol, by chef Enrique Olvera, is the best in North America, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Pujol, located in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood, is ranked 12th worldwide thanks to “a menu of refined and elegant dishes built with Indigenous ingredients that pay tribute to the rich culinary history of Mexico.”
In 2018, Pujol had lost the title of top Mexican restaurant to Quintonil, another Mexico City establishment that is run by chef Jorge Vallejo.
And Mexico City’s Quintonil came in at #24.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants named another Mexican restaurant: Quintonil, founded in 2012.
Also located in Polanco, Quintonil is a gastronomic project directed by Alejandra Flores and Jorge Vallejo, whose purpose is to express the flavors and ingredients of the Mexican territory in their menu.
Since 2015, Quintonil has been recognized by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, this time coming in at position 24.
But this wasn’t the only news that excited Twitter.
Yup, the best restaurant in North America is in Mexico City and the best restaurant in the US is a Mexican restaurant. #VivaMexico
New York City’s Cosme, which is also owned by Daniella Soto-Innes, made it to number 23 in the Top 50 list. In April, she was named the world’s best female chef, the youngest chef to win that distinction, at just 28.
People from across Mexico and the US took to Twitter to congratulate the chefs!
Many were so excited to see the celebrated Mexican chef reclaim the top spot not only in Mexico but in the entire continent.
Others were excited to see Mexican cuisine leading the charge for fine dining.
It’s about time that Mexican cuisine, especially restaurants that incorporate Indigenous ingredients, techniques, and flavors, get the recognition it deserves.
And even though Pujol has a reputation for being a bit pricey, people were totally here for it.
Translation: Extraordinary place. Worth every peso invested in a good meal.
So obviously, if you’re a foodie, Mexico City needs to be on your bucket list.
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