Mexico City Insider: Designer Perla Valtierra

Since 2010, Perla Valtierra’s curled, swurvy ceramics have earned her Valtierra Cerámica products a cult-following among aesthetes the world over. Born and later educated in Mexico City, Valtierra spent years living in northern Mexico, Brussels and Paris before moving back to Mexico during the pandemic. In April 2021, she opening Valtierra Cerámica’s first showroom there, inside a a 20th century townhouse in the Juárez neighborhood. “It’s a very vibrant city,” she says of Mexico’s capital. “There are so many things for anyone to do at any time. There’s so much energy.”

Read on for Perla’s recommendations of the activities, shops, restaurants and museums that she loves most in Mexico City.

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Where to Eat Lunch

**[Tetetlan](**(Avenida de Las Fuentes 180 - B, Jardines del Pedregal), built over volcanic rocks next to Luis Barragan’s Casa Pedregal. There is a glass floor so you can see the lava. It serves Mexican food that is really good, and it gets you to a different neighborhood. It’s also a great store. I also like Cicatriz ( Calle Dinamarca 44, Juárez) near my showroom. It’s a very casual, cozy place for salads.

The Big Meal Out

Rosetta (Colima 166, Roma Norte; is the place I really enjoy. It’s always great food. It’s the best.”

The Laid-Back Dinner

“At Campobaja (Colima 124-E, Roma Norte; the ambience is very casual. It’s a simple place and the food is amazing.”

For the Sweet Spot

The meringue cake at Contramar (Calle de Durango 200, Roma Norte) or mil hojas de frutos rojos (mille feuille with red fruits) at Panadería Rosetta (Colima 179, Roma Norte).

Cocktail (or Mocktail) Hour

Caiman (Avenida Nuevo León 120, Hipódromo) is a nice place for drinks. Lately I’ve been doing mocktails, I let them surprise me.”

Fashionable Finds & Design

Zii Ropa has all the basics, with very beautiful fabrics and silhouettes. And for home décor, Onora has lots of options, including more textiles. Of course, the Market of Zonora is just so Mexico City. It’s such a local vibe.

The Art Stop

Kurimanzutto (Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec) does new installations from artists that are contemporary but who are mixing traditional crafts.”

The Must-See Museums

Museo Anahuacalli was designed by Diego Rivera and has a collection of Pre-Columbian art. The architecture is amazing. It was recently renovated and last year it added a new space that integrates with Rivera’s original building.”

The Activity

“In Prehispanic times this was a city of canals, and they were growing the food in chinampas (floating gardens). Today, Xochimilco is an area of the city that still has these canals and gardens. It’s a site to connect with the original Mexico City.”

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Published onMarch 22, 2023

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