Vacation Eye Candy from Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende

Mexico City gets a bad rap with the media reporting mostly on drug cartels and crime. What you don’t hear about is that this ancient empire is a massive, modern, thriving metropolis bustling with inexpensive markets, exquisite food, exciting cultural events, and charming architecture. Its streets are full of color and excitement—a designer’s paradise.

Take a look…you’ll want to book your tickets ASAP!

Street markets and food…

stacks of fruit

fruit bins

pinatas and flowers

cotton candy stand

bowl of soup

cactus leaves

market food

chips and dip

Mexican food reinvented at Pujol

mole on plate

dish of food

Drinks at the Rosewood Hotel in San Miguel are a must. The views are spectacular!


market food

The colorful doorways and street typography…

rose-colored doorway

blue and white apartment building

closeup of white and blue molding

turquoise door

gated door surrounded by vines

ceramic sign on red doorway

metal pipe cover stamped "agua"

handwritten street number on brick wall

hand-painted sign with pineapple

yellow, red, and green painted stools

yellow wall

And Downtown Hotel, the perfect oasis in Mexico City.

yellow lounge chairs by pool

Vanessa Dina
Design Director

Vanessa Dina

Vanessa Dina

Vanessa Dina is a Design Director at Chronicle Books with a passion for all things food and drink. When she’s not designing cookbooks she can be found cooking from them and sharing the results with her family and friends.
Vanessa Dina



  • Ryan Biddulph February 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Vanessa I love the first image! What a playful meld of color, shapes and hell, what a great shot lol.

    Well said on Mexico City too, because we’ve found this to be the case with towns and cities all over the world. In Bali now but we’re thinking Mexico next and will visit MC. Why? Because headlines paint negatives and we know most of the time in most of these areas life is safe, and beautiful. We lived in Thailand during the coup. If you trust CNN you’d believe we were in a war zone, when the only difference for us was that it meant no late night 7-11 trips, due to the curfew.

    Keep up the great work Vanessa!



  • Pamela Day-Lewis February 10, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I love those stools – too fun.


  • Kika February 10, 2015 at 8:22 am

    So wonderful to see one of my favorite places through such a talented designer’s eye!


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