Ok- for whatever reason when traveling we always wind up at a mall. We could look at it in a low-brow way and say its due to our innate consumerism – or high-brow and look at it as the apex of a cultures economic stature.
Whichever view you take, the Kanyon Mall is worth a visit purely for it’s architecture -courtesy of Jerde Partnership and Tabanlioglu Architects. It is an open air experience with multitudes of shapes and voids that create dynamic visual experience. It is definitely sci-fi movie set worthy.
Embedded in a large modern office and residential complex, Kanyon is a destination for local luxury shopping. While there, you can grab one a the an excellent bite at their incarnation of the House Cafe.
A gallery, a workshop, a studio – where the juxtaposition of traditional Mexican folk objects combines with antiques and mid century exquisite objects. A multi faceted life envisioned by French antiques dealer and decorator Emmanuel Picault.
The gallery was established in 2000 and flourished. Emmanuel’s style in conjunction with Mexican aesthetic proved a good match, and in 2010 the architectural design studio emerged; working on commercial and residential projects.
Chic By Accident is a fantastic destination. Every artifact, big and small, new and old, are so carefully selected. Truly, we wanted half the inventory, but its a bit difficult not living in DF! (although they do ship worldwide). We ended up getting a mescal flask (delicous!), a large silver nautilus shaped champagne bucket and a very dark and bizarre Huichol skull (still among our treasures).
On our visit we met Emmanuel Picault, quite a charming man, who made us feel at home; inviting us to join him, and his friends who were visiting, to share in some Mescal.
Thank you Emmanuel for your wonderful space and hospitality!
OPEN HOURS: 7:00am -7:00pm Tuesday – Saturday
9:00am -5:00pm Sunday
As of 2013, Maison Grazia is the best pastry shop in all Colombia. French pastry chef Raphael Haasz, formerly of Daniel in NYC ,and his lovely Colombian wife Claudia Oyuelo (head chef – trained at the French Culinary Institute also in NY and also worked at Daniel) bring to Colombia a taste of elegant food. In a City where most restaurants are just a mediocre discolored copy of European and American favorites, this is sorely needed!
Beyond the beautiful fact that they bring excellent quality, attention to detail, top ingredients, they bring knowledge and education to the local palates via their short classes. For example, Grazia is probably the only place in Colombia that you can find real ice-cream. Prepared in the classic way, with actual diary, eggs, cream, flavor and NO corn syrup! absolute joy for every foodie and expat in the country 🙂
There are also madeleines served out of the oven (the traditional french way). Serving Breakfast, Brunch, lunch, coffee, tea time and early drinks – anytime is the perfect time to go.
The viennoiseries and breads, always better just out of the Oven, were a part of our daily schedule during our last months in Bogota. We used to buy them a day ahead and know the baking schedule, arriving just as they were ready to pull apart in a crusty joy. Maison Grazia is right on the courner of carrera quinta and calle 69. A lovely space that combines inside and outside with a slick black facade. A five meter tall vertical garden that serves as a backdrop to the glass island pastry counter tricks out the design and furniture concept by Oda Asociados Ltda.
Thank you Chefs – you have finally brought true culinary artistry to Colombia!
Paseo de la Reforma 509,
Nueva Cobertura, México, D.F.
To honor Mexico’s 200th year of independence from Spain, an open competition produced the impressive Estela de Luz.
The winning design by architect César Pérez Becerril consists of 1,700 panels of translucent quartz designed on a 104 meters height structure. It is a real marvel, this ‘Pillar of Light’.
César Pérez in conjunction with Austrian Robert Müller, devised a special engineered material that expands the light homogeneously across the entire panel creating the strong effect.
Located next to the main entrance to Chapultepec Park, we found one of the more interesting things about the Estela de Luz to be how it easily transformed in perspective. Sometimes it would seem it’s normal size, other times it would feel like it was a 1,000 meters tall … but kilometers away!
Cebeth Apothecary & Gallery Store
10:00 am – 7:00pm Monday Saturday
Envisioned in 2010 by Celeste Magazine editor Vanesa Fernández and her husband artist Aldo Chaparro this amazing gallery lives in a very chic 1940s house restored by Productora Architects. The result is a truly amazing job – specifically the ingenious placement of the cement tiles and the design of a modernist Vienna coffee shop.
The house is located in the Anzures neighborhood of Mexico City, a lovely area where every street is named after a literary author.
The House has three sections:
First is the Concept store/gallery, were one can find all sort of interesting items. They include paintings, functional and nonfunctional objects, rare fossils, collectible fashion, jewelry and more. Products from around the globe, and others ether designed by Aldo and Vanessa or the top designers in Mexico. Celeste House really shows breadth of design contained in this world-class metropolis.
Continuing on one finds a homeopathic apothecary specialized in phytotherapy treatments. Here, personalized formulas are created in a very Victorian way for each customer.
The third, and most delicious part, is the champagne tea room. While Viennese in design, they serve the classic English ritual; complete with tiered plates of pastries, scones and small sandwiches. They also offer a rich Champagne menu as well as an extraordinary selection of teas. Top this off with Cantonese-style Dim Sum, and during the late evening, Celeste transforms to a destination for the trendy and happening.