Coyoacán and San Ángel, Mexico City
Concierge.com's insider take:
At the time of the Spanish conquest, Coyoacán was where Hernán Cortés set up shop after defeating the Aztecs in 1521. Today, it's a picturesque neighborhood with a much slower pace than the main city to the north. Although the area is worth visiting just for the shops selling nieves—ices in flavors such as chocolate-tuberose-gardenia or jicama-chile—Coyoacán also has a colorful weekend market that spills into the streets surrounding the main square of Plaza Hidalgo. Look for the handmade metal jewelry worn by residents of this bohemian enclave. About two miles west of Coyoacán is another colonial-era community, San Ángél. It's home to the Bazar Sábado, an art show and craft fair held every Saturday in Plaza de San Jacinto.