Sanborns is a kind of upscale generalist marketplace: You can get your prescription filled just as easily as you’ll find toys, books, magazines, and a decent meal at the cafeteria. The chain—owned by billionaire Carlos Slim—is ubiquitous in the city, but its branch in the Centro Histórico is something special. Housed in the historic Casa de los Azulejos, an 18th-century palace covered in tiles, it’s simply one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Meanwhile, inside the cafeteria, where the Mexican intelligentsia used to hang out in the 50’s and 60s, milkshakes and club sandwiches are served up by women in kitschy, old school uniforms. And then there’s the dining room, covered in old frescoes and historic photographs (it was once also the National Jockey Club).

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