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Donald Trump — who visited Mexico City as a candidate last August to meet with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto — is one of the few people who seems to have come away from a visit there without gaining new appreciation for the mile-high metropolis. "People from all over the world fall in love with Mexico City as soon as they see the dimension of this beautiful capital," says actress Eiza Gonzalez, star of the June film Baby Driver, of her hometown. With top-flight restaurants, a thriving cocktail scene and some 150 museums, Mexico City — or el DF, for Federal District, as it's called locally (though in 2016 it was officially renamed Ciudad de Mexico, acronym CDMX) — is both bigly and lively. "What people don't expect is how cosmopolitan and diverse it is and how far away it is from some of the media stereotypes," says Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil.
An easy four-hour flight from Los Angeles, Mexico City (population 8.9 million) is divided into 16 districts, with hundreds of neighborhoods (among the most popular with travelers are Condesa, Polanco and Roma) — and lots of dense cosmopolitan traffic between them. "It took us two hours to go 6½ miles at rush hour one day," says Conan O'Brien, who spent a week in the city in February filming two episodes for his talk show. One thing he found — when he did a bit with a donation box soliciting money to build President Trump's border wall — is that residents have a sense of humor about their political situation. "They have big hearts, and they just understood the comedy and jumped right in," says O'Brien, who joins other industry insiders to offer THR tips for an immersive weekend in the city they wish the American president could view through their eyes. "Seeing as he's really into business endeavors, I would tell him it's the place where the American dream actually happens for millions of people and young entrepreneurs," says Mexican actress Karla Souza of How to Get Away With Murder. "Great startups and businesses thrive here, so he should start making allies and not enemies."
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