Even if you're just visiting and only in town for a few days, you should make it a point to check out the Pearl District. Not only to waste four hours in Powell’s rare book room, but to also experience Republica’s seven-course tasting menu for dinner. There aren’t many places in town to try food highlighting Mexico’s culinary history, while also managing to be fun, modern, and delicious.

You’ll get small bites using Mexican and Indigenous ingredients like annatto, palo santo, and plenty of corn, alongside dishes that draw from ancient Mayan times. Come here for a special occasion and add on a wine pairing that features pours exclusively from BIPOC, female, and LGBTQ winemakers, with a focus on Mexican and Mexican-American producers.

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