Mexico City’s Hippest Neighborhoods
Arts & Culture
Food & Wine
Mexico City (aka CDMX) is the destination of the moment for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the cuisine and culture of Mexico. Brush up on your Spanish and head to the hippest Mexico city neighborhoods – Roma Norte, Condesa and Juárez. Between incredible meals, stroll through charming barrios packed with amazing art at cultural sites and modern art galleries, cobblestone streets, and of course, great shopping – really incredible designers are coming out of Mexico City right now. But mostly, you’ll be eating and drinking really well while in Mexico City.
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Where to stay in Mexico City, Mexico
As hip and colorful as its namesake neighborhood, this 40-room sleep attracts a cool crowd to its wood-clad rooms and alfresco cocktail bar overlooking Parque España.
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A small scale, big value favorite in hip Roma Norte, with just eight charming rooms and a boutique-meets-B&B vibe.
La Valise Mexico City
Located in a 1920s townhouse, this tiny urban stay offers three spacious and picture-perfect suites.
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Things to do in Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is dotted with green spaces. Get to know the city’s parks by visiting Parque España and Parque Querétaro while you walk around La Condesa. The parks are adjacent so you can take your time to stroll between the two, people watch and grab a snack from street food vendors. Over in Parque Mexico, one of Condesa’s most scenic parks, check out the art deco sculptures.
For fans of enormous parks like New York’s Central Park, then head over to Bosque de Chapultepec, also known as Chapultepec Park, a famous landmark with 1,695 acres of ecological space in Miguel Hidalgo neighborhood, west of the historic center. It’s easy to spend the whole day sightseeing and enjoying tacos from the many street vendors.
Another notable park is Alameda Central, next to the Palacio de Bellas Artes.
Shopping in Mexico City is a must, whether you’re looking for a special new item for your wardrobe or souvenirs.
Carla Fernández is the name-sake boutique by the Mexican fashion designer, just a 15 minute walk from Condesa’s Parque Mexico. Fernandez is one of the most celebrated designers in the city and is known for high-end ensembles that utilize Mexican techniques and textiles with Japanese lines.
One of the best shopping spots is the traditional Mexican market, Mercado de Artesanías La Ciudadela. You’ll find Mexican handcrafts and folk art.
For a shopping and sightseeing, then head over to Zocalo in Centro Histórico on a Sunday. This large plaza showcases CDMX’s must-see historical buildings and monuments, while vintage sellers of traditional art, handicrafts and jewelry set up shop for weekend market.
Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue that stretches for 9 miles from Palacio Nacional in the through the liveliest business district in the city, is an equally great option for sightseeing and shopping adventures.
HISTORY & ART MUSEUMS
Mexico City’s National History Museum is a great way to learn about history and biodiversity across Mexico’s landscapes. Located in Chapultepec castle, the displays are impressive and it’s a great spot for an afternoon.
Located in the Polanco neighborhood, Museo Nacional de Antropologia is one of the most visited museums in all of Mexico. Filled with artifacts from Aztec and Mayan history, the museum has managed to preserve a lot of the Indigenous culture.
The MuseoFrida Kahlo, also known as the Frida Kahlo Museum or the Blue House, is located in the Colonia del Carmen (Coyoacán)neighborhood, . Along with the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, the museum has a garden for you to enjoy the nice weather. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance.
In the heart of the city center, Palacio de Bellas Artes is an iconic concert hall and arts center where you can witness immense murals from prominent Mexican artists, like Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo.
For history lovers with a fascination for Ancient Aztec, then Museo del Templo Mayor is the chance to see the remnants of Tenochtitlan’s main temple, Templo Mayor, and other incredible artifacts.
Places to eat & drink in Mexico City, Mexico
Panaderia Rosetta: Mexicanbakeries are an absolute must-try — especially any pastry filled with guava – and this Roma institution is the best place to pick up a few for breakfast.
El Cardenal: This weekend restaurant spot — with locations in Centro Histórico, Lomas de Chapultepec, Cuauhtémoc and San Ángel — has pastries that are baked in-house by owners who put value into good ingredients. Try the famous chocolate conchas.
Fonda Margarita: Craving a heartier breakfast? This homey spot is one of the best. This family-run restaurant opens at 5:30 in the morning and is sold out before noon. Get there early and enjoy.
Café Nin: Simple fare paired with unique wine or strong coffee, located on a charming side street in Zona Rosa, Juárez. Don’t miss the affogato with cardamom ice cream.
La Polar: An authentic and local spot known for their birria since 1934, located in a the up-and-coming neighborhood of San Rafael.
Los Loosers: Even non-vegans gush about the hearty dishes at this plant-based eatery in Roma Norte.
Café Milou: A swanky Roma Norte establishment known for its excellent selection of wine.
Terraza Catedral: Located on top of the Catedral Hostel, this rooftop bar is a favorite for Mexico Citynightlife. It’s a bit higher than the building around it giving it the perfect sunset view.
La Clandestina: Wondering where all the mid 20s to mid 30s people are? They’re tasting mezcal at La Clandestina, a hip cozy bar with lots of rooms and outdoor space.
Meroma: Contemporary dining in Roma Norte utilizing sustainable ingredients sourced across Mexico.
Contramar: A great place to get a memorable Mexican seafood dinner in Roma Norte.
Makan: Authentic dishes from Singapore in the heart of Mexico with young and hipster crowd.
From touring Mexico City’s hippest neighborhoods to trying unique things to do in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico offers a vibrant culture, sound and delicious local cuisine to explore.
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