One of my favorite things about Mexico City is how diverse it is. There are so many different neighborhoods and each carries with it its own personality and colorful characteristics. Below are, in my opinion, the best neighborhoods in Mexico City and why you should give them a visit on your next trip to DF.
For Hipsters // Condesa and Roma
Condesa and Roma are probably my favorite places in the city. I lump the two together because they are side-by-side and because they both represent the hipster side of Mexico City. Chock full of restaurants, cafes, funky art-deco and colonial architecture, and some of the nicest green space in the center, there are tons of reasons to visit the area.
One of my favorite places to start the day is around Parque Mexico. On the weekends you’re sure to witness some yoga class going on, live music blaring in the bandstand, and plenty of dog walkers enjoying the constant Spring weather we enjoy in Mexico City.
A must visit is definitely the Mercado Roma – a market full of Mexican fusion foods, mezcal bars, craft beer stalls, and long communal tables in the sunshine.
For Feeling Fancy // Polanco
Polanco is one of the most expensive places to live in Mexico City. It’s home to designer shops like Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Tiffany & Co. It’s also where you’ll find some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the entire country, including chef Enrique Olvera’s Pujol. It’s also home to some of the best clubs and late night bars among the expat crowd.
I would start a tour of the area in Parque Lincoln and weave my way up and down the streets above Emilio Castelar. The shopping center Pasaje Polanco on Presidente Masaryk, has a really nice courtyard with a few different cafes where you can sit along the sidewalk and do some great people watching.
For a History Lesson // Centro Historico
The Centro Historico, basically the city center, is packed with beautiful architecture, interesting shopping, and amazing street food. The Zocalo, which is the main square, is a perfect place to start. The Cathedral dominates the view and is worth a look. It’s the largest in the country and holds two of the largest organs found in all of the Americas.
Spend some time exploring the side streets and definitely check out Palacio de Bellas Artes, the city’s opera house and art museum. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, both inside and out. Be sure to take a stroll down Paseo de la Reforma, too.
For Eating Local // Coyoacán
Whether it’s a stop at the Mercado de Antojitos or you sit for a few tostadas in Mercado Coyoacán, you’ll eat well in this neighborhood just South of center. Enjoy coffee at El Jarocho, a family owned coffee roasters and cafe that’s been around for generations.
Grab a cup of esquites or some churros and sit enjoy it in the Jardin Centenario. There are plenty of benches around and it’s nice and shaded.
Read: What to do in Coyoacán
For Nightlife // Zona Rosa
One of my favorite spots for dancing and enjoying a few buckets of coronas (or giant margaritas). Zona Rosa is also where most of the LGBTQ-friendly nightclubs can be found.
It’s really centrally located – between Roma and Centro, Zona Rosa is easy to get to by foot or by metro (Insurgentes station). There are also some really awesome restaurants here and the late night street food is some of my favorite in the city.
For the After Work Crowd // Santa Fe
Santa Fe is an area that cropped up after the 1985 earthquake. Most big businesses moved their headquarters to this Southern suburb and it’s grown exponentially ever since. Due to the terrible traffic of Mexico City, many people want to live as close to their work as they can. Basically, that’s led to a business district full of shopping malls, apartment buildings, and great after work drink spots. It can be a pain to get to from the city center, but it’s worth a little explore.