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Mexico City Neighborhood Guide

Mexico City is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ll take a look at some of the best neighborhoods in Mexico City, as well as some of the most underrated neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for great food, nightlife, or culture, Mexico City has something for everyone!

Condesa

The Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City is a trendy, upscale area that is home to many young professionals and artists. The streets are lined with stunning restaurants, bars, and boutiques, and there is a lively nightlife scene. The architecture is eclectic, with a mix of Art Deco and colonial buildings. There are also several parks and green spaces in the area like Parque Mexico. Condesa is one of the most expensive areas of the city and popular with foreign tourists, expats, and digital nomads. This makes it a very diverse and international neighborhood as well. The green streets of Condesa make it the perfect neighborhood if you’re looking for an upper class area with quiet residential nooks to work out of.

Condesa is also right next to Roma Norte, Napoles, and other central neighborhoods making it a quick trip to get a change of scenery. It is one of the most walkable areas of the city. Maybe a little overrated but nonetheless, one of the most popular areas of the Mexican capital.

You might love Condesa if: You’re a little shy with your Spanish, You want to be close to the action but stay in a calmer area, or Want to be in an area with a lot of greenery.

Roma Norte

Roma Norte is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood located in the heart of Mexico City. This bohemian enclave is home to a thriving arts scene, trendy restaurants and bars, and nightlife. Situated among historic buildings and lovely plazas, Roma Norte is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Condesa and Roma Norte are hands down the 2 most popular neighborhoods for foreigners to set up shop. 

The streets are lined with cheap and delicious street food options like tacos, quesadillas, gorditas, sandwiches, fresh juices, tortas, and even street food sushi (yes, it’s safe to eat!). Add this neighborhood in with Condesa as one the most walkable in the entire city! You can start on the border with Reforma and walk all the way to Roma Sur in 15 minutes. Being snuggled in between Reforma, Centro, and Condesa makes Roma Norte EXTREMELY accessible, as well. Food is always steps away from your door. With OXXO convenience stores on nearly every corner, tons of restaurant options El Porteño, La Bodeguita del Medio and Páramo to name a few). Additionally, cheap dive bars with a party atmosphere, like Cotorritos around the neighborhood, Roma Norte is sure to keep you entertained for the duration of your stay.

This area is a bit more pricey than some of the following neighborhoods, due to its popularity and centric location. If you need a quiet street to get some work done, it may be a bit noisy but still one of the most popular in the city.

You might love Roma Norte if: You want to be in the center of some of the most popular areas. You are looking for convenience and accessibility. You don’t mind staying in a busy area.

Roma Sur

Roma Sur is a central neighborhood just south of Roma Norte. Known as the more affordable neighborhood, compared to Condesa and Roma Norte, Roma Sur is a mix of residential and commercial areas but leans a lot more residential. Despite being right in between the neighborhoods of: Napoles, Del Valle, and Roma Norte, it can feel a bit secluded due to this area being a bit less walkable and some parts a bit more working class. Despite that, you’re still only a couple minute drive or a 25 minute walk from other areas of the city. It’s a great option to experience the best of Mexico City, at a much more affordable rate.  

Having said that, there is plenty to do in Roma Sur. From checking out Mercado Medellin to the many local restaurants/food stands dotting the neighborhood, you will have a more “local” experience from staying in Roma Sur. Note, though, that many people in this area do not speak much English. We advise to, at least, know a few phrases and some food terminology. 

 

You might love Roma Sur if: You want a more affordable, local stay. Most foreigners will not stay here, so any foreigners will stand out more. You want to be close to the main neighborhoods (Condesa and Roma Norte), but want a quieter experience without all the noise. 

 

Polanco

Polanco is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Mexico City, and is home to many upscale shopping malls, restaurants, and nightclubs. The neighborhood is also known for its large mansions and gardens.

 

Polanco is home to a couple of the best restaurants in the world, Pujol and Quintonil. The Soumaya museum is, also, here where you’ll find the most iconic building in the city. This building houses some of the world’s famous artworks. If upper class is your type of vibe Polanco is for you, as it is the second most expensive area of the entire city. The lively streets are lined with modern buildings filled by luxury supermarkets and department stores like Palacio de Hierro. 

 

Yes it may be popular with visitors and you may not get a taste of what life is like for most Chilangos (People of Mexico City), but it remains one of our absolute favorite neighborhoods in CDMX if you are willing to shell out the cash. 

 

You might love Polanco if: You like to experience the luxurious side. You are a fine dining foody. You want to party.

Coyoacan

The Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City is located in the borough of Benito Juarez. The neighborhood is known for its colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant art scene. The main attractions in Coyoacan are the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo museums, as well as the Coyoacan market.

 

Coyoacan is on the south side of the city, further out from the central neighborhoods. It has a very charming vibe with some walkable bits scattered around. It is particularly popular for young middle class locals and tourists, and is home to the largest University in the country. 

 

University City is the large campus of UNAM where tens of thousands of students reside which livens up the area. Here you have a perfect balance of accessibility and tranquility if you want to stay away from the most popular areas. Coyoacan is, for sure, the up-and-coming neighborhood in the city right now becoming more popular with locals and tourists.

 

You might love Coyoacan if: You want to stay away from the tourist centers but still be in a popular and charming neighborhood. You are on the younger side. You want the colonial style without being in the sketchier Centro neighborhood. 

Del Valle

The Del Valle neighborhood of Mexico City is a lively and diverse middle class area. The backbone of Del Valle is Avenida Insurgentes which connects up to the Roma neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a great place to eat, shop, or explore, the Del Valle neighborhood is definitely worth checking out. Parque Hundido is a gorgeous park, located in the busiest part of the neighborhood, where you’ll find locals walking their dogs and families out for a picnic. 

 

Del Valle is definitely a middle class local neighborhood where you can escape the tourist crowds and settle into a good routine. Quick access to the tram line that will take you directly to Roma Norte and late night street food options make it one of the best neighborhoods if you want modern amenities at local prices. 

 

You might love Del Valle if: You want a safe high quality of life area without the high prices. You want to be close to the touristy areas without being in the touristy areas.

Centro

Centro is the historic center of Mexico City, and home to the city’s main square, the Zócalo. The neighborhood is filled with colonial-era architecture, including the National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. Restaurants and local shops line the streets, and there are also several museums in the area. The Palacio de Bellas Artes stands next to the regal government buildings, together landmarking the Zócalo. 

 

While some parts of Centro are historic and beautiful areas, some areas show their inner city reality and may not be the best areas to be at night. 

 

There are large markets like La Merced and local vendors all throughout Centro to find a great deal on everything from clothes, to souvenirs, to traditional medicinal teas. Or take in the breathtaking views of the city from one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants.

 

While Centro is a must see area if you are visiting the city, we recommend staying in a different area of the city and head out to Centro from there. This is due to tens of thousands of visitors walking around any given weekend, along with an increased risk in petty crimes at night.

 

You might love Centro if: You are into architecture and history. You like to explore local markets and find a great deal. You want to hang out at a rooftop bar or restaurant to take in the city.

Narvarte

The Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City is a trendy and up-and-coming district. It’s a great place to explore if you’re looking for something different to do while still being close to other popular neighborhoods like Condesa and Roma. 

 

What you will find in Narvarte is a relatively calm and residential neighborhood near the center of the city. The north sliver of the neighborhood is the Parque Delta shopping plaza, just in case you start craving The Cheesecake Factory. Narvarte is becoming a bit of a food hotspot, so be sure to check out some of the unique and international options popping up all around the neighborhood.

 

Navarte personally reminds us a bit of Roma Sur. While Narvarte is a good safe neighborhood, it doesn’t stand out. If you’re going to visit, you will probably be happier in a different neighborhood. But if you plan on setting up shop in CDMX for a while, Narvarte is a great cheaper option. 

 

You might like Narvarte if: You’re looking for a good cheaper area to live while still being close to the action. 

Napoles

The Napoles neighborhood of Mexico City is a wealthy enclave located in the west side of the city. The neighborhood is home to some of the most expensive real estate in all of Mexico, and is known for its opulent mansions and luxury hotels. The area is also home to a number of embassies and high-end restaurants.

 

Napoles is highlighted by the Pepsi Tower right on Avenida Insurgentes. Upper class shopping line the avenida. At the summit of the tower is a restaurant that rotates with 360 degree views of the Mexican capital surrounding.

 

On the weekends, head to the Tianguis (market) to get the best deals on perfumes, watches, and jewelry and sit down for a bite to eat. 

 

Napoles is an overall great area sandwiched between Roma and Del Valle. 

 

You might love Napoles if: You want to be right in the middle of everything without the tourists. You want a good mix of local and upscale amenities.

Reforma/Juarez

Reforma is named after the avenue that highlights this neighborhood. Avenida Reforma is the main street of CDMX leading to the Angel de Independencia monument. Office high-rises, elegant hotels, and malls make up the majority of the Reforma area. 

 

Reforma is, where we consider, to be the commercial center of Mexico City. You have easy access to the entire city via metro, tram, or car. If you prefer to hoof it, Reforma is just about as walkable as it gets in Mexico City. Head to the west end and explore the Bosque de Chapultepec and Castillo for the iconic Instagram picture. 

 

Gorgeous, walkable, and green, Reforma is a fantastic option if you don’t mind the noise and high prices. 

You might love Reforma if: You love to shop. You want to take an iconic photoshoot. You want to stay in luxury hotels.

Our Favorites:

Pete – Roma Norte, Polanco, Coyoacan 

Raymond – Polanco, Juárez, Del Valle

 

Mexico City is the largest city in the Americas with many neighborhoods to explore. Whether you’re looking for history, culture, food, or nightlife, Mexico City has something for everyone. As you explore the neighborhoods, keep in mind that each one has its own personality and you may want to visit a few before settling on where you want to live or stay on your next trip. Whichever neighborhood you choose, be sure to enjoy all that Mexico City has to offer!

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Mexico City is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. We’ll take a look at some of the best neighborhoods in Mexico City, as well as some of the most underrated neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for great food, nightlife, or culture, Mexico City has something for everyone!

Condesa

The Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City is a trendy, upscale area that is home to many young professionals and artists. The streets are lined with stunning restaurants, bars, and boutiques, and there is a lively nightlife scene. The architecture is eclectic, with a mix of Art Deco and colonial buildings. There are also several parks and green spaces in the area like Parque Mexico. Condesa is one of the most expensive areas of the city and popular with foreign tourists, expats, and digital nomads. This makes it a very diverse and international neighborhood as well. The green streets of Condesa make it the perfect neighborhood if you’re looking for an upper class area with quiet residential nooks to work out of.

Condesa is also right next to Roma Norte, Napoles, and other central neighborhoods making it a quick trip to get a change of scenery. It is one of the most walkable areas of the city. Maybe a little overrated but nonetheless, one of the most popular areas of the Mexican capital.

You might love Condesa if: You’re a little shy with your Spanish, You want to be close to the action but stay in a calmer area, or Want to be in an area with a lot of greenery.

Roma Norte

Roma Norte is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood located in the heart of Mexico City. This bohemian enclave is home to a thriving arts scene, trendy restaurants and bars, and nightlife. Situated among historic buildings and lovely plazas, Roma Norte is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Condesa and Roma Norte are hands down the 2 most popular neighborhoods for foreigners to set up shop. 

The streets are lined with cheap and delicious street food options like tacos, quesadillas, gorditas, sandwiches, fresh juices, tortas, and even street food sushi (yes, it’s safe to eat!). Add this neighborhood in with Condesa as one the most walkable in the entire city! You can start on the border with Reforma and walk all the way to Roma Sur in 15 minutes. Being snuggled in between Reforma, Centro, and Condesa makes Roma Norte EXTREMELY accessible, as well. Food is always steps away from your door. With OXXO convenience stores on nearly every corner, tons of restaurant options El Porteño, La Bodeguita del Medio and Páramo to name a few). Additionally, cheap dive bars with a party atmosphere, like Cotorritos around the neighborhood, Roma Norte is sure to keep you entertained for the duration of your stay.

This area is a bit more pricey than some of the following neighborhoods, due to its popularity and centric location. If you need a quiet street to get some work done, it may be a bit noisy but still one of the most popular in the city.

You might love Roma Norte if: You want to be in the center of some of the most popular areas. You are looking for convenience and accessibility. You don’t mind staying in a busy area.

Roma Sur

Roma Sur is a central neighborhood just south of Roma Norte. Known as the more affordable neighborhood, compared to Condesa and Roma Norte, Roma Sur is a mix of residential and commercial areas but leans a lot more residential. Despite being right in between the neighborhoods of: Napoles, Del Valle, and Roma Norte, it can feel a bit secluded due to this area being a bit less walkable and some parts a bit more working class. Despite that, you’re still only a couple minute drive or a 25 minute walk from other areas of the city. It’s a great option to experience the best of Mexico City, at a much more affordable rate.  

Having said that, there is plenty to do in Roma Sur. From checking out Mercado Medellin to the many local restaurants/food stands dotting the neighborhood, you will have a more “local” experience from staying in Roma Sur. Note, though, that many people in this area do not speak much English. We advise to, at least, know a few phrases and some food terminology. 

 

You might love Roma Sur if: You want a more affordable, local stay. Most foreigners will not stay here, so any foreigners will stand out more. You want to be close to the main neighborhoods (Condesa and Roma Norte), but want a quieter experience without all the noise. 

 

Polanco

Polanco is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Mexico City, and is home to many upscale shopping malls, restaurants, and nightclubs. The neighborhood is also known for its large mansions and gardens.

 

Polanco is home to a couple of the best restaurants in the world, Pujol and Quintonil. The Soumaya museum is, also, here where you’ll find the most iconic building in the city. This building houses some of the world’s famous artworks. If upper class is your type of vibe Polanco is for you, as it is the second most expensive area of the entire city. The lively streets are lined with modern buildings filled by luxury supermarkets and department stores like Palacio de Hierro. 

 

Yes it may be popular with visitors and you may not get a taste of what life is like for most Chilangos (People of Mexico City), but it remains one of our absolute favorite neighborhoods in CDMX if you are willing to shell out the cash. 

 

You might love Polanco if: You like to experience the luxurious side. You are a fine dining foody. You want to party.

Coyoacan

The Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City is located in the borough of Benito Juarez. The neighborhood is known for its colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant art scene. The main attractions in Coyoacan are the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo museums, as well as the Coyoacan market.

 

Coyoacan is on the south side of the city, further out from the central neighborhoods. It has a very charming vibe with some walkable bits scattered around. It is particularly popular for young middle class locals and tourists, and is home to the largest University in the country. 

 

University City is the large campus of UNAM where tens of thousands of students reside which livens up the area. Here you have a perfect balance of accessibility and tranquility if you want to stay away from the most popular areas. Coyoacan is, for sure, the up-and-coming neighborhood in the city right now becoming more popular with locals and tourists.

 

You might love Coyoacan if: You want to stay away from the tourist centers but still be in a popular and charming neighborhood. You are on the younger side. You want the colonial style without being in the sketchier Centro neighborhood. 

Del Valle

The Del Valle neighborhood of Mexico City is a lively and diverse middle class area. The backbone of Del Valle is Avenida Insurgentes which connects up to the Roma neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a great place to eat, shop, or explore, the Del Valle neighborhood is definitely worth checking out. Parque Hundido is a gorgeous park, located in the busiest part of the neighborhood, where you’ll find locals walking their dogs and families out for a picnic. 

 

Del Valle is definitely a middle class local neighborhood where you can escape the tourist crowds and settle into a good routine. Quick access to the tram line that will take you directly to Roma Norte and late night street food options make it one of the best neighborhoods if you want modern amenities at local prices. 

 

You might love Del Valle if: You want a safe high quality of life area without the high prices. You want to be close to the touristy areas without being in the touristy areas.

Centro

Centro is the historic center of Mexico City, and home to the city’s main square, the Zócalo. The neighborhood is filled with colonial-era architecture, including the National Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. Restaurants and local shops line the streets, and there are also several museums in the area. The Palacio de Bellas Artes stands next to the regal government buildings, together landmarking the Zócalo. 

 

While some parts of Centro are historic and beautiful areas, some areas show their inner city reality and may not be the best areas to be at night. 

 

There are large markets like La Merced and local vendors all throughout Centro to find a great deal on everything from clothes, to souvenirs, to traditional medicinal teas. Or take in the breathtaking views of the city from one of the many rooftop bars and restaurants.

 

While Centro is a must see area if you are visiting the city, we recommend staying in a different area of the city and head out to Centro from there. This is due to tens of thousands of visitors walking around any given weekend, along with an increased risk in petty crimes at night.

 

You might love Centro if: You are into architecture and history. You like to explore local markets and find a great deal. You want to hang out at a rooftop bar or restaurant to take in the city.

Narvarte

The Narvarte neighborhood of Mexico City is a trendy and up-and-coming district. It’s a great place to explore if you’re looking for something different to do while still being close to other popular neighborhoods like Condesa and Roma. 

 

What you will find in Narvarte is a relatively calm and residential neighborhood near the center of the city. The north sliver of the neighborhood is the Parque Delta shopping plaza, just in case you start craving The Cheesecake Factory. Narvarte is becoming a bit of a food hotspot, so be sure to check out some of the unique and international options popping up all around the neighborhood.

 

Navarte personally reminds us a bit of Roma Sur. While Narvarte is a good safe neighborhood, it doesn’t stand out. If you’re going to visit, you will probably be happier in a different neighborhood. But if you plan on setting up shop in CDMX for a while, Narvarte is a great cheaper option. 

 

You might like Narvarte if: You’re looking for a good cheaper area to live while still being close to the action. 

Napoles

The Napoles neighborhood of Mexico City is a wealthy enclave located in the west side of the city. The neighborhood is home to some of the most expensive real estate in all of Mexico, and is known for its opulent mansions and luxury hotels. The area is also home to a number of embassies and high-end restaurants.

 

Napoles is highlighted by the Pepsi Tower right on Avenida Insurgentes. Upper class shopping line the avenida. At the summit of the tower is a restaurant that rotates with 360 degree views of the Mexican capital surrounding.

 

On the weekends, head to the Tianguis (market) to get the best deals on perfumes, watches, and jewelry and sit down for a bite to eat. 

 

Napoles is an overall great area sandwiched between Roma and Del Valle. 

 

You might love Napoles if: You want to be right in the middle of everything without the tourists. You want a good mix of local and upscale amenities.

Reforma/Juarez

Reforma is named after the avenue that highlights this neighborhood. Avenida Reforma is the main street of CDMX leading to the Angel de Independencia monument. Office high-rises, elegant hotels, and malls make up the majority of the Reforma area. 

 

Reforma is, where we consider, to be the commercial center of Mexico City. You have easy access to the entire city via metro, tram, or car. If you prefer to hoof it, Reforma is just about as walkable as it gets in Mexico City. Head to the west end and explore the Bosque de Chapultepec and Castillo for the iconic Instagram picture. 

 

Gorgeous, walkable, and green, Reforma is a fantastic option if you don’t mind the noise and high prices. 

You might love Reforma if: You love to shop. You want to take an iconic photoshoot. You want to stay in luxury hotels.

Our Favorites:

Pete – Roma Norte, Polanco, Coyoacan 

Raymond – Polanco, Juárez, Del Valle

 

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