Mexico City is arguably one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world. This megacity has a population greater than that of London, Beijing and New York, yet is fairly under the radar as a cosmopolitan tourist destination. The largest city in the Americas has so much to offer travelers, from a cutting-edge cultural scene to booming gastronomy and marvelous architecture. Mexico’s capital has a dynamic energy that deserves international recognition. Those planning on making a trip to Mexico City, or as it is colloquially referred to as “D.F” or “CDMX”, have plenty of options for places to dine, shop, eat and stay as Mexico City has dozens of unique neighborhoods for each traveler. Looking for suggestions? Here are 10 best neighborhoods in Mexico City loved by tourists and locals alike.
Paseo de La Reforma is undoubtedly one of the most exciting neighborhoods in Mexico City. Lined with monuments, businesses, street vendors and a bustling nightlife scene, it’s no wonder why it is one of the most visited areas of CDMX. La Reforma is Mexico City’s version of Times Square, while the Paseo de La Reforma is a popular tourist attraction and place of gathering in the city. Visitors who are staying in this pedestrian-friendly area of the city can enjoy breathtaking views of the city at night, as well as exquisite dining options and an easy walk to major sights such as La Angel de Independencia. Mexico City’s food is some of the best in the world, and while we recommend you to taste as much traditional Mexican cuisine as you can, Paseo de La Reforma also houses some familiar cafes and restaurants such as Starbucks, Vapiano’s and more, where the less adventurous can dine.
For an idea on where to stay in Paseo de La Reforma, how about checking out Hotel Fiesta Americana?
Hotel Fiesta Americana
Address: Paseo de la Reforma 80, Cuauhtémoc, Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 71 USD
This trendy, urban yet primarily residential neighborhood is a great pick for travelers looking to get a feel of what it’s like to live like a local, while still being in the center of it all. La Condesa is urban, chic, and a hot-spot for young people. The neighborhood is home to designer boutiques, beautiful parks, and a world-class nightlife scene. Its cosmopolitan vibe attracts artists, students, and young professionals to make it their home. From nightclubs and karaoke bars to vibrant electronic dance music scenes, Condesa has it all. It also boasts a vibrant gastronomical scene, with gourmet restaurants from all over the world. Vintage shops and luxe boutiques line the avenidas Michoacan, Amsterdam, Tamaulipas and Vincente Suarez, in the heart of the neighborhood.
While you’re there, make sure to check out Condesa D.F.’s rooftop bar for some great drinks and unbeatable views of the capital city. You can even stay there for a night or two!
Address: Av Veracruz 102, Cuauhtemoc, Condesa, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 200 USD
Much like La Condesa, Roma Norte is primarily a residential neighborhood that is rapidly undergoing gentrification. Here you will find easy subway access, walk-up apartment buildings, street vendors and farmers markets on every corner, as well as walls covered in street art. Roma Norte is a very local neighborhood, and while tourists prefer to stay in neighborhoods like Paseo de La Reforma, Polanco and Centro Historico, if you ask anyone from D.F, they will tell you Roma Norte is the place to be – it’s trendy, safe and full of countless amazing restaurants, bars, and parks. This area was originally designed to look European, as can be seen by the many art-deco-style buildings in the area, but over time it has become a hipster haven and is decorated with murals and trendy cafes.
After a long day of exploration, it’d be nice to just kick back and relax. So consider staying in La Valise for the night!
Address: Tonalá 53, Cuauhtémoc, Roma Norte, 06700 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 200 USD
If Mexico City had a Beverly Hills, it would be Polanco. The affluent and well-known neighborhood of Polanco attracts many tourists with its upscale shopping and dining, but the neighborhood is also extremely family-friendly – boasting many beautifully manicured parks and playgrounds. Polanco is known for being fashionable and upscale, but the neighborhood is also a great place to explore museums, art galleries, and more. Some of Mexico City’s best museums, including the Soumaya Museum and the Museum of Anthropology, can be found in Polanco. While some may dismiss Polanco as inauthentic and elitist, its central location within the city and flourishing art, food, and shopping scene makes it a hard-to-miss area on your trip to Mexico City. The area is incredibly pedestrian-friendly and makes you feel as though you’ve ended up in some posh neighborhood of Madrid.
Check out Hotel Polanco for a comfortable space to sleep for the night.
Address: Col. Chapultepec Polanco, 11560 México City, D.F, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 80 USD
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It’s nearly impossible to take a trip to Mexico City for the first time and not visit Centro Historico, or El Centro. Built on the ruins of Tenochitlan, the capital of the Aztec empire, the city contains many historical buildings dating back to the 16th-century. History buffs will love the dozens of historical landmarks and museums of this area, which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its historical and cultural significance. The historic center of Mexico City has some of the country’s most incredible architecture and is located right in the heart of it all, convenient to all of the subway lines. Its fame and accessibility are what makes it so popular with tourists visiting the city. The old city center is centered around the Plaza de La Constitucion, an area with narrow cobblestone streets and distinctly European architecture. The center is a hub for street vendors, performers, gatherings, and is undoubtedly one of the most visited areas of Mexico City.
For a pleasant stay in Centro Historico, check out the Hotel Histórico Central.
Hotel Histórico Central
Address: Bolivar 28, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, Centro, 06000 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 100 USD
Coyoacán is one of the city’s most eclectic neighborhoods, known as a hot-spot for Mexico’s counterculture movement. Coyoacán was home to two of Mexico’s most famous residents, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Art and history fiends will be drawn to the Frida Kahlo Museum. The artist’s former house, now turned into a museum, houses several pieces of artwork, as well as many of Kahlo’s personal possessions, including clothing, jewelry and more. This part of the city will appeal to nature lovers too, who can find serenity at Viveros de Coyoacán, the neighborhood’s park and nature reserve. Its tree-lined, cobblestone streets, colonial estates, and intricate cathedrals give it an old-town charm, but make no mistake, this is one of the most progressive areas of the city, and the many cafes of the city are notorious for being the meeting grounds for the city’s liberal movements.
Consider staying the night at Hotel Real De Sur Ciudad De Mexico.
Hotel Real Del Sur
Address: Av. Division del Norte 3640, Coyoacan, El Reloj, 04620 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 65 USD
Ciudad Juárez, or more commonly referred to as Juárez by the locals, undoubtedly scores for its fantastic location as it is a major point of entry and transportation into the U.S. for all of central northern Mexico. The local vicinity is chock full of hip bars, restaurants, and shops, making it the newer and better version of the hip neighborhood, Roma. Its historic center also boasts exquisite architecture and ancient sites, including the neoclassical Cathedral of Ciudad Juárez, whose twin towers overlook the leafy Plaza de Armas. If you have little ones in tow, drop by the Museum of the Revolution on the Border and the Rodadora Interactive Space, where children can learn about the history of the Mexican Revolution, as well as technology and scientific developments in the country.
While you’re at it, check out the hotel Barceló Mexico Reforma for a good night’s rest!
Barceló Mexico Reforma
Address: Paseo de la Reforma # 1, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06030 Mexico City, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 134 USD
A relatively overlooked neighborhood that hasn’t been disturbed by urban planning and modern infrastructure, Narvarte offers a soothing retreat for those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Thanks to its leafy streets and decrepit buildings which give off a vintage vibe, tourists will be able to experience a slower pace of lifestyle when they are exploring the neighborhood. Here, you’ll also find an abundance of eateries and traditional cantinas featuring diverse flavors that were influenced by the Japanese, Lebanese, and German immigrants during the mid 20th-century. The zone is famous for its tacos, so don’t forget to try some when you’re here!
Retire to the well-appointed rooms of Casa Tobala after a long day of walking.
Casa Tobala - Narvarte
Address: Xola 1459-402, Colonia Narvarte, México DF, 03020 Mexico City, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 57 USD
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Located off of the bourgeois-hipster Condesa-Roma circuit, San Rafael is another neighborhood that is underappreciated by tourists in Mexico City. Although it is mainly residential, you can still find an eclectic mix of architectural styles, hidden galleries, and half a dozen theaters in the area. Dubbed as the “artsy zone” on the rise in the Mexican capital, San Rafael is the perfect place to explore if you wish to escape the crowds in the city center while still being close to all the action.
Check out Hotel Astor for a comfortable and affordable place to stay in San Rafael!
Address: Antonio Caso 83, 06470 Mexico City, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 32 USD
La fachada del Museo Casa del Risco, sede de la exposición Made in Tepito. Inauguración 19 de abril ¡Entrada gratis!Posted by Made In Tepito on Saturday, 24 March 2018
Famously known as the “Barrio Bravo” or the fierce neighborhood, Tepito is essentially a huge outdoor market which occupies 25 streets, with most residents here making a living as merchants. The market is a Mexican tradition that has been retained by its residents since the pre-Hispanic times, and it is usually so crowded that buses must crawl and squeeze their way slowly with only feet to spare at most from the crowds and market stalls. Since it has been a lower-class neighborhood since pre-Hispanic times, it is no wonder that Tepito has a reputation for its high incidence of robbery and counterfeit goods. Head there for a unique experience that you will never forget!
For a humble room with basic decor and amenities, check out Hotel Universal in Tepito.
Address: Calzada de Guadalupe 25 Colonia Maza, 06270 Mexico City, Mexico (see map)
Price: from 13 USD
Immerse yourself in the local culture!
With so many diverse and eclectic neighborhoods in the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City, travelers have many options to choose from when it comes to picking a place to stay in Mexico City. Every neighborhood is a new adventure, which means that in order to get a feel for the city, exploring its various neighborhoods is a must-do! Whether you’re looking for shopping or art, street food or fine dining – the neighborhoods of CDMX have it all.