The artsy, bohemian neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa make up a mostly residential area of Mexico City located southwest of the Centro Historico (Historic Downtown). They are separated from one another by Av. Insurgentes; Condesa is located to the west of the avenue and Roma to the east.
Roma and Condesa offer a pleasant change of pace from Mexico City’s busy downtown. Spend the day wandering around the neighborhoods, taking in the tranquil atmosphere and admiring the beautifully restored Art Deco architecture, wide parks and welcoming plazas.
Situated just two blocks from where Roma and Condesa meet at Av. Insurgentes, Parque Mexico (Mexico Park), the centerpiece of the neighborhood, was originally built in the 1920’s and incorporates many European features including fountains, ponds and walkways and an open-air theater.
Head one block in any direction and you’ll arrive at Av. Amsterdam, a pleasant tree-lined street that circles the park. Grab a seat at one of the many sidewalk cafes and sip a coffee while taking in the scenery, or enjoy a glass of wine at El Encrucijada (Atlixco 168), a romantic little wine bar in Condesa that offers a good selection of quality vintages from Mexico’s top wine producing regions.
This area is also great for browsing the local art galleries, shops and markets. The Mercado Medellin (Medellin Market) in Roma is famous for its attractive food displays and tasty fare. On weekends, the art market along Av. Alvaro Obregon is a local gathering spot.
The neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa are also known for having some of Mexico City’s best shopping, dining and nightlife. Condesa offers a slightly more upscale experience with the addition of designer shops, high-end boutiques and luxury hotels. Many of the best places to eat in Mexico City are located along Av. Michoacan.