EATS & DRINKS
(Calle Colima 166, Roma)
Perhaps the most beautiful restaurant in the world, located within a renovated colonial-era townhouse in the Roma neighborhood. The menu is Italian with a Mexican sensibility and changes seasonally. For a very special occasion, or just to live your best life, and give yourself the gift of a magical dining experience!
(Avenida Veracruz 102, Colonia Condesa, Hipódromo)
Even if you can’t afford to stay in this boutique hotel, head up to the rooftop bar for a relaxing day-time drink (tequila!) and a fantastic view of the tree-lined streets of Condesa. Bonus: they have a sushi menu!
Tortas Al Fuego
(Avenida Sonora 205, Colonia Condesa, Hipódromo)
Cheap, casual hole in the wall with delicious tacos, tortas (Mexico’s version of the Italian sandwich) and open all day. A local spot (so brush up on some Spanish ordering skills) and definitely order the tacos al pastor.
(Merida 17, Colonia Roma)
Hidden behind an unassuming warehouse façade, every Friday night (the only night it is open) the space becomes a wild disco party, complete with dance-off style battles! Drawing a diverse, mixed crowd, the dancers who take up the spotlight do not come to play. Best seen to be believed!
El Plaza Condesa
(Calle Juan Escutia 4, Colonia Condesa, Hipódromo)
A 1600 capacity concert venue right in the heart of Condesa that plays host to buzzy international acts that you probably wouldn’t get a chance to see in such an intimate venue in your hometown, as well as regional artists about to hit it big!
Local party collective who throw dance parties with a rotating lineup of DJs and special guests, both local and international. Location and guest list are somewhat of a secret, you have to RSVP to the Facebook page with a message to get in, so don’t forget to download Google translate!
Tianguis Cultural del Chopo
(Cuauhtemoc Buenavista 06350)
Mexico has a well-documented love for all rock subcultures and The Smiths, and these aesthetic choices culminate here at the city’s goth-punk-metal-etc-themed flea market. Only open on Saturdays, you’ll find some definitively underground live music, vinyl, and band t-shirts galore.
(Jalapa 125, Colonia Roma)
A comprehensive and well-priced selection of used vinyl in every genre, located in Roma. Be prepared to dig! And if the thrill of the hunt isn’t your thing and you are in the neighborhood, head over to Roma Records (Álvaro Obregón 200 Bis 1, Col. Roma) for the latest releases and reissues.