Roma and La Condesa Neighborhoods of Mexico City

Roma and La Condesa Neighborhoods of Mexico City

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Updated November 11, 2019

Which neighborhoods to stay at when visiting Mexico City

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“What neighborhood in Mexico City should I stay in?”  A question I asked myself with concern once our flights were booked, as I had very little knowledge about Mexico City and where it was safest to stay as a female traveler.  When traveling for vacation, typically visitors are only staying for a handful of days, a week at best, so choosing the best area of a city to stay in is key to a great experience.  This is why I cannot recommend enough for those traveling to Mexico City to stay in the Roma or La Condesa neighborhoods.

Here is why these are the best neighborhoods to stay in in Mexico City:

About the Roma & La Condesa Neighborhoods of Mexico City

        Roma, Mexico City and La Condesa, Mexico City are bordering residential neighborhoods to each other, with overlapping lines of distinction between the two.  Pedestrians can walk effortlessly and best yet, they’re centrally located within the massively spread out Mexico City districts. Both are southwest of the historic district and a quick walk to the ever popular Chapultepec Park.

        And for female travelers, the areas are very safe. We loved our time spent in Mexico City, but many locals (friends of friends) warned us of safety issues going as females to the city. Luckily, both the Roma and La Condesa neighborhoods of Mexico City are very safe for female travelers.

        Visiting a major metropolitan city one would assume a hustle and bustle of passersby and brick and mortar as the only views in sight.  Roma and La Condesa contrast from the centro historico district of Mexico City – which is what most people know the city for.

        The Roma and La Condesa neighborhoods are home to whimsical tree-lined streets that guide you to scenic parks, where you can catch a breath of fresh air (literally!).  This area was originally home to aristocrats and slowly transitioned to a place where artisans could set up shop, to now, where it is home to a multitude of quaint boutiques, aromatic coffee shops and delicious restaurants. Which gives the neighborhoods a bohemian & relaxed vibe.

        All of this makes the Roma and La Condesa neighborhoods one of the most walkable places in Mexico City.

How to get around the Roma & La Condesa Neighborhoods

        The best way to truly encapsulate life here is by walking.  You could spend hours wandering the streets. I would suggest starting your day at La Cucurucho coffee shop, and ending at one of the many restaurants with a world-renowned chef.  In between you will want your camera out as there is a multitude of exquisite street art throughout the area.
        Street art is mixed between the colorful french style decor that favors an Art Deco design, construction areas (due to the earthquake of 2017, the Roma and La Condesa neighborhoods were hit the hardest), and contemporary buildings.
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Why is the Roma & La Condesa Neighborhoods the best place to stay in Mexico City for travelers?

        The quirky subculture that resides in Roma and La Condesa of Mexico City makes it the best place for visitors to stay.  Staying here is safe and exciting, as each corner has a quirky new place to discover. You will be able to enjoy the antiquity and bustle of historic Mexico City, while sleeping in a neighborhood that is bursting with another sub culture entirely of its own persona.

Planning a trip to Mexico City?  Check out my Mexico City Travel Guide!

Differences between Roma and La Condesa:

Roma is divided into two separate colonias: Roma Norte & Roma Sur

Roma is a bit edgier & cheaper than La Condesa

Here are places I would recommend staying at in Roma or La Condesa:

AirBnB : if you’re new to using AirBnb here is a discount code for you to use on your first stay!

Historic Building in the Roma neighborhood

Hotel Parque México (Boutique Hotel)

Capital Suites Luxury Residences & Offices

FlowSuites Condesa – Adults Only

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Check out more hotels with great deals in the La Condesa & Roma neighborhoods here:

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Vegan Food in Mexico City

Vegan Food in Mexico City

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Last Updated November 12th, 2019

A self run vegan food tour in Mexico City, with our favorite places to eat!

Most vegetarians and vegans already enjoy Mexican cuisine as it can very easily be made for a plant based diet.

There is one neighborhood in Mexico City that has done a particularly wonderful job at having great vegan food in Mexico City.  The best part- it’s all vegan AND it tastes amazing! Vegan food in Mexico City can easily be found, and lucky for Mexico City visitors is that the city is filled with good food options on every corner.

My sister and I impulsively decided to spend a day enjoying multiple vegan eateries around the Roma/Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City.  I’ve included all of the places that we really enjoyed and in an order that follows along a walk throughout the area.  Follow along the listed places below for a tasty vegan day!

Read More: Why Stay in Roma or La Condesa in Mexico City

*Note: the order of the places listed were done so to make it as convenient to walk around as possible.  No backtracking or out of the way places.

Roma & La Condesa, Mexico City Vegan Food Tour

Chiquitito Cafe’

Simple, beautiful decor matched with equally delicious coffee.  Start here to rev up your engines for your marathon day of eating.

Ojo de Aqua

This is a small chain in Mexico City, known for their fresh juices and entrees.  Order a large juice from their extensive menu, and sit with a view of the park fountain.  *Similar to ordering at Panera, place your order at the counter and receive a number that you bring to your table.

El Pendulo

A beautiful coffee shop and bookstore.  You may not need another coffee by this point, but El Pendulo is a neighborhood favorite so spend some time wandering through the aisles of books.

Plan V

Plan V has the cutest interior and an all plant based menu (with an English menu too!).  We really enjoyed their enfrijoladas.

El Tako Vegano

Split an order of three of their tacos made with fresh green (spinach) tortillas.  Our favorite was the Alhambra taco, and was made even better with their selection of delicious salsas and incredibly friendly staff!

Por Siempre Vegano

Por Siempre Vegano is a vegan food truck.  Or should I say, it is the most epic food truck ever.  The line for lunch was crazy long, but well worth the 15 minute wait.  We ordered the torta with seitan and avocado, and as I write this my mouth is watering.  This food truck opens at 1pm and is perfect for lunch.

Mercado Roma

Mercado Roma is a delicious and easily accessible gourmet food market in the heart of the neighborhood.  They have a vast array of dining options and a lovely open seating area towards the back. Walk around to see all of the different options, but don’t miss El Moro with the most delicious churros I’ve ever had.

*there is also a spice vendor which is a great souvenir idea for Mexico City

Cucurucho Coffee

A simple, and delicious coffee shop with beans sourced from within Mexico.  You can purchase beans here which is a huge plus if you enjoy bringing coffee back home like I do.  Bonus- they only use sustainable cups and are pet friendly!

La Pitahaya

Now that you are recaffeinated (or at least stocked up with coffee beans to bring home), stop into La Pitahaya.  This vegan eatery is cozy and delicious with an all plant based menu known for their pink taco shells made from beetroot.

Casa Quimera

Casa Quimera is a vegan food market that I have read about online — I have not been here myself.  I wanted to add it to this list as it’s fairly close to La Pitahaya and is supposed to have quite a few vegan food options inside.

There are food tours that you can book and pay for in Mexico City.  In fact, we took one! However, this is a day that you can easily navigate for yourself.  I removed some locations that we went to where we didn’t love the food. So, what you’ve read here are the top places!  And I’m sure I’m missing a few more great places.

If you’re walking and see a vegan restaurant that isn’t listed here, be sure to check it out and start creating your own list of vegan food places that must be visited in Mexico City.  If you don’t want to spend an entire day doing this, then mark a couple of these places down to enjoy while out exploring. You won’t be disappointed.

If you’d rather go with a tour group then check out these great deals:

TIPS for a self run food tour:

  • If youre doing this with another person, split an entree so you can eat throughout the day
  • If you can only choose one place to eat at, go to Por Siempre Vegano vegan food truck.  I still dream about the food from there.

Visiting Mexico City?  Check out this Mexico City Travel Guide

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