Mexico City neighbourhood guide

Mexico City neighbourhoods
Updated 2019-11-12 10:43

One of the best things to do during an extended stay in Mexico City is to compare the different neighbourhoods and pay special attention to the changes in ambience, movement, city planning, among other factors. It's quite common to favour certain activities in specific parts of the city, and breaking them down is of capital importance when trying to decide on a place to live.

It's easy to have an idea of the type of life that you would like to lead but, once you are actually in the thick of it, you're sure to change your attitude. For this reason, it's actually quite common for people to move around, if only for the sake of seeking new experiences and interactions.


A neighbourhood like Roma, for example, is iconic and seeped in colonial styling and influences. It is ideal for those who would like to live in an area that evokes European charm and culture. However, many families choose it because it is one of the quietest and most peaceful areas in the whole city. In the mind of many, it is the hippest and boasts many art galleries and cultural centres. It is also regularly visited by tourists for its cafés, bars and dance clubs.


Right next to the Roma neighbourhood is Condesa which, for many, is idyllic for families and dog lovers as it includes the rather expansive Mexico and Spain parks that offer all kinds of lush greenery, including many large trees that shield you from the sun on hot days. Young people are also sure to appreciate the assortment of dining from all over the world and the numerous nightlife options.

San Rafael

San Rafael has a similar but more modest appearance and, like various parts of the city, it is being gentrified to encourage future residents. To this end, it is seen as a modest and affordable Roma.


Coyoacán is a breath of fresh air and a dreamy place to visit. This southern slice is quaint and beloved for its charming town square that's enveloped by eateries and bars. It also has a beautiful park and garden at the Viveros. Coyoacán is also the birthplace of Mexican art icon Friday Kahlo whose home here is now a museum that is dedicated to her.

Juarez and Del Valle

More reasonably priced alternatives for those who are interested in a calm neighbourhood are nestled even further south, namely Juarez and Del Valle. Here, you will find more parks, and it is very family-oriented. There are always people walking their dogs and strolling with their families. There are many large apartment buildings and easy access to the longest avenue in the city, Insurgentes.


However, if what you're really after is serenity and a natural backdrop, your best bet is truly south and away from the city proper, towards areas like Xochimilco. You can check out this part of the city with ease by car and through public transportation options, in particular, the light rail train that may be reached by heading southbound on line 2. All around the light rail line, there are tranquil communities that are strewn throughout a series of hills and lush vegetation.

It may take some time to get back inside the city proper. Still, many see it as a worthwhile trade-off in order to expose their families to the lush and picturesque beauty that characterises so much of central Mexico.

Polanco and Las Lomas

The most affluent neighbourhoods are Polanco and Las Lomas, as a matter of fact, a big reason for this is that this is where most embassies are located. It is also where you can find the most luxurious shopping around, whose epitome is the picturesque Masaryk Avenue where many high-end retails are, exhibiting the highest of fashion and evocative jewellery. Polanco is also where you will find the most expensive grade schools in the city.

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