Neighborhoods of Mexico City

Find out more about the neighborhoods that make up the sprawling urban landscape of Mexico City...

Mexico City is divided into 16 delegaciónes, each of which is further subdivided into neighborhoods, called colonias. It is often the case that an area may be referred to as a single colonia, but may actually contain many colonias that even long-time residents of Mexico City don’t recognize. Generally, officially designated colonias can distinguished by their postal code; however, it is sometimes the case that a single postal code will have different names in various business or service databases, or in casual use.

Official colonias and their postal codes can be searched on the Correos de México website. Although foreigners live in neighborhoods across the city, there are certain areas that are especially popular due to their proximity to English-language resources and services, local attractions and amenities, access to international schools, and for perceived reasons of safety and security. These neighborhoods can be found in the north, south, and west areas of the city.

Condesa

Also known as La Condesa, and sometimes referred to in the same breath as neighboring Roma, this area includes 3 important colonias – Condesa (to the west), Hipódromo (to the east), and Hipódromo Condesa (to the southwest). Condesa is centrally located several blocks south of Av. Chapultepec, southeast of Chapultepec Park, and west of Insurgentes.

Condesa is home to numerous trendy restaurants and bars. At the same time, Condesa is largely residential, with many buildings reflecting an art-deco architectural style. The neighborhood has become gentrified in past few decades, and rents have increased at the same time. Condesa has a reputation as being the place for the young and affluent to visit and live; the area bustles day and night, and some residents complain that the area has become too noisy and active in the evenings.

There are two popular parks in Condesa – the Parque México (which is home to one of the few officially designated off-leash dog parks in Mexico City) and Parque España. Tianguis are common in the area. There are a number of private international schools, as well as language schools and yoga/fitness studios, grocery stores, shops and boutiques.

Condesa is well-served by the Ecobici network. Area Metro stations tend to be located on the periphery of the area, and include Insurgentes, Sevilla, Patriotismo, Chilpancingo, Chapultepec, and Juanacatlan.

Roma

Sometimes called La Roma, this area is divided into two important colonias, Roma Norte and Roma Sur. Roma is located centrally, to the north and east of Condesa; Av. Chapultepec is the northern boundary, with the Viaducto Miguel Alemán as the southern boundary. Av. Cuauhtémoc is a major boundary on the east of the colonia.

Roma is considered to be a very hip neighborhood. Roma Norte is home to apartment-style living and very trendy restaurants, bars, shops and galleries housed in converted mansions, while Roma Sur tends to be more residential, with middle-class single family dwellings. Roma Norte is especially prone to tremors, and was significantly damaged in the 1985 earthquake. As a result, it is still possible to purchase apartments in the area at below-market rates.

The area boasts relatively quiet, tree-lined streets with park benches and many small parks or plazas. One of these, Plaza Rio de Janeiro, is considered the heart of the neighborhood and regularly hosts tianguis of various types. An off-leash dog park is located in the Pushkin Park.

There are a number of churches, museums, and educational institutions – including two universities - in the area. Metro stations are located on the outer boundaries of the area, and include Insurgentes, Cuauhtémoc, Hospital General, Centro Medico, and Chilpancingo. There are many Ecobici stations in the neighborhood.

San Miguel Chapultepec

Centrally located, this neighborhood is east of Condesa, and is bordered by the Chapultepec Park on the north, Av. Chapultepec and Av. Constituyentes on the west, Av. Jalisco/José Vasconcelos on the east, and Av. Observatorio to the south.

San Miguel Chapultepec is a relatively quiet and very residential neighborhood with a mix of old and new middle-class houses; the area gets busier to the east as one approaches Parque Lira and traffic congestion can be significant. There are very few restaurants or shops in the neighborhood, but Condesa and Roma Norte are within easy walking distance.

In addition to many Ecobici stations, there are several Metro stations bordering the area, including Chapultepec, Juanacatlán, Constituyentes, and Tacubaya.

Del Valle

One of the largest neighborhoods in the city, Del Valle is a middle-class area located to the south of Roma Sur. It is bordered on the west by Insurgentes, Barranca del Muerto to the south, the Viaducto Miguel Alemán to the north, and Universidad to the east.

The predominant architecture combines California art-deco mansions and high-rise apartments, resulting in a high population density. At the same time, it is possible to find small properties with outdoor space in the area. Del Valle offers parks, restaurants, movie theaters, two major shopping centers, access to public transportation, and a central location. There are also several schools and higher education institutions in the area.

Del Valle is well-served by Ecobici stations; there are several Metro stations (Etiopía, Eugenia, División del Norte, Zapata, and Coyoacán), and a Metrobus Line.

Polanco

Located on the northeast side of Chapultepec Park, Polanco is bordered by Ejército Nacional to the north, Periferico on the west, Reforma on the south, and Mariano Escobedo to the west. There used to be 9 colonias in Polanco, whereas today there are 5. As a result, there is often some confusion about the different colonias, and in in practice the whole area is referred to simply as Polanco.

President Masaryk is the major east-west street in the area which is home to high-end designer boutiques, restaurants, embassies, and shopping. The area also hosts business offices, hotels and residential development (both houses in the California colonial style and luxury apartment buildings). Polanco is one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Mexico City.

There are several parks in Polanco, including Parque Lincoln at the center of Polanquito, a neighborhood shopping hub. The eastern part of the neighborhood is adjacent to the Chapultepec Park, and several important museums (including the Anthropology Museum) are within walking distance. Towards the northwest of Polanco are major high-end shopping centers, as well as the Soumaya Museum. Polanco is very active day and night, with sometimes heavy traffic and congestion.

There is very good Ecobici coverage in Polanco, but only one Metro station, Polanco, in the center of the neighborhood.

Lomas de Chapultepec

West of Polanco, and bordered on the south by Section III of Chapultepec Park, Lomas de Chapultepec, often referred to simply as Lomas, is an exclusive neighborhood characterized by large private homes. Paseo de la Reforma and Paseo de Las Palmas are the major streets in the area, and together create a loop with largely residential side streets.

Although not as busy as Polanco, there are clusters of businesses, restaurants, shopping and other commercial properties in Lomas. The entire southwest border of the area runs directly adjacent to Chapultepec Part, putting many of the amenities within walking distance for many living in Lomas. There are also many international schools at all levels in the area. There is no Metro service in Lomas, nor is there any coverage by Ecobici stations.

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