For an unrivalled view over Parque España, visit the roof terrace of the iconic Condesa DF hotel which is housed in a 1928 Parisian-style building. Watch the sun go down with sushi and a cocktail while chilling out to the hippest lounge music.
Take a walk around Avenida Amsterdam, a former horse racing track turned avenue that borders Parque Mexico on both sides. You’ll find fantastic examples of Art Deco and Neo-Classical architecture as well as some fabulously insane modern designs. Since the avenue is completely circular, you don’t have to worry about getting lost as you will end up back where you started.
Don’t miss the famous melt-in-your-mouth meringues filled with whipped cream from La Gran Vía bakery at 288 Avenida Amsterdam. Eat it while sitting on one of the 1920’s-style stone benches nearby or while listening to the soothing sound of the fountains found in many of the quaint plazas dotted along this avenue.
Order a macchiato from Rococcó Café on the corner where Parque España meets Juan de la Barrera. As well as using Mexican-grown beans, these guys are serious about coffee and run one of Mexico’s best barista training schools. Avoid big brand coffee places and support local producers. Your taste buds will thank you for it!
If you visit La Condesa on a Tuesday, don’t miss the tianguis itinerant market that lines the street of Pachuca. Just look out for the bright pink canopies that protect the vendors form the blazing sun or torrential rain (depending on the season). A huge array of food is on offer and the colours definitely merit a few photos. Check out this recent article.
Make sure to try Gerardo’s cooking at Terre Restaurant on the corner of Calle Campeche and Calle Atlixco, besides the amazing dishes that include French and Spanish ancestral recipes made using Mexican ingredients, they also have a vast array of mezcales and a pairing menu. English menu available.
Don’t miss the Bella Epoca Cultural Centre which houses one of the largest bookstores in Latin America. Located on Avenida Tamaulipas, you’ll find foreign language books as well as pretty journals and notebooks designed by groups of indigenous women, perfect for documenting your Mexican adventure.
Visit the iconic Nevería Roxy which has been serving delicious ice cream since 1946. Be adventurous and order the flavours made from lesser known fruits!
Cult-classics addicts should visit the quirky Hijo del Santo store on Avendia Tamaulipas. A shrine to all things lucha libre and especially to El Santo (The Saint), the most legendary of all Mexican freestyle wrestlers; this is the place to pick up shiny wrestling masks, collectors magazines, artwork and the like. Look out for the Son of the Saint himself. Always willing to pose for a photograph or two, he might even show you his Camel Clutch if you’re lucky 😉
Generally wander aimlessly around the streets of the neighbourhood. I guarantee you will be amazed by what you find!
If coming by metro, the Insurgentes, Sevilla, Chapultepec and Juanacatlan stations on Line 1 border along the north and west side of the area, and the Patriotismo and Chilpancingo stations on Line 9 border the south. See here for a Metro map.
Both lines 1 and 2 of the Metrobus service pass by the La Condesa neighbourhood. For maps, please see here.
· There are numerous sitios (taxi ranks) dotted throughout the neighbourhood.