La Roma Neighbourhood – TIPS

Self proclaimed artist / illustrator / professional mess maker Cinzah Seekayem in action in the La Roma neighbourhood during Art Walk Mexico.

The walls of La Roma are covered in achingly hip graffiti and its residents are covered in achingly hip tattoos.  Here are some tips to make the most of your time in Mexico City’s coolest and most bohemian neighbourhood.  Don’t forget to check out my corresponding blog post and video post for more info on the places I visited.  

  • La Roma is located on the east side of Avenida Insurgentes,  right next door to Mexico City’s other popular tourist neighbourhood La Condesa.
  • I would suggest that any visitors with enough time on their hands let themselves get lost in the neighbourhood’s tree-lined streets, wandering aimlessly from one block to the next.
  • La Roma is also a residential area popular among Mexico City’s bohemian crowd and tourists should feel as safe ambling along its peaceful side streets as they do on its bustling thoroughfares.
  • METRO: Metro stations Insurgentes and Cuahtemoc on Line 1 border the north, and stations Ninos Heroes, Hospital General and Centro Medico on Line 3 border the east.
  • METROBUS:  The redMetrobus Line 1 runs up and down Avenida Insurgentes and green Metrobus Line 3 runs north and south along Avenida Cuauhtémoc, both providing easy access to La Roma.
  • The neighbourhood of La Roma consists of the area outlined on the map below and is easy to navigate on foot.

Markets in La Roma

Also make sure to check out my blog post and video post on Mexico City’s markets

  • Mercado Roma: Gourmet food market.  Downstairs and mezzanine open daily from 09:00 -18:00.  Restaurants and terrace open daily 09:00 – 24:00.  Calle Querétaro no. 225
  • Mercado el 100: Organic farmers market.  Sundays from 09:30 – 14:30.  Plaza del Lanzador, on the corner of Orizaba and Antonio M. Anza.
  • Mercado de Cuauhtémoc:  Weekly flea market (Saturdays and Sundays 09:00 – 17:00) along Avenida Cuauhtémoc starting around the area of Jardín Pushkin park.  You’ll find all sorts of antiques, collectables (Star Wars and action figures for example), clothes, household items.  I usually make my way over there after I’ve picked up some organic produce at Mercado el 100 just a walk through the park away.  Check out this video for a peek at the kind of things you’ll find.  Metro stop Cuauhtémoc or Niños Héroes. Metrobús stop Jardín Pushkin.

Museo del Objeto del Objeto

Colima 145, Roma Norte

  • The Museum of the Purpose of the Object is a niche museum and the first space in Mexico City dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and propagation of diverse expressions of design and communications.
  • Website available in English here.
  • Don’t miss the museum shop were you’ll find products by some of Mexico’s hottest up-and-coming designers.
  • If you are visiting with the love of your life, make sure you bring a love lock to attach to the railings outside!  You can throw away the key in the vintage post box in the museum’s entrance.

Maison Francaise de Thé Caravanserai

Orizaba 101-A, Roma

  • Teahouse with over 100 types of teas, sofas, ottomans and comfy oversized cushions for lounging on.
  • Make sure to remove your shoes if you want to put your feet up!
  • Website under construction but they do have a Facebook page.

Casa Lamm Cultural Centre

Álvaro Obregón 99, Roma Norte

  • Housed in a mansion dating from 1911, the Casa Lamm cultural centre is one of La Roma’s best known landmarks.
  • Three exhibition spaces, an art school, an art library with over 12,000 volumes, a bookstore offering both Spanish and English language books, a jewellery shop, and a restaurant overlooking a pretty garden.
  • Spanish speakers can participate in one day courses and workshops to full time arts-based degrees.
  • Website in Spanish only.

 

Las Musas de Papá Sibarita

Orizaba 218-A

  • Slow food restaurant with live jazz in the evenings.
  • No website but they do have a Facebook page.
  • Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan selection.
  • Check out their home-brewed beer!
  • You can view their menu at time of writing here.

 

El Parnita

Avenida Yucatán 84-E2, Roma Norte

  • Lunch-only restaurant serving traditional Mexican family recipes at economical prices.
  • El Parnita is an antojería meaning the food is served in slightly-larger-than-tapas-style portions (anotjitos) so order a few different things to try.
  • If you love spicy sauces, try their sadomasochistic salsa habanero but make sure to have an ice-cold michelada on standby for instant relief.
  • El Parnita only opens from 1pm-6pm Tues-Sun so don’t miss out.
  • Their website is under construction but they do have a Facebook page.

 

La Graciela Taller de Cerveza

Orizaba 161, Roma

  • Microbrewery and restaurant offering its own craft beers on draught alongside popular bottled brands
  • They do not have a website but they do have a Facebook Page.
  • Homebrewing courses are available in Spanish.  Check their Facebook page for more info.

 

Cine Tonalá

Tonalá 261 Col. Roma Sur

  • Cine Tonalá is a multidisciplinary forum with a focus on independent cinema, music and theatre.
  • Its 100-seater comfortable and intimate theatre shows independent and art-house films so you are guaranteed to find a few English language films every month.
  • Make sure to try their stone baked pizza and cocktails.
  • To see what’s on, go to their website and click “Ver Cartelera”.