Polanco, Zona Rosa and Condesa, the best areas in Mexico City
Polanco is well known for being the wealthiest neighbourhood in the city and was home to many famous scientists, writers and philosophers, with many streets named after them. This part of the city has many luxury and top quality hotels to stay in and all offer outstanding views of the park and surroundings. This area is particularly multi-cultural with various communities that have settled in the city in the last century and therefore has an excellent array of cuisines. The majority of the restaurants that line the streets in Polanco are internationally recognised as some of the best in the world, with ‘Izote’, ‘Anatol’ and ‘Aguila y Sol’ being the most famous of the lot and all dedicated to showcasing their Mexican roots. But it doesn’t end there, as there are many other places that offer Japanese, European and other American dishes.
Another reason for Polanco being so famous is its upscale shopping centres and streets like Presidente Masaryk Avenue, which has been nicknamed the Mexican ‘Champs-Elysees’. This street is one of the trendiest in town and many popular designer brands can be found here, including the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Armani, Zara and many others. The district is very diverse as you can go from being in the heights of city life one minute to enjoying the chilled, elegant and peaceful parks of Lincoln, Uruguay and Chapultepec the next. Other cultural things in the area to see are the Museum of Natural History, the famous artworks of David Alfaro Siquerios and the National Anthropology Museum, which is one of the most visited and highly praised museums in the city with 10 buildings on Mexican history and culture.
Zona Rosa is one of the main touristic areas in Mexico City, with the main street of Paseo de la Reforma at the heart of it. This is one of the most celebrated entertainment and business boroughs in the city and is the best for nightlife. Bars, clubs and restaurants are dotted all along the street and the area boasts a popular gay scene with some of the biggest dance floors in the city. Most bars offer live music and cocktails are the drink of choice, with restaurants cooking up some of the finest dishes in the area and range from Mexican food to Asian.
Zona Rosa has some wonderful antique shops as well as shopping centres and markets, where you will be able to buy almost anything. Some of the most desirable hotels are located in this part of the city, many of which have spectacular views and also offer great facilities like gyms and swimming pools. It´s just a short walk from here to the city´s many landmarks and cultural sites, including the Angel de la Independencia which dominates the roundabout it stands upon and celebrates Mexico’s Independence. Other things in the area include the Statue of Cuauhtemoc (who was an Aztec ruler) and the fountain of Fernando Ola (“The Archer”). A short walk on will bring you to the historic centre of Zocalo Square and many of the surrounding buildings date back to the 16th century like the National Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Santa Teresa and many more.
Condesa, the most relaxed of the districts mentioned, is located south west of the city centre but still within walking distance. The area has had its ups and downs (it´s certainly on the up these days) and is becoming increasingly popular with musicians, artists and other creative people, all contributing to its chilled and hippy atmosphere. There are many amazing themed restaurants, sidewalk cafes and pretty bars surrounding the Parque México. This park marks the centre of Condesa and has various statues and monuments to visit, as well as clothing and craft markets in the week in addition to hosting many live concerts and festivals throughout the year. There is a good range of shops selling antiques, books, jewellery and clothing and the OMR gallery offers different exhibitions throughout the year. Condesa has a brilliant selection of hotels, which guarantee a great night’s sleep thanks to the peaceful surroundings which is something not all parts of the city can promise.