After spending a few days in Mexico City, we discovered the hippest neighborhood: Colonia Roma. It was originally a wealthy 'burbs just west of the city center where the Spanish erected beautiful colonial homes, but the earthquake of ‘85 basically destroyed this entire part of town. It took over twenty years to rebuild and restore Roma to its former glory, thanks to investors who bought up the broken and busted colonial homes, restored facades, gutted interiors, and turned classic mansions into luxurious residences as well as cool restaurants and bars. Some of the city's most creative chefs are working in and around Roma today (see our food tour here).
There is now an official Roma Norte (North Roma) and Roma Sud (South Roma) in addition to an area called Romita, or small Roma. With several major metro stops and home to many Americans, Europeans, and well-heeled Mexicans, it's a nice place to wander.
WHERE TO STAY
Nima Local House Hotel, Colima 236, http://nimalocalhousehotel.com/. A favorite in the barrio. It's boutique, modern, and centrally located. Also, you can have breakfast on the terrace. You can also inquire with us for rates.
WHERE TO DRINK COFFEE
Tierra Garat, Jalapa 99, http://www.garatcafe.com.mx/. Esrawe + Cadena-designed coffeehouse makes it modern and bright. Also one of the few cafes where it opens early at 8am.
Quentin Cafe, Álvaro Obregón 64, https://quentin.mx/. Some locals claim it's the best coffee in all of Mexico City. You can decide for yourself. Love that espresso life.
WHERE TO EAT
Panadería Rosetta, Colima 179-A, Roma, http://www.rosetta.com.mx/. Chef Elena Reygadas studied in Mexico, New York, and London before returning to her homeland to open her restaurant, Rosetta. Nearby, she opened Panadería Rosetta -- which is our absolute favorite bakery in the hood. Don’t miss the addictive guava and cheese danishes.
Cachito Mio Quiches & Tartas, Guanajuato 143, http://www.cachito.mx/. All of their pies are made from scratch, artisanal, and heavenly. Great spot for an afternoon snack.
Have you been to Colonia Roma? Comment below with your favorites.