Coyoacán

Wear Birkenstocks, eat vegetables, and argue about political philosophies in this creatively rebellious historical bastion.

Spirited debates over the merits of democracy and communism feverishly churn in Coyoacán‘s coffee shops and on its park benches. Sequestered in the south of Mexico City, this fiercely independent and intellectually eager neighborhood actually was independent of the city until fairly recently. The neighborhood’s progressive attitude and unbending countercultural zeal make it a legendary place to visit—not to mention seeing the marks left by legendary figures like Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera.

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On the Map

Coyoacán is bordered by Acacias/Actipan, Pedro María Anaya, Xoco, Florida/Axotla, Portales, and San Diego Churubusco/Country Club

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Mexico City International Airport: 45 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 40 minutes by car or 39 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 40 minutes by car or 44 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 45 minutes by car or 38 minutes by public transit

Progressive and Preserved In South Mexico City

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Steeped in political history, art history, and literary history, Coyoacán celebrates its radical individuality in southern Mexico City.

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Located near Mexico's national university and myriad art schools, and influenced by thinkers and bohemians like Leon Trotsky, Frida Kahlo, and Diego Rivera, Coyoacan's style decidedly goes against the grain.

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Residents are who they are. They think what they think. They like what they like. They express what they express.

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They express it in Coyoacán's lively parks, plazas, and public spaces.

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They express it through color.

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They express it through performance.

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They express it on benches and in cafes.

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Chakra studios, coffee shops, and communist newspaper sellers populate Coyoacán's vibrant sidewalks.

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Somehow, despite its big history, Coyoacán still feels like a small town.

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Its streets and houses are well preserved.

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They've been lovingly tended to for generations.

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Residents forsake new development and instead relish their neighborhood's colonial era homes and churches.

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They've got soul.

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...this is a perfect location for those interested in the history of Frida Kahlo and the neighborhood she called home...The neighborhood was quiet and safe at night. We spent several evenings walking to the plaza where we enjoyed great cuisine and a lively atmosphere."

Jose

Visited in 2013

Coyoacán's Art, Students, and Art Students

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Artisanal markets, handicraft stalls, and local galleries cater to Coyoacán's creative residents.

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Self-taught artisans sell their wares and works at Coyoacán's bazaars.

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They're places filled with color.

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They're places filled with flavor.

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They're places filled with movement.

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Coyoacán is the most beautiful neighborhood in Mexico City. It is leafy and quiet with historic houses, ancient churches, many museums, loads of good restaurants, a wonderful market and lovely squares where everyone hangs out eating ice cream, buying balloons, and chatting."

Revolutionary Roots and Powerful Movements

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Artists, thinkers, and revolutionaries call Coyoacán home.

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They have for centuries.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Leon Trotsky made their homes (and many of their works) in this rebellious Mexico City outpost.

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Their spaces have been made into museums.

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Coyoacán maintains the fiercely independent spirit the neighborhood's previous residents set.

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Some of them, like the poet and playwright Salvador Novo, are even honored by street names.

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A member of Los Contemporáneos, his influence is remembered by Coyoacán.

Seasoned to Taste: From Vegan Cafes to Traditional Taquerías

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Equal parts traditional rebel and trendsetting bohemian, Coyoacán's culinary landscape blends generations-old taquerías and new-age hyper organic cafes.

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Many of Coyoacán's social interactions center on a cup of coffee. El Jarocho, a beloved chain of coffee shops, was the caffeine leader for social engagements.

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When El Jarocho's original owner passed away, new variants of El Jarocho were born: "La hija del Jarocho," "El tío del Jarocho," and other "family" members continue to percolate in the neighborhood.

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The coffee helps the conversation last into the night.

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Coyoacán's Outdoor Living Rooms

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Public green spaces like Jardín Centenario and Viveros offer Coyoacán residents a place to play in nature.

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Game on.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Alicia Vera is a photographer based in Mexico City. She studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and eventually moved to DF to rediscover her families' roots. Her past clients include Condé Nast Traveler, 360 Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. She is an Eddie Adams XXIII alumni.

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