Escandón

What makes you nostalgic for the past lives on in Escandón.

Surviving as a small Mexican town in the middle of the metropolis, Escandón blurs the lines between the past and the present as the relentless activity of the city fades into the background. Family life and family businesses anchor the community, contrasting the trendsetting coolness of Condesa to the north. In Escandón, grandchildren frequent the same corner stores their grandparents did, and grandparents drop off their grandchildren at the same schools their own children attended.

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On the Map

Escandón is bordered by Condesa, Hipódromo, Nápoles, Roma Sur, San Miguel Chapultepec, San Pedro De Los Pinos, and Del Valle

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Mexico City International Airport: 30 minutes by car or 55 minutes by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 20 minutes by car or 23 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 35 minutes by car or 40 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 25 minutes by car or 38 minutes by public transit

Traditional Values In Central Mexico City

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Old residential Mexico City lives on in Escandón, an everyman's neighborhood in the heart of town.

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Squeezed between some of Mexico City's largest streets and avenues, Escandón is easy to move within and through.

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Its efficient road system results in constant traffic on its main thoroughfares, Progreso and José Martí.

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Everything moving quickly around Escandón allows the neighborhood itself to slow down.

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Within its residential streets, Escandón feels unhurried.

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It feels unrushed.

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It feels deliberate.

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Layers of paint evidence the series of generations that call Escandón home.

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The neighborhood looks lived in, like a family room full of stories.

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Once upon a time.

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It is very central, close to Chapultepec, and very well connected through the bus and metro station. The neighborhood is friendly and full of nice little stores, markets, bars, and restaurants."

Daniela

Visited in 2013

Family Focused In Escandón

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Generations of families make Escandón their home.

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Its extensive collection of schools and parks attracts those looking to settle down.

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Most days consist of shared games of fútbol, shared park benches, and shared pastries from the corner store.

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Plazas and parking lots become destinations for after-school ollies and adolescent chatter.

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(Escandón) is right between the Condesa and Nápoles neighborhoods, both with plenty of restaurants and bars, but [both] can be expensive."

Mom, Pop, and Corner Store Commerce

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Corner stores, or abarrotes, dominate Escandón's commercial landscape.

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Most of the businesses are family-owned, family-operated storefronts.

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In Escandón, if it's not a home, a school, or an abarrote, it's probably a mom-and-pop eatery.

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Hair salons, carpenters, plumbers, laundromats, and florists also make their commercial homes in the neighborhood.

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They keep shop in Escandón's apartment complex's ground floors.

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Very much enjoyed my stay in la Colonia Escandón. It's very close to La Condesa, but has a distinct feel and tons of cheap eateries around."

Julian & Fernanda

Visited in 2013

Neighborhood Markets

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Running after-school errands in Escandón is easy.

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Market stalls pop up along its side streets.

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Traditional markets like Jose Martí beckon produce seekers to Jose Martí Street.

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Our visitors just can't believe how simple and effortless it is to transfer in and out of Colonia Escandón to anywhere else in town."

Jorge & Monnah

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Escandón's Residential Atmosphere

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Escandón inhabits the calm residential oasis in-between several of the city's major avenues.

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Framed by their franticness, Escandón's humble buildings and colorful facades imbue the neighborhood with a signature small-town feel.

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It feels like Mexico City.

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Years ago.

Photography

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

Eunice is a photographer who lives and works in Mexico City. Her work has been published in various national and international publications such as the New Yorker, The British Journal Photography (UK), Time magazine’s LightBox (USA), Ojo de Pez (Spain), GUP (Holland), Vice (International edition), Yo Dona (Spain), Gatopardo (Mexico), National Geographic Travel (Mexico) and Marie Claire (Mexico). She has exhibited collectively in Hannover, Madrid, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles and New York.

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