Narvarte

Seemingly set in the past, Narvarte's people, places, and things set it apart.

Enveloped by a vintage air, Narvarte serenely lingers in the past at the southern edge of the city. Papelerías, tlapalerías, and ferreterías opened during DF's construction boom in the mid-20th century continue to serve decades-long loyal customers. During the same boom, Japanese, Lebanese, and German immigrants moved into the area. Many still call Narvarte home and their diverse tastes flavor the neighborhood with a welcomed cultural richness.

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On the Map

Narvarte is bordered by Americas Unidos/Del Lago, Postal, Niños Heroes de Chapultepec, Vertiz Narvarte, Independencia, Letrán Valle, Alamos, Roma Sur, Obrera, Doctores, and Del Valle

Mexico City International Airport: 45 minutes by car or 54 minutes by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 25 minutes by car or 32 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 25 minutes by car or 37 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 25 minutes by car or 31 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Embracing Tradition at the City's Southern Edge

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South of Mexico City's center, Narvarte's commercial and residential real estate boomed between 1950 and 1970.

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Since then, not much has changed in Narvarte.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

People continue going to the same paint-peeled coffee shops, the same restaurants, and the same markets as their grandparents did.

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The neighborhood feels slow. It feels methodical. It feels the way for children the way it felt for their grandparents, all those years ago.

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Papelerías, tlapalerías, and ferreterías fill Narvarte's simple streets.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

Locals read the same newspaper from the same stand at the same coffee shop next to the same market they always have. They find furniture at the same stores and buy candy from the same family.

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Old signs and handwritten notices hang above self-constructed cashier stands.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

Street scenes in Narvarte are calm, but not commonly orderly.

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They're often tidily unkempt. They're often charmingly disheveled.

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They make the neighborhood feel lived in for a long time.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

They make it a nice place to sit.

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Stay.

Although we already knew the neighborhood, this was the first time we really took the time to live it and walk around. We were very surprised. Narvarte is one of the most interesting, charming, and lively neighborhoods in Mexico City."
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Alejandro

Visited in 2013

Tried and True Local Favorites

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Community outposts make their mark in Narvarte.

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Combination cafe+bar+dance halls like Tortas Jorge have been keeping the corner of Diagonal San Antonio and Dr Vertiz warm since 1950.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

Coffee shops like Café Real on Torres Adalid and Anaxagoras have been brewing since 1976.

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Time moves slowly in Narvarte but, here and there, new places pop up along Zempoala Street.

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Cafes and shops that display local art make food and goods with love on Zempoala Street.

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From chef.

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To table.

The area [is] interesting because it's not touristy, just a regular DF neighborhood."
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Michael

Visited in 2013

Immigrant Communities: Japanese and Lebanese Locals

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During the 1960s, numerous immigrant communities came to Mexico and settled in Mexico City.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

Many Japanese and Lebanese immigrants chose Narvarte as their new home.

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Their communities and traditions still stand strong in the neighborhood.

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Whether for food, entertainment, or recreational activity, they bring people to the table.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera
MexicoCity Narvarte Vera
MexicoCity Narvarte Vera
MexicoCity Narvarte Vera
MexicoCity Narvarte Vera
MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

On a roll.

If you are an active type, you can walk to other neighborhoods— it takes some time but is a great way to see the city."
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cymene

Visited in 2013

Tracing Mexico City's Trends: Functionalist Architecture

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During Narvarte's period of rapid growth in the 1960s, the neighborhood's architecture also experienced a drastic evolution.

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Narvarte became a place for design trends to turn into realities as Functionalist buildings began to dominate the neighborhood's concrete landscape.

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MexicoCity Narvarte Vera
MexicoCity Narvarte Vera

Now a few new buildings have sprouted, but most of Narvarte's apartment complexes recall an era when housing was designed to put as many people as possible into dwellings that served as efficient urban micro-communities.

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La vie en rose.

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

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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.