Polanco

Immaculate and exclusive, Polanco looks pristine and feels posh.

Just north of Chapultepec Park, glittering Polanco serves as the city's rich and famous playground. Businessmen, politicians, and social elites sip, dine, and shop along Mexico City’s luxury lane and sleep in its colonial mansions. It’s all fun and games, but unless you’re Somebody you should prepare for some challenges—valet parking is obligatory, dress code is most definitely enforced, reservations are required and, sometimes, the hostess might call you "Mr. Nobody."

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On the Map

Polanco is bordered by Anzures, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, and Juárez

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Mexico City International Airport: 50 minutes by car or 1 hour by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 15 minutes by car or 27 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 35 minutes by car or 47 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 30 minutes by car or 43 minutes by public transit

An Impeccable and Exclusive Neighborhood North of Chapultepec Park

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West of Mexico City's center and perched atop Chapultepec Park, Polanco brings celebrities, businessmen, politicians, and businessmen and politicians who became celebrities to its exclusive feeling avenues.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Polanco's car dealerships look like VIP lounges and its coffee shops feel more like movie sets.

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Its well-dressed residents step out from well-kept homes.

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They dine on impeccably tended patios and buy bread at artisanal panaderías.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

In Polanco, image is paramount and labels look important.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

South of Avenida Masaryk and north of Parque Lincoln, Polanco's streets become a little more casual.

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They become more relaxed in an otherwise ritzy neighborhood.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Taco stands, bookstores, and family-run shops make their home in this part of Polanco.

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Sometimes the city's disparity evidences itself in Polanco.

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Flower vendors and snack sellers wheel their stalls through streets lined with designer boutiques and manicured hedges.

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Pixel
You'll be able to walk to restaurants, bars, museums, cafes, malls, cinemas & galleries in this safe, upscale, and trendy neighborhood."

Polanco's Beautiful Food for Beautiful People

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The fine dining epicenter of Mexico City, Polanco's ingredients, menus, and clientele are high-end.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Famous names in the culinary world create small bites from rare ingredients.

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Their dining rooms are often reservation only.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Reservations are often made months ahead.

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Even Polanco's cafes reflect the area's high-end attitude.

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They take advantage of the neighborhood's exquisite environs.

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Their sidewalk patios take center stage.

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At night, Polanco illuminates its tables by candlelight.

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Wine fills and refills glasses.

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Diners linger over last bites.

Pixel
Great access to pretty much everything in the city via public transportation...lots of shops, restaurants, etc. You can't ask for more in a Mexico City neighborhood."

Joshua

Visited in 2013

The Look of Polanco: High-End Labels

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Matching its restaurants' flair for fancy stylings, Polanco's boutiques, interior design studios, concept stores, luxury car show rooms, and wedding gown seamstresses stitch the neighborhood's high-end reputation together.

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Polanco is commonly compared to California's Beverly Hills.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Its most famed avenue, Avenida Presidente Masaryk, is its Rodeo Drive.

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It's its Fifth Avenue.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Tiffany, Dolce, Gucci, Hermès.

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They all shine along Avenida Masaryk.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Polanco's Manicured Green Spaces

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Polanco doesn't take its green space for granted.

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Situated just north of Chapultepec Park, the neighborhood also boasts a quiet escape of its own.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

Parque Lincoln's Avenida Horacio connects bikers, walkers, and contemplators to the park's fountains, ponds, and yoga classes.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera

A free admission museum, Museo Soumaya, glitters in Nuevo Polanco.

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Its collection includes a wealth of work by European artists and sculptors like Auguste Rodin.

Polanco's Elegant Accommodations

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Private balconies, private drives, and private gardens lend to Polanco's exclusive feel.

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From luxury apartment complexes to mid-1950s mansions built in the "Colonial Californiano" style, Polanco's residences recall sleek chicness.

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MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera
MexicoCity Polanco Vera

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.

Alicia Vera

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