Roma Norte

Layers of paint on fashionably crumbling facades just west of Mexico City's core.

Neighbored by Zona Rosa's nighttime revelers, Colonia Cuauhtémoc's white-collar crowd, and Centro Histórico's religious pilgrims, Roma Norte’s residents ink their neighborhood’s alleyways, ink their buildings’ brick facades, and ink themselves. In this nearly central expressionist enclave, single speeds help artists save on gas and the spare change helps them buy organic. When not skating, spraying, or conceptualizing, Roma Norte’s locals share late night cigarettes left to smolder outside the neighborhood’s bars and art galleries.

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On the Map

Roma Norte is bordered by Zona Rosa, Condesa, Hipódromo, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Roma Sur, Juárez, San Miguel Chapultepec, Doctores, and Centro Histórico

Mexico City International Airport: 45 minutes by car or 44 minutes by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 15 minutes by car or 20 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 25 minutes by car or 29 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 25 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transit

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Expressive on the Streets of Roma Norte

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Creativity careens through Roma Norte, a just-west-of-central Mexico City neighborhood with style to spare.

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Roma Norte has it all—parks, restaurants, markets, shops buoyed by boundless artistic entrepreneurialism.

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The bohemian spirit of Roma Norte rolls through its red lights, covers its closed doors, and splashes its buses.

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In Roma Norte, expression is a way of life.

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In Roma Norte, progression is a way of life.

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Two-wheeled rides are more common than cars.

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Reusable bags mocked from repurposed materials are more common than paper and plastic.

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Roma Norte is widely considered one of Mexico City's most magical neighborhoods.

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Love lingers on its walls.

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Light lingers on its lanes.

The neighborhood itself, Roma, is my favorite part of the city. Great cafes and bars and a great art scene. Go for a walk down Colima or Álvaro Obregón, or up Orizaba and back down Jalapa Street."
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Nushin

Visited in 2013

Nightfall In Roma Norte

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Roma Norte's cafes, clubs, and cocktail bars attract culinary aficionados, cocktail connoisseurs, and cultural enthusiasts to the neighborhood's lively streets.

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Roma Norte's patrons make sure to eat.

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They make sure to drink.

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They make sure to make merry.

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Weekends in la Roma host wonderful flea markets and an organic farmers' market."

Gastronomy In Roma Norte: Artisanal Food and Beverage

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Roma Norte residents are quick to claim that some of the city's best restaurants and most beloved markets showcase their flavors in the neighborhood.

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Pastries baked that morning complement home brews and nouveau culinary exploits.

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In Roma Norte, mixology means more than creative cocktails.

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It means creative ice creams, too.

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Locals savor Helado Obscuro's alcohol-infused concoctions.

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The neighborhood's tastes are made possible by the quality of ingredients that define them.

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Unlike much of the city, Roma Norte places a high value on sustainable and eco-friendly foods.

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Eateries source local, organic produce.

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Urban farms bring agrarian outlooks to the city's streets.

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Residents support local artisans.

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Along Orizaba Street: Eclectic Boutique Shopping

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From artisanal liquors to handcrafted aluminum purses, Roma Norte's boutiques fill with homespun remedies and homemade crafts.

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The neighborhood's ground floors give great insight into tomorrow's trends.

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Art: On and Off the Street

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Empty walls inspire vivid artwork in Roma Norte.

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Whether indoors or out, public or private, Chilangos come to the neighborhood to see it.

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The neighborhood's galleries challenge the framework of modern thought.

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The MODO museum re-imagines our relationships with life's ordinary objects.

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See something familiar, new.

[I highly recommend] Roma Norte as it is very central."
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Arnold

Visited in 2013

Hanging Out In Roma Norte

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Hip twenty-somethings and savvy thirty-somethings inhabit Roma Norte's sleek modern apartments.

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In Roma Norte, four-legged family members are more common than kids.

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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.

Javier Sirvent

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Javier grew up in one of the largest cities in the world. Mexico City born and raised, he now lives in New York where he has been a photographer for 4 years, shooting for editorial clients in both countries. While working as a graphic designer and art director, he realized his passion for photography, and later enrolled in the photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York.