Roma Sur

Where traditional working communities relax into the rhythms of daily life.

Contrasting Roma Norte’s hip, progressive vibe, Roma Sur revolves around tradition and daily routine. Historically an aristocratic hub, Roma Sur's residential streets now teem with calloused-hand workers, many from neighboring Latin American countries. Housewives buy fruit from street vendors, teenagers grab lunch at Mercado Medellín, and old-timers sip coffee and flip through the newspaper as familiar faces stream by. Less focused on their image than most, Roma Sur’s Chilangos cherish the simpler things in life.

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On the Map

Roma Sur is bordered by Escandón, Hipódromo, Nápoles, Roma Norte, Doctores, Narvarte, and Del Valle

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Mexico City International Airport: 45 minutes by car or 55 minutes by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 20 minutes by car or 32 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 30 minutes by car or 43 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 30 minutes by car or 38 minutes by public transit

Hard Working and Relaxed In Roma Sur

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Unlike its northern counterpart (the oft-confused Roma Norte), society in Roma Sur follows the maxims of tradition.

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Roma Sur lacks Roma Norte's hip crowds and graffiti artists. Instead, trees paint the streets with cool shade as the working class follow their daily routines.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

Colorful cultures mingle as immigrant communities arrive from Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, and more southerly neighbors.

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Unfazed by the electric energy in surrounding neighborhoods, Roma Sur's Chilangos go about their daily business.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera
MexicoCity RomaSur Vera
MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

They visit Mercado Medellín to gather supplies.

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They pop into their local panadería to break bread.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

There's a sense of abundance.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera
MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

In Roma Sur, the gentle promise of roasting beans effuses from family-run coffee shops.

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They're on nearly every corner.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera
MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

The morning's cup goes with the morning's headlines.

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Extra extra.

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Walking friendly neighborhood! You will find the wonderful Medellín Market, with a really extensive variety of products. Many local little businesses [maintain] the "barrio" atmosphere of this historic neighborhood."

Roma Sur's Sidewalk Marketplace: Cafes and Vendors

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With taco, torta, and fruit stands populating so many of Roma Sur's intersections, a steady buzz energizes the streets.

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It's easy to find a cup of caffeine on any corner.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

It's even easy to find honey, sweets, and shoelaces.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera
MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

Despite the activity, Roma Sur always feels serene.

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It's anchored by a familial bond.

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Traditional flair.

Pixel
This is a great neighborhood to explore Mexico City - both the touristy places and the cool local hangouts are close by or easily accessible by public transportation or bike."

Settled Down In Roma Sur

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Roma Sur's community is staid.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

Its population is older compared to Roma Norte's crowd. Its facades are less posh.

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Roma Sur's residents have lived here for years.

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MexicoCity RomaSur Vera
MexicoCity RomaSur Vera

They've seen the trends come and go.

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They've cultivated character.

Pixel
Roma Sur is quiet, safe, and very close to Roma Norte and Condesa, where a lot of stuff is going on."

Bart

Visited in 2013

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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