San Miguel Chapultepec

A curious neighborhood just underneath Mexico City's beloved park.

History meets modernization in San Miguel Chapultepec, a seemingly sleepy labyrinth of tree-lined streets, snaking highways, stately homes, and decrepit buildings. Its contrasts are exactly what convince artists to move to San Miguel, while its convenient location near Paseo de la Reforma attracts professionals to the area. Add to its peculiar attributes its perfect location on the border of Mexico City’s most majestic park and you too might find your feet on the path to San Miguel.

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On the Map

San Miguel Chapultepec is bordered by Escandón, Condesa, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Juárez, and Roma Norte

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Easy

Mexico City International Airport: 50 minutes by car or 57 minutes by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 5 minutes by car or 5 minutes walking
Zócalo: 45 minutes by car or 31 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 40 minutes by car or 39 minutes by public transit

An Eccentric Community In the Shade of Chapultepec Park

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Resting in the shade of the city's most expansive green space, San Miguel Chapultepec feels at once ordinary and uncommon.

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New developments rise between abandoned lots, highways and biways intersect quiet residential streets, and aristocratic mansions contrast condominiums on the same block.

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San Miguel Chapultepec's patchwork complexion is part of its charm.

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Young professionals, veteran residents, and burgeoning artists all call the neighborhood home.

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They find character in its quirks and charisma in its clumsy orientation.

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Its conflicting architectural styles reference different time periods and recall different traditions.

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They offer an evolution of the eras.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

Its current era sees yoga studios germinating, coffee shops percolating, and graffiti artists spraying along its impossibly narrow, politely unkempt avenues.

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Located near Condesa, Mexico City's chic core, San Miguel Chapultepec responds with art galleries and organic cafes of its own.

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Their incoming clientele commingle with the neighborhood's long-time residents.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

What used to be a small, traditional neighborhood is beginning to see change.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

We do. We do.

Pixel
San Miguel Chapultepec is very convenient to transit, has all the conveniences you would need, is near many spots you might want to visit (Chapultepec Park, La Condesa, Roma, etc) but is very calm."

Dana & Alan

Visited in 2012

The City's Favorite Green Space: Bosque de Chapultepec

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San Miguel borders Bosque de Chapultepec, or Chapultepec Park, on the park's south side.

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The city's largest green space, locals love it as the lungs of their city.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

It's one of the most coveted weekend destinations for families, friends, and dates.

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Originally a wild forest, Chapultepec Park's sprawling lawns now house a zoo, a castle, a petite lake, several cultural centers, and an expansive array of family-focused activities.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

The opportunities are endless.

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All you have to do is look.

Pixel
San Miguel Chapultepec is the best kept secret in the City of Mexico...if our President lives here, there must be a reason."

Francisco Carlos y Maria Jose

Hosts BEST HOUSE IN S. MIGUEL CHAPULTEPEC

Galleries and a Growing Creative Scene

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Thinkers, dreamers, and designers are steadily populating San Miguel.

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They create studio spaces out of its dizzying network of old, new, abandoned, and reclaimed buildings.

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Cross Gobernador Agustín Vicente Eguía and find galleries growing in garages.

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Exhibitions embrace floor, wall, and ceiling.

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Rafters and rocks create big moods in bigger spaces.

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Pixel
San Miguel Chapultepec is very close to large museums like the National Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Modern Art...all the goodies without the hassle of busy streets."

Ricardo & Ceci

Hosts Room available in Condesa, Mexico.

Casual Cafes and Coffee Shops

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

With new communities joining San Miguel Chapultepec's traditional residents, incoming cafes and bakeries add to the neighborhood's already existing restaurants and markets.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera
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Slowly but surely, hip hang outs are sprouting next to trend-impervious mainstays like the local market.

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It's where loncherías serve hungry visitors every day.

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Walking distance to cultural attractions such as El Bosque Chapultepec, Casa del Lago, Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Museo Tamayo, and Kurimanzutto Gallery."

The Look of San Miguel Chapultepec's Residential Lifestyle

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San Miguel transformed from a wealthy escape to a working class neighborhood and then, more recently, into a coveted landing place for professionals who want to be near Paseo de la Reforma.

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Its building styles are as unpredictable as its network of weaving streets and highways.

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Neoclassical mansions rise between 19th century apartment buildings, modern homes, and stainless steel condominiums.

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Some are run down.

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MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera
MexicoCity Chapultepec Vera

Some are kept up.

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Together, they add striking visual interest to San Miguel Chapultepec.

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Its differences are its strengths.

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It's nice to be home.

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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Beto Adame is a photographer specializing in travel, architectural, and lifestyle photography. His images have been used to form part of advertising campaigns in numerous internationally-renowned magazines; Columbus NL and Monocle among others. Beto has dedicated himself to his own personal projects, which include constructed pictures and Interior Landscapes. He currently lives in Mexico City.

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