Zona Rosa

Embark on all night adventures just west of Mexico City's historic core.

Incessant, effervescent, and jubilant, noise is everybody’s next-door neighbor in Zona Rosa. Just west of the city’s center, this gay friendly, party friendly, and tourist friendly area emanates a kinetic energy that begins the morning of and ends the morning after. Neoclassical buidlings, erotic shops, and a vibrant Korean community contribute to Zona Rosa’s appeal, but the neighborhood isn’t for everyone—what some love about it others call rough edges, and what some call sexual liberation others find seedy.

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On the Map

Zona Rosa is within Juárez and bordered by Tabacalera, San Rafael, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, and Roma Norte

Mexico City International Airport: 40 minutes by car or 46 minutes by public transit
Bosque de Chapultepec: 25 minutes by car or 7 minutes by public transit
Zócalo: 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transit
Alameda Central: 15 minutes by car or 31 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Zona Rosa: Boisterous, Bright, and Proud

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Zona Rosa's bright art, bright architecture, and bright-lights-until-tomorrow-morning clubs shine just west of Mexico City's historic center.

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The neighborhood has seen more than few transformations. Waves of European immigrants and, later, waves of bohemian spirits populated Zona Rosa's residential streets.

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Now, patrons sip coffee in cafebrerías (a Spanish term for combination cafe-libraries) along Genova Street.

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In the afternoon, they shop at men's boutiques, women's boutiques, and erotica boutiques.

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As the light fades, day wear turns to evening attire.

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Zona Rosa's plazas and pedestrian streets start to fill with a new kind of energy.

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The neighborhood's gay-friendly bars, clubs, and lounges begin to open their doors.

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They're known for throwing rowdy parties and hosting all-night DJ sets.

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The sun setting is just the beginning.

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The neighborhood is definitely lively at night, so if you're looking for absolute silence this might not be for you. But you're in Mexico City so what do you expect??"
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Juan

Visited in 2013

It's Going To Be a Long Night In Zona Rosa

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Genova Street's countless bars and dance clubs attract Mexico City locals and tourists to their strobe lit, high energy environs.

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Its cheap drinks and strong pours keep the area buzzing.

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Contrasting Polanco's elegant table settings with six forks, Zona Rosa exudes high energy until six in the morning.

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Its upbeat, off-beat atmosphere spills onto its streets and into the next bar and disco.

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Its LGBTQ friendly attitude assures that everyone is welcome to enjoy the party.

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Party on.

Pride In Zona Rosa: The City's Premier Gay Friendly Neighborhood

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Sexuality isn't spurned in Zona Rosa. Countless LGBTQ community centers, clubs, bars, bookstores, and sex shops squeeze into Zona Rosa.

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The neighborhood is known as Mexico City's hub for gay-friendly attitudes and entertainment.

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On streets like Hamburgo, Amberes, and Genova, erotic shops seem to pop up on every corner.

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Little Korea In Zona Rosa

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Adding to Zona Rosa's eclectic mix of businessmen and boisterous nocturnal crowds, a thriving Korean immigrant community has established its roots in the neighborhood.

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Bibimbap bowls and specialty Korean markets have made Zona Rosa one of Mexico City's most celebrated ethnic neighborhoods.

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Korean restaurants and karaoke bars draw crowds at lunch, dinner, and after hours.

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MexicoCity ZonaRosa Vera
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It's less loud in Little Korea.

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It almost makes it feel like you're no longer in Zona Rosa at all.

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We chose la Zona Rosa because we like being in big cities and going out at night."
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Jose

Visited in 2013

Zona Rosa: Antiques on the Street

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Known for vintage treasures and antique finds, many yesteryear enthusiasts make time to visit Zona Rosa for its relics.

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Antique collectors converge along Londres Street and at Plaza del Angel.

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I was born in Mexico City, so I know the city perfectly and I can tell everyone this area is the best you can get on your vacation [here]."
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mario

Visited in 2013

Architectural Appeal: Living In the 19th and 20th Century

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Zona Rosa's long history of neighborhood influencers can be traced through its structures.

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Inspired by European stylings during the early 1900s, Zona Rosa reflects a mix of neoclassical buildings and elegant edifices.

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Many of them have converted into government centers, cultural centers, and bars and clubs.

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Contemporary apartment complexes sprout between the buildings of the past.

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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.