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25 Pictures That Will Make You Fall in Love with Condesa & Roma, Mexico City

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 4 April 2017
Condesa and Roma have long been popular destinations for passing travelers and hipster locals, given that they have a resoundingly “safe” feeling European vibe and lots of quirky cafés, top quality restaurants and impressive urban parks. However, there are still some people who haven’t been exposed to the inner-city beauty of these two neighboring Mexico City barriosstreet art, clothing boutiques and all. So here are 25 pictures that will make you fall in love with Roma and Condesa.

You’ll be sure to find plenty of colorful details and façades to snap photos of in both Roma and Condesa, whether the vibrant paint jobs are recent additions or relics of the neighborhoods’ Art Deco history.

Roma Sur in its tree-lined glory | © Matthew Rutledge/Flickr
Roma Sur in its tree-lined glory | © Matthew Rutledge/Flickr
Pink facades in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Pink façades in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Lazy afternoons in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Lazy afternoons in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr

If you love doorways and ornate arches, you’ll feel right at home in either Roma or Condesa, given that both zones are veritably littered with fascinating architectural details and highlights that will make you take a second glance.

Contrast in Condesa | © Alejandro/FLickr
Contrast in Condesa | © Alejandro/FLickr
Nochebuenas in Condesa | © Luigi Guarino/Flickr
Nochebuenas in Condesa | © Luigi Guarino/Flickr

Charming alleyways are the hallmark of Roma and Condesa, and although both areas have their fair share of main roads, it’s these out of the way spots you’ll want to hunt down given the endless options for exploration they offer. Plus, Roma and Condesa are in the minority of Mexico City neighborhoods in which you’ll feel safe wandering down alleyways.

Pretty blue pathways in Roma | © Alejandro/Flickr
Pretty blue pathways in Roma | © Alejandro/Flickr
Casa Bosques in Colonia Roma | © Alejandro/Flickr
Casa Bosques in Colonia Roma | © Alejandro/Flickr
Art deco façade, Condesa | © Adam Jones/Flickr
Art deco façade, Condesa | © Adam Jones/Flickr

The Art Deco architecture constantly shines through in this fascinating area of the city, in everything from the interiors of certain buildings to the exteriors that will have you thinking you’ve stepped into the movie The Great Gatsby. However, the fantastic thing about both Roma and Condesa is their seamless mixture of new and old, from quirky bookstores to quaint cafés and everything in between, meaning you’ll always find something to suit your tastes.

Lilac detailing | © Alejandro/Flickr
Lilac detailing | © Alejandro/Flickr
Café in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Café in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Gorgeous Condesa tiles | © E. Krall/Flickr
Gorgeous Condesa tiles | © E. Krall/Flickr
A quaint streetside café in Roma | © Alejandro/Flickr
A quaint streetside café in Roma | © Alejandro/Flickr
Painted bus in Roma | © katiebordner/Flickr
Painted bus in Roma | © katiebordner/Flickr

Even in relatively modern neighborhoods like Roma and Condesa, old habits run deep and you can find plenty of religious themed wall tiles, street art and, if you’re lucky, you might even stumble upon shrines to the Virgen de Guadalupe.

The ever-present Virgen de Guadalupe | © E. Krall/Flickr
The ever-present Virgen de Guadalupe | © E. Krall/Flickr
Green-hued street art | © katiebordner/Flickr
Green-hued street art | © katiebordner/Flickr
A Beetle in La Roma | © Danny Navarro/Flickr
A Beetle in La Roma | © Danny Navarro/Flickr

Condesa and Roma are both filled with quirky surprises that will delight and disarm even the most cynical of visitor, and have them leaving positively encantado with the experience. Whether that surprise comes in the form of a rather regal looking chair plonked on the street or as a street art Stormtrooper, it’s impossible not to leave happy.

Unexplained yellow chair | © Alejandro/Flickr
Unexplained yellow chair | © Alejandro/Flickr
Quirky street art in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Quirky street art in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
How could you not love a place with shiba inu sighting potential? | © Alejandro/Flickr
How could you not love a place with shiba inu sighting potential? | © Alejandro/Flickr
Vibrant orange in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr
Vibrant orange in Condesa | © Alejandro/Flickr

Street art is often the thing most people will tell you about when you ask what there is to see in Roma and Condesa, and they aren’t wrong. The criss-crossed streets of these neighborhoods are littered with amazing artworks from both amateurs and well known graffiti artists and make for the ideal backdrop to any impromptu photoshoot.

Street art in Roma | © katiebordner/Flickr
Street art in Roma | © katiebordner/Flickr
Condesa street art, featuring the Virgen de Guadalupe | © E. Krall/Flickr
Condesa street art, featuring the Virgen de Guadalupe | © E. Krall/Flickr