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Neighborhood in Focus: Narvarte, Mexico City

Colonia Narvarte | © Francisco Enrique Camacho Mezquita/Flickr
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Northern England Writer
Updated: 27 December 2016
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A relatively ignored neighborhood that hasn’t had the investment in urban planning and infrastructure that many other areas have received recently, Narvarte offers a vintage feel and an up-and-coming vibe in the south of Mexico City. Here, you’ll find a wealth of eateries, traditional cantinas and a slow-paced style of living, which will leave you feeling like you’re far, far away from the capital. Here’s your guide to Narvarte.

WHERE TO EAT

Traditional Taquerías

Narvarte is known for having several excellent taco options (and several more not so savory taco spots, too), so we’ve narrowed down the best for you. Kicking off we have Taquería La Costilla, which has been churning out these Mexican favorites for years. Alternatively, you could head to Taquería Don Eraki if you prefer kebabs or Juan Bisteces if you want to try some of the south’s most famous tacos. Trying out Tacos Beto and the super famous Casa del Bauce also goes without saying.

Tacos
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Foreign Finds

To branch out a little from the classic Mexican treats and reflect the diversity of the people and food you’ll find in Narvarte, you should definitely eat at some of these spots that serve up food with a foreign feel. La Charcutería El Vasco, as you would expect, serves up delicious Spanish cold cuts from Pamplona chorizo to Catalan fuet and even imported cheeses. For a more French feel, El Entremés Francés is equally as unmissable; this tiny deli is take-out only and its pates, cheese and terrines are to die for. Finally, give Lebanese food a go at La Nueva Libanesa.

Quirky Cafés and Bakeries

Bike fans will love NBiCi Café, a ‘coffee and bike boutique’ where you can upgrade your wheels while you have a coffee. Equally, if you just want to grab some bread on the go, then you should stop by Costra Panadería instead.

Bike
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Tasty Tortas

If you want the delicious Mexican take on a standard sandwich then you should head to Tortas Jorge, which has over 60 years in the biz. Or, check out La Especial, which also has tacos and other Mexican dishes on offer. For a Yucatecan twist on classic tortas and, again, other Mexican favorites, El Maquech Púrpura is a must-visit.

Tortas
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The Best of the Rest

Londonburro is a great restaurant/ bar that mixes Mexican food with British music — a combination that’s more harmonious than you’d think! Romulo’s is another long-running classic of the zone, which serves up deliciously fresh seafood daily. If you’re looking for another seafood option, though, we also recommend Henry Sailor. Finally, for a real USA dining experience (in Mexico) Pinche Gringo BBQ is the place to be.

WHERE TO DRINK

La Valenciana

The most traditional cantina in the area is without a doubt La Valenciana, which has been around since 1911. Enjoy an ice-cold beer and accompany it with one of the many dishes it also serves; we highly recommend something warm and flavorsome like the caldo de camarón or an enormous molcajete filled with veggies, meats and cheese.

La Valenciana, Avenida Universidad 48, Narvarte Oriente, Benito Juárez, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 3330 7505

Hop2

For the hardcore beer fan, Narvarte has the perfect destination in Hop2 (a.k.a. Hop The Beer Experience). It’s ideal for groups of friends looking for somewhere a bit more laidback than the historic center and Roma typically offer. It also has an impressive range of beers, both national and international, including artisanal options, up for sale.

Hop2, Av. Cuauhtémoc 918, Narvarte Poniente, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 7095 6140

Beers | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr

Beers | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr | © Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr


WHAT TO SEE


V&S Galery

In this small but well-worth a visit gallery you’ll find a selection of exhibition rooms each with their own beautifully curated selection of paintings and sculptures from emerging artists. While areas such as Roma are generally considered the artiest of Mexico City’s neighborhoods, Narvarte’s V&S Galery proves that this area certainly has some artistic charm too. Plus, entry is free!

V&S Galery, Xola 1662, Narvarte Poniente, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5519 5160

Instituto del Arte Mexicano del Azúcar

Mexico is well known on an international level for its Day of the Dead celebrations and one art form that goes hand in hand with that day is sugar art, otherwise known as arte en azúcar. At this museum, founded by Marithé de Alvarado, you can step back in time with a tour through the world of sugar art in Mexico with rooms that include photographs, artifacts and examples of de Alvarado’s work. Ask about the fondant work courses!

Instituto del Arte Mexicano del Azúcar, Av. Cuauhtémoc 950, Narvarte Poniente, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5523 7493

The SCyT Building

While a building that houses the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transporte may not seem like it would be a top tourist attraction, you should make sure to pass by this elaborately decorated edifice at least once if you’re in Narvarte. Bringing together both modernism and nationalism, the external walls have some iconic Juan O’Gorman murals plastered all over them.

SCyT, Xola y Eje Central S/n, Narvarte Poniente, Benito Juárez, Ciudad de México, México +52 55 5519 2363

The Altar of Santa Muerte

Tucked away in the Narvarte zone, an otherwise relaxed and unassuming area, is an altar dedicated to the figure of Santa Muerte. An alternative ‘patron saint’, she’s associated with narco culture and underhand dealings, although her official role (not endorsed by the Catholic Church, worth pointing out) is one of healing and safe passage to the afterlife.

Altar of Santa Muerte, Calle Pitágoras, entre Esperanza y Obrero Mundial, Narvarte, Ciudad de México, México


WHERE TO SHOP


Parque Delta

This is a one stop destination for all of your shopping needs while in Narvarte. Constructed over an old jockey club, it now houses all of the big-name brands that you could ever acquire; from menswear to kids clothing and beauty products, Parque Delta makes for an excellent option.

Parque Delta, Av. Cuauhtémoc #462, Benito Juárez, Narvarte, Piedad Narvarte, Ciudad de México, México, +52 55 5440 2111

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