Neighborhood in Focus: Narvarte, Mexico City
Colonia Narvarte | © Francisco Enrique Camacho Mezquita/Flickr
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.
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 | © City Foodsters/Flickr
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.
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 | © Kenny Louie/Flickr
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.
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.
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
WHAT TO SEE
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
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
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