High above the tangled streets, rooftop bars offer panoramic views across Mexico City. Sip a mezcal cocktail or cold Corona at one of these elevated watering holes. It’s common to see the same square-shaped, multi-story buildings crop up across Mexico City. Since the rooftop is flat, residential buildings use the space to dry laundry. Commercial spots plop a bar on top. Rooftop bars and terraces are a popular way for chilangos, as locals are known, to kill an afternoon or enjoy a rowdy night out. Whether it’s the spot downtown with booming reggaetón or one of the most exclusive terrazas in town, you’ll find it here. Read on for the top rooftop bars with views across the Mexican capital. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
Balmori, in the trendy Roma neighborhood, is an utterly chic spot. Colorful hanging plants shelter the bar from the elements, while the stars still peek through at night. Dishes such as serrano ham pizza and grilled sea bass with zaatar are small, and can be shared tapas-style. The real standouts here are the cocktails, however, which change seasonally – think mezcal topped with orange jam and agave honey, alongside pineapple margaritas rimmed with habanero pepper.
Supra Roma Rooftop
Take a seat at this rooftop bar along the busy Avenida Álvaro Obregón in Roma, which offers prime views of the nearby skyscrapers. Come to Supra to relax – booths are cushy and hand-woven rugs line the floors – and watch friends split a hookah setup (the bar has its own flavors). Cocktails are creative, including a gin and soursop liqueur mix and a fruity guava, hibiscus and vodka spritzer.
It’s part of a hostel, so you may not think much of this rooftop bar downtown. But just wait and see – Terraza Catedral in the centro histórico is just across the street from the Metropolitan Cathedral, the biggest and oldest cathedral in Latin America. Beyond the views, it’s also party central: DJs switch from spinning US hip-hop, Latin rock and European dance with ease, and beers flow all night. One word of caution: some events require a ticket in advance and frequently sell out. Check before you go.
Terraza Cha Cha Chá
Less party hub and more pre-siesta snacks and beer spot, Terraza Cha Cha Chá is a great pitstop after touring downtown all afternoon. It serves killer tacos, seafood tostadas and marlin empanadas, a stone’s throw from the Monumento a la Revolución. Top it off with a national beer, such as a Corona or Modelo, or opt for a craft beer, maybe a Colimita lager or Súper Lupe IPA. Want real street cred? Locals refer to a beer as una chela – your “una cerveza, por favor,” may just give you away.
Upon walking into the Hotel City Centro downtown, you’re greeted with glimmering marble floors, high mirrored ceilings and gilded arched walkways. Take an elevator to the top, and you’re transported to Malaquita, which seems futuristic in comparison. A raised salt-and-pepper-color pool sits in the corner, close to the cactus-shaped wall lining the patio. At the bar, resident mixologists sling funky cocktails and shake up giant jars of candy-flavored drinks to share.
Loretta Chic Bistrot
On the south end of the city, Loretta is a short walk from the lively markets, museums and churches in San Ángel. The dining room is plush, but it’s the rooftop you’ll want to see. Kombucha cocktails, lemongrass fizzes and Bloody Marías top the menu, and you can always order from the restaurant side, as well – the Greek bistro’s moussaka and gyros are particularly good.
This rooftop restaurant and bar is surrounded by tall glass windows, offering you views of the Santa Fe skyscrapers even during the rainy season. Red clay tiles and woven wicker chairs give Central Central a rustic vibe, and tapas-like brie croquettes and tostas topped with jocoque are a perfect pre-dinner appetizer. While we recommend checking out the cocktail list, don’t pass up the extensive wine list, either – many bottles are made just a few states away in the Guanajuato Wine Route.
Looking for somewhere to rest? Stay in a hotel that you’ll be talking about forever, or treat yourself to one of the best luxury boutique hotels in the capital, now bookable via Culture Trip. Inspire your itinerary with these must-visit attractions, or check out the most iconic landmarks. And for a true taste of Mexico City, stop at one of the best restaurants in Condesa.
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