The Parque México is an oasis of peace in the heart of Hipódromo and over the years has become one of the city’s most beautiful parks. It is the perfect place to take a peaceful stroll on a relaxed afternoon. The Art Deco is a notable feature of the Parque México, which formerly was a horse-race track belonging to a large manor house. Wander through the lanes weaving their way through the tall trees, see the duck pond and have a rest on a bench to appreciate the beautiful water fountains.
Located at the end of the Parque México stands the Teatro al Aire Libre Lindbergh (the Lindbergh Open Air Theatre), a spectacular building boasting five monumental pillars to hold up a door canopy, which mark out the stage area as well as pergolas and a four-piece mural ‘Alegoria al Teatro’ (Allegory to Theatre) designed by Roberto Montenegro. This open-air theater, a symbol of Mexico’s patrimony, was declared re-open at the start of 2015 after much-needed restoration, ready to partake in Mexico City’s thriving arts scene.
Lying next to the Parque México is the smaller but equally charming Parque España. It was inaugurated in 1921 as part of the celebrations of Mexico’s 100 years of independence from Spain; it had to wait almost 90 years before it became a ‘Territory of Music and Poetry’ in 2009. Some of its attractions are the monument to Mexico’s president and general Lázaro Cárdenas, a picturesque pond with a rustic bridge and hot and cold food stands.
Many of Mexico City’s neighborhoods boast beautiful architecture, and Hipódromo is no exception. Surrounding the Parque México are impressive buildings and houses of architectural interest, which match the park in their Art Deco style. Examples of structures from the 20s and 30s are the Edificio San Martín and the Edificio México, both of which are noted for being unconventional and modern for the time, with their use of curves and US-influences. Take a walk around this area to see some of Mexico City’s classic architecture.
A plaza in any neighborhood or city usually marks the center of the area and features something of interest. This is true of the Plaza Popocatépetl, north of the Plaza México, whose single centerpiece attracts attention. This is, in fact, an enchanting white gazebo surrounded by water: the fountain was unofficially named as ‘La Bomba’ (‘The Pump’ as opposed to ‘the bomb’) when locals noticed the power with which water bursts from it. Take a quick visit to this little but charming square in the center of Hipódromo for a refreshing break.
Mexico City has its fair share of art galleries, featuring collections from the colonial period up to modern day. One of the capital’s more recent art galleries is Tinta Naranja, a small urban art gallery with an intimate ambiance, in which spectators can appreciate the works on display. These works are generally of emerging Mexican and international artists, offering a diverse selection of artistic disciplines including paintings, statues and graphic design but in particular, photography. This gallery prides itself in being creative, unique and most importantly accessible, so that viewers can truly enjoy their visit.
Hipódromo understands that cuisine is a prominent aspect of Mexican culture, and since it is a relatively calm area, exploring restaurants and cafés is a very inviting activity. When it comes to food, there is always something to explore, whether it is a restaurant or a single item on the menu. This neighborhood is full of excellent eateries, offering everything from a tasty taco to incredible French cuisine, vegan restaurants to organic cafés, charming bakeries to quick taco vans: the dining possibilities in Hipódromo are endless.