The Top Things to Do in La Condesa, Mexico City

La Condesa is home to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Mexico City
La Condesa is home to some of the best restaurants and nightlife in Mexico City | © Wangkun Jia / Alamy Stock Photo
Paula Zamorano Osorio

La Condesa is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Mexico City, with a classy nightlife scene, designer boutiques and beautiful parks. Its cosmopolitan vibe attracts artists, students, intellectuals and younger business people who bring their individual styles to the scene. Exploring everything this cool and chic area has to offer could take years, but here are some to get you started.

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Experience the excellent nightlife

La Condesa has a huge nightlife, one of the biggest in the capital. From nightclubs to karaoke bars and lounges, there is something for everyone in La Condesa – stay out until the early hours of the morning, as is the local custom. Whether you’re looking for electronic, pop, ’70s or indie music – or tasty drinks, all-night dancing and fun – La Condesa will not let you down.

Explore the local gastronomy

Churrería El Moro is a must for those with a sweet tooth visiting La Condesa

La Condesa offers excellent restaurants and cafes. An international scene is evident in the menus. Mexican food is certainly not the only option available (although still a very tempting one); you will also find cuisine from Argentina, Italy, France and many other countries. Some of the best restaurants in Condesa include the internationally acclaimed seafood eatery Contramar and Polish outlet Specia.

Shop until you drop

La Condesa is a hip neighborhood known for providing the up-and-coming businessfolk and artists with unique boutiques to renew their wardrobes every season. Vintage shops, shoe shops, jewelers and accessory shops line the avenidas (avenues) Michoacán, Amsterdam, Tamaulipas and Vicente Suárez. Although it is certainly not the cheapest location to shop, it is undoubtedly a shopaholic’s dream.

See a show at Foro Shakespeare

Foro Shakespeare is a theater that breaks from the traditions of Mexican drama. This theater, with a multi-modal space and five theater halls, promises a unique experience from independent theater companies. Foro Shakespeare aims not only to support independent artists and directors (and to entertain theater-goers) but also to educate the members of the audience on the skill and work behind the dramatic arts.

Enjoy the good life at La Xampa

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La Xampa is a legendary bar in La Condesa, very much focused on the good things in life: food, drink and music. It has excellent tapas and vinos espumosos (sparkling wines), offering an explosion of flavors and aromas to delight the senses. Live music and entertainment are a huge part of La Xampa, with musicians of all genres, as well as other events such as salsa classes and children’s shows.

Visit the multi-theater at El Plaza

In the 1970s, El Plaza was a cinema and then a casino, but today it is a multi-theater and possibly the best spot in La Condesa to catch national and international artists. El Plaza benefits from its location in La Condesa – the bohemian vibe attracts creativity and musical talent. The building has excellent acoustics and lighting and is used for all types of artistic and cultural shows. Make sure you don’t miss out on fantastic performances at El Plaza.

Stay at Hotel Condesa DF

In the heart of the neighborhood, Hotel Condesa DF is home to one of the best rooftop bars in Mexico City. When staying in La Condesa, this bar is a must-visit – the views of the capital are unbeatable. Jaw-dropping vistas, comfortable couches, wooden decking, mouthwatering snacks, delectable drinks – Condesa DF guarantees an unforgettable night.

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