Thanks to the slew of hip bars, restaurants, and shops opening in this trapezoidal neighborhood, La Juárez has been proclaimed by some to be the newer, better version of the hip neighborhood directly to the south: Roma. Bordered by three of the main city arteries — Insurgentes, Paseo de la Reforma, and Avenida Chapultepec — it’s incredibly accessible to young, hip chilangos from all over the city. Many of DF’s top chefs and restaurant groups have opened second and third locations here — and those who haven’t are currently prospecting.Read More
Mexico City Neighborhood Guide: La Juárez
Is La Juárez the newer, better version of Roma?
The second location of the rabidly popular Rosetta bakery is always less mobbed than the Roma original, with the same great conchas, chocolotíns, and tarts.
Exquisitos Tacos de Mixiotes
At this excellent street stand, you can get tacos filled with mixiotes, lamb seasoned with adobo and slowly steam-roasted in a packet made from the parchment-like membrane of the maguey leaf. Patrons are given free rein of a long condiment bar, eating on plastic stools that dot the stand’s shady courtyard.
Parker & Lenox
A trendy hangout with live jazz and classic cocktails, there’s no sign indicating the presence of this speakeasy-style bar. Once you make your way inside (the entrance is tucked inside a restaurant called Lenox), sink into a plush armchair and order a martini.
A sanctuary for sushi, sashimi, and small plates — with Japanese beers and sake to match — from Mexico City’s popular Rokai-Kobayashi restaurant group. The intimate, flaxen-wood sushi bar has just thirteen seats.
Paprika Cocina de Especias
Josefina Santacruz oversees this pleasant, pan-Arabic restaurant, serving teas, tisanes, and mezze plates like green cous cous or lamb meatballs. It’s a great option for when you want a different spectrum of flavors than those offered by traditional Mexican cuisine.
Distrito Fijo Club de Ciclismo
This bike shop/cafe/bar serves coffee during the day and locally brewed Buscapleitos beer at night. It’s a popular gathering spot for locals on weekday nights, spilling out onto the sidewalk.
La Casa de los Abuelos
A no-frills, comida corrida joint that, at lunchtime, is stampeded by office workers and locals, all seeking the restaurant’s three-course meal of soup, rice, and a traditional plate like enchiladas or chiles en nogada — plus agua fresca and dessert — for just 60 pesos.
This new French brasserie from DF star chef Eduardo García (of Maximo Bistrot) is elegantly positioned in a Porfiriato mansion. A long raw bar covered in shellfish spans the counter, supplementing an elevated menu of roasted bone marrow, moules frites, charcuterie, and a full bar.
Multistoried, mixed-used spaces are the business model of the year for Mexico City’s central neighborhoods. Milan 44 is one of the newest, holding Ojo de Agua, a charming coffee bar from Rompeolas, vendors selling succulents and organic teas, plus offices and a yoga studio, all under one roof.
The thump of global house is the beating heart of this mansion-turned-club. On Friday and Saturday evenings, there’s a snaking line of hipsters clamoring to get into what’s proven to be a white-hot spot in the city’s nightlife.